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Stump Grinding in Dallas – Wauson Tree Service

Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 03:07 PM  posted by admin

If you’re presently contemplating having a tree cut down or a stump removed, there are sure to be a lot of questions you’ll need to have answered. For instance, can a stump be dug out using a shovel or pick? Is it possible to rent a stump grinder?

Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions concerning stump grinding.

What exactly is stump grinding?

Once the visible portion of a tree has been removed, there is usually a portion left sticking out of the ground. Stump grinding is the mechanical process that grinds the remainder into much smaller particles.

What types of machines are used in the process?

While there are many types of machines that can be used, a Wauson Tree Service specialist can advise on the best methods and best tools to get the job done as quickly and safely as possible.

Can I save time and money by doing the job myself?

Going it alone is not advised. Renting stump grinder machinery can be expensive and there’s a possibility the teeth on the equipment may be dull, due to a lack of upkeep and proper maintenance. There’s also the possibility of a person inflicting self-injury. It’s best to let the professionals tackle the job of stump grinding.

Will the stump be completely removed?

You can expect to have the entire stump removed as long as there are no gas, electrical, water or cable lines.

Will the stump grow back after being removed?

No, by removing the core resources of a stump, it will lack the means to grow back.

What is the cost of having a stump removed?

A representative from Wauson Tree Service will be happy to come out and give a free estimate of the cost and advise about needed services.

Is there more than one method for stump removal?

Yes, there are other methods besides grinding for removing stumps, such as the use of chemicals. The downside of chemicals is they are usually slow-acting and may contaminate the soil around the tree’s stump. If the contamination spreads, it can prevent the growth of other trees being planted in the future.

Should I go ahead and try to dig the stump out by hand?

It’s possible to dig out a small stump, but a larger stump usually requires professional services.

Does your company service the Dallas area?

We sure do! And we’d be happy to stop by and give a free estimate at no cost to you whatsoever. We’ve been in the business for over 50 years, and we know just about every trick in the book for getting the job done quickly and effectively.

Give us a call today at 214-450-8720 to receive a free quote, or email us at walt {at} wausontreeservice {dot} com

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Raising the Crown in Dallas

Wednesday, July 21, 2010 @ 12:07 PM  posted by admin

The term “raising the crown” might bring to mind images of royalty or festive pageants. However, raising the crown refers to the process of removing branches from the bottom of a tree’s crown to provide clearance for buildings, pedestrians and critical lines of sight. Not only does the process enhance a tree’s overall health, but it also serves to protect lives and property by making trees safer.

Maintaining a beautiful landscape is a benefit to everyone. Proper pruning gives trees an aesthetic appearance, which contributes to healthy growth cycles. Crown raising is used to benefit a tree’s growth and ensure the safety of pedestrians or vehicles that pass near by.

Tree pruning, raising the crown, should result in two-thirds of the tree’s total height being left intact. For young trees, branches deemed temporary can be retained along the stem to protect trees from sun scald. Roots that are less vigorous can be allowed to grow and should remain from 4 to 6 inches apart along the tree’s stem. Pruning should take place annually and late in the dormant season because the structure of the branches are easier to see.

The Benefits of Crown Raising include:

• Increased yard light for better grass growth and planting at lower levels
• Increased mobility under trees
• Clearance for cars parking in a driveway
• Enhanced safety for pedestrians in the street or on the sidewalk
• Less cluttered look

Branches that hang low can lessen the curb appeal of any home by blocking its view. But more importantly, loose and low hanging branches can present a serious hazard to vehicles and pedestrians passing by. Homes, particularly those built on a corner, are excellent candidates for crown raising efforts. While crown raising may be a personal preference, removing harmful low-hanging branches provides definite benefits for a property owner.

The truth is not everyone is able to master the art of tree pruning and crown raising. There’s a lot more to it than just trimming or cutting branches. Doing it right takes knowledge, skill and patience. If you’re uncertain about the services needed, or if you don’t have the skills or time to get the job done, give Wauson Tree Service a call today. We’ll access your needs and give you a free quote.

Give us a call today at 214-450-8720 to receive a free quote, or email me at walt {at} wausontreeservice {dot} com.

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Tree Bracing and Cabling Services in Dallas

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 @ 12:07 PM  posted by admin

Tree bracing and cabling can help correct trees that are leaning or showing signs of deformity. However, it takes a trained eye to know when and where to look for the potential damage to life and property in trees suffering from disease and structural weaknesses that are not readily seen.

What You Need to Know

Tree bracing tends to be done at the earlier stages when a tree is young to ensure that growth is in a specific direction. It’s critical at this stage to make sure any string or wire is adjusted regularly to ensure the tree grows straight. Once a tree is too large for stakes, it may be time consider bracing or cabling to correct any bends or leans in the tree’s trunk.

Tree bracing serves to provide a source strong enough so that growth can be influenced. Bracing devices will use a tree’s stronger part to pull against a weaker part. Depending on the apparatus used, regular adjustments are needed to vary the tension strength. It’s not uncommon to see trees with multiple braces guiding their growth.

Trees that are close to a power line are primary targets for damage or destruction during a violent wind or rainstorm. Cabling then becomes the desired method to prevent probable and future damage. An arborist can determine the weak spots in a tree and find the proper points to secure cables. Quite often, this action prevents a tree from being torn apart during violent storms.

