Monday, January 30, 2012

Trees - Why hire an Arborist?

ISA Certified Arborist from Treescape Certified Arborists located in Peterborough Ontario discuss the importance of hiring a reputable and well trained Arborist. Key points include; why we should hire a professional, the complexity of the Arborist trade and points to consider when trying to hire an Arborist
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Friday, January 27, 2012

Why We Need Trees

It seems like a silly, rather elementary question, but the answer may surprise you. Trees can do everything from making us feel better to keeping the earth at a stable temperature. Perhaps best of all, we can build tree houses in them and they make great playgrounds.
Here is a short list of some of the common benefits of trees:

1. They provide habitat. Trees provide livable habitat for many species of birds, mammals, amphibians and other creatures. This biodiversity, in turn, makes forests more resistant to disease, wildfires, floods and attacks by harmful insects and other organisms.

2. They give us oxygen. Trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store the carbon in carbohydrate molecules. They give off vital oxygen for humans and other animals to breathe.

3. Reduce noise pollution. Have you ever noticed that the noise inside a city park with a lot of trees is not as loud as the surrounding city where there are fewer trees? Just like carpet and furniture in a house, trees absorb sound waves in our cities and make them more pleasant. Trees also have a calming effect on children and adults.

4. Control erosion and runoff. Tree roots hold soil in place and prevent it from washing away after rains or high winds. This makes the soil better adapted to hold other plants and crops for human consumption. Trees also create space in the soil for water to move at a regular pace downward to the groundwater. Groundwater is a main source of drinking water.

5. Trees serve as wind breaks. Trees dampen the effect of wind.

6. Provide shade and reduce the "Heat Island" effect. Trees dissipate the amount of heat in areas with lots of concrete that absorb the sun's heat energy.

7. Reduce heating and cooling costs. Having several trees around your home can shade your house and significantly reduce your heating costs in winter and cooling costs in the summer.

8. Increase property values. Large beautiful trees are attractive mainstays of houses with high value.

9. Reduce stress and increase happiness. Trees provide places for us to relax and reconnect with the natural world.

10. They give us medicine. Many of the common medicines that we use come from trees.The bark of willow trees contains salicylic acid, the main ingredient in aspirin. The Pacific yew tree contains ingredients that have been used to make Taxol, which is used to treat breast, ovarian and lung cancer.

11. They give us rain. Have you ever wondered why there is almost no rain in deserts? This is because there are no trees. Trees stabilize local weather patterns by playing an important role in the water cycle, which produces precipitation.

12. Recreation opportunities. Trees provide habitat for hunting, fishing, hiking, mountain biking and many other recreational activities.

13. Paper. Paper is made from trees.

14. Fruits. Most fruits grow on trees.

15. Rubber. The Para rubber tree is a primary source for natural rubber.

I have worked with trees for most of my life. Several years ago, I worked as a restoration technician for the Nature Conservancy in Hobe Sound, Florida. One day I was cutting down invasive Australian pine (not really a pine tree, it just looks like one) tree and my site boss told me to quickly stop the chainsaw after I cut the tree down and stick my ear near the cut stump. I could hear a faint sucking noise. This noise was this conductive tissue, xylem and phloem, closing up as a reaction to being cut. In this moment, I realized that trees are living beings that react to the environment just as animals do.
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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Two Climbers And One Guy In Aerial Lift Working Next To And Over POWERLI...

This is why you need a professional tree service to remove limbs.  This is a job for the professionals at Signature Tree Service.  Nicely done!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Felling A Live Oak That Stood Right Next To House In Vallejo, CA

Signature Tree Service carefully felling a oak tree too close to the house in Vallejo CA.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Fosnaugh's H.E.E.L. Chain Saw Safety Message

Curtis Fosnaugh of Signature Tree Service talks about safety whenever one wants to pick up a chain saw and start cutting. He uses H.E.E.L. for Head, Eyes, Ears, and Legs, or Helmet, Eye Protection (safety glasses), Ear Protection (ear plugs, noise blogging headset), and Leg Protection (chaps). Good advice!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Demonstration Of Purpose Of Doing A Root Collar Exam On A Large Valley Oak

For the longevity of the tree, it is important to do a root collar exam. One of the many services at Signature Tree Service.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Blowing The Top Off Pine Tree Over A Phone Line

Curtis Fosnaugh, owner of Signature Tree Service takes a high perch to fell the top of this tall pine tree and make sure and miss the valued phone line in the process.

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Monday, January 9, 2012

Tree House Living (For Adults)

Take a break from your hectic life by hanging out in not one, but 3 amazing tree houses. See how this environmentalist managed to put the comforts of home up in the trees.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

World's Oldest Trees
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Molly reports on the world's oldest trees.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Diego Stocco - Music from a Tree

In the garden of my house there's a tree with lots of randomly grown twigs. It looks odd and nice at the same time. One day I asked myself if I could create a piece of music with it.

To tune the tree I picked a fundamental note and tuned the twigs by trimming them with a pencil sharpener. I used two Røde NT6 and a NTG-2 as microphones, combined with a customized stethoscope.

I recorded the tracks live on a Pro Tools LE system. I didn't use any synthesizer or sampler to create or modify the sounds. All the sounds come from playing the tree, by bowing the twigs, shaking the leaves, playing rhythms on the cortex and so on.

At this link you can see some pictures with more detailed descriptions:
I hope you'll like it.

The track is also available as an high-quality download on my Bandcamp page:

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Welcome To Signature Tree Service's New Blog

Thanks for stopping by to our brand new blog. We will be giving out some information about trees, including trimming, care and maintenance along with other things that may be of interest surrounding what we do at Signature Tree Service.

We look forward to our next post.