Latest Seattle Tree Preservation News
May 16, 2018
Bartlett Tree Experts acquires Seattle Tree Preservation Through the acquisition, 14 Seattle Tree Preservation employees will join the Bartlett team. Seattle – Bartlett Tree Experts expanded its presence in the Pacific Northwest with the acquisition of Seattle Tree Preservation. Bartlett said 14 employees from Seattle Tree Preservation will be joining the Bartlett team as a result of the acquisition. Bartlett already has an established operation serving the Seattle area from nearby Kenmore, Washington, which is expanding to include the new staff and clients gained in the acquisition. The location is one of more than 100 Bartlett offices in 27 U.S. states as well as Canada, Ireland and England. When considering his options for retirement, John Hushagen, an arborist for over 40 years and founder of Seattle Tree Preservation, chose Bartlett to purchase his business. “When Seattle Tree Preservation was founded in 1987, we chose the name to distinguish ourselves from the many businesses at the time that did little more than remove trees,” Hushagen said. “I’m proud to have been a leader here for many years, and now the time feels right for me to retire and pass my vision of urban tree care onto a company that shares my values.” Kevin Carr, Pacific Northwest District Manager for Bartlett, said this acquisition is a good opportunity for Bartlett. “The Seattle Tree Preservation staff will be great assets to our team. Their local expertise combined with Bartlett’s global and scientific resources will bring real benefits to all of our customers and their trees.” This development to expand service in Seattle follows Bartlett’s 2017 acquisition of Northwest Plant Health Care in Spokane, Washington, which was a new service area for the company. Both investments are part of Bartlett’s goal to grow its business in the Pacific Northwest. The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute’s (OPEI) TurfMutt will be featured on an episode of the Lucky Dog show on CBS this Saturday, May 19. In the episode, TurfMutt will provide a few tips. OPEI’s TurfMutt environmental education and stewardship program sponsors the Lucky Dog show. The May 19 episode will feature a neglected terrier mix named Muffin, who gets a second chance with a dog-loving family that devotes much of their time to the Special Olympics. Before Muffin can hit the road with her new family, she needs to correct her begging habit and prove to trainer Brandon McMillan that she is ready for a life of travel. OPEI’s Kris Kiser pays a visit to Muffin’s prospective new home in California to see whether the yard is suitable and he’s thrilled to find a beautiful living landscape, even though the area is more desert-like. To learn more about OPEI’s TurfMutt initiative, click here . GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – ASV Holdings has added Thompson Rental Services to its dealer network. The Columbia, South Carolina-based dealer will offer all ASV Posi-Track compact track loaders. Among those machines are the new RT-40, a small-frame CTL, the VT-70, ASV’s first mid-frame vertical lift model, and the RT-120 Forestry unit, a CTL. The company will also carry ASV’s full line of skid-steer loaders. “Thompson Rental Services has a long history in the area’s construction market,” said Matt Sawyer, ASV district sales manager. “This experience, paired with ASV products, positions the business to successfully serve customers in the region.” Thompson Rental Services has provided construction project rentals, including skid-steer loaders, scissor lifts, portable toilets and more, for more than 35 years. More recently they have started to expand into construction equipment sales and service. “Thompson Rental Services is a family-owned company focused on providing the very best customer service,” said Mel Love, sales manager at Thompson Rental Services. “ASV has a great product line, with smooth-riding, reliable equipment that is well liked and well respected.” In addition to its Columbia location, Thompson Rental Services has showrooms in Irmo and Lexington, South Carolina. For more information visit thompsonrentalservices.com. Sierra Natural Sciences and MTC Horticulture Company have developed a systemic non-selective herbicide that kills weeds to the roots. This natural herbicide is Prop 25b exempt and is not required to carry an EPA registration number or a signal word. The natural herbicide product, named WEED ROT, first strips the weed’s waxy cuticle allowing the natural chemistry to penetrate the leaves, stem and roots, killing the weed. Tom Carrasco of MTC Horticulture Company says he is “very happy to fill a need of a natural systemic herbicide. This is the missing piece to the puzzle which will allow anyone to not to have to use a synthetic herbicide. Before Weed Rot, it was very important for many reasons to not use synthetic herbicides, but not cost effective for many. Now it is.” Weed Rot, a natural herbicide with certified organic ingredients, is available to commercial farmers, landscapers, horticulture companies, cities, schools, municipalities, homeowners associations, pest control companies and homeowners. Weed Rot is available in 1 gallon (4x1gal case), 5 gallons (2x2.5gal case), 30-gallon drum and 250-gallon tote at mtchorticulture.com WNLA members and their staff can participate in two upcoming webinars about boxwood blight. These webinars are free for WNLA members. Non-members are invited to join for $50 per webinar or they can join WNLA for $75 and attend the two webinars for free. The following are upcoming webinars: • Boxwood Blight Sanitation: June 6 from noon to 1 p.m. CDT – Norman Dart, VDACS State Plant Pathologist, will focus on the importance of sanitation in reducing the spread of boxwood blight in landscapes. The webinar will provide basic plant pathology theory tied with real-world experience and advice. Click here for details . • Boxwood Blight – HRI Efforts & Current Boxwood Blight Project: June 13 from noon to 1 p.m. CDT – Dr. Jill Calabro, Ph.D., Science and Research Programs Director at AmericanHort, will speak based on her extensive background in the plant sciences. She received her Ph.D. in plant pathology from Oregon State University; her M.S. degree, also in plant pathology, was awarded from the University of Minnesota; and her B.S. in horticulture was from Iowa State University. Click here for details. Registration for the webinars is open. Click here for details on the upcoming webinars.