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Has spring sprung?

I find the older I get, the more opportunity I have to make the same jokes that I make every year. It feels like both a badge of honour and a recognition of the march of time.

We always planted the garden on May long when I was a kid. Chris and I tried once in Wpg. We had a bunch of stuff started, ready to go — and it snowed. Like super, wet cold snow. So our poor seedlings got all leggy and didn’t really do as well as they could.

Sometimes you need to dance with nature. The sunshine really seems like it’s here! A lot of folks have called me regarding fruit tree pruning, and I’m sorry to say that unless I do it in the next ten minutes, we will need to look at it for the fall.

If you want to talk pruning or puns, call Reta at 204-730-0368

Industry Trends

Once a year or so, Vermeer Winnipeg puts on a day of continuing education for arborists. It’s usually brutally cold, really fun, and very informative (they also provide lunch!)

I (Reta) have not been able to come for the last few years – Vermeer skipped a year when they were changing locations, and I’ve been at home with the munchkin for the past two.

Chris and I are nerding out pretty hard discussing the differences between Double Rope Technique and the new hotness, Single/Static/Stationary Rope Technique. We rarely need an excuse to buy more gear, and they are some aspects that seem helpful. But I am always wary of a cure all. It is definitely something for the tool box.

We are both voracious readers, and are constantly looking for better or more efficient solutions to add to our literal and figurative tool boxes.

If you have a challenging tree, call Reta at 204-730-0368 and we can talk felling plan.

Tight spaces and catching branches

We recently had the opportunity to remove a spruce tree that was cuddling the power lines! After a quick hair cut from the MB Hydro crew, Chris and I got to work. 

It was actually a pretty hilarious situation. There was not enough room to use rigging. 

Oh you read that right. 

So close, I could nearly reach out and touch him


I caught the branches. Out of the air. 

Look out, Cirque de Soleil (do you think they need a branch juggler?)

If you want to throw us a curveball, call Reta at 204-730-0368

Tree Houses

Chris pruning back the willow tree house

Thank you for choosing us as your tree people. I’ve said this repeatedly this season, as we enter our 5th year in Brandon and Westman. We have returned to the yards of so many previous customers, and this has afforded us a chance to see how the changes we made 2,3, or 4 years ago are faring. 

It has really been a treat. Obviously, we see the outcome of pruning decisions that came before us all the time. But to see the (positive) outcomes of our own work – it is very gratifying. I know, we are tree nerds. But there is a real difference between book learning and experiential learning – and only time gives you the second. 

If you would like to join our previous customer club, call Reta at 204-730-0368 and we can talk pruning, and time. 

Do you got the back lane Blues?

If you are like many Brandonites over the past few days, you have received a letter from the City of Brandon indicating that your trees or hedges are encroaching into the back lane! Well, there goes the long weekend beer money!

Does your back lane look like this? You may be in violation of the City Bylaws, making life difficult for garbage trucks and other vehicles!

I have contacted the city and they have told me that everything needs to be cut back to the property line, thirteen feet up. Depending on what is hanging into the back lane, this may be a simple branch prune or removal. And it may be a more complicated endeavour. Read more

Ahh the weather!

What a cold and dreary week! With gusty winds and drizzle, it is tough sledding up in the tree.

My birthday was Monday and while I was enjoying the lovely weather, twice in life I couldn’t ride my birthday bike because of snow. And more times that I remember, May long gardening plans have had to be postponed. So I usually haven’t fully committed to the summer season until at least June. 

My great grandfather saw snow in Manitoba every month except August. But he lived to be 105. 

But Chris is still having fun!

If the weather is affecting your trees, call Reta at 204-730-0368

And try to stay warm out there! 

Blue Skies!! Right around the corner

The recent warm spell afforded us a rare opportunity – elm pruning at the beginning of the season. You see, the rules of elm pruning are pretty strict, to prevent the spread of Dutch Elm Disease. So between April 1st and July 31st – it is forbidden to prune elm trees (removal is still allowed)

Normally we are still in the thick of winter at the end of March and most people are still trying to stay warm! 

But this year! What a great winter! And the lovely warm spell! 

Call Reta today at 204-730-0368 to book elem pruning for August, generally marvel at the weather, or talk about the trees in your yard. 

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