We all know how hard the winter season can be on trees. Ice that forms on a tree’s limbs and branches can become too heavy causing limbs to crack or completely break off. In this scenario, a rod can sometimes be placed inside a tree limb for added support.

Tree cabling and bracing have but one goal in mind: to enhance the safety of a property and to help protect its trees and inhabitants. Tree cabling and bracing requires the touch of an expert. And you should never trust anyone who’s not specifically trained in this area to do the job right.

When in Doubt Call the Professionals

Tree cable and bracing structural support systems should be installed based on a thorough inspection and evaluation by a certified arborist. If you suspect there are trees on your property in need of bracing or cabling, don’t hesitate to call the professionals at Wauson Tree Service. We’re happy to come out and give you a free estimate.

Give us a call today at 214-450-8720 to receive a free quote, or email me at walt {at} wausontreeservice {dot} com.

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Dallas Tree Crown Thinning – Wauson Tree Service

Tuesday, July 6, 2010 @ 07:07 PM  posted by admin

The term tree crown thinning doesn’t usually come to mind when thinking of trees and the removal of damaged or rubbing limbs. And it soon becomes apparent for those who are familiar with the term that tackling the job alone can soon become more than they want to take on.

The professionals at Wauson Tree Service are well acquainted with every aspect of tree service and can give you a free quote and suggest needed services. We know the challenges that home and property owners have to deal with by going it alone, and we can help.

What is a Tree Crown?

The crown of a tree includes everything above ground, including limbs, stems and leaves. While the shape of tree crowns may vary considerably, there are two major types; excurrent branching habits which result in good shapes, and decurrent branching habits which result in round shapes.

Tree crown characterization also takes into account the width, surface area, volume and density of a tree. The crown itself plays an important role in gathering energy from the sun, and releasing energy by a process known as transpiration. This is why timely attention and service plays such an important role in a tree’s overall health.

Tree Crown Thinning

Tree crown thinning is the pruning technique used to improve the look and health of hardwood trees. The process involves selectively removing a tree’s stems and branches to allow greater light and air movement throughout the tree’s crown. Crown thinning makes it possible to improve a tree’s structure and form and additionally making it tough for the pests that like to take up residence in a tree.

The applied technique opens up a tree’s foliage and reduces the burden of weight on heavy limbs. Crown thinning reduces outer-branch density, and can be applied to a specific area. The volume of the branches to be removed will normally be expressed as a percentage of the whole crown. For example, a Wauson professional may advise to thin a crown by 15%.

Effective tree crown thinning is focused on saving branches with a U-shape split rather than a V-shape split. The reason being, U-Shape branches are less likely to break leaving your tree healthier in the long run.

Remember, trees play an important environmental role through their emotive power and supreme importance to so many forms of life on the planet. The more we take care or our trees, the better they can help take care of us.

Don’t hesitate to give us a call for a free quote today at 214-450-8720, or email at walt {at} wausontreeservice {dot} com.

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Knowing When and How to Prune Trees

Thursday, July 1, 2010 @ 04:07 PM  posted by admin

It’s not only important to know when to prune a tree, but how. Done improperly, pruning can readily destroy the natural beauty of a tree. Trees that have outgrown their location, weak or sagging limbs on the verge of collapsing, and diseased tree limbs are all conditions that await the professional pruner’s expertise. This is why it’s so important to get the opinion of a professional tree pruning service.

For instance, there’s a difference between pruning and removing dead limbs. The best way to tell if a limb is truly dead is to scratch off a piece of the bark. You’ll find green underneath if the tree limb is still alive. While most experts agree that deadwood can be removed at any time during the year, wintertime is the best time of year because the leaves have dropped from deciduous tress, allowing easier access to the tree’s limbs.

Winter is also a great time for pruning because most trees are dormant. A professional, such as those at Wauson Tree Service, has the ability to visualize the shape and growth of a tree and prune with a light hand.

Wauson Tree Service Pruning Tips

1.Determine if a branch is dead, broken or diseased. Cut these back from a lateral branch as to open up the canopy enough so that no further pruning is required. Cutting at an angle less than 45 degrees leaves a limb at risk for breaking later.

2. A tree with more than one main trunk growing should be targeted for the removal of one trunk. Trees with only one main trunk are generally stronger. Cutting tools should be sharp and clean as to encourage rapid healing. Disinfecting blades between each cut helps prevent the spread of disease.

3. Be on the lookout for tree hazards and make sure that structures and any personal property is well away from the area where any tree debris might fall. Safety is job one! Make sure you have the skills and the equipment to ensure personal safety. Take caution with high branches and consider a qualified professional to do the job.

4. Consider removing smaller branches first. Rather than drop an entire limb, consider cutting it piece by piece and be careful to plan for where the limb might fall. Limbs can be cut to a stub of about a foot long or so. Cut from the bottom of the limb upward (but not too deep) as an insurance against bark stripping. Then go ahead and cut through the branch from the top.

5. Determine your final cuts for larger limbs. These cuts are similar and should be made from the bottom up, and then from the top down in the final desired locations.

Pruning Tools for the Novice

· Hand Pruners for twigs

· Lopping shears for limbs up to 2 inches in diameter

· Saws

· Pole Pruners

· A mind keen on safety

There’s more to tree pruning than most people realize. And we know that people quite often will bite off more than they can chew. Don’t hesitate to call the professionals at Wauson Tree Service for a free quote if you find yourself in a bind. Call us today at 214-450-8720, or email us at Walt {at} waustontreeservice {dot} com.

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