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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a ISA Certified Arborist?

Certified Arborists are individuals who have achieved a level of knowledge in the art and science of tree care through experience and by passing a comprehensive examination developed by some of the nations leading experts on tree care.  Certified Arborists must also continue their education to maintain their certification.

What does ISA stand for? 

ISA stands for International Society of Arboriculture.  Through research, technology, and education, the International Society of Arboriculture promotes the professional practice of arboriculture and fosters a greater worldwide awareness of the benefits of trees.

MYTH: Topping trees makes them safer.

FACT: Topping trees damages the trees defense system, destroys the normal aesthetic beauty, and changes the structure of the trunk, and tree, forever. Trees that have been topped actually become UNSAFE, or increasingly hazardous, over time. Topped trees have to rely on using stored energy because the canopy is gone. The leaves are the food factories. Many trees resprout profusely after topping in an attempt to regain their canopy. This uses up stored energy and results in many branches with weak attachments. The topped tree is prone to pests and pathogens because its normal state of being has been so disrupted (it's stressed) and doesn't have enough vigor and vitality to fight off disease. 

Is the big tree next to my house dangerous?

This depends on many factors. Not all tree species have the same wood strength, and ability to wall off decay. What species is your tree? Is your tree in a current state of good health? Has there been any root zone construction or disturbance in the last 5-10 years? Are there dead branches and/or signs of wood decay? If you have concerns, then call us. We can identify potential risks and discuss choices to reduce, or mitigate, any hazardous situations.

What should I know about stump grinding?

A stump grinder is a 3-ft wide self propelled machine with spinning teeth that chip away at the stump turning it into mulch. Stump grinding is necessary when replanting has to occur in the same location, for example in sidewalk planting strips or to stop a stump from resprouting. But not all stumps can be accessed by a stump grinder and not all stumps need to be ground out. A stump can be cut at ground level and then covered with mulch. Allowed to break down over time, stumps and roots provide nutrients as they break down, acting like slow release fertilizer. Contact us for a free estimate.

Why would I want to convert my tree into a wildlife snag?

 In the urban environment, very few dead trees, large downed logs or old root balls are left to provide structural habitat and forage features for wildlife species. A wildlife snag is some portion of standing trunk left when a tree is removed. Instead of cutting the tree all the way down to ground level, a 10-25-ft portion of trunk is left. Avid bird watchers please note - wildlife snags are bird magnets!