The main reasons for pruning ornamental and shade trees include safety, health, and aesthetics. In addition, proper tree pruning can be used to stimulate fruit production and increase the value of timber.
Pruning for safety involves removing branches that could fall and cause injury or property damage. Pruning for health involves removing diseased or insect-infested wood, thinning the crown to increase airflow and reduce some pest problems. Pruning can best be used to encourage trees to develop strong structures and reduce the likelihood of damage during severe weather.
Ask for copies of current, valid certificates of liability insurance and workers compensation insurance. Ask for local references and a list of satisfied customers. Get a detailed written estimate for the services and cost of your tree work. Be wary of companies or individuals who do the following: solicit work door-to door, demand payment in advance, advertise topping and/or low prices, start work without a written estimate, cannot produce a valid certificate of insurance, nor a certified arborist.
It may be difficult for a homeowner to determine if a tree should be removed. You can see if the tree is touching or causing damage to a nearby structure, or if the tree appears damaged or dying. The only way to be sure if a tree should be removed is to call a professional tree care service like the certified arborists Timber Pros. Only an ISA-certified arborist is trained to thoroughly evaluate the situation and make a recommendation for what is best for your tree, as well as for the safety and security of your property. Some tree care services will recommend taking a tree out, one that should not be removed, simply to increase their revenue. We love trees and would never recommend a tree be removed that could be saved, unless you specifically need that tree removed.
Trees, like us, have a life span. Depending on species and environment, trees can live for hundreds of years. There are still many large trees alive today that were living when our country was founded. Knowing the history of your outdoor home will help you determine the age of your trees as some may be part of the original landscape and others added later on. Unfortunately, the best way to tell a tree’s age is to count the growth rings when it is cut down - something we want to avoid!
It usually takes approximately 2-3 business days to receive an estimate. This of course depends on how busy we are. If there was just a major storm, then sometimes it can take longer. Our estimators schedule all of their own estimates, so you should hear from them within 1-2 business days of calling the office to request an estimate. If it takes longer, we appreciate your patience and calling back in usually helps.
All Estimates are FREE of charge from all of our arborist’s. The only time we charge is when a Certified Arborist comes out to do an formal tree evaluation. An evaluation is a formal write up or assessment of a tree or number of trees on a property that does not result in any further tree services to be performed. An estimate is a proposal that is given to our customers that can result in tree services to be performed upon approval of the work.
If your tree has dead branches, you need to call for service right away, as dead branches are a major safety risk. We are tree care professionals with the expert knowledge to treat your specific plants. We will remove any safety and plant life threatening branches, diagnose plant health care problems and discuss any pre and post treatment concerns we find.
Defensible space is the area surronding your home, and defined by zones.
The zones will vary in size depending upon how your County and/or City defines them.
These spaces are managed to reduce the spread of fire.
Zone 1 can extend 30 feet* out from buildings, structures, decks, etc.
- Remove all dead plants, grass and weeds (vegetation).
- Remove dead or dry leaves and pine needles from your yard, roof and rain gutters.
- Trim trees regularly to keep branches a minimum of 10 feet from other trees.
- Remove branches that hang over your roof and keep dead branches 10 feet away from your chimney.
- Relocate wood piles into Zone 2.
- Remove or prune flammable plants and shrubs near windows.
- Remove vegetation and items that could catch fire from around and under decks.
- Create a separation between trees, shrubs and items that could catch fire, such as patio furniture, wood piles, swing sets, etc.
Zone 2 can extend 100 feet out from buildings, structures, decks, etc.
- Cut or mow annual grass down to a maximum height of 4 inches.
- Create horizontal spacing between shrubs and trees. (See diagram)
- Create vertical spacing between grass, shrubs and trees. (See diagram)
- Remove fallen leaves, needles, twigs, bark, cones, and small branches. However, they may be permitted to a depth of 3 inches.
Zone 3 is forested area that may exist outside of zone 2
Fire-safe landscaping isn’t necessarily the same thing as a well-maintained yard. Fire-safe landscaping uses fire-resistant plants that are strategically planted to resist the spread of fire to your home.
The good news is that you don’t need to spend a lot of money to make your landscape fire-safe. And fire-safe landscaping can increase your property value and conserve water while beautifying your home
Plant and Tree Spacing
The spacing between grass, shrubs, and trees is crucial to reduce the spread of wildfires. The spacing needed is determined by the type and size of brush and trees, as well as the slope of the land. For example, a property on a steep slope with larger vegetation requires greater spacing between trees and shrubs than a level property that has small, sparse vegetation. Horizontal spacing depends on the slope of the land and the height of the shrubs or trees.