Common Winter Time Tree Damages & Preventative Measures You Can Take

Winter trees along a dirt roadTrees can be the number one victim of cold weather. The reason for your tree’s deterioration is not just because of one thing but because of many things that accumulated through time. When your tree is under stress, it is more vulnerable to pests, diseases, and other factors that can affect its health. The cold weather, snow, and salt is scattered on the road can have an adverse effect on your tree and eventually cause its death. In some cases, these damages show right away, but sometimes it takes time. Good news is that you can do something to minimize or even prevent damage to your trees in the winter season.

People and animals are not the only ones who get affected by the cold winter season—even trees are put under stress, mainly if they are not accustomed to the temperature. As much as possible, plant a tree in their safe areas. Flower-producing trees are most vulnerable to winter cold, which is why it is best to plant them where there are barriers that can block the wind from directly hitting them. It could be a fence, building, or other trees. With the help of a barrier, the temperature will not fluctuate too quickly.

During the cold season, trees can have frost crack or shrinkage due to the frost. These cracks usually go deep, and because of the cold temperature, the outer layer of the tree will shrink more quickly. It leaves the tree susceptible to damage, especially in the trunk. Don’t try to self-diagnose your tree, instead call a certified arborist so you will know what to do with your tree.

Trees shed their leaves off in the winter, and this leaves the tree open to a lot of outside factors. In times of bright winter days, the sun shines as if it’s summer. The heat of the sun together with the cold temperature is a deadly combination for trees. It can lead to irreversible damages and sunscald. This is especially the case for younger trees that have thinner barks. Sunscald destroys the healthy cells in the bark that result in damage. The bark eventually gets cracks and falls away. You can prevent sunscald by wrapping the limbs come winter. You should not forget to remove the wrap when spring comes.

The cold season can be frustrating, especially if you have trees that are vulnerable to damage. Although we cannot do anything about ice and snow, the damage they can brig can be eliminated or minimized at the least. Snow damage happens when the limbs or the entire tree breaks. This is typically the car for evergreen trees. Evergreen trees tend to have an increased surface area that traps more snow. The branches become heavier, especially the tips of the limbs. A straightforward way to prevent this damage is to shake the snow off the limbs. You can also tie limbs together using a soft rope for added support. Don’t forget to remove the cord once the spring comes. Regardless of the damage, your tree incurred during winter, it is best to call a certified arborist to assess the overall health of your tree. Avoid making decisions without being adequately informed by a professional because you may be causing more harm than good to your tree. Pruning or trimming your tree without professional help can be very dangerous to the welfare of your tree, which is why it is best to contact a reputable tree company as soon as winter starts.

In conclusion, you can only do so much to protect your tree from getting damaged. Some winter damages cannot be avoided, but you can do something to minimize its effect. There are preventive measures that you can take to give your tree a fighting chance against the cold weather. If you need more help regarding the health of your tree, it is best to contact a professional tree service company to give you an extensive diagnosis if the overall health of your tree.

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7 Must-Have Tree Trimming Tips

Are you looking for tips on safe tree trimming? You came to the right place. Keep reading, and be informed.

 

Tree Trimming Safety

Perhaps you have done the simple trimming on your Christmas tree before. However, when it comes to eliminating broken or dead branches from a tree is a different story. Tree trimming is more than cutting branches—it requires a specific set of skills and the right equipment.

Performing tree trimming involves climbing the tree using hand-held tools such as chainsaws and trimmers. Tall trees require the use of an aerial lift to access branches that need to be trimmed. If you cut your tree without the proper knowledge and the right tools, you put yourself and your tree in danger. Tree trimming entails adequate training and experience, which is why professionals should do it.

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Keep these tips in mind before trimming your trees:

  1. Wear the right PPE.

Don’t go to war without your armor. Make sure to keep your hands protected by wearing safety gloves. Wear a nonconductive hard hat if you’re working near electric lines. You will be exposed to wood particles and dust when trimming, which is why wearing goggles is imperative. Chainsaws and trimmers can produce a loud noise, so make sure to wear earplugs. You may need to climb the tree so secure yourself with non-slip footgear.

 

  1. Every tree is different. Plan your action carefully.

A different tree requires a different trimming approach. You may need a ladder for one tree, while you can handle the other just by climbing. In some instances, you will need an aerial lift or a safety harness to reach the branches that need trimming. Make sure not to use dull equipment because it can be harmful to you and your tree.

