As arborists, a part of our tree care services includes tree removal. For years I have viewed wood and logs as a nuisance on job sites, often resulting in paying to dump at the landfill only for them to be destined for mulch. A part of me felt guilty in not doing more with the wood. We cut some for personal use as firewood and to give to friends and staff, but we still ended up tossing most of it. Over the past few years conversations with other arborists at conferences often led to the topic of turning urban wood into usable lumber for framing or fine woodworking.

Black Knot is a common affliction to many types of trees in North America. It spreads quickly, and cannot be dealt with using chemical means. Instead, knowing how to recognize various stages of the disease will help you to catch it and manage it appropriately!

Knowing how to protect yourself when working with the trees on your property is of upmost importance! The right equipment and clothing can make a huge difference in keeping you safe from harm.