Out of Hibernation

As you can see from my previous post, we had a very active fall season.  Then winter set in for a long and cold season with not much happening around here.  We did take advantage of several excellent conferences and trade shows.  The American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA) annual conference was held in early December 2012 at the Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego, CA.  I have attended all but one of the last 16 conferences; these are events that a consulting arborist shouldn’t miss.  This meeting also marked the end of my six year tenure on the ASCA Board of Directors, an exciting and enlightening adventure.  The crew always enjoys the the Connecticut Tree Protective Association’s annual winter meeting, not only for the exceptional educational sessions but for the sumptuous family style roast beef dinner served!  New England Grows! is always an annual event for our company.  It is one of the largest and fastest growing green industry trade shows in the country, with upwards of 15,000 attendees over a three day period, providing the opportunity to meet some of the foremost green industry professionals to help us keep abreast of the most up to date concepts in tree care.  And finally, the Massachusetts Tree Wardens and Foresters Association celebrated their 100th anniversary at its annual conference this year.

But today we are trying to catch up on our fruit tree pruning before bud break begins.  Currently the temperature here in Dudley, MA is 32 degrees Fahrenheit.  Last year at this time it was in the seventies!  But the crew is out there doing their thing in the cold and the snow, with two new faces this year.  Andrew Kennerson, an accomplished tree climber has joined us as well as Zack Jacobs, an aspiring arborist.  So when spring finally breaks, we’ll be ready to tackle another season of caring for your trees.