Be aware of the weather for the day. Put off the job on another day if you’re expecting bad weather, especially if you need to climb the tree. Inspect the site for any hazardous circumstances such as power lines and broken branches. Clean and keep your tools in check to make sure they perform well.

 

  1. Protect the people around you.

Put signs around your work area to warn your coworkers and pedestrians. If your tree is near the road, you should wear high visibility clothing. Consider the road’s speed limit so you can decide which signs are necessary.

 

  1. Work with a partner.

We always recommend working with a partner when trimming trees. Have someone who will stay on the ground while you work on cutting branches. Have proper training on how to do CPR and first aid in case something worse happens.

 

  1. Use nonconductive tools when working near power lines.

If you will require the use of a ladder or pole trimmers, make sure they are made of nonconductive materials. If these tools touch anything with electricity, you can end up being electrocuted. Working near power lines requires more precautionary measures to ensure you don’t get injured. Sometimes, even a downed power line can cause serious injury, so make sure to be extra careful.

 

  1. Don’t work too close power lines.

Keep a safe distance from electric lines. Never turn off power lines if you are not trained or authorized to do it. It is best to contact the utility service if you need to work close to a power line. They should be the one to de-energize the line before you begin your work.

 

  1. Assess the tree for weak and broken branches or limbs before you climb.

Remove weak and broken limbs as you climb. Don’t step on dead or split branches because they can break and cause you to fall. Climb the tree one step at a time, using separate limbs as support. You may need to use an aerial lift to access tall trees, but don’t attempt to do it unless you are trained in operating this equipment.

Playing Music in Bars and Restaurants- Cautions When Allowing Broadcast Stations to Play in Retail Outlets

Recently in the news, a bar was forced to stop playing live music because of a lawsuit filed by BMI, charging them with not paying royalties for the use of its music. Because of the popularity of these types of entertainment areas nowadays, it is right to talk about the cautions involved in playing music in bars and restaurants. It is worth reminding retail outlets, as well as bars and restaurants, to pay music royalties to BMI, ASCAP, SESAC, even GMR when they use their music in their bars and restaurants. They don’t need to pay if the situation fits them to the particular exceptions where they get away with the payment. 

For small businesses, employees are allowed to use a device to play music at home. They can have their audio devices for personal entertainment. The exceptions are different when it comes to larger businesses. They can be exempted if they meet specific rules. 

The exceptions are based on two factors. The first one is the physical size of the bar, restaurant, or retail store and the second one is the number of broadcast receivers it uses. These exceptions are only applicable when the business uses an FCC-licensed TV station or radio, given that the originator of the programming paid the right fees. If the industry enjoys this exception, it cannot charge an entrance fee. Moreover, the business should fall into one of these categories:

  1. The size of the physical store, bar, or restaurant should be less than 2,000 gross square feet, or for foodservice and drinking establishments, it should be less than 3750 gross square feet. The parking area is excluded in the measurement of the total size. Also, the parking area should be used exclusively for parking and not become a patio or part of the bar during beautiful weather. 
  2. If in case the business doesn’t fit the set square footage mentioned above, then it should follow these rules:
  3. The business should only play the radio and no live music. The total number of speakers used should be no more than six, and no more than four of those can be used in one room or adjoining rooms or outdoor space. 
  4. If the bar, restaurant, or retail store use a TV, it can’t use more than 4. The size of the TV should not be bigger than 55 inches, and there should not be more than one in one room. The same rules apply for the number of speakers providing audio for the TV. There should not be more than six speakers in total and no more than four in one room. 

These exceptions are not only for consumer-type radios, but the business venue should only play a licensed radio or TV stations by FCC. It can’t use an iTunes library, or CDs, and other streaming devices. In any case that the business plays live music, or used any of the above-mentioned services, they should get a public performance license.

The 10 Most WTF Crimes Committed by Musicians

You might have already heard of Michael Todd’s, Coheed and Cambria’s bassist charges when he allegedly robbed a Walgreens pharmacy before a performance. He left empty bottles of oxycodone and hailed a taxi to Massachusetts for their band’s performance. This may sound already sound hilarious but believe me; this doesn’t even make it to the top ten when it comes baffling crimes musicians have committed. 

We have compiled some of the weirdest and WTF crimes committed by rappers, rock stars, and other musicians that will make you ask “Why did they do that?”  

