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Spring, is that you?

We’ve been working through the snow and wind all winter, but we’re finally hitting t-shirt weather! With spring on the horizon, strong winds may cause previously compromised trees to fail. Take a few moments this spring to re-asses your tree health! Use these few simple guidelines to determine if you should call a professional:

Does the tree have a lean?

Are there any exposed roots?

Are there any active cracks in the trunk or branch unions?

TCI Expo Re-Cap

We recently returned from Pittsburgh, PA with new ideas and many new friends! TCI Expo is the largest tree care show in the world, showcasing the latest and greatest in tree care tools and education. Speakers come from across the country and world to share with us their knowledge and experience. A welcome reception was held at Heinz Field, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers! Expo is a great place to “branch out” and stay on the forefront of our always changing industry!


I recently traveled to Madison to attain my Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ). TRAQ is as an instructor-led credential that demonstrates professional knowledge in tree risk assessment through participation in a training course and passing its accompanying exam. The TRAQ program offers tree care professionals the opportunity to expand their knowledge of the fundamentals of tree risk assessment by learning a standardized, systematic process for assessing tree risk and providing information to tree owners and risk managers for making informed decisions that will promote the safety of people and property and enhance tree benefits, health, and longevity. Through education and training, arborists will learn strategies to systematically identify and assess tree risk.

Certified Tree Care Safety Professional (CTSP)

Haas Tree Care, LLC Owner Gains Certified Treecare Safety Professional Status

Luke Haas recently completed the Certified Treecare Safety Professional (CTSP) program offered by the Tree Care Industry Association.  The CTSP program allows one or more key employees at a given company to become certified tree care safety experts, thereby empowering and encouraging a culture of safety within that organization.  

Maintaining a Certified Treecare Safety Professional on staff means that organizations are committed to safe practices in arboricultural operations.  CTSP’s are kept abreast of the latest technological advances and regulatory activities affecting the industry through the TCIA safety network, and must commit to ongoing education in the safety field in order to maintain their certification.  

Because safety regulations and industry standards are continually evolving, the ongoing education requirement is vital to maintaining a legitimate safety program within a given company. In order to fulfill program requirements, CTSP’s must complete a study guide, attend a two-day training workshop, and pass a rigorous exam.  Once certified, CTSP’s must complete at least 30 hours of training others, or receiving education themselves, every three years.

Consumers can have greater peace of mind with the knowledge that hiring a tree care company with a CTSP on staff helps to ensure safe and professional arboricultural work on their property.

About the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA)

Founded in 1938, TCIA is a public and professional resource on trees and arboriculture. It has more than 2,000 member companies who recognize stringent safety and performance standards and who are required to carry liability insurance. With access to the latest and best safety standards and training, the typical TCIA member company has 50 percent fewer accidents than a typical non-member. An easy way to find a tree care service provider in your area is to use the “Locate Your Local TCIA Member Companies” program. You can use this service by calling 1-800-733-2622 or by doing a ZIP Code search on

For more information about the Tree Care Industry Association, visit  For more information regarding the Certified Treecare Safety Professional program at TCIA or to obtain digital photos, contact Peter Gerstenberger or Irina Kochurov at (800) 733-2622 or email,

2018 Year In Review

Taking the top out of a dead white pine on an island. Nov. 2018

Thank you for a great 2018! We were fortunate to have nice weather which allowed us to move from one project to the next as fast as possible! We worked from the stretches of Wausau to Rome, Niellsville to Stevens Point.

Emerald Ash Borer continues to be a looming problem for our surrounding communities, remember to inject your ash trees this coming spring! Spruce trees suffered heavy losses this year due to our snowfall in April. The wet conditions allowed fungal disease to thrive, prompting us to remove many wind breaks due to dieback. We continue to prune many Autumn Blaze maples, their growth rate is incredible!

We took part in many Kid’s Climb events throughout the state this year, most notably at Farm Tech Days in Marshfield. An approved structure was erected and we donated hours of time and equipment to ensure the event ran smoothly. Keep your eye out for more great Kid’s Climb events in 2019!

Thank you again for a great 2018! We look forward to serving our great communities for years to come!

Emergency Tree Removal

This tree had some giant roots severed due to new construction being done. We received a phone call from one of our previous clients asking if we could remove the trees ASAP due to the concrete being poured the next day. Luckily, we were able to cancel a job and rush to the site so we could remove these trees before a brand new garage was sitting directly below them. Be sure to identify any trees that may be in the way when planning your new project!

Turf Friendly Equipment

The secret behind leaving your yard looking better than before we came is our commitment to having turf friendly equipment. Unless hazardous, all our trees are professionally climbed by an ISA Certified Arborist®. The material is removed from the yard by our small mini articulating loader, which has large turf tires to disperse the weight. If preferred, we can control each piece to the ground using ropes. This method allows us to gently place each piece on the ground and place the branch in the preferred direction. Give us a call to see what we can do for you!

Emerald Ash Borer

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was confirmed in several counties throughout central WI in the past couple of years. EAB is a devastating pest that is causing most ash trees to die, similar to the caliber of Dutch Elm Disease of the 1970’s-1980’s. The first signs of EAB are woodpecker damage in the upper canopy of the tree, followed by tip dieback in the crown. Look for bark “blonding” to occur, which occurs from the woodpeckers looking for the EAB larva. As the tree health declines, you’ll begin to see epicormic sprouting and cracks throughout the tree. At this point, the odds of your tree living are slim to none. One option to preserve your tree is trunk injection, Arborjet has introduced the Tree I.V method. Holes are drilled into the base of the tree and the chemical TREE-äge® is uptaken through transpiration. The best time for the injection is spring time!

Wisconsin Arborist Association Kid’s Climbs

We’ve had some busy weekends this summer helping out at various kid’s climb events throughout the state. In our small central WI area, we’ve had over 700 kids and some adults up in the trees! The kid’s climbs are put on to raise awareness about the Wisconsin Arborist Association as well as bring to light the importance of proper tree work! Watch for another local event and get your kid’s to reach new heights!

White Pines in a Tight Spot!

Taking down towering white pines in a graveyard isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of fun, but we found it rather entertaining! This job was months in the making, with a few different visits to the site to prepare a game plan.

The trees were located directly in the middle of the cemetery, meaning there was no lift access, so they had to be brought down by a climber. A crane may be used in this situation; however, a very large crane would have been needed and we were trying to keep the expense as low as possible for the church. We worked directly over several headstones, many of them with dates that could no longer be read.

Each tree was pieced down to about 15 feet before we could drop the trunk. One of the trunks had a World War 2 veteran buried directly under it, so we had to build a barricade of logs to protect his resting place. Amazingly, each of the trees had a fair amount of decay in them! We’re glad we could provide our services to help take down these old growth pines, enjoy the video!