Old Town Tree & Landscaping
|Posted on November 27, 2022 at 11:10 PM|
Old Town Tree loves being a part of the Winchester, VA 22601 community. We believe in giving back to the community that gives us so much support. One program we have the oppertunity of being involved with is, The Impact Program at Handley High School. It's focus is providing support for youth that have experienced loss. This program is new and can use all the support it can get.
|Posted on November 22, 2022 at 9:00 AM|
Old Town Tree has purchased a new Bandit 19XPC wood chipper. This new machine is a beast. It enables us to proccess larger pieces of wood. This in turn adds to our productivity. The less wood we have to cut and haul the better. This system makes our loads out more compact, allowing us to haul more off faster.
|Posted on November 7, 2022 at 8:20 AM|
Old Town Tree and Landscaping is at Winchester Medical Center. To be honest nobody asked me to wear this outfit but to be fair no told me not to either. Now offering themed stump grinding services in Winchester,VA 22601. Thanks Miller Tree Experts in Berryville, VA 22611 for assisting with this treeage. For this project we had to barrow a stump grinding machine that we could unlock the wheels. We had to push the machine through a hospital without the engine running. The fumes from the exhaust would have set off the smoke dectectors. This was a fun stump romoval project that we did through Reading Landscapes Inc.
Old Town Tree And Landscaping LLC is a fully licensed and insured tree comapny. We off a variety of services including tree removal and stump removal. We are focused on customer satisfaction and providing affordable tree services to the Winchester Va areas. Follow us on Facebook to keep up to date with all our special offers and seasonal promotions. Thank you for visiting our website. Call today for a free tree assessment and have one of our Certified Arborists walk your property. We can be reached by phone at (540)336-5415. Or submit a customer form submission through our website.
|Posted on October 31, 2022 at 9:25 AM|
Happy Halloween from the Old Town Tree family!!! Old Town tree is a small tree company located in downtown Winchester, VA 22601. We specialize in tree removal services, Stump grinding and tree trimming. We have been in business since 2014 and are one of the highest rated tree companies in the area. We are fully licensed and insured. All of our employees are W-2 and are covered unnder oiur workers compesation policy. Call today to have one of our Certified Arborists evaluate the trees on your property.
|Posted on October 28, 2022 at 9:45 AM|
Old Town Tree and Landscaping took on some VDOT tree projects this year. Safety is always the biggest priority when doing tree work along any roadside. Safety for our employees, pedestrians and traffic. Our goals with this project were to removed any dead or hazardous trees and prune any trees affecting visiability. We had to prune branches away from road signs and to improve the line of sight. We worked under the guidelines of the county Arborist, along with our Certified Arborist, Jack Boothe. This is not the most exciting work but it is a good service that needs to be done. It also keeps us busy through the slower months. We will tackle any tree job big or small. We carry enough insurance to submit bids on government contracting work. We also prune trees according to ANSI A300 pruning standards. Again, big shout out to Adam Durbin with Hop Skip and a Stump LLC. We grind plenty of stumps locally in Winchester, Va 22601. It is always nice to have Adam help support us on larger stump removal jobs. having him helps keep us focused on tree removal and tree trimming. It helps us meet our deadlines and we are always happy with his work!
|Posted on June 15, 2022 at 10:35 PM|
Old Town Tree and Landscaping is so proud and honored to have been voted best tree service in Winchester, Virginia. We have an amazing staff chalk full of tree care experts. Our trianed arbosist can handle any tree care needs you may have near Winchester. Old Town Tree specializes in tree removal, tree pruning and stump grinding. We also offer hazardous and dangerous tree removals. Along with 24 hour emergency tree services. We are so thankful to all of our amzaing customers. Being top rated tree service in Winchester is such an honor. We are fully licensed and insured. We alwasy off fast, free and upfront estimates and tree assessments. Let out tree experts help guide you through all your tree care needs. We look forward to hearing from you!
|Posted on May 24, 2022 at 10:30 PM|
Old Town Tree and Landscaping located in downtown Winchester Virginia 22601. This is a cool picture one of our team members took while cutting down a large tree on Jones Rd. This is one of our newest Arborist named Bub. We are a full service tree company. Offering all types of tree care services including stump removal and stump grinding.
|Posted on May 5, 2022 at 6:05 PM|
Well it is that time of year again. Old Town Tree won Best Tree Service in Winchester, Virginia in 2019. They did not do it in 2020 because of COVID but it is back up and running again this year. We are already the highest rated tree service near me in Winchester. This award is nice to win and just seems like icing on the cake. It is fun to participate in and there are a ton of businesses nominated. It will be an exciting year. Good luck to everyone nominated! https://www.winchesterstar.com/contests/starawards/#/gallery?group=412967
Old Town Tree offers a wide variety of tree care services. Such as, tree removal, tree trimming, tree pruning, storm damage, emegency tree services, stump grinding and stump removal. Please call one of our local Arborist today for a fast and free quote.
|Posted on April 5, 2022 at 1:05 PM|
I do not install many cables in trees. I honestly do not believe they really even serve a purpose. When properly installed they may brace the tree a bit and offer some additional support. The theory is that it will help keep the tree from separating as much in the wind. They can also be used to help stiffen up oddly shaped branches and even slightly guide them back into some sort of uniform structure.
