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What’s So Special About an Arborist?

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 12:08 PM  posted by admin

There are lot of special things about an arborist. For starters, he or she can determine, with respect to the appearance and safety of your trees, the type and amount of pruning necessary to help maintain or improve their health.

Recommendations can include the following actions.

Pruning – Tree pruning takes into consideration a lot of things. Tree branches that rub against each other may need removing. Branches or limbs that interfere with wires, roofs, gutters, or that obstruct streets and sidewalks are a hazard. Diseased or limbs infected with insects can weaken and break at any time. These conditions could be an accident waiting to happen!

Tree or Stump Removal – An arborist can determine if any trees on your property need removing. They have the tools, equipment and skills necessary to take on the job. Tree removal is usually recommended if a tree is considered hazardous, dead or dying, causing an obstruction, or needs to be replaced by a more suitable tree.

Emergency Tree Care – Storms and high winds can do a lot of damage to trees on a property. And damaged trees can fall on other trees, homes, other structures and vehicles. An arborist can determine what needs to be done and go about the job in a completely safe manner.

Other Services – Arborists are able to provide other services, which include plant health care, preventative tree maintenance, cabling and spraying to control and prevent insect and disease problems.

Select the Right Arborist for the Job

Make sure the arborist you choose has the right credentials and the skills to cover all aspects of tree care. All the necessary permits and licenses should be up to date and ready for your inspection. Don’t be afraid to check references either. Why? Because tree care is a long-term investment; it’s like buying a new car after having first taken it for a test drive.

Don’t feel that it’s necessary to take the first bid that comes your way. If you know the company and you’re satisfied with its practices, feel free to go ahead and schedule work.

Be on the lookout for door-to- door sales people offering a bargain for tree maintenance. Most reputable and legitimate companies are too busy to solicit business in this manner. And don’t be afraid to ask questions. The professional arborists at Wauson Tree Service are here to help.

In need of a free quote? Contact us today, or email us at walt {at} wausontreeservice {dot} com.


Wondering When Trees Need Removing from Your Property?

Thursday, August 19, 2010 @ 03:08 PM  posted by admin

Any type of tree removal should begin with an inspection of the property and an estimate of the cost. The estimate takes into consideration the labor needed and the machinery to be used. If the trees are large, a crane will normally be required. High tree limbs are almost impossible to reach otherwise. And a crane along with professionals who are skilled at cutting tree limbs makes the job a lot safer.

If there is an emergency, such as a wind or rainstorm, cutting and trimming removes dangerous limbs along with potential hazards. Dangerous deadwood and fallen trees should be removed immediately. Hesitation on the owner’s behalf could lead to further property damage and become a safety risk for people and animals.

In the initial inspection, professionals such as those at Wauson Tree Service, can advise if any trees on your property need trimming. Proper pruning is needed for trees to remain healthy and produce the blossoms and fruit that nature and people depend on.

You may also be in need tree stump removal. Stump removal employs machinery that’s able to safely grind the stump away. Stump grinding equipment will take away as much of the stump as possible. Property owners can choose to use the grinding byproduct in garden areas.

Along with tree removal, unattended or damaged brushes can become fuel for fire. Many localities, including Dallas, have strict fire department codes that regulate brush clearance to ensure public safety. These codes should never be taken lightly. Clearing brushes on your property, could also help fires from spreading, in the worst-case scenario, from structure to structure or to surrounding areas.

Looking for Ways to Increase Your Property Value?

The truth is trees can increase in value the minute you bring them home from the nursery. And they’ll continue to increase in value as they mature. If renting or selling a property, trees can add increased value by improving curb appeal. Trees also serve many aesthetic and practical purposes.

Knowing when to remove or plant new trees can be a challenge for any home or property owner. The professionals at Wauson Tree Service can be of help and give you a free estimate and inform you what it will take to keep the trees on your property safe and aesthetically pleasing.

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


How to Spot Hazardous Defects in Your Trees

Thursday, August 5, 2010 @ 06:08 PM  posted by admin

Hazardous trees are trees that are failing. And there are always signs if you look close enough. When you spot a defective tree hazard, either correct it or call a professional out to take a look and give you an assessment of what needs to be done. The following are potential hazardous tree defects you need to keep an eye out for.

Property Deadwood – Deadwood is not a condition to negotiate! Dead branches on trees are a hazard, and can break or fall at any time. It’s best to avoid any situations that expose you to personal injury or a lawsuit from others.

Tree Cracks – If you see a deep split through the bark of a tree, it may already be an indication a tree is failing. Sound the alarm if you find the crack penetrates completely through the stem, or if two or more cracks are found in the same general area.

Tree Unions that Create Weak Branches and Limbs – Weak unions will occur when two or more branches, roughly the same size, grow so close together as to allow bark to grow between the branches inside the union. This is dangerous because at first appearance the tree might appear to be structurally sound. This condition presents a potentially hazardous situation because bark doesn’t have the same structural integrity as wood.

Tree Decay – While signs of decay don’t always mean a tree presents a hazard, there are degrees of decay that may indicate a potential problem. If the wood is soft or crumbly, it could be a strong indication the tree is rotting from the inside- out. Other levels of decay encourage fungi and mushrooms to grow, which are considered to be property hazards in their own right.

Tree Cankers – A canker is the condition in which a chunk of the tree is missing, almost as if someone had taken a bite out of the tree. The cause is usually from an outside wounding or tree disease.

Tree Root Problems – Be on the lookout for trees that are leaning; thus causing the roots to be exposed. Another sign of root problems could be an over-mounting of soil near the tree’s base. Another potential hazard is a condition where more than half of a tree’s crown has been crushed or cut. The tree may not have enough structural support from its root system.

Trees with Poor Shapes – A tree with a poor shape may be an indication of structural imbalance. They might be interesting to look at, but they are a potential safety hazard.A professional arborist, such as those at Wauson Tree Service, can assess the needs of the trees on your property, and give you a free estimate of what it will take to keep your property safe and beautiful looking.

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