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Tales from the Tree Cutting Crypt - Killer Bee's in Tucson

Posted on July 8, 2018 at 4:27 PM Comments comments (0)
Killer Bee's in Tucson, Arizona.In Tucson, Arizona Tree Care is full of Adventure. In other parts of the country it is often mundane and full of scientific facts and routine low risk trimming. 

Here at Chris and Amanda's Tree Service we have come to expect anything. If you have been reading our "Tales from the Tree Cutting Crypt" blogs, it will not surprise you that we have ran into a bee or two.

Back in 2014 after a long summer of Tree Cutting we had a routine job that turned into anything but. A half dead California Pepper Tree Removal was supposed to be routine and as a side note the customer told us that they had seen some bee's around the tree but had done their due diligence and had a Bee Removal Company out and everything was fine. I didn't think much of it as we have ran into the occasional small colonies of bee's in the past and find them to be mostly friendly. In addition after inspecting the tree we found no hive to be seen.

Tree Removal Tucson, Arizona.So we got to cutting and removed the few shoots that remained on this old tree stump. Once those were cut we tied a rope and felled the trunk. BOOM! it hit the ground and it was almost like a cloud of bees started to fly from the top of the trunk. Wow! I thought, there still must be a few bee's left so I started cutting logs as quick as I could. With a few swift cuts and a sharp chain the trunk was sectioned and we stepped back to discuss the game plan. Around this same time Paul, one of our guys, said "ouch!" and put his hand on his forehead. "that bee just ran right into my head!" He said. "get in the Truck!" I told the crew as we all scrambled to get the doors shut. That thump in the head was a warning sign from the colony saying we will attack if you don't leave.

Now at this point the average bear would've called it quits but the tree was laying in their drive and calling it quits would mean the customer would see up to 1,000$ for leave their pocket with a bee removal company. Priding ourselves as the Best Tree Removal in Tucson we decided to give it a go. Carefully we walked close to the logs, picking one up and throwing it in the trailer. With in a minute or two the Kamikaze Bee's would thump one of us in the head and we would scurry back to the truck. This process repeated itself for hours until the tree was load. With the moving of the logs the bee's seem to disperse and towards the end there was only a few stragglers left.

Tree Service Tucson, Arizona.Chris and Amanda's Tree Service prides itself in being a recycling, environmentally friendly Tree Service In Tucson and we felt a sense of pride having completed the work. One of our guys ventured to the old logs and pulled a piece of honeycomb and we all ate some. Wow it was great! I cant tell you how it melted in our mouths and had a little bit of flaky texture.

It took us no time at all to pull all the honeycombs out and put it into bags splitting the prize between all of us. The memory of this day makes me think fondly on bee's and the next time you are Tree Trimming in Tucson and see a bee just know that they are in the process of storing a tasty treat in Tucson.

For the record, we do not recommend going anywhere near a bee hive and we have had dozens of jobs for Tree Removal in Tucson that we have had to reschedule due to bee's. Properly trained staff should be used for Africanized Bee's and we have used bee suits in the past when needed. But with that said, you can hire us with confidence knowing that we have seen it all at Chris and Amanda's Tree Service when it comes to Tree Trimming in Tucson, Arizona.

Tree Trimming in Tucson. How to trim a Mesquite tree.

Posted on June 24, 2018 at 2:51 AM Comments comments (0)
Tree Trimming in Tucson is often an adventure. Over the years I have learned to understand the mistakes that are made when it comes to Trimming multi trunk or branched tree's. Tucson is full of tree's that grow 30 feet wide and only 20 feet tall. So it is important to understand the correct way to trim a tree in Tucson.

Chris and Amanda's Tree Service is a local combination of education and long time Tucson experience's. This history in Tucson has allowed us to develop a deep understanding of the harmony between desert, freeze, soil and drought. All of these factors are combined to come up with a complete tree trimming doctrine when it comes to our mesquite's.

Attached is our video about "How to trim a Mesquite Tree in Tucson" 

















The video above is informative but if video's are not your thing I will continue to explain the inner workings of how to trim a Mesquite Tree in Tucson, Arizona.

First thing that one must understand is that Trimming Tree's does not make them healthy. Often one believes that if you love your Tree you will trim it and the tree will be happy. Not True. Cutting opens the cambium layer and exposes the tree to micro organisms, the reaction of the tree is to kill that section off. Trimming is good for the tree when done at infancy to train proper branch growth and structural development.

Second thing to consider is that you should attempt to trim your Tucson Tree in a way that you will not have to do it again. With the above said, making educated cuts to train your tree into areas it can grow to maturity is crucial. If a branch will need to be cut year after year it is often beneficial to remove the branch so the tree can dedicate energy to area's that will be allowed to stay.

How to Trim a Mesquite Tree? Native Mesquite Tree's are special and different than the Chilean Mesquite. With that said I will attempt to explain trimming in a way that applies to both. Tucson Tree's need their lower branches. First and foremost, do not remove any major branches off your Mesquite tree unless it is necessary. The lower branches increase health by allowing more moisture to be pulled from the ground and are stagers that help pull through evaporation to a certain point. In addition the lower branches are buffering branches for the wind, slowing it down before it hits the top section, removing lower branches will lollipop your Tree and leave it naked for the wind to leverage it and destroy it. Lower branches point out in the direction the wind is coming from increasing their strength. Also leaving the lower branches will keep your top from growing taller and out of control.

After identifying the need for lower branches you want to clean the center. Cleaning is the removal of deadwood and shoots. Use caution to not lion's tale your branches too far out as removing shoots to far hurts the tree. You see, shoots are in the process of survival of the fittest and removing the higher up ones very possibly is removing a future branch your tree will need.

After cleaning the center your want to layer your tree. This is the removal of minor lower lateral branches off the parent branch that crowd the branch below. Providing a little space will allow room for future growth while allowing would to raise your canopy without removing major branches.

Deadwood in the canopy should be left alone as it is directly related to watering not to trimming. If one wants no deadwood in the outer canopy one should water more. (watch our video "how to water a Tree in Tucson" as it is an education on the difference between a textbook and Tucson)

Crossing branches should be addressed if smaller than 3 inches. Larger ones should not be removed as it can cause structural failure to the branch that was being supported and is often removing too much of the tree's foliage in a given area.

Attention reader! Do not top your branches or attempt to do a crown reduction. Tucson is too dry and cold for this and while phoenix may get away with it, we can not. Reducing the size of your Tree is like asking your 16 year old to stop growing. It's not realistic.

If possible you want to trim your tree with increased water before and after and make proper cuts per ANSI Pruning Standards. While chilean mesquites grow like a weed, our Native Velvet does not and you will ruin an artistic desert survivor if you cut aggressively on a Velvet Mesquite in Tucson.

We hope this information was helpful and that it helps increase the tree IQ of Tucson. While we are still learning we hope to help other catch up and this will make Tucson a better place. It hurts our heart to see tree's destroyed and while everyone makes mistakes we feel like following this basic guideline of How To Trim a Mesquite Tree in Tucson will help all of us care for the old pueblo in a way that will help future generations. By doing our best Tree Trimming Tucson will be better for years to come.