Wachtel Tree Crews Walk on Water!

Spring 2008 News in Adobe PDF format Wachtel crew takes advantage of a frozen lake to do pruning on an island.

by Jeff Wilson, Certified Arborist IL-0099A

We like to think our crews are the best in the world, and we do spend many hours to train ourselves so that we can be the best we can be. However, we really can’t walk on water; we can walk on ice though. When friend and colleague Terry Anderson called to see if we could prune his trees in the Whitewater area, I said maybe. After visiting the site I was immediately jealous of Terry’s summer home located on a small island surrounded by bur oaks, some of which I would estimate well over 125 years old.

After spending some time on the island to estimate the length of time it would take to do the work I called our Tree and Landscape supervisor, Brent Kahn, to see if we could fit in 3 days of work by the end of the March. Although bur oaks seem to be somewhat resistant to oak wilt, we take no chances and only prune Oaks during the dormant season.

After a quick check on the weather to ensure that the ice would be safe, Brent scheduled the work. The picture shows UW–Stevens Point graduates and Certified Arborists Nick Peterson and Dan Barwinski in our version of walking on water on the way to work! (Sled provided by 13-year-old Sam Wilson)

If you have challenging work that requires special talents such has walking on water, be sure to call your Certified Arborist here at Wachtel Tree Science and Service.

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