Category Archives: Trees

Choosing the Right Tree Service

Choosing the right tree service protects one of your largest investments; your home. When looking for tree work many folks have some idea of the pruning or removal they wish to have done while others are looking for advice and an ‘experts’ opinion. In these circumstances, a consultation is a great first step to adequately […]

Introducing the IML Resistograph

  I am happy to have purchased a new instrument that will aide in my consulting and tree assessments services called the IML Resistograph. The resistograph is an instrument that detects decay and cavities in trees and timber. Through resistograph technology, an arborist is able to detect wood decay, stages of rot, hollow areas, cracks and […]

Restorative Pruning After the Ice Storm

The recent demand we have experienced due to the ice storm has been both overwhelming and humbling. We greatly appreciate everyone’s request and patience as we deal with the crisis at hand. We have been and will continue to prioritize hazard and safety issues first and focus on restorative pruning and non-emergency removals as things […]

The Importance of ‘Habitat Trees’

The importance of habitat trees (snags) in the urban environment is something I rarely get asked about but am always trying to encourage property owners to consider. The value of keeping a tree standing as long as possible is vital to many of our local species. I realize this is not always possible given the […]

The Myth of “Windsail Reduction”

“Should I have my trees ‘wind-sailed’?” In recent years, one of the most common requests I get as an arborist is to ‘wind-sail’ or ‘wind-thin’ a tree. You may of had a door-to-door salesperson from another company knock on your door and try to sell you on this fabricated notion. This pruning technique is marketed […]

Needle Drop and Cedar Flagging

Needle dropping and cedar flagging is a natural process that is often confused with a disease. Evergreen plants, including conifers (cedars, firs, hemlocks, redwoods, etc) and broad leaf types (laurels, rhododendrons, etc) naturally shed some old foliage each year. Although the loss of your evergreen’s needles may at first be disconcerting, the period of natural […]

How to Recognize Potential Tree Problems

With the storm season approaching, here are eight potential warning signs that a tree may need attention. While these examples may be indications that your trees need the care of an arborist it is important to keep in mind that all trees are natural shedding organisms. It is normal and necessary for trees to be […]

Does Spiking Hurt My Trees?

As arborists we should be concerned with minimizing injury to a tree. A tree is alive just underneath the bark. This is where the vascular cambium is and really the only ‘live’ part of the tree. Spiking (spurring, hooking, gaffing, etc) up a live tree causes multiple injuries to the phloem, cambium and xylem and […]

The Benefits of Trees

While I did not write this myself, I do find it very interesting and worth sharing: Most trees and shrubs in cities or communities are planted to provide beauty or shade. These are excellent reasons for their use. Woody plants also serve many other purposes and it’s important to consider these other functions when selecting […]

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