Seasonal Treatment Recommendation: Winter Storm Preparation
Tad sets steel cables in a Grand Fir with multiple tops to improve stability
Now is the time to begin looking at the hazards your trees may pose during winter storm events. Potential risks range from limb tear-outs to full on tree failure and can jeopardize personal safety and property. We can assess your trees for risk of failure and develop solutions that will benefit your safety and their health.
We offer a variety of treatments to prepare trees to weather wind and snow storms. Reductions and cabling can drastically enhance the structural integrity of a hazardous tree. Limb tip reduction can reduce the stress trees undergo under the weight of snow and ice. We have the knowledge, capability and experience to improve the safety of your trees and leave them in a healthy and aesthetically pleasing condition.
Featured Project: Whidby Island Crane Removal
Conor discusses the work plan with the crane operator
This summer we completed a large crane assisted removal on Whidby Island. The tree, a Douglas Fir, was about ten inches from the client's home and had two co-dominant stems—one of which showed significant die-back due to root damage that occured during excavation for a remodel. Working with cranes not only allows for speedy and safe removal but it also enables the climber, in most scenarios, to cut bigger sections in tight residential areas. These sections can be tailored for milling and other applications. In this case our client asked that we remove the main crotch and stem of the tree in sections that would allow him to mill slabs and lumber for future projects.
Conor riding the hook up to make the first cut
In preparation for the removal Conor climbed each of the stems and removed the limbs. Most of them were zipped down on a speed-line to clear fences and structures below the tree. After the tree was prepped and the crane had arrived Conor was lifted on the hook with slings to set the first pick point. He was able to complete the removal in three cuts. The crane operator left the sections in a neat stack ready to be prosessed into building materials. Visit our website www.sitkumtree.com to see videos of the removal.