Hiring a knowledgeable tree professional who is not only familiar with the needs of your specific tree but can also care for them properly is an important part of keeping your trees healthy and strong. Most tree care companies offer service to both residential and commercial customers, and many employ certified arborists. While tree planting and tree removal are common services provided by such companies, there are a variety of other services that can be performed as well.

Health and Safety

Cabling and bracing: If your trees need a little extra support, a professional may recommend installing hardware—support cables and braces—that is intended to help protect weaker branches as well as reduce stress damage from the weight of ice or high winds. The supports limit the lateral movement of the branches and increase the weight they can hold.

Stump grinding: Many times after a tree has been removed, a tree service company will recommend grinding the stump so that you’re not left with an eyesore in your yard. One popular method of stump removal uses a machine to chip away the stump to below the surface of the ground.

Soil management: In order to increase a tree’s ability to thrive, a tree care professional will manage the amount of organic matter and nutrients in the soil surrounding it.

Wildlife and animal removal: Some tree services companies offer limited pest control, such as capturing and relocating nuisance animals from trees, which may include exclusion services. However, a Best Pick in Pest & Termite Control can also perform any pest services you may need.

Care and Maintenance

Pruning and shaping: Pruning and shaping helps trees maintain an attractive shape while also working to prevent damage or structural weakness from diseased branches or overcrowded areas of branches.

Insect and disease control: Using sprays and injections of chemicals and compounds to control tree diseases and insects will provide extra protection and help your trees remain healthy. Treatments can be preventative or curative, and spraying is the most common method of treatment.

Deep root fertilizing: Deep root fertilizing is a process in which fertilizer is pressure pumped into the soil around the tree’s roots. Depending on the time of the year, this process will produce different effects on your tree’s health: spring feeding encourages leaf growth, summer feeding encourages wood production, and fall feeding develops roots.

Other Services

Firewood: Some tree companies cut and dry the wood from the trees they take down and offer it back to the homeowner and the public as firewood. Before having branches or a tree removed, make sure to talk to the contractor about what will happen to the excess wood.

Proper tree care is too important to be left in the hands of the guy who goes door-to-door with limited experience and no tools aside from a chainsaw. To ensure the safety and beauty of your property for generations to come, turn to the variety of valuable services offered by a reputable, professional tree care company.

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Sources: Arbor Care, Inc.; Arborguard Tree Specialists; The Care of Trees; Holcomb Tree Service; Mulheron Tree Experts, Inc.; National Arborists; New York Association of Realty Managers; Redfern Tree, Inc.

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