Monthly Archives: November 2012

Codominant Stems

What are codominant stems?

Weak Branch UnionsThe term “codominant stems” is used to describe 2 or more main stems (or “leaders”) that are about the same diameter and emerge from the same location on the main trunk.  As the tree grows older, the stems remain similar in size without any single one becoming dominant. Codominant stems are one form of poor architecture and weak branch unions.

Why are such stems important to recognize?

After the Storm and Before Winter – Is Your Tree Safe?

Often it is the result of a significant weather event that makes us look at the health of our trees.  With the arrival of the recent hurricane, Sandy, many of the region’s trees have been weakened. To see if your tree is safe from the effects of the strong winds and torrential rains, you may need to request a risk assessment be done to determine the health of your tree(s).

There are seven types of tree defects which are… Continue reading

Bob Stanley Knows the Heart of Trees

Growing up in Falmouth, Maine, Bob Stanley of Easton, a consulting arborist and owner of the local company, Tree Keepers, learned that trees provide much more than meets the eye. Stanley recalls childhood memories centered around the trees near his home in Maine, which provided him comfort, adventure, and strength as he became a man.

He recalls, “My first memory is of a red maple tree in our yard that provided the first warmth after Maine’s harsh winters. I used… Continue reading

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