I see 80% of cables in trees we work on improperly installed. Cables are only affective in the top 2/3 of the tree. This is where they add the most stability. Cables should be installed about a foot under healthy crotches. They should be as perpendicular as possible. No crazy angles or it will takes away from the strength of the cable. most of the hardware we are going to talk about using is designed to be strongest when pulled straight if that makes sense. There are many different types of cabling systems. The easiest way is to wrap around the part of the tree you are securing the cable to. This method will need to be checked on and adjusted as the tree grows. It can girdle the tree and actually choke the life out of portion above the cable. Another option is drilling through the tree and using lag bolts or some other more sophisticated/expensive system. This is definitely the most secure way that will provide the most strength. It is also the most intrusive, as you are drilling completely through the tree. I do not thin k people realize that these systems both require annual inspections and maybe adjustments. In these two approaches I have seen the long term damage that occurs. The tree tries to compartmentalize around the hole and seal itself off. Often times we have just created a slowly growing problem invites moisture and infestation. I cannot recall one tree I've worked on with cables in it that I thought the cables weren't partially responsible for causing further damage. I always wonder did the cabling help the tree stay up this long or would the tree be in better shape and just fine without the cable. I honestly believe that trees are better off with he less we do to them. Adding metal to a tree never sat right with me.
Now the 3rd option is probably the least affective but also least intrusive. Installing j or eye hooks. The reason that this method is least affective is that the hooks will probably come out and loosen up on their own. Since annual inspection is suggested, then it would not be that big of an issue to monitor and repair the hooks as needed in my opinion. One of the strengths of this system is that the hooks do not set as well. I think is is potentially a plus though. If the tree fails the cable might fail. in this system hopefully the hooks would fail and rip out of the tree. This would in theory minimize the damage to the healthier part of the tree that we are anchoring to.
I think most people assume that cables will prevent sections or trees from completely come crashing down. Cables are strong but not strong enough to support a few 1000 pound piece of tree. This is especially true when the cable is shock loaded. In that scenario tensile strength would be a factor and only give the cable about 1/10 strength to its failure point. When the cables do not fail, in my experience it trashes the rest of the tree and creates a more dangerous situation to deal with.
In conclusion it is important to understand what cables can and cannot do. What they are actually used for and how to properly install them. Also, that they may not actually achieve any unrealistic goals. Annual inspection is suggested and there are no guarantees. They can provide some peace of mind and also knowing that we are trying to take care of our trees as best we can. I have installed one cable in 7 years. I have also turned down about 100 cabling jobs in that time span. One was actually a state record sized Elm tree that I would have love to work on. When it doesn't make sense I will be the first to let a customer know. Almost every tree I have climbed that has cables had unnatural and severe damage as a result from cabling. Tree species can also be a factor in deciding if and what type of cable to install.
There are scenarios where cabling makes sense. I just think it is a lot less common than and unnecessary in most situations. I also do not like how it is promoted so hard. It seems kind of like an added thing that Arborists push to "help" trees. It is kind of expensive and may cause more damage before it does any good. This is one of the reasons I don't fully believe in Arborist certification. This is an experienced based industry and nothing can replace that. I will write another blog about my beliefs on the arborist certification. I am open to any comments on cabling. I love hearing other peoples experiences and am always open to learn more. These are just my opinions based off my life experiences in the tree care industry.
|Posted on March 26, 2022 at 7:25 PM|
A friend of mine took this photo because his wife loved these trees. She wanted to know what they were so she could plant them in their yard. These are Bradford Pear trees. they are usually the first to bloom along with Cherry, Willow and Elm trees. Do not be fooled by the short lived beauty of these invasive trees. They are very pretty when in bloom but that is about the only good thing about them. They were engineered from the Callery Pear tree. The goal was to have a manageable and nicely shaped tree for urban/suburban areas. The Bradford has a very weak structure and large limbs break off easily as they mature. They shed their white pedals almost all at once and are quite messy. People often complain about their smell as well. There is no great way to prune these trees and they require constant upkeep. I think the common answer is to top them. This actually causes them to grow back with a vengeance and will need to be re-topped often, which just costs more money and slowly kills the trees. Thinning them out and doing weight reduction pruning makes them lighter but still not a great solution. The reason these trees are really so bad is that they spread and grow so rapidly. This picture was taken off of Greenwood Rd in Winchester, VA. The area they are growing in is a county maintained area. This is a perfect time of year to drive around and see how abundant these trees are and how many there are unintentionally growing. They get into our wooded areas and completely overcast our natural hardwoods. It can be hard to cut down a tree that has been growing in your yard for so many years. The reality is as these tree mature they only become more problematic. In the long term removing these trees is not only cheaper option but it is also better for our ecosystems. There are so many better options for planting. Scarlet Maple, Dogwood, Crepe Myrtle, and Redbud trees are all native and do wonderful in Virginia. They are all low maintenance all have unique character. I found this recent link Fromhttps://www.nbc12.com/2022/03/23/three-reasons-you-should-chop-down-your-bradford-pear-trees/" target="_blank"> NBC 12 in Richmond, Virginia.