Frequently Asked Questions

I have an Ash tree that still looks alive. What should I do?


Some Ash trees are surviving the Emerald Ash Borer infestation. If by mid-May the tree is in half transpiration you should have the tree professionally inspected by one of our Certified Arborists who can further recommend a Plant Health Care treatment program to improve the health of your tree.

I want to reduce the height of my tree, should I have it topped?


Topping is considered unprofessional work. In fact, standards for tree care published by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), specifically prohibit topping. Topping promotes decay and produces rapid growth of water-sprouts (limbs that are weakly attached). It decreases the tree’s ability to produce energy (photosynthesis) due to leaf reduction, weakening its vigor and starving the tree.

Why hire a Certified Arborist?


A Certified Arborist has a working and educational background in the holistic care of arboriculture. They have proven their abilities through a comprehensive exam given by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). Frankly, they are the most qualified person for the job and can offer you sound advice on all aspects of tree care.

Why should my trees be pruned?


Pruning trees helps promote healthy trees with good branch structure. Trees growing in man-made conditions usually have much more space and less competition from other trees. They will spread out to form much broader trees than they would if located in the forest. The branch structure will often be inadequate if the tree is left to develop on its own. These trees can develop hazard limbs that eventually could fail, leading to an unattractive appearance, creating a hazard and even lead to an early tree death.

Will heavy equipment be brought onto my property?


It is possible, with your permission. If we have to we will use plywood to minimize the impact on the landscape. Keep in mind that this is heavy equipment and some impressions in the lawn are likely.

When is the best time of year to prune?


Light pruning and shrub shearing for proper property management are done any time of the year. Major pruning and pruning done on Oak and American Elms are done during the tree’s dormant stage throughout the winter months (October 15 — March 1st).

Will you remove the debris from the job?


Yes, unless otherwise agreed upon at the point of sale. Cleanup is an important factor in tree care. It is advised to clearly discuss what you expect with your Arborist/Representative.

How much does it cost to remove my tree?


The pricing of tree removal varies greatly. Our Certified Arborists will visit your site and give you a firm price before work begins.

Why should I fertilize my trees?


In many urban landscapes, organic plant material is removed (autumn leaves and sticks) annually. Without this organic material, less nutrients are being returned to the soil. Our Organic Fertilizer helps return these nutrients so that your woody plants can thrive.

If you have any other questions, our experts will be happy to answer them, please get in touch.

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