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Selling Logs

Posted on September 22, 2020 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)

So I get this question all the time. Is my tree worth anything? The short answer is no. Tree the grow in yards, AKA "yard logs", do not grow the same as trees the grow in the woods. They do not grow tall and straight and often have braches lower to the base. This is becasue the get more sun and require more protection. There is also more of a chance that they have metal in them. Logs are graded based on many different factors. For example Black Walnut trees have diiferent amounts of sapwood. This is the living outer layer of a tree. The prime time part of a Walnut is the Black heartwood. We recently removed 9 fairly mature Walnuts in Berryville, Virginia. The customer could have cared less what we did with them. I explained that there might be some value in the logs and that if I could find the right buyer it wouldn offset some of his cost. I also told him to not get his hopes up. With all my resources I could not find anyone to even come look. I wound up giving them to a local guy with a woodmill he had just purchased. He was thrilled but also knew the value of these logs was low. Out of all those tree and about 50 logs there were about 2 that produced decent lumber. There are tons of people oput there looking for specific varying pieces of wood, sure but how many are willing to pay and travel. mills are looking for specific lengths of logs. It is not alwasy easy to move these sized logs out of a yard without heavy equipment that may potentially damage a yard. It also cost money to move big wood and is only worth it if moving a good bit at a time. Then once at a mill it has to be cut and dried. It takes up to 2 years to properly dry lumber without a kilne. A lot of room is required to store all these logs. I have found that if someone is willing toi take the logs it is better to just offer them for free. This is how we have built up so many relationships around Winchester and Berryville. It gives us free spots to dump certain types of wood. We in turn can charge our customers less becasue we are not traveling as far or paying to dump. Are some logs valuble? Yes but a lot of work goes into making them profitable. I alsways explain it like this... If logs were easy and that profitable I would have Benn storing and selling them for years. The reality is at the end of the day we often have to pay to dump them. We do try and give them to someone who will use them as firewood but this isn't always a viable solution either.

Spotted Lantern Fly and Ailanthus Trees

Posted on August 22, 2020 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (1)

Spotted Lantern Fly is yet another threat to our local trees. It is an invasive species from Eastern Asia. Its main attraction is to the Ailanthus tree or " tree of Heaven or Paradise". This tree is so miscommonly identified as Sumac that a common name for it has become Chinese Sumac. 90% percent of people I run into think they have a Sumac tree. The problem is that these tree spread some many seed pods so rapidly and that they grow so fast. They in turn get into our natural hardwood growths and overcast them at a quicker rate than our native trees can grow. They are very hard to kill and unfortunately requires chemicals applied to the root system to completely kill them. The only known solution is to try Quarantine this species of bug to stop the spread. Removing Ailanthus trees has always been a good move but now more than ever. This is not a new problem but people in Winchester have been made more aware of this since The Winchester Star printed an article about it. If everyone removed their Ailanthus trees it would definitely help curve the spread. This is not a reality since not everyone is aware, unwilling to pay for "unnecessary" tree removal or simply don't care. Even if everyone removed these trees it would still fall on the state to remove hundreds of thousands of these trees. Ailanthus are super prvelant along highways and unmantanned areas. Bottom line is the Winchester Virginia area will have a lot of tree suffer as a result of the Spotted Lantern Fly. Here of some useful links to help identify Ailanthus trees and the Spotted Lantern fly.

https://ext.vt.edu/agriculture/commercial-horticulture/spotted-lanternfly.html" target="_blank">http://https://ext.vt.edu/agriculture/commercial-horticulture/spotted-lanternfly.html

https://extension.psu.edu/tree-of-heaven" target="_blank">http://https://extension.psu.edu/tree-of-heaven

https://www.winchesterstar.com/winchester_star/spotted-lanternflies-have-infested-winchester/article_19ac277c-846a-5d9b-87c1-a2de21130a55.html" target="_blank">http://https://www.winchesterstar.com/winchester_star/spotted-lanternflies-have-infested-winchester/article_19ac277c-846a-5d9b-87c1-a2de21130a55.html

2019 Fleet

Posted on December 24, 2019 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (3)

