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A knowledgeable and experienced arborist knows that all tree pruning is not equal.  The arborist assesses each tree individually and then decides what type of pruning the tree is in need of.  Crown cleaning, crown thinning, crown raising, crown restoration, deadwood pruning and training pruning are nationally accepted standards of tree pruning developed by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).  The standards are extensive and involved.  They are there to protect the consumer.  At Wachtel Tree Science our knowledgeable and experienced Certified Arborists will help you benefit from these standards and assist you in determining what type of pruning your trees will need.

The different types of tree pruning are:

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Wrapping it up

If anyone hit Black Friday sales, I feel for you.  I, for one, am not one to forgo a good night's sleep.  My Black Friday begins around 10am, give or take.  I leisurely walk through the mall to see if there are any pickings leftover from the scavengars.  Needless to say, there are always a few small things I find here and there. 

We are so close to the end of this year.  I have been blessed with 42 years thus far.  By now I should have it somewhat together, which I believe I do.  I have had my share of heartache, bliss and everything in between.  I consider my life an amazing adventure and am looking forward to whatever time I am granted from here on out. 

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What’s Your Rate of Return?

There is a way to increase your rate of return in today’s economy! Invest in your trees to guarantee a strong rate of return on your tree capital investment and enhance property value.

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Remembering Sally Marks

The West Allis Players joins the local theater community in mourning the death of Sally Marks.

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I was attending my company Chistmas party on Friday.  When the news of another mass shooting spread, the mood changed and very few of us were in a festive mood.  

When I was younger, I knew there was a God but I did not understand why he consistently "allows" good people to suffer.  Even now that I am a follower of the Bible, I still wrestle with my hot temper, blessing and loving my fellow man/woman when they show signs of utter stupidity and asking God - , when are you going to put a stop to all this hell on earth?  I wrestle with this but I know the answers and I look forward to the time when God says enough is enough and fulfills his promises.  God has reasons for what he "allows" and his reasons will be revealed in HIS time.  He's the boss.  Times will get tougher for the just and the unjust.  We must have patience as he has patience with us - he is giving us all a chance to trust in him.  We have free will and we can do with it what we choose - we hope that we make the correct choices.

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I Applaud You Darrell Scott



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It's that time of year.  The time of year we thoroughly enjoy or dread.  Whatever the case, it's never too late to make changes to avoid the latter.

If you've been following my writings throughout this year, in particular, you know I've struggled with my children.  This is not a secret, something I speak of very rarely. I have done quite a bit of work to accept the fact they are, in fact, adults.  They have the right to choose their own path. Yet, being their Mom, the one and only, I will always try and try again. 

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Record-setting Trees

  • One of the tallest soft wood trees is the General Sherman, a giant redwood sequoia of California. General Sherman is about 275 ft or 84 m high with a girth of 25 ft or 8 m.
  • The 236 ft or 72 m high Ada Tree of Australia has a 50 ft or 15.4 m girth and a root system that takes up more than an acre.
  • The world's tallest tree is a coast redwood in California, measuring more than 360 ft or 110 m.
  • The world's oldest trees are 4,600 year old Bristlecone pines in the USA.

Trees and the Environment

  • Trees renew our air supply by absorbing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen.
  • The amount of oxygen produced by an acre of trees per year equals the amount consumed by 18 people annually. One tree produces nearly 260 pounds of oxygen each year.
  • One acre of trees removes up to 2.6 tons of carbon dioxide each year.
  • Shade trees can make buildings up to 20 degrees cooler in the summer.
  • Trees lower air temperature by evaporating water in their leaves.
  • Tree roots stabilize soil and prevent erosion.
  • Trees improve water quality by slowing and filtering rain water, as well as protecting aquifers and watersheds.
  • The cottonwood tree seed is the seed that stays in flight the longest. The tiny seed is surrounded by ultra-light, white fluff hairs that can carry it on the air for several days.

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Homes for Our Troops

Bowl - Volunteer - Donate

The Nuts About Giving (NAG) team is proud and honored to be hosting a 9-Pin Tap, Singles Bowling Tournament on Saturday, May 18, 2013 to benefit Homes for Our Troops. We are uniting people together on Armed Forces Day to state their gratitude for our soldiers' sacrifices to preserve the freedoms of America. Mobility is a freedom we take for granted. Some of our returning troops have lost not only their mobility, but the place they used to call home. Accessibility is now diminished by their injuries. Let's help the men and women of all military branches regain their independence.

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Politics and Liars -

 Our holidays were somewhat shattered due to workplace politics and liars - people and situations that we all encounter in our lives.  I hate both and pride myself on not getting involved in politics, whenever possible and staying clear of lying.  Bigots, liars, cheaters, backstabbers, phoney balonies, etc. appear to so often get ahead in life faster than the people who are none of these and, unfortunately, there is not much we can do about it except sit back and wait and see what happens.

I am a firm believer in "what goes around, comes around" so this, too, shall pass.  I would hope that the people I love and care about who have suffered as a result of political BS and lies will come out ahead in the "game" of life.  

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Catching up

2012 State Fair, Blogger's Clip Show, Bowling, Brewers players, Green Bay Packers, Las Vegas, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Wave, MISL, NFL, Nostalga, Soccer, State Fair, Television

As technology develops, some of the newest and hottest stuff is obsolete before you know it.  Once of those things are those portable Tom Tom GPSs.  Geez, those seemed great at the time... you plunk in the address and it tells you how to get there.  Less accurate, but available, was information on nearest restaurants, gas stations, etc.

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