Storm-Damaged Trees: Deciding Between a Crown Restoration or a Tree Removal

Damage to a tree from a recent stormWe have seen it on movies, read it in the newspapers, and even experienced it ourselves. We are talking about storms destroying properties and lives. Most often than not, storm damage is caused by trees, and the effect is just too significant to be neglected. For that reason, there is no wonder why a lot of home and business owners go to us and ask us to eliminate their trees. The fear of getting injured or having their houses and business get damaged by a toppled tree and fallen limbs make these people think that tree removal should be done in their property. However, it should not always be the case.

We will explain the difference between a crown restoration and tree removal, to help you make a sound decision which one should be done to your tree. Keep in mind that there are situations where eliminating your tree is inevitable but preventing it from getting to that point is much better.

Crown Restoration

Following a storm, the majority of trees can be pruned to bring back its structural soundness and lessen the possibility of it falling in the future. Crown restoration is a method to bring back the balance in the structure of the tree and promote new growth. It is an ideal option to preserve trees following a storm.

If you are confused whether or not your tree can still be saved from storm damage, seek assistance from a certified arborist. A tree expert can give you an accurate assessment of your tree’s situation and let you know if crown restoration can be done.

Goals for Crown Restoration

  • Eliminate or reduce damaged branches
  • Get rid of hangers and other hazardous situations
  • Reduce exposed branches
  • Restore the balance of the crown

The main priority for crown restoration is to get the balance back to critical areas of the tree’s crown so they will be less vulnerable to falling. Also, when we diminish exposed branches, it will lessen the impact of a wind storm and ice in the future. Pruning would also help in preventing sucker growth that can result in weakness and future damage.

Tree Removal

Tree preservation should be the top priority for a tree company at all times. When you remove a 100-year old tree in your yard, even if you plant 100 trees, you can’t replace it. But, there is an exemption in the case of a heavily wounded tree. When a tree’s structure is compromised, and crown restoration can no longer bring back its structural integrity, then tree removal should be done. We have to take the following factors before getting rid of any tree:

  • Drop zone of the tree
  • Tree health
  • Site factors affecting the tree
  • Load factors on the tree
  • Conditions and defects that can result in limb or tree failure

Trees don’t have to be removed, if only they were under preventive maintenance before a storm. Your tree is an investment that is why we encourage you to make an effort to care for your tree correctly.¬† A reputable tree service company will be able to help you through the decision to restore or remove.

Commercial Tree Care Benefits

Commercial Tree Care along a sidewalkWhether you admit it or not, trees probably are the least of your concerns when trying to establish your commercial property. Regardless if it is a restaurant, a factory, or a medical facility, you focus more on the standards, not knowing that you are missing one crucial aspect, which is tree care. Unfortunately for some, they realize its importance too late, when a tree has already fallen onto their parking area.

Don’t wait for anything worse to happen. Make sure to schedule regular tree maintenance on your commercial property to avoid the risk of falling limbs and other tree-associated issues that can disrupt your business.

Lower Your Risk of Pest Problems

Issues with pests are one of a business owner’s worst enemies. How do these pests get to the commercial property? You got that right- through the landscape. Branches and limbs that touch the roof of the property make it easy for rats and squirrels to enter your facility. Birds that find refuge on your trees can find holes in your roof to eat the bugs that live in your property.

Commercial tree care will ensure that these pests will not have access to your business. Arborists will make sure no limb or branch touches your property during their tree trimming service.

Reduce the Chances of Personal and Property Damage

We can never prevent Mother Nature from showing her power. High winds and inclement weather can have a negative impact on trees. Uprooted trees and fallen limbs can damage any structure and even cause injury to anyone in the area. The good news is, the possible damage caused by trees can be prevented through commercial tree care. It is best to have your trees inspected by tree experts because they can tell if there are dead branches or weak limbs that need to be eliminated. They can use this opportunity to assess the overall health of your tree and advise as to what is the best thing to do to maintain the health of your tree.

If you let a sick tree sit in your business compound, you risk losing your business and hurting other people. Remember that your insurance policy may decline your damage claims if they found out the neglect on your end.

Earn the Reputation of a Caring, Responsible Local Business

Every municipality has its own rules and laws concerning trees. If you have trees in your commercial property, mainly if it is a Heritage Tree, you need to know the special rules that apply so that you can be compliant.

Laws also apply when your tree invades the land of your neighbor. You may be held legally and financially responsible in case the tree, damages the property. Another rule that may not be familiar to everyone is the Solar Shade Control Act that states trees or shrubs should not shade over 10% of a neighbor’ solar system, between the hours of 10 am to 2 pm.

You may not be familiar with the different rules and laws concerning trees that is why hiring a commercial tree service will be a smart move. They will not only improve the health and appearance of your tree, but they can also make sure you don’t get into trouble with the law.

For more information call Scott at Century Tree, Inc, 2659 Gay St, Eugene, OR 97408, (541) 275-6114.

10 Types of Cyber Crimes. . . And Another 10 You’ve Never Heard of

With the development of technology and the use of the internet nowadays, it is not surprising that some ill-minded people use it for crimes. Cybercrime is a crime that involves a network and a computer, and it can be scary because of the gravity of effect it often has. To make you aware of these crimes, we have listed ten types of the most common cybercrimes and another ten that you might not know yet.

  • ¬†Phishing Scams

Phishing scams are used by scammers to make you give out your personal and confidential information such as passwords, bank account numbers, and credit card numbers. They can get in touch with you through text, email, or a phone call, sometimes even through social media. They pretend to be a trustworthy business so that you would willingly provide them with your information. Sometimes, they also ask you to answer a quick survey and lure you with a prize. They will ask for your information and make it seem that they are helping you but the truth is that they are trying to steal from you, so always be on the look for these scammers.

