Well, 8 months have passed since we rang in the New Year. Our trees have exited dormancy, foliated, grew a bit and are now preparing to defoliate as the cycle of life marches down the road.

It has been a busy year with several small “weather events”. Fortunately, we have been spared the dramatic weather that takes a toll on our trees. The Farmer’s Almanac is predicting a “wet, cold and snowy” winter with above normal precipitation for those of us in the Washington Metro area. I for one am not a big believer in the predictions that folks make regarding the weather. It seems as though we never know what we are going to get or where we are going to get it until we hear about it on the news as it is developing. In our business, we pay very close attention to the weather for obvious reasons. In the tree care industry, working in the rain or in unfavorable “meteorological” conditions is not only dangerous but it can turn deadly. With this, we plan and schedule work based on 2 to 3 different weather “apps” that we closely monitor. I cannot begin to tell you how many times I have looked at the upcoming week’s weather only to see sunny skies and favorable working conditions. Low and behold, by Wednesday, a heavy rain has been forecast for the following day and we are forced to cancel jobs and begin the difficult and arduous process of rescheduling a bunch of folks who are not at all happy with the fact that their job is not being done on the day scheduled. We can only apologize for the inconvenience, re-schedule the work and hope that favorable weather conditions prevail on the re-scheduled date. As everyone knows, we do not control the weather nor are we able to accurately predict what is going to happen on any given day. There are those that believe that we should be able to do so and I cannot help but think to myself, “If I could do that, I wouldn’t be doing tree work”!

As winter approaches folks, get your trees ready. If you have a dead tree on your property, remove it. If you have excessive deadwood in your trees, have them pruned. If you are unsure of either, give us a call and we are happy to take a look. We never “hard sell” any services that are not needed which is evidenced in our hundreds of online reviews. Recently, Washingtonian Magazine ranked the most trustworthy tree care contractors in the Metro area. With over 650 tree companies in our region, they selected a total of nine (9) contractors. We are at the top of that list!

Enjoy your Labor Day weekend and we will see you next month.