A tree company should focus on safety, professionalism, and also leave you with good looking, healthy trees. For safety, the company should have insurance, experience, and use quality rigging and equipment. For professionalism, they should show up to appointments, take the time to answer your questions and treat you in a compassionate and respectful manner. And for trees and shrubs that look their best, the company should blend the best arborist skills using both science and art.
Why is it necessary for a tree company to have insurance?
Although a great tree company will use the proper precautions on the job such as using ropes and rigging when removing branches, every tree is unique. There is always a small possibility that something unexpected could occur due to natural factors in the wood of the tree. Having insurance is an additional precaution to make sure that, if any property damage were to occur, the homeowner is assured that any damage would be repaired.
Why should I prune my tree?
There are several reasons, and they all contribute to the overall health of the tree. A healthy tree is like a healthy human. It is more resistant to disease, has good growth, uses energy efficiently, and looks pleasant. Pruning helps to address all of these potential problems:
Dead branches. Dead branches, especially broken ones, can be a site of entry for moisture, pests, and disease. Removing the dead branches and making a clean cut allows the tree to properly heal at the cut site, keeping the tree healthy.
Snow. If a tree's branches are too dense, they may break under snow load, especially the heavy, wet late winter and early spring snows we have here in Colorado. Proper thinning can help prevent breaks by reducing the surface area on which snow can accumulate.
Conflicting branches. Larger branches that touch can rub the bark off of each other, exposing the tree to moisture, pests, and disease, similar to dead and broken branches. Thinning out smaller, conflicting branches not only gives a nice appearance, but prevents future issues.
Energy efficiency. After a proper prune, the tree can focus its energy on the remaining canopy, thereby increasing overall health.
Care at every stage. Trimming a tree after first being planted and continually throughout its life promotes a proper structure and growth patterns that will keep the tree strong and healthy through to maturity.
What if a tree needs to be removed, will my property be protected?
Yes. You will be protected on multiple levels: by our expertise, by our experience, and by our insurance. Our arborist are also experienced rock climbers, adding even more expertise and problem solving skills. Rest assured that we care about your property and will take every precaution possible, as well as using the best procedures in the industry, to remove your tree safely and skillfully.
How old are my trees?
That question is sometimes easier to ask than to answer! Why? If you have ever seen growth rings on a tree, you will notice that the rings are not always the same size because trees will grow at different rates from year to year depending on many varying conditions. Also, different species of trees grow at different rates, making it difficult to pinpoint the age of a tree by trunk size alone.
There are other ways to estimate your tree's age, however. Usually when houses are built, trees are planted at the same time. For example, if your house is 20 years old and you have a decent sized tree in your yard, it is very likely that the tree is close to the same age.
Do they need to be removed due to their age?
Age alone is not a reason to remove a tree. Instead, safety and health factors should be considered. For instance, what is the overall health of the tree? Has it suffered any traumas such as breakage limbs due to snow or wind? Is the tree too close to your house or other structures? Is the tree alive and thriving? And so on.
What are signs that my tree is about to fall?
The signs that a tree is at risk of falling are the same signs that indicate major health issues or damage to the tree. A leaning trunk, rotten roots, deep cracks or holes in the trunk, dead or falling branches, and missing bark may all indicate problems that should need addressed to protect your property from damage.