Have you been out and about enjoying the spring weather recently? Did you notice all the funny looking crape myrtles? You know, the ones with no tops? They look like piles of sticks popping out of the ground. Where did they come from?
Your guess is as good as mine. Apparently some people think it’s good practice to hack apart these trees with a meat cleaver. We call this Crape Murder. It’s the act of cutting a crape myrtle back to some indiscriminate location along the trunk. The technical industry term for this act is “non-selective heading cuts.” This basically means somebody pruned a crape myrtle without knowledge of tree biology, proper pruning, and the negative repercussions of such an act.
To properly prune a crape myrtles requires knowledge and training. We wrote an article called “Crape Myrtles: A Tale of Love, Murder, and Proper Pruning” that we hope will give you some of the necessary knowledge required to properly prune a crape myrtle. In addition, we created a video providing step-by-step instructions on what to prune and how to prune it.
Take a look at the article and video then let us know what you think. Were they helpful? Happy pruning!
Ha! How’s that for a blog post title?
It all started back in December when we filmed our Christmas video. It was then we realized that trees guys + leaf blowers gets really funny, really fast. And weird too.
Once we started reviewing the footage of “8 Blowers Blowing” we all started laughing uproariously. The more we watched the more we laughed. It was then we decided we had to share our hilarity with the rest of the world. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
Hey, you gotta live a little, right?
Most of us spend about one-third of our lives working. So we might as well have a bit of fun while we work, right? Well, we certainly did that during 2015! It was a great year.
We did not capture the entire year on film, but we managed to catch bits and pieces. So we decided to compile a highlight reel of sorts. Below is a smidgen of fun footage from 2015 showing some of the things we do, the fun we have, and best of all, our people.
2016, let the good times keep on rollin’!
Get ready for 53 seconds of fun! It’s time for the annual Leaf & Limb holiday video.
This year we created our own rendition of “The 12 Days of Christmas.” We began the song on the 12th day, in order to keep the video short and sweet. As always, we had TOO much fun filming this video!
We hope you enjoy the video. Thank you for helping make 2015 a wonderful year and we hope you have a very happy holiday!
“12 Days of Lumberjack Christmas” Lyrics:
On the Twelfth Day of Christmas my true love sent to me:
12 Climbers Climbing,
11 Rakers Smiling,
10 Fellows Dancing,
9 Sawyers Sawing,
8 Blowers Blowing,
7 Polesaws Pruning,
6 Salesmen Selling,
5 Felled Trees.
4 Lustrous Beards,
3 Sharp Axes,
2 Larking Bards,
And a Santa in a Pine Tree!
Happy Holidays from Leaf & Limb!
Dear Ladies & Gentlemen,
We must warn you in advance: this video is going to cause you to feel an unnatural desire to either operate a stump grinder, or immediately request that a stump grinder show up at your property. You might not even have a stump, you will just want to see the machine run.
Ok, kidding aside, this video is way cool. We had entirely too much fun making it. We can’t say for certain, but we are pretty sure this is the best stump grinding video ever. Ok, maybe not, but it sure is entertaining.
Without further ado, check it out. Let us know if you like it. Toodle-oo!
This ranks as a contender for most exciting announcement of the year, at least for all of us here at Leaf & Limb: we have a new home!
For several years we have been searching, saving our nickels, bootstrapping, hoping, wishing, and performing ritualistic dances (ok, not that one….) in an effort to find the perfect place to become Leaf & Limb’s new home. Well, we finally found that place at 511 Nowell Road in Raleigh.
The process began over three years ago when we first saw the building. But at the time, we could not broker any sort of affordable deal. We forgot about this place until December of last year when Basil and Colin were driving by and decided to pop out for another quick walk around the property. It was love all over again.
We decided to make another push to buy the building. But this time we knew what mistakes to avoid from our previous experience, and we knew what was necessary in order to broker the deal. It required a combination of careful timing, hurdling several major obstacles, and heaps of good fortune. We had to navigate a very narrow strait.
But the stars aligned. Two weeks ago we closed the deal and now we are busy moving into our new home. We truly could not feel more blessed. It’s times like these when you know life must be inherently good.
To celebrate our purchase, and to celebrate the 4th of July, we threw a party. Below are a few pictures from our great celebration. To see more pictures, and to see pictures of the new facility, head over to the Leaf & Limb Facebook Page.
Oh, and don’t forget to come by and say hello sometime! Things are hectic now, but once we get into August life at 511 Nowell Road should be a bit more normal. See ya soon!