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ACRT Urban Forestry Training

In Westchester Tree Life’s dedicated effort to further cultivate its ever broadening culture of safety, teamwork, professionalism and arboriculture, its employees recently engaged in its annual ACRT Urban Forestry Training.

 
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In early December, the entire company went to Wagon Wheel Camp in Chappaqua, NY to participate in several safety training, safety awareness and teamwork building exercises during a three day collective.  ACRT professional, Keith Norton, lead classes in line clearance operations, electrical hazards, aerial rescue, knot tying skills, tree identification and much more.  Once employees successfully completed the training they became certified (or, re-certified) Line Clearance Arborists.

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As an employee of Westchester Tree Life and a ISA certified, tree-care safety professional, I will be the first to say that the knowledge we attain during this training is not only invaluable in the field but in other aspects of life as well.  During the three days we spent about half of our time learning in the classroom and the other half outdoors participating in guided, interactive tutorials.  We saved dummies from trees in mock aerial rescues, engaged in climbing skills tests that stress a full spectrum of safety awareness, participated in electrical safety exercises involving all aspects of associated risk potentials—all while under the seasoned eye of ACRT professionals.  

 
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This training helps to build a culture of safety, teamwork, camraderie and mindfulness as well as instilling a framework of problem solving skills that extend into many other areas of life.  Westchester Tree Life is more than just a company; it is a synergistic family, that is actively concerned with the well being of its members, and the community around it.

Outdoor Tree Decorating Service

Westchester Tree Life is offering outdoor tree decorating service this holiday season!  Whether you are looking to light the trees in the front of your Westchester home or business, we can help!  Call Westchester Tree Life today to schedule your outdoor tree decorating service:  (914) 238-0069

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Call (914) 238-0069 today to schedule your outdoor holiday tree decorating service!

Community Sing, Tree Lighting & Historic Crafts Workshop

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This year, Westchester Tree Life participated in the Community Sing, Tree Lighting and Historic Crafts Workshop in Chappaqua, New York!  We teamed up with the New Castle Historical Society of Chappaqua to assist with the tree lighting for a fun community event.  We were excited to see so many families come out for this cozy celebration in Westchester.

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Call Westchester Tree Life today to reserve the time you would like our team to come out to light your tree(s).  Simply tell us your design goals and our team will do their best to make your holiday vision come true!

Summer Landscape Checklist

Maintaining a beautiful and healthy lawn this summer is easy with our summer landscape checklist!  Our team of professionally trained arborists are here to assist you with any chores you have on your summer landscape checklist.  To request an online consultation, click here.

Prune Trees & Shrubs

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Summertime is the ideal time to prune trees and shrubs!  Removing dead, damaged and diseased branches from your trees helps to prevent insect and decay from infecting your tree.  The thinning of a dense tree canopy increases the tree’s airflow and sunlight, which results in fewer diseases and maladies.  Properly pruning your trees and shrubs can be tricky, if you’ve never done it before; call Westchester Tree Life at (914) 238-0069 to schedule a pruning service.

Landscaping

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Keep your lawn looking it’s best with landscaping services this summer.  Taking the time to map out your yard’s landscape will keep maintenance streamlined and stress-free.  If you are unable to maintain a neatly manicured landscape, schedule landscaping services!

Remove Tree Stumps

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Tree stumps can be an eyesore.  Westchester Tree Life has the equipment and professional training to safely remove tree stumps!  Removing a tree stump will make all the difference to your landscape!

View all Westchester Tree Life’s Services here.

Westchester Mulch Guide

Did you know that mulch helps your soil to hold its moisture?  Adding organic mulch to your garden is also a fantastic way to introduce extra nutrients into your soil!  Westchester Tree Life can also create your own mulch with a wood chipping service, if you have a tree that needs to be removed; this is a great, eco-friendly way to clean up a hazardous tree.Westchester Tree Life Mulching

Benefits of Mulch

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Mulch is not only aesthetically-pleasing, it works wonders for your garden!  Mulch slows weed growth, increases soil quality and gives your property a finished, manicured look.  Overall, adding mulch to your garden will save you time and energy, making it an amazing addition.  Adding mulch to your swing set’s area is also a great idea!

Mulch Varieties

There are so many varieties of mulch to choose from.  If you are unsure which mulch would benefit your Westchester garden best, ask Westchester Tree Life!  Call Westchester Tree Life today at (914) 238-0069!

Mulch Westchester Tree Life Shredded Hardwood mulch is natural and can last anywhere from one to three years.  To add dark, rich color (and a temporary chocolatey fragrance), try Cocoa Mulch; though this is a more expensive option, you can get away with using a thin 1″ layer.  If you are looking for a sustainable, eco-friendly option, consider using compost!  Chocked full of vitamins and nutrients, compost will enrich your soil and is a perfect soil additive for new gardens.

