Winter is not the most popular season in central Indiana. It is often cold and dark and full of unpredictable weather. But Hoosiers are good at looking at the bright side of things. Snow-covered landscapes can be dazzlingly beautiful. Cold weather can lead to cozy evenings with your favorite family or friends. And inclement weather often provides opportunities to help or be helped by neighbors. At Ping’s, we view winter as a time when we can offer services to make the season a good one for our customers. With the required expertise as well as the necessary snow removal and tree service equipment, Ping’s can make your winter better in these four ways.
Snow Removal Service
One frustrating aspect of winter in the Midwest is that travel is more difficult. Snow must be removed from roads in order for vehicles to safely pass. We are fortunate that local governments take care of public roads. Yet there are still neighborhood streets and commercial parking lots that are not the responsibility of public road crews. If you are responsible for making sure that a lot or subdivision is kept clear, Ping’s can help. You tell us the trigger for plowing, and when we receive that amount of snow, we will send out a crew. Day or night, you don’t have to worry. Our snow removal service let you rest assured that snow and ice will be dealt with promptly.
Removing Dead or Dangerous Trees
Winter weather brings with it conditions that can quickly take down a dead, dying, or otherwise weakened tree. Strong winds, ice accumulation, or even heavy snowfall can put stress on trees. Those that are vulnerable may lose large limbs or even topple completely. At this point, you may experience more damage than just tree loss. If a branch falls on a car, house, or commercial building, the results can be devastating. No one wants to deal with the property damage and personal injury that can occur when a tree or branch falls. If you know you have a vulnerable tree, Ping’s can help you avoid disaster by removing it now before nature gets the chance to take it out. We have the tree service equipment required to make an easy fix to a potentially dangerous situation.
Sometimes even with the best of forethought and preparation, winter weather will deliver a punch you weren’t expecting. Even healthy trees can sometimes fall victim to gusty winds and weighty precipitation. When this happens to you, Ping’s will help you make the best of it. Our emergency tree service is available 24/7 to provide quick clean-up help. We are ready to send our crews out anytime you need us, and we will see that the mess is taken care of safely and efficiently.
Getting Ready for Spring
One final way that Ping’s can help make your winter a little brighter is by helping you get ready for spring. It doesn’t take long for most of us to tire of the dreariness of winter. We start to dream of spring long before it arrives. Ping’s can help you put your dreams into action. Winter is a good time to trim up trees, getting them ready to grow as soon as the weather turns warmer. We can also help you devise a plan for lawn care or landscaping during the warmer seasons. After all, it won’t be long until you’ll be mowing your grass instead of scooping snow!
So sit back, enjoy the best of winter, and let Ping’s make the colder months more bearable. Right now, we are offering a 15% discount on qualifying services performed before February 28th, 2018. Call us today (317-298-8482) and let us know how we can help!
Trees really are amazing, and the more you know about them, the more amazing they appear. For starters, their resiliency and their ability to endure the ever-changing environment is impressive. Have you ever thought about how trees survive the winter here in blustery Central Indiana? Keep reading to learn more about trees and their amazing ability to tolerate harsh winter conditions.
Dormancy Reduces Trees’ Needs
It’s no secret that most trees lose their leaves in the fall. This natural occurrence leaves trees without a way to produce food. Green leaves convert sunlight into energy through the process of photosynthesis. This energy is the tree’s food, which it uses to grow and function. Obviously, there are no green leaves in the winter, which means no food is being produced. Fortunately, trees handle this quite efficiently. They simply go dormant in the winter. During dormancy, trees do not grow and their metabolism slows down. They only perform essential biologic functions, thus conserving energy. The limited energy needs are met with food that has been stored in cells during sunny summer days. When spring comes and the days lengthen and brighten, leaves again emerge and trees come out of dormancy.
Cellular Changes Keep Trees from Freezing
Lack of food is only part of the problem created by winter weather. Trees also have to endure freezing temperatures. They do not have the ability to move to a warmer climate or to shelter themselves in any way. But they do have the ability to make incredible changes to their own cells that protect them from the cold. One change is that cell membranes become more pliable, which allows water to move more freely out of the cell. Secondly, the cells convert stored starch into sugar, which is used to sweeten the fluid within the cell. This sweetened liquid has a lower freezing point so the water inside remains unfrozen while the water outside of the cell freezes. Finally, the cell liquid itself actually transforms into an almost solid state which keeps the cell from crystalizing. (For a more detailed explanation of these cellular changes, you can see this article.)
Trees are remarkable in their ability to deal with winter weather. At Ping’s we think that this is only one of the ways that trees are amazing. Our business is dedicated to providing the best preventative tree care as well as responding quickly and efficiently to tree problems and emergencies. Call us for a free estimate and our expert arborists and technicians will help you protect these miraculous plants.
We are proud Americans. We are proud to be citizens of the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave. But we would not be free, if not for the brave. That’s why we honor our American veterans. For our Ping’s family, it is especially important to celebrate this day. Not only because our owner, Phil Ping, is a veteran, but also because of our veteran employees and their families. We want to show them on this day, and every day, how very much we appreciate and respect their sacrifices for our freedom. To truly understand the importance of Veterans Day, we’d like to take a look at where it all began.
The Origin of Veterans Day
Veterans Day was not always called Veterans Day. From its first observation in 1919 until 1954, Veterans Day was known as Armistice Day. Its original purpose was to commemorate the events that had occurred one year earlier in 1918. On November 11th, 1918, at 11:00 am, an armistice between the Allied forces and Germany went into effect. Although World War I did not officially end until The Treaty of Versailles was signed in June of 1919, this armistice was effectively the end of the fighting.
The Significance of the Day
The end of World War I was a momentous event in the life of Americans, and we can still feel its impact today. Many young men had fought in World War I, and many had given their lives to protect our freedom. As the first war that featured the devastation of modern warfare, World War I was a shock to the world. Thus, it was called The Great War or The War to End All Wars. These terms demonstrate the major impact that this war had on the people of our country. The end of this horrific fighting was remembered through the observance of Armistice Day.
Continuing Remembrance of Veterans
There was a strong hope at the end of The Great War that it would be The War to End All Wars, but we know now that it was not to be. World War II proved to be even more destructive. The United States would be involved in still more wars after that. In 1954, Armistice Day was re-named Veterans Day in order to honor soldiers who had served in all wars. And now in 2016, we observe Veterans Day. Many individuals and businesses use this day as an opportunity to show appreciation to those veterans who are still living for all they gave to protect our freedom.
All of us at Ping’s Tree Service are thankful for our veterans. One way we express our appreciation is by making a concerted effort to hire veterans whenever possible. We encourage you to celebrate Veterans Day by saying thank you to those who have served in the armed forces. As a veteran-owned business ourselves, we hope that on this day you will enjoy your freedom while remembering those who fought for it. THANK YOU TO ALL OUR VETERANS!