Top 10 Barry White 

Barry White was seventeen years old when he stole $40,000 in Cadillac tires. He was in prison for four months for the crime. Allegedly, he was inspired by Elvis’ “It’s Now or Never” to lead a better life and focus on the music while he was in jail. 

Top 9 Johnny Cash 

In 1965, the “Ring of Fire” singer started a forest fire when his truck was set on fire at Los Padres National Forest in California. Although he never meant to start the fire, the damage was undeniable. It destroyed more than 500 acres of land and killed 49 condors. The U.S government filed a suit against him but he didn’t seem to care about the “damned yellow buzzards.” He was never arrested for it, but Cash paid $82,000 to settle the case. 

Top 8 Bob Dylan

The rock icon Bob Dylan was put under custody on July 23 in Long Branch, New Jersey, following a call from a resident reporting to the police about an “eccentric-looking old man.” The resident told police that the man entered their yard that has a “for sale” sign. 

The police officers found him, but he had no identification that is why they drove him back to his hotel. Lucky enough, Bob Dylan was able to prove his identity when the police saw oversized tour buses in the parking lot and recovered his passport. 

Top 7 Ozzy Osbourne

Ozzy Osbourne, the metal legend, is known for the many weird things he has done in his prime. He has done some crazy stuff including biting off the head of a poor bat while performing on stage, which left many baffled. In 1982, he got drunk after a performance in San Antonio Texas, and allegedly worn one of his wife’s dresses and peed on a cenotaph that was deemed sacred because it is dedicated for the dead at the Alamo. Apparently, he was arrested and charged with public intoxication after the incident. For ten years, he was not allowed to set foot at San Antonio, Texas because of the scandal.

Top 6 Sex Pistols

Even their name suggests trouble. It would be surprising (also disappointing) of this English punk rockers didn’t get charged for harassment. We aren’t even surprised to find out they did the crime to none other than the Queen of England. On a beautiful day of June 7, 1977, the Queen’s Jubilee holiday, the band sailed down the Thames River on a boat named Queen Elizabeth. The group tried to play “God Save the Queen” outside the Palace of Westminster. 

The police were able to reach their boat, while Paul Cook began to shout “No fun! No fun!” All of them were arrested. Eleven of the band members slept in jail that night.

Top 5 Max Collins 

The list will not be complete without the frontman of Eve 6, Max Collins. He was charged with indecent exposure after he performed at a music festival naked, in May 2003. He was seen playing the lounge piano and getting in the elevator. He was escorted back to his room and was arrested by police. Following that night, he was released after settling bail. 

Top 4 Jim Morrison 

Who would forget about the Lizard King? Jim Morrison tried to incite a riot at a performance in Miami, Florida, on March 1969. However, he failed and exposed his penis onstage. He was charged with lewd and lascivious behavior, indecent exposure, drunkenness, and profanity by the Dade County Sheriff’s Office. Allegedly, he was also charged with “simulated oral copulation on Robbie Krieger, their band guitarist, on the same day.  He was convicted for the crime and faced a six-month prison service. He also paid a $500 fine. Unfortunately, he died before serving his sentence. 

Top 3 Chuck Berry 

Chuck Berry is one exciting guy who fits the list. Aside from having stolen cars and being charged with armed robbery and transporting a girl across the state border for illegal purposes, his name was also dragged in a scandal where several women sued him for taking a video of them in the bathroom of the restaurant he owned in St. Louis. Reports say that he paid $1.2 million and legal fees to settle the charge. His lawyers claimed that he was a victim of someone who wants to take advantage of his money. Police found footage of women using the bathroom and a large amount of marijuana in the house during a raid. He pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of marijuana possession. 

Top 2 Boy George 

Of course, Boy George. The Culture Club frontman was charged with false imprisonment of Auden Carlsen. The Norwegian escort claimed that Boy George invited him to his home to pose for photographs. He escaped from the brandishing of whips and other sex objects after wrenching a hook out of the wall.

Top 1 DMX 

Earl Simmons in real life, this rapper is not new to jail time and has a diverse criminal record, but one incident stands out from the rest. The rapper crashed his sports car through a parking lot at Kennedy Airport after telling the attendant to let him go because he was a government employee. Police found cocaine in his car, and he was charged with criminal impersonation, menacing and driving under the influence of drugs, and criminal mischief. On December 8, 2004, the rapper pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to a conditional discharge. However, he violated it later.