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Best Practices

This monthly video podcast provides quick tips from ISA's library of resource manuals and Best Management Practices booklets, covering topics ranging from soil texture to chainsaw safety. twice a year a CEU quiz worth 1 CEU credit will be available for purchase covering the previous six month's podcasts.

NameReleasedDescriptionAudio FileCEU Quiz
Mulch Ring September 01, 2017 A mulch ring around a tree is more than just an aesthetic bit of landscaping. In this episode of best practices we look at some basic do's and don'ts. Play

Tree Planting part 2 August 04, 2017 Once a proper sized hole is dug, here's some tips on getting the tree off to a good start in its new home. Play

Tree Planting part 1 July 07, 2017 Now that you’ve got the right tree for the right location, here’s some tips on planting that will get the tree off to a good start Play

Selecting Nursery Stock part 2 June 02, 2017 In part two of the Best practices Podcast on selecting nursery stock, we take a look under the burlap for what to look for in a tree's root ball. Play

Selecting Nursery Stock part 1 May 12, 2017 Selecting a particular tree from the nursery can be as important as selecting an appropriate species for the planting site. a few minutes of inspection at the time of selection can help you choose a healthy tree and avoid long-term problems. Play

Manual Root Crown Excavation April 07, 2017 This month’s Best Practices podcast focuses on an often forgotten area of tree inspection; the root crown. A simple root crown excavation can reveal a wealth of potential problems, and when done and mulched, provide a needed safety buffer zone around the tree. The available quiz covers this episode, plus the previous episodes of Chainsaw PPE, Chainsaw Safety Features, Setting up a TPZ, Measuring DBH, Soil Texture(1 CEU-A,M,Bp)(.5 CEU-T,L) Play

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Chainsaw Safety Features March 03, 2017 The safety features on a modern chainsaw help keep the user safe and should be checked every time you pick one up. This month’s best practices runs through a quick list of what to look for before starting the saw. Play

Measuring DBH February 03, 2017 Diameter at breast height (DBH) is the standard for measuring a tree. This video covers this basic but important technique and tools used. Play

Soil Texture January 06, 2017 Understanding soil texture can help in selecting species for a planting site, and can help determine site limitations that may impact tree health. Play

Setting Up a Tree Protection Zone December 02, 2016 Trees on or near a construction site face many challenges to survive and thrive, but with some simple planning and adequate protection trees can outlive the construction process. Play

Personal Protective Equipment November 04, 2016 Safe use of a chainsaw starts before the first pull on the starter cord. Having the proper personal protective equipment is as important as using the proper cutting techniques. Play


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