  • Online Scams

These scams are just like any other scams, but they happen online. This can be in the form of an ad congratulating you for having won something and asking you to enter your card details for shipping fees. Unfortunately, there will never be any prizes coming to your doorstep, but you will begin seeing transactions in your bank statement that you didn’t make.

  • Malware

Malware aims to harm your data and device. It is a name for different types of viruses such as “spyware” and “Trojan.” Once malware gets into your computer, it will cause damage to your device or computer and makes way for the bad people to steal your important details.

  • Email Bombing

Email bombing is not a form of stealing but more of abuse. It is overloading someone or a particular email address with emails. A large bulk of emails can cause the server to slow down or even crash. Although you are not in danger of being stolen from, the effect of email bombing can be hard to fix and can be a lot of hassle.

  • Virus dissemination

Virus dissemination is like a contagious disease for a computer system. It does not only get a piece of the virus on one of your systems but spreads it to other software in the system. It needs to be appropriately stopped and put in a safe place and undergo a quarantine process, or else, the process happens again.

  • Logic Bombs

Logic bombs are very similar to the virus, only small sections of a program that are caused by an event. It can be because of a particular space filled, or a specific date and time, or the removal of a file. Some programs can delete important parts of codes which can make your software of no use anymore. People who do this are often the ones who have access to the system.

  • Theft

This term is used for any kind of theft that transpires online. This can be in the form of fake emails, fake ads, and viruses. Internet theft seeks to get your personal information and use it to steal money from your bank account or making purchases with your information.

  • Social Media Hack and Spamming

This is a form of invasion of privacy. Celebrities usually fall victim to this crime. They may be seen posting something that they are unlikely to post or follow someone on social media that they wouldn’t want to follow. In more severe events, hackers can spread content that can ruin your reputation.

On the other hand, spamming happens when someone creates a fake account and becomes friends with someone. The phony account now can spam inboxes with bulk messaging. Aside from spreading malware, spamming can also spread malicious links to mislead, harm or damage the device or the person.

  • Electric Money Laundering

From the term itself, money from illegal activities needs to be laundered first before it can be used for legal transactions. Wire transfers can be one way to do money laundering. It was initially hard for a bank to track transactions due to a high volume of transactions happening every second of the day, but they are continuously looking into the problem and filing away suspicious activities.

  • Sales and Investment Fraud

This can be a form of a phishing scam, only more thorough. The fraudster will pretend as an investment broker and source contact details and account information for account holders and trick them with easy-money opportunities. People who do this seem trustworthy because they present real results and talk about your account.

  • Eavesdropping and Surveillance

Eavesdropping can be done over the phone or online and is considered a form of cybercrime. Wiretapping is the most common way to eavesdrop. The culprit can connect a listening device to your phone, which will enable him to monitor your conversations in secret. With recent technologies we have, even computers can now be hacked form surveillance and eavesdropping

  • Software Piracy

The internet makes almost everything possible, also finding your favorite song or movie for free. However, some are not legal and authorized which is called software piracy, which is the illegal distribution of computer software. It may seem harmless, but it involves its risks such as viruses, Trojans, and other forms of malware. Further, it is a form of stealing because you are not paying the producer of the content.

  • Data Diddling

The name may sound funny to you, but this crime can have a huge effect on anyone affected. Data diddling is the process of tampering data entries in the system. This is especially damaging if done to adjust financial figures and make the system of no use.

  • Salami Slicing Attack

This is another term that may seem harmless at first but will make sense once discussed. This is a type a technique used by criminals to steal money or other resources one information at a time. You will hardly see any change to your bank account because there is an only small chunk of money stolen from it. The criminals will do this to different people or resources, and the money will then accumulate to a significant sum as time passes.

  • Hacking

This is probably one of the most common cybercrimes out there. Anyone can fall victim to this scheme. The hacker will invade your access to your computer system without your consent. The hacker can do this for many reasons including, power, or greed, even to show that they are capable enough of doing something illegal. In some serious cases, hackers steal banking information and financial data from a corporation.

  • Cyber Stalking

Cyberstalking is more common among teenagers and young adults. In most cases, the victim and the stalker know each other. The culprit usually harasses the victim by sending a lot of emails and messages. The stalker wants the victim to be disrupted and miserable. The stalker makes way for the victim to be in contact with him, like what happens in a typical stalking scenario.

  • Cyber Bullying

Many people have fallen prey to cyberbullying, primarily through social media. Cyberbullying is almost identical to cyberstalking only the messages are offensive and abusive, and the aim is to hurt the victim. Cyberbullying is not limited to words. The bully can also post images and videos to attack the victim. The criminal can also make fake accounts to post hurtful content and send abusive messages to the victim.

  • Child Soliciting and Abuse

This is one of the most disturbing cybercrimes because it involves children. It is a type of cybercrime where children are used for pornography through chat rooms. It is not limited to live chats but also in forms of material showing sexual abuse to children. Police closely monitor this because most children who fall victim for these are minors. The criminals can pretend to be someone else; that is why it is a threat to anyone.

  • Identity Theft

Identity theft is one of the top cybercrimes ever since the beginning of the internet. Identity theft happens because criminals want to create fraud for their financial advancement. Thieves steal personal information such as credit card details, email addresses, and addresses. Using this information, they can create new bank accounts and use them for illegal activities.

  • Ransomware

The most recent company that has been affected by ransomware is the NHS. Ransomware enters your network and encrypts files, paralyzing your access to them. To regain your access to the data, the criminal will send you a message demanding money. Once you pay the ransom, the criminal gets their easy money.

Why You Need to Be Protected

It pays to know about these things because cybercriminals are out there waiting for the perfect moment to steal something valuable from you. Being aware of these crimes is the first step to protecting yourself from being their victim.