Protecting the Bees
at Vine & Branch are pleased to announce we
have won another national award!
We have just received the National Arborist
Award of Excellence for Tree Maintenance.
a storm over the summer, an American beech (Fagus
grandifolia) fell at a client’s house.
Inside the trunk was a large natural
beehive which needed to be removed in order to
safely remove the tree.
Typically beehives are destroyed using
once the bees die, bees from nearby hives raid it. As a result, they carry pesticide residue home, which can
kill their own hive.
Honeybees are, however, an integral part of
the pollination process.
Without honeybees, plant reproduction is in
only do the honeybees help to pollinate landscape
plants, but many commercial fruit crops rely on
honeybees for pollination.
From the plants in our landscapes to trees
in commercial fruit crops, plants are dependant on
honeybee pollination for reproduction.
keep from destroying many hives, we brought in one
of our staff ecologists whose hobby is beekeeping.
He cut the tree into sections and extracted
the honeycomb and placed it in a box.
The bees were attracted to the honey and
left the tree trunk.
After waiting four days to make sure we had
enticed the stragglers, we moved the hive to
The tree was removed safely by the Vine
& Branch tree crew and the hive is thriving in
its new home.
National Arborist Association is a trade
association made up of over 3000 international
Excellence in Arboriculture program considers
projects involving general tree maintenance, tree
relocation, tree preservation on construction
sites, and technical rigging.
The program recognizes and celebrates commercial
arborist firms that have demonstrated excellence
in their work.
This is the second Award of Excellence Vine
& Branch has received so far.
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