Having the right equipment is important in any field. This could not be more true in the tree care industry. We have always had decent but old equipment. We have made do and learned to be partial mechanics. Also how to adapt and deal with down times. It has taken a couple years to establish enough business credit to be able to make these new purchases. We are very proud of our new equipment. It not only makes us look more the professional tree service that we are, but it also has made us more efficient. It gave us a morale boost as well. We have some big payments to make but this has not changed our great prices at all. This was a calculated maneuver made at the right time. It has already been factored in to our budget. With trade ins and down payments this seriously has made zero change in the way we estimate jobs. I personally was always worried that with new stuff would force big changes. It would make this less passion and more work based. It would lock us into prices and force us to grow fast. We do not want to grow too fast and lose the small town feel that we strive for. Our goal is still to provide the Winchester, VA area with the best possible tree care services available. Still offering tree removal, tree trimming, tree pruning, stump grinding, stump removal, storm damage and emergency work at affordable rates. Our new fleet consists of a 2019 F350 for hauling around our large trailer. A 2019 F750 with PJ forestry dump bed. A 2019 Bandit XTC 200 Pro series Wood Chipper. Old Town Tree is excited for 2019. We just hope it stops raining soon.

Special Thanks To All Our Customers

Posted on December 19, 2019 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (2)

We really appreciate all of our success and we attribute it all to our customers. As a consumer everyone has the right to hire whomever they want. That is why we strive to be the best we can, to get our name out there as much as possible and be known for high quality of tree services in the Winchester, VA area. Tree work can be difficult and challenging. To perform tree work well takes a lot of experience and effort. We hope that we make it look effortless and easy. Our goal is always to try and subtly impress our customers. In recent months Old Town Tree has grown. We have purchased all new 2019 equipment. We seriously couldn't have grown without the help of our great customers referring us. We hope to continue providing the high quality of safe and affordable tree care to this area. We also hope that YOU continue to fuel us by choosing Old Town Tree. Again big ups to our customers!!!!

Tree House Experiments

Posted on December 16, 2019 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (2)

Old Town Tree and Landscaping built a tree house. A couple of my neighbors wanted a tree fort/deer stand/hang out spot. We normally focus on our tree removal and tree pruning thing. It was hard to pass up this fun oppertunity though. It sits about 35' in the air and is structurally sound. It sways with the wind and hopefully will expand with the tree's growth. There is even a wood stove with a chimeny that directs smoke an additional 15' up and away from the roof. I hope they enjoy this adventure for many years to come. 

PLEASE NEVER TOP TREES

Posted on June 29, 2017 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (2)

Topping trees is an outdated practice that is extremly detrimental to a tree's health. It sends the tree into a shocked state that draws resources in an unnatural way. Often times ppl are trying to control or manage a tree's height or size. When trees are topped they may look managable but they look terrible. Then within the next few years multiple unnatural limbs grow back in place of what was taken off. The tree is now, not only the same height, but also multiple times more clustered. These branches are also weaker and more apt to have problems down the road. If you don't belive me just google tree topping. Don't type in good or bad and see the results for yourself. Also i'd be weary of the tree care professional that reccomends this practice.

Heavy pruning of big Oaks

Posted on June 18, 2017 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (1)

The best time to prune witl always be in the Fall/Winter. That being said most people call for pruning in the Spring/Summer when the foliage is out. Trees have expended lots of energy producing this foliage and on new growth. It takes energy to heal cuts made by arborists. Energy they don't always have to expend in warmer months. Warmer months are also when insects are most active. They are attracted to the fresh cuts and sometimes carry diseases. If pruning is done in these months it should be light and for specific purpose. Also iof large limbs are to be removed it should be done in multi phased attack. 

Root barrier installation

Posted on June 15, 2017 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)

I love it when a customer chooses to do something that will keep their favorite tree healthy when removal seems like the only option. I have had several customers concernced about the roots of their trees doing damage to the foundation of their homes. I was called to do removals and stump grinding. Root barrier systems are a great way to protect a homes foundation from large tree roots that are too close. It is pretty easy to install but does require some knowledge. this is not always a viable solution but when it works out boy do i feel good about it. It is also way less exspensive than complete removal.


Winter

Posted on December 2, 2016 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (1)

Winter time is the best time to prune most trees. Also it is the slower time of the year for tree work so we offer better deals. 

Big Tree Loungin

Posted on April 11, 2016 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (1)

Just relaxing after a LARGE Maple removal. I'm 6' even FYI.



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