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Fresh wood chips are a traditional mulching option which provides an elegant finish, while making use of any trees that you would like removed.  To request a consultation for a wood chipping service in Westchester County, fill out Westchester Tree Life’s online consultation form here.

A Warm Winter’s Effects on Plants

With December 2015’s warm weather keeping our area from freezing temperatures, some of us are wondering what a warm winter’s effects on plants will be come spring.  How are plants, trees and shrubs reacting to the unusually warm temperature and is there anything we can do about it?  Westchester Tree Life weighs in on a warm winter’s effects on plants.

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Determining Your Plant’s Health

When attempting to determine whether your plants, trees and shrubs are reacting adversely to the unusually warm temperatures, take into consideration the type of plant, the plant’s needs and the location which they are rooted.  How quickly cold temperatures come and go, how low the temperature drops and other environmental factors also come into play when determining how your plants are affected by a warm winter in.

A Sudden Drop in Temperature

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One of the most important factors to consider when attempting to determine your plant’s health in regards to a warm winter, are sudden temperature drops.  A sudden drop in temperature following warm weather can severely stress out plants.  Once usual winter temperatures begin to stabilize, most plants should acclimate fairly well.

Plants Budding During Winter

Mild winter temperatures and exposure to sun for a longer period of time may result in some of your plants budding during winter.  If this happens, it may yield deadly for your plant.

Have questions?  Need  professional plant health care?

Call Westchester Tree Life at  (914) 238-0069 or contact us here.

 

Trees and Your Health

New York’s tree care professionals, Westchester Tree Life believe in maintaining tree health, but did you know that trees also affect your health?  The International Society of Arboriculture has provided evidence from global research supporting the fact that forests and green spaces have a positive effect on people’s health!  Here are three ways trees and your health correlate:

Trees Benefit Your Environmental Health:

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Trees remove carbon dioxide and pollutants from the environment.  A study from the USDA shows that 100 trees remove 53 tons of carbon dioxide and 430 pounds of other air pollutants from the environment annually!

Trees Benefit Your Emotional Health:

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The next time you are searching for a new neighborhood, consider one with lots of trees and vegetation!  The United Kingdom’s conducted a national study which proved people exposed to the greenest environments have lowest levels of health inequality related to income deprivation.  The bottom line?  Lush deciduous areas of plant life and trees positively affect moods!

Trees Benefit Your Community’s Health:

Westchester Tree Life NY Tree CareTrees do a great job of keeping our community cool during the summertime.  Westchester Tree Life knows that New England heatwaves are uncomfortable; planting trees will provide shade and cut cooling costs.  A worldwide review of scientific literature showed that an urban park was an average 094 degrees Celsius cooler in the day than the surrounding metropolitan area, making warm days more tolerable.

 

March Contest

Have you entered Westchester Tree Life’s March Contest?  One lucky winner will receive our New York Nature Bundle!

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The New York Nature Bundle includes:

  • Three bundles of split firewood

  • One pint of New York Maple Syrup

  • Local New York honey

 

To Enter:

Post your favorite tree in Westchester on our Facebook or Instagram page!

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Contest ends Wednesday, April 1st, 2015!

Why Do Leaves Change Color?

Autumn is a bright and beautiful season full of vibrant foliage, but why do leaves change color?  To understand this process, we have to explain the process of photosynthesis.

Why Are Leaves Green?

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Plants absorb sunlight which transforms the water and carbon dioxide they have absorbed into oxygen and glucose.  Glucose is a kind of sugar which plants use as energy; glucose is a fundamental building block in the life of a healthy plant.

Photosynthesis is the process by which plants transform water and carbon dioxide into oxygen and glucose.  Chlorophyll  is a chemical plants have which assist  in the process  of photosynthesis.  Chlorophyll is what gives leaves their green color.

When Leaves Change Color . . .

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Once summer shifts into fall, and the days become shorter, there is less sunlight and water for the plants to absorb, therefore the plants must rest and live off of nutrients they have stored for winter.

As the bright green color fades from the leaves, we are able to see different colors which have been present in the plant all along.  The absence of chlorophyll makes it possible for us to see the underlying colors, from shades of red to plum.

Bright, Beautiful Autumn Leaves

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Some trees, such as Maple trees, keep glucose trapped within the leaf structure long after the photosynthesis process has come to a halt. A combination of cool fall temperatures and sunlight sparks a chemical reaction which transitions these leaves from green to a vibrant red.

Now that you know why leaves change color, enjoy a lovely walk through our beautiful New England foliage!