75' Dead Backyard Elm Tree Removal

With houses on either side, powerlines, and a fence, every piece of this 75' tree had to be lowered down by rope.  Since it was in the back yard, there was no arial lift access.  

Don't plant Bradford Pear Trees

The storms over the weekend have been keeping us busy.  Much of the cleanup work has been from Pear Trees. These trees look nice and uniform as they grow, but they are a very soft wood and break easily.  Often we will find the whole tree toppled over.  Here are two photos from trees we've worked on.  Both are Pear trees.

75' Maple

We just tackled this monster of a maple tree.  It stood 75' tall and 6.5' across.

New Chipper

American Arborist just got a new chipper.  It takes much bigger pieces of wood and processes them much faster than the previous chipper.  Watch it work!

60-70 mph gusts of wind

7:40 pm on July14 Omaha has had 60 mile per hour winds.  Trees are reported down all over town.  Call if you are one of the unfortuante ones with tree damage.  Dan Sundermeier (402)478-8733

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Bucket truck in action

We cut down this 80 foot cottonwood in one day.
American Arborist now has a 60 foot reach boom truck to make jobs quicker and safer. Here it is in use taking out a silver maple tree.

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Catalpa Trees

It is a very busy time right now for tree timming and removals.  This week I have been reminded why the catalpa tree is my favorite tree in Omaha because this tree has been in full bloom. This tree grows giant leaves, it flowers, and almost never has any problems.

The City of Omaha Marks Arbor Day

from City of Omaha Mayor's Office 

First National Bank (FNB) joined with the City of Omaha today in a tree planting ceremony to celebrate Arbor Day at North Omaha’s Miller Park. Mayor Jim Suttle presented an Arbor Day proclamation and representatives from the Arbor Day Foundation, Lanoha Nurseries and First National Bank were on hand. 
“I’d like to thank First National Bank for organizing today’s Arbor Day Celebration,” Mayor Suttle said.  “Your commitment to bringing sustainable practices to your business sets a proud example for others to follow.  These trees will beautify  Miller Park and our entire community.”
The tree planting ceremony marks the end of a six-month “green” initiative in which First National Bank, in partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation, pledged to make a donation to the Arbor Day Foundation to plant a tree for each customer who signed up to receive electronic statements.
In total, more than 11,000 new customers signed up for electronic statements, resulting in a donation to the Foundation to plant in forests in need as designated by the Foundation.

The tree was hollow under the trunk.

American Arborist to the rescue!  This tree became too heavy for its poor root structure and fell on a car in the street.

Just another day at the office.

What's eating YOUR tree?

This tree was riddled with ants, unbeknown to the owner.  One cross section of the trunk showed much of it hollowed out by these insects.

American Arborist grinds stumps

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We just finished a job with 4 large maple trees. Here is a photo of one of the more difficult trees. This one was over two sheds, a patio, a fence, and a house. Most of it had to be lowered down piece by piece. The trunk was about 40 inches across.

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The Top 10 Man-made Tree Killers

  1. Soil compaction and root damage
  2. Topping and harmful cuts
  3. Over-Thinning and Canopy elevations
  4. Over-watering
  5. Neighboring tree removals
  6. Planting too deep
  7. Wrong tree/wrong place
  8. Cambial injuries to trunk
  9. Poor cabling and damage repair
  10. Over fertilizing or treating

Topping is Bad

Topping is the practice of cutting a tree down to a desired height.  The cuts made are in the middle of the branch and the hope is that some new branches will then grow at this new height.  It is a practice considered harmful to the tree and is punishable by a fine when done by a licensed arborist.  The tree is never really very healthy again.  Here are some examples of tree topping:

If you are considering topping your tree, don't.  It would be better just to remove the tree entirely.  If you are worried about the height of the tree, or certain branches, contact an arborist and get some advice on how to care for the tree.

New Business Cards

If you haven't gotten my new business card yet, and would like one, please call or write me and I will be sure to get you a few.  This business is based largely on referrals, so any referrals you send my way would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks again to Daryl Anderson of Clark Creative Group for the help with the logo usage.

Spring Cleaning

Spring is a great time to trim your tree.  The tree has not dedicated much energy into growing leaves yet and cuts are less likely to get infection.  If you notice that your tree has some damage from winter, give me a call for a free estimate and consultation.

Trim your shrubs now

Now is the best time to trim your bushes and shrubs.  Spring trimming will allow the bush to fill in correctly, especially if you are performing some drastic reduction. Call me for any estimates or questions about your tree or shrub needs.

Iowa Ice Storm

Residents of Carroll, Harlan, and other cities in Iowa were hit last month with several ice storms.  Most of the trees in the towns were affected by the ice.  The above picture is from Carroll, IA.  American Arborist is now offering services in Iowa to help the cities recover from the storm.

Mulching 201

Mulching does many things:

  • Protects soil from extremes in temperature and moisture
  • Inhibits the growth of weeds
  • Protects the trunks of trees from injury
  • Can add organic matter to the soils
Lots of different materials qualify as mulch, from rocks to recycled rubber, but the most effective mulch in the urban landscape is arborist wood chips. Why?
Coarse woody debris, or wood chips, break down slowly and release their stored energy back into the ground for use by other plants. Interestingly, their slow release rate is less likely to overstimulate plants in the way that a commercial fertilizer or compost would do.

Wood chips also require a fungal relationship to break down. This fungal symbiosis then reacts with roots of plants in a form called mychorizae (see image above), which is neither root or fungus, but a whole new organism benefiting both. Fungal growth also inhabits the niche that weeds like to grow in.

In other words, more fungal activity in soils equals less weeds!

Mulching 101

Mulching with coarse woody debris protects trees from mechanical damage, mitigates soil temperature and moisture extremes, and helps build soils. Here are some tips to mulch properly:
  1. Avoid mulching the trunk of trees. (See the diagram above)
  2. Mulch as wide an area as possible.
  3. The best mulches are full of organic coarse debris, like arborist wood chips.
  4. Get rid of turf and weeds by sheet mulching.
  5. Mulch thick -4 inches deep - to inhibit weed growth.
That's about it - if you need wood chips in the Omaha area please contact us, American Arborist would be happy to provide them for you.

Career Opportunities

American Arborist is actively seeking help for the 2010 season. Any interested persons should apply to dsundermeier@gmail.com. Submit your resume, references, and skill sets.

Spring 2010

Did your trees get damaged by the ice and snow this winter? Contact us for consultation and FREE estimates. Don't wait until the snow melts to contact us! We are lining up our jobs in preparation for the nice weather.