FAQs

Tree Care FAQs

Why is it wrong to top a tree?

Why is it wrong to top a tree?

Topping is perhaps the most harmful tree pruning practice known. Yet, despite more than 25 years of literature and seminars explaining its harmful effects, topping remains a common practice. This brochure explains why topping is not an acceptable pruning technique and offers better alternatives.

Is it OK to prune trees in the winter?

Is it OK to prune trees in the winter?

Yes, the winter is the best time to prune a tree.

What is a Certified Arborist?

What is a Certified Arborist?

Certified Arborists are individuals who have achieved a level of knowledge in the art and science of tree care through experience and by passing a comprehensive examination developed by some of the nation’s leading experts on tree care. Certified Arborists must also continue their education to maintain their certification and adhere to a Code of Ethics. Therefore, they are more likely to be up to date on the latest techniques in arboriculture.

Becoming an ISA Certified Arborist is a voluntary process through which individuals can measure their knowledge and competence required to provide proper tree care. ISA Certification is not government-sponsored or government-endorsed; it is administered by the International Society of Arboriculture as a way for tree care professionals to demonstrate their commitment to the profession and the industry. Certification is not a measure of standards of practice. Certification can attest to the tree knowledge of an individual but cannot guarantee or ensure quality performance.

Why are trees important?

Why are trees important?

Tree are important because:

  • They provide us with oxygen so we can breathe and help filter the air of pollution
  • Increase your property value up to 30%
  • Trees add privacy and help block the wind
  • Trees act as a sound barrier from noise
  • The calming effect of trees helps eliminate stress
  • Reduces glare and lowers utility bills
  • They add beauty to your well maintained property

Why should I prune my trees?

Why should I prune my trees?

Keeping trees pruned is very important for the health of the tree and to eliminate hazards. All dead, dying, weak branches and rubbing branches should be removed because leaving them allows insects and disease. reduce deteriorated branches back to healthy growth. Never prune more then 1/3 of the tree at one time.

How do you plant a tree?

How do you plant a tree?

While planting different types of trees differs in the details, all trees eventually end up in a hole. But not any old hole will do.

The most common mistake when planting a tree is digging the hole, which is both too deep and too narrow. Too deep and the roots don’t have access to sufficient oxygen to ensure proper growth. Too narrow and the root structure can’t expand sufficiently to nourish and properly anchor the tree.

As a general rule, trees should be transplanted no deeper than the soil in which they were originally grown. The width of the hole should be at least 3 times the diameter of the root ball or container or the spread of the roots in the case of bare root trees. This will provide the tree with enough worked earth for its root structure to establish itself.

When digging in poorly drained clay soil, it is important to avoid ‘glazing’. Glazing occurs when the sides and bottom of a hole become smoothed forming a barrier, through which water has difficulty passing. To break up the glaze, use a fork to work the bottom and drag the points along the sides of the completed hole. Also, raising the bottom of the hole slightly higher than the surrounding area allows water to disperse, reducing the possibility of water pooling in the planting zone.

How Do You Choose The Right Tree Service Company?

How Do You Choose The Right Tree Service Company?

When you’re looking to hire a tree service company, the first question you should ask the company that you are thinking of hiring is, “Do you carry liability insurance and workmen’s compensation insurance?” Make sure the tree service company has their insurance company issue a certificate of insurance with your name (Homeowner) and property address on it before tree work is initiated. Tree work is dangerous, and lot of things could go wrong. It’s very important to keep yourself protected!

Trying to find a reputable tree company isn’t easy. With the economy being the way it is, there are a lot of “fly by night” tree guys who do tree work on the side. They probably lost their job and are doing anything to keep themselves a float. When you are out driving around, look for local tree service companies that have their lawn signs up in your neighborhood. Don’t be shy. Knock on the homeowner’s door and ask them if they were happy with the service that they performed. Do a little research. Look their company up on the internet. Any reputable tree service company like American Arborist Tree Service will have a website. Look and see if they have any reviews or feedback from people that did tree work. When searching on the internet, take a look and see what organizations they belong to and make sure that there is an ISA certified arborist on staff. Reputable tree companies must have experience. Find out how long they have been in the business and make sure they have the right equipment to do the job. Remember, trees add value and beauty to your property. Trees sometimes shade your house and help keep it cool in the summer. Get more than one written estimate when it comes to having a tree removed that you are not sure of, some tree companies will tell you that the tree needs to be removed when it really doesn’t. That’s why it’s really important to talk to an ISA certified arborist.

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