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A Day in the Life of a Wauson Tree Service Arborist

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 @ 03:12 PM  posted by admin

We understand the value of a surgeon. Just think of an arborist as a surgeon who takes care of trees. Their field is called arboriculture and their job is to maintain a tree’s health. As such, there are a number of different techniques used toward that end. Arborists perform tasks that will ultimately affect the health of trees or shrubs. Such tasks can include pruning, shaping and removing dead or dying limbs and branches. They may also take steps to remove insect infestations or treat disease. Some specialize in treating certain types of trees. Other arborists choose to work with all types of trees in every condition.

At any given moment, an arborist may have his/her chainsaw in hand pruning and cutting limbs to give a tree its best chance at a healthy life—all while making sure property owners are aesthetically pleased. The arborist may decide that older trees need additional support, especially those that have developed multiple leads. Cables may be installed in the hope of holding branches together where there are weak limb joints. Overhanging branches pose a threat to property and life and can be easily removed.

Dense foliage can obstruct views of the property. Deadwood and suckers are removed, and sometimes the work team consists only of one or two crew members. A lot of hauling will be involved—back and forth, back and forth. Large trucks or machinery can impact the soil and are usually avoided. Impacted soil prevents trees from getting needed oxygen. The ancient method of using ropes is the preferred method to climb trees for pruning. Observers will hear the term “heads up” quite often during a pruning job.

December Pruning Tips

We recommend autumn and winter for the best times to plant trees. Of course, that little piece of advice may go against the grain for most people since it’s often more pleasant to plant in the warmer months of spring and summer. Autumn and winter planting gives trees needed time to grow before the onset of summer heat and dry weather.

  • Don’t fertilize with high nitrogen fertilizer during a tree’s first growing season. During the second growing season, it’s recommended to fertilize about four times a year. A slow release fertilizer may work best.
  • Be careful not to plant over hidden underground utilities, or too close to structures.
  • Pruning should be performed, at its earliest, after the first growing season. Of course, broken branches and “faults” should be attended to immediately.
  • Mulching and watering serves to saturate the newly planted tree roots. Continue watering thoroughly for approximately a year and a half with a hose placed in close proximity to newly planted trees.

Taking care of trees is not for everyone. When the going gets tough, you can always count on the professionals at Wauson Tree Service to get the job done. It’s not an easy job, but the one thing you can count on is that