Commonly Asked Questions

Do you have a list of resources for me to educate myself about tree management?

Absolutely! Take a look at our resources page to take a deep-dive into the world of tree and yard management. And, of course, we are always happy to help answer any questions you might have during your free consultation.

Why should I have a professional arborist review my view?

Due to our temperate climate here in the Pacific Northwest, certain species of trees in the PNW can grow between 1-3 feet per year.

Being proactive on future view loss can avoid substantial losses to property value. Losing a lake, city, or mountain view can result in a 5-15% loss in property value.

Many views can be improved while also maintaining the health of trees, making them safer, and improving screening and privacy.

If the work involves a neighbor's tree, a professional arborist can be an objective 3rd party to help balance your interest in maintaining your view with the concerns of other parties.

Why should I prune my trees?

Pruning maximizes the aesthetic and structural benefits of your trees and increases property value as well as the longevity of the trees.

What type of pruning should I focus on going into winter?

Crown thinning from an ISA certified arborist company to prevent blow downs with evergreens from the coming windstorms should be prioritized. Also deadwood removal services will prevent any dead limbs from being blown free during a wind event.

Could I prune my fruit trees during winter?

Yes! Fruit trees are best pruned during the winter because the tree is dormant, with no leaves or fruits. That means it will be easier to see the tree’s overall structure to decide which cuts to make as well as reduce the risk for infection. Pruning optimizes the feeding capacity of the tree to provide better quality fruits.

What is the difference between brush mulching and mowing?

The mulcher generally turns the upper layer of the soil which thrashes much of the invasive plants' roots which can break up the ground and relieve compacted soil issues as well as invasive plants. The mower will bring everything down to approximately 2 inches in height.

Should I top my ornamental trees to reduce their height?

When topping trees for reduction, there’s a 10% chance of killing your trees. In addition, it’ll produce rapid multiple sucker growths (2-6 feet a year) from each branch. A better alternative is prune them following ISA standard of pruning called crown cleaning, which involves cleaning out the deadwood, small suckers, and crossing-rubbing branches.

What disease can tree injections treat?

Tree injections treat and protect trees from a wide spectrum of fungal and insect issues which damage the vascular system of trees and can cause symptoms like deadwood and dieback disease.

What trees can you treat by injection?

All trees except fruit-bearing trees. 

How long do tree injections last?

The product protects the tree for 18-24 months. Depending on the condition and vulnerability of the tree, the arborist may or may not recommend additional treatment.

Are injections safe for my tree?

YES. The injections we use have undergone extensive testing by the USDA and the United States Forest Service and verified by independent research by Montana State University and other accredited Universities to be effective at preventing wood boring from entering and damaging the interior vascular system of trees.

Unlike spraying, injections do not go into the air or soil and are injected directly into the vascular system of the tree, where it is transpired through the vascular system of the tree. The treatment remains for 2 years and is naturally broken down with no detrimental effects on the health of the tree.

Is this a good time to trim my laurel hedge?

Laurel hedges usually have a growth spurt spring and fall, so this is the best time to prune them right after their semi-annual growth spurts.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and checks.

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