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Why is Fertilization important?


A: In nature nothing is wasted and everything is recycled.  In your yard the leaves and debris are bagged and carted away before they can release their minerals and nutrients back into the soil.  Fertilizing fills the gaps for what is supposed to happen naturally.

Why should I care for my tree?


A: Trees and shrubs are a vital part of a landscape. They add value and beauty to your property.  Keeping trees and shrubs healthy not only makes aesthetic sense, bit it can save you from big removal bills in the future.


What is the difference between an arborist and a certified arborist?


A: Arborists are trained professionals that are knowledgeable and equipped to provide proper tree care. They are specially trained to provide a variety to services to maintain trees. ISA Certified Arborists are individuals who have achieved a level of knowledge in the art and science of tree care through at least three years of experience and have passed a comprehensive examination. They are also required to continue their education in order to maintain their certification, ensuring their knowledge is updated on the latest arboriculture techniques. ISA Arborist Certification is a non-governmental voluntary process that operates without mandate of law. It is an internal self-regulating device administered by the International Society of Arboriculture, and therefore, cannot guarantee or assure the quality of performance. Certification provides a measurable assessment of an individual’s knowledge and competence required to provide proper tree care.

What is pruning a tree?

A: Pruning is the cutting or removing branches or parts of trees or for improving the shape or growth of trees. This is the most common tree maintenance procedure. Usually, trees are pruned preventative or as a corrective measure to remove dead branches, crowded or rubbing limbs, eliminate hazards, and increase light and air penetration. Since each cut to a tree has the potential to change the growth, it is important to educate yourself, considering no branch should be removed without any reason.


Will pruning a tree hurt the tree?


A: The answer is no, but much depends on the tree species and size and application of  the pruning cut. Just like humans, trees have evolved with biological responses to wounds that help protect against infection and decay. Trees are well equipped to close small wounds however, trees cannot protect themselves from large wounds because the innermost tissues are not biologically active like the outer growth rings. These inner tissues can not fend off decay causing bacteria nearly as well as the active growth rings can because they cannot create the wound wood needed to cover over the cut. Quite often the tree will not be able to close over a large wound before decay sets in. This can be the first step in a long process that can lead to the tree's eventual premature demise. Interestingly, softwood trees such as pines have a thicker layer of active growth rings than hardwoods and can therefore more effectively close larger wounds. We discourage removal of limbs over 3" diameter in hardwoods and 5" diameter in softwoods unless it is necessary to mitigate a hazardous condition.


Can trees be hazardous?


A: Trees are essential to our world, offering a wide range of benefits to our environment. However, trees become hazardous liabilities if they fall and injure people or damage property. Proper constant maintenance will help prevent and identify when a tree becomes dangerous.

Evaluating the seriousness of a trees condition is best done by a professional ISA Certified Arborist.

How often does my tree need care?


A: The type and frequency of tree care depends on the species, age, location, climate, and other factors that affect the tree’s growth. The first step is to educate yourself about your trees and understand their needs. It is imperative to understand that proper tree care is a life long process, and that planting and caring for a tree is a long-tern commitment, not just a one time deal. Contact your local tree care professional for proper assistance.

What is topping a tree?

A: Topping is the indiscriminate cutting of tree branches to stubs or lateral branches that are not large enough to assume the terminal role. Other names for topping including “heading,” “tipping,” “hat-racking,” and “rounding over.” Topping is perhaps the most harmful tree pruning practice known. It is usually done to reduce the size of a tree. Often, homeowners top their trees because they feel that they have become too large for their property and are a hazard. However, topping will make a tree more hazardous in the long term and is very harmful to the health of a tree.



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