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Arboriculture through the ages (1970s to today)

Arborists have an established culture in today’s society, but it didn’t happen overnight — it took over 100 years to get where we are today. We’re continuing our look back on the pivotal moments of arborist growth throughout the decades. Be sure to check out the historical highlights we already covered in part 1 of this series.

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Financing Vermeer Equipment

For many small-business owners, securing financing is one of the most intimidating parts of owning a business. It’s also one of the most important. For a tree care contractor, financing can be essential to getting the equipment you need to do your job day in and day out.

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Arboriculture through the ages (1900s-1960s)

American settlers discovered a land with forest wealth beyond description. From the white pines in Maine to the giant redwoods in California, by the end of the 19th century, America had tamed enough wilderness, built enough city and made enough money to be ready to assume a stewardship role in caring for urban trees. Thus, began the growth of the tree care industry, profession, art and science that we recognize as arboriculture today.

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Using video in social media — tips for your tree care business

Are you looking for a way to spread the word about your tree care business? Well if you’re looking for inspiration, look no further than Grunder Landscaping Co., owned and operated by Marty Grunder. This social media savvy Vermeer customer is located in Miamisburg, Ohio, and he’s not afraid to use a few tactics worth trying, including videos, blogs and more.

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Be the rockstar of your company — CEO advice and more

Passion, drive, tenacity — it takes a combination of the three to start a business, but if you ask Jeremy Tibbets, founder of A Plus Tree Service based in Concord, California, it takes an extra element of “ridiculousness” to be a successful CEO.

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The story of Arborwell

If you want to talk to someone who knows a thing or two about taking the risk to become a tree care entrepreneur, Peter Sortwell is your guy. Frustrated with the lack of options available to someone with so many years of experience, Sortwell started weighing the options of branching out on his own.

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When Finco Tree Service met Sally: A mini skid steer love story

You know the old story — boy meets girl, they fall in love, yada, yada, fade to black. Well what about the story of five men falling in love with a Vermeer mini skid steer named Sally? Haven’t heard that one, have you? Well settle in, because Todd Finch, founder and chief financial officer of Finco Tree Service in Ames, Iowa, has the story.

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So, you’ve hired a new employee — tips in onboarding, mentoring and managing

From the first day they show up to work to the completion of their first year, it’s important to create a welcoming atmosphere and provide the guidance necessary to set them up for success. Although mentoring will take a little more time upfront, studies have shown it often leads to increased employee retention and improved workforce productivity.

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Vermeer brush chipper evolution

From the beginning, brush chippers were built to break down logs into small chips as part of wood recycling jobs or used as a tool for land maintenance. The function of the manually-fed wood chipper is not much different from the inception, but the design has advanced substantially.

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