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Ask The Triassic Tree Expert

Hey, Triassic Tree Expert... Is this tree dead? We have a lot of people ask how to tell if their tree is dead or if it is going to die. Determining this can be tough and often depends on tree species, location, and what is causing the tree’s decline. The best way to see if a tree or a limb is dead it to cut back a tiny section of bark and see if there is any green. You can start at a branch tip and work your way back until you find some live wood or until you are satisfied the tree is dead. 
Many trees show signs of stress by wilting and dropping leaves. This does not necessarily...

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Tree Tip: Be Kind To The Bark

So, there you are getting settled into your camp site for the weekend. The plan is one of total rest and relaxation. The conditions are perfect; bright blue sky and just the right amount of tree cover. You bust out your Eno hammock that you’ve been waiting all season to use. You find the perfect place to hang it, get it hung and climb in with a good book and cold beverage an arm’s length away. Ahhhh…Stop. Before you get too comfy let’s talk about what hanging that hammock is doing to the tree. Think of the bark on a tree like your skin. It is a vital protective outer layer and when disturbed leaves the tree more susceptible to...

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On Being Creative

When I meet people or catch up with old friends most people immediately say something about how great it is to be able to do what you love. It is, but when you turn what you love into a business the reality is often you don’t get to do much of that part, you do a lot of business.  I spend most of my day talking with people about insurance, accounting, employees, broken equipment, customer issues, those sorts of things. If I used the sawmill as much as I use my cell phone, my world would look a whole lot different.   Thats why the moments when I do get to be creative are so precious. The last few weeks...

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Chainsaw Safety

It is firewood cutting season here in the Moab Valley. We thought it would be timely to post  a series of chainsaw tips for all of you do it your self-ers out there. I started running a chainsaw when I was 12 or so. A hurricane came through and knocked down about 20 large trees at our house and I got to stay home from school and cut wood. In the mean time I have learned a lot, from other professionals as well as Matt our Stihl dealer.  90% of chainsaw work is preparation and safety. #1 SAFETY It doesn’t matter how good you are, if you run a saw long enough you will come in contact with a running chain. ...

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