Knots To Know For Arborists

Figure 2 Sheet Bend

I have been in the arboriculture industry for over 30 years and the industry has certainly evolved and changed over that time. The education on proper pruning techniques has improved and we now have many more tools available to get the work done. When I started working in the field the primary tools that we […]

Safe Practices Handling Storm Damaged Trees

Storm Damaged Trees

Summertime is here in the Midwest which means thunderstorms and the potential for severe weather.  Severe weather and trees are a bad combination, in many cases resulting in damage to the tree as well as surrounding structures or other targets.  Summer can be of heightened risk as our deciduous trees have all their leaves, which […]

Hydration For Safety and Peak Performance

Larch - Hydration

It has been an extremely dry spring in our area along with hot temperatures, which appears to be continuing into the summer season. This is great news for beach seekers and water park enthusiasts, but these types of conditions prevent challenges for our trees as well as for anyone who works outside. Hydration is critical […]

Arbor-Culture: Balancing Act, part 2:

How does KTS keep balance? When we were developing a program, we knew the program needed to be simple to understand, visual and directly applied to every single team member. We developed and implemented the Performance Triangle. Safety is the foundation of the triangle and like any triangle, no side is more important than the […]

Arbor-Culture – All Things New And Shiny

Climbing Gear

I have been involved in the tree industry as a climbing arborist for more than 25 years. The industry was much different when I started my career. We were taught to free climb without being secured, which was an everyday norm. Work Positioning Lanyards were basically unheard of and often referred to as “sissy straps.” […]

The International Society of Arboriculture defends Tree Care Professionals

Bucket Truck Pruning

“Big Bad Wood”, a television show appearing on the National Geographic Channel is a reality program centered on the dangers of tree work. Rather than highlighting tree work performed by professionals using industry safety standards, it glorifies dangerous situations when proper precautions aren’t taken. The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and the Tree Care Industry […]

Illinois Arborist Association newsletter features article by Tim Ayers, Safety Manager at Kramer Tree Specialists

  “Changing Safety Culture” was an article recently published in the IAA quarterly newsletter, Illinois Trees. This newsletter is sent to all members of the Illinois Arborist Association, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating its’ members on proper tree care. The IAA has over 1200 members and promotes professional industry practices. Tim Ayers oversees […]

National Safety Council & TCIA Accreditation

Within the past month, we have become a member of the National Safety Council and have been re-accredited through the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA).  Both these achievements are integral in staying up to date with the most innovative safe work practices and our continuing effort towards providing the highest level of client satisfaction. With […]