As more of our native forest lands are converted to other uses, such as crop lands, pastures, mini-malls and subdivisions, we have come to rely on our “urban forest” for the functions that our native forests once supplied. These functions include oxygen production, moderating temperatures in our cities, providing wildlife habitat and reducing stress.
Our urban forests, however, are subject to many stresses and conditions that our native forests never had to put up with. Poor soil conditions, pollution, construction damage and vandalism are just a few of the factors that challenge trees around human habitation.
By practicing proper tree care, arborists can help to reduce the effects of these stressors on our trees, thereby lengthening their lives, reducing the hazards, increasing their beauty and helping trees and people to live together.
In our effort to maintain the tree canopy in our urban and suburban ecosystem, Treecology offers pruning, cabling, removal and replacement, pre-construction consulting, tree selection and planting, and hazard tree assessment.
Pruning recommendations are based on the goals of the tree owner. These goals must be tempered at times by the arborist’s concern for the health of the tree. Improper or excessive pruning can leave a tree less aesthetically pleasing, more hazardous or less healthy than when you started. It must be remembered that every pruning cut is an injury that the tree must work to heal.
Cabling is the process of connecting two or more branches or limbs together to protect one of them from failure. Several approaches to cabling are available and various arrangements and materials can be used. While no large tree can ever be made 100% safe, cabling can address some of the most serious defects in a way that will reduce the likelihood of failure at those points. It can also be done in such a way as to reduce the likelihood of failing parts hitting human targets.
There are times when a tree needs to be removed. It may not be the right tree for the location, it may be diseased or dead, future development plans may not allow an adequate root zone for the tree. In these cases and others, removal of the tree is called for. Often, the tree must be pieced apart to avoid damage to other plants or immovable structures. Treecology has the specific skills and training and specialized equipment needed to get a tree on the ground and cleaned up safely and efficiently.
Replacement of these trees is recommended to maintain the urban forest canopy. Treecology offers help in choosing, preparing and planting your replacement tree at a reduced rate, because we feel strongly that maintaining the urban canopy is that important.
The ideal time for an arborist to be brought into the building process is at the conceptual level of planning. We have the knowledge and the “eye” to catch problems with that “centerpiece” tree that is going to remain. We can give the parties involved an idea of which trees should and shouldn’t remain, what will probably happen to the remaining trees in certain development scenarios, and set up tree protection zones to minimize construction impact to the remaining trees.
A Douglas fir is probably not the best tree to plant under those powerlines, even though they look awfully cute in that landscape plan. Trees, like people, can be problems if they aren’t living in the right environment. Like people, once they get their roots down, it can be a pain to get them to move. And if you have a tree suffering from verticillium wilt, don’t plant a maple in it’s place. Choosing the right tree for the location is a step that is often overlooked in the design of a landscape. Treecology’s arborists can find the perfect match of tree to site.
Once that is done Treecology can help make sure that your new pride and joy is given the home it deserves. A wise man once said “It’s better to put a $5 tree in a $10 hole than a $10 tree in a $5 hole.” That was a long time ago, but the idea remains the same. We will take the time to adequately prepare the ground that the roots of your tree will grow into. This might include decompaction of soil, installation of subsurface drainage or just a nice thick layer of mulch when the job is done.
Why prune or remove a tree when you don’t have to? A Tree Risk Assessment can put your mind at rest or help identify potential problems before they cause damage or harm. Treecology has a Certified Tree Risk Assessor (CTRA-171) on staff to help you identify the level of risk that a particular tree or tree part poses. We offer general evaluations for the residential tree owner or a formal written assessment for municipalities, agencies, HOAs or other managers of trees. While a Tree Risk Assessment is not a guarantee of a tree’s performance, it can point out problems that the untrained eye may overlook or preserve a tree that is otherwise healthy.
As we are always looking for ways to “branch out” in to other tree related areas of endevour, please let us know if you have any needs. We are currently expanding our knowledge into tree structures and tree climbing instruction.