Older trees require pruning to get rid of dying and dead branches. This helps the tree remain healthy and safe for the owners. We generally refer to this type of pruning as cleaning. Over the years we have seen, and research supports, that pruning offers several important benefits:
- - Reduces the density of the tree
- - Decreases the wind resistances
- - Diminishes storm damage
Our well trained arborists have the experiences to evaluate your trees to know if they have gotten too dense and would benefit from proper pruning.
Pruning your trees should focus on the outer branches of the tree’s canopy. However, there are circumstances where we evaluate inner branches and determine that they need to be pruned as well. In these cases we will shorten inner branches to help the overall shape of the tree remain healthy. Further, this may be important to protect other structures like houses, barns and parking areas from being damaged by a falling tree.
Another option our arborists consider is a process we call raising. This is where we prune lower branches. This helps provide natural sunlight to grasses and ground covers under the canopy of the tree.
Ultimately our arborists are trained to assess the goals for your property and how to balance those goals with keeps your trees healthy and safe.
Cabling & Bracing
We use brace rods and cables to as additional supports for the structure of a tree. This is to help diminish the risk of weaker stems and branches from falling from the tree and damaging your property and further hurting the tree itself. We will use a bolting system in the higher parts of the tree and attach steel cables to the weakened branches. The primary purpose is to restrict the movement of the branches so they are not as susceptible to failure in strong winds and storms.
Braces are a fitted to bundles of weak branches and stems. We use thread rods to give the give the tree and branches support from more volatile winds and storms that may violently shake the tree. Our trained arborists fully understand how all of the seasons of weather in Central Arkansas can impact your trees and over the years of experience we have developed a system that we believe sets the standard for cabling and bracing trees in this area.
Since support systems from trees can be fairly complex we only install them after a complete inspection of the tree. The American National Standards Institute A-300 Standards has published standards for the industry to follow concerning the materials and techniques that arborists should follow.
Lastly, due to the complexity of cabling and bracing trees appropriately, we recommend having all supported trees checked for maintenance and safety at least once per year and also following major weather events.
Different seasons bring about different challenges for managing tree damage during storms. Obviously, most property damage to homes, cars and other structures comes branches falling or even whole trees coming down. During the spring and summer this can be caused by high winds and also from the ground being saturated causing root systems to fail to support the tree. Since these issues can be catastrophic for property owners we fully recommend our clients have their trees evaluated before a storm hits. Taking preemptive action allows us to identify the potentially dangerous conditions on your property and start reducing the risk before an emergency strikes.
Frequently our clients call us because they have identified a hazard but we always caution that untrained eyes rarely see all of the issues that lead to a dangerous situation. Further, rectifying these issues can be significantly more risky than they initially appear. We would like to note that many properties cannot be fully protected from tree damage during violent storms. But our processes often greatly diminish a property owner’s potential liability to tree damage from storms.
We Can Use A Variety Of Methods To Help Your Trees Endure Severe Weather; Primarily:
- - Cabling and bracing
- - Pruning
- - Lightning Protection
As mentioned above, cabling and bracing can help prepare a tree to endure strong violent winds and snow and ice. Pruning can simply remove branches that could pose a threat for property damage. We often use lightning protection for valuable trees that are close to homes and other structures.
We always caution against working with any arborist that recommends topping trees to prevent storm damage. Topping trees can lead to issues later in the life of the tree and is not endorsed by our industry standards. Further, we caution clients against working with arborists that use spikes for maintenance work. Climbing spikes frequently hurt trees and the even the small holes can be invitation for insects and diseases.
All of our recommendations are made keeping in mind that we truly love and appreciate trees and believe that they are a beautiful part of our world. Further, trees can add significant value to a property. With this in mind, we always work to protect trees unless there are dangerous conditions that cannot be managed through appropriate care and maintenance.
Lastly, after each significant weather event it is always a good idea to have a trained arborist examine your trees and make sure they are still healthy and strong.
Fertilization & Soil Care
The truth, that is often overlooked, is that good soil is the foundation for all tree health. The first step for soil health is fertilization. Two elements we examine closely and manage for soil health is the pH and the organic matter. With our soil management processes we are able to simulate the natural conditions that trees grow in. This is often very helpful for trees in cities and suburbs that have been planted in suboptimum conditions so they can provide shade and beauty.
Our arborists follow some of the most sophisticated soil management processes in the tree service and landscaping industry. Each year we take thousands of soil samples from around Central Arkansas. This helps ups develop our soil management strategy for specific areas.
We use a variety of fertilizer blends that release nitrogen and other nutrients into the ground throughout the growing season. And throughout the process we work in a way that maximizes conservation and environmental protection.
Plant Analysis & Diagnostics
Trees can suffer from a variety of problems. It is best to call a professional arborist for an assessment once you spot any of the following on your trees:
- - Caterpillars
- - Discolored leaves
- - Developing fungus
- - Malformations
- - Dying branches
Our arborists are trained to analyze and diagnosis critical tree healthcare issues. Further, we keep all of our arborists well trained with current trends and treatment methods. And in many circumstances we partner with laboratories for more in depth testing. Each year we analyze thousands of tree and soil samples to make sure that our clients’ tree remain safe and healthy. So no matter what your trees’ issues are, from diseases to infestations, we are prepared to give you the most accurate answers for managing them going forward.
Our diagnostic services include but are not limited to:
- - Identifying plans
- - Identifying insects
- - Plant assessments
- - Tree tissue analysis
- - Tree disease analysis
- - Tree structural and density
- - Soil nutrition analysis
- - Drainage assessment
- - Soil density analysis
Insect & Disease Management
As much as we love trees we love to protect them from the pests that destroy them. We are experts and managing insects and diseases that attack the health of your trees. It is important that we do this in a holistic manner that protects the health of your trees and the environment. During our scheduled visit we look for infestation issues before they reach levels that put the health of your tree at risk. At the same time, tree owners need to be aware that some insects are very healthy for their trees and we work to protect them as well. When needed we use organic and natural materials as much as possible to protect your trees and suppress the pests that attack them.
Common insects that we encounter and treat for include:
- - Canker worms
- - Moths
- - Flathead borers
- - Weevils
- - Ambrosia beetles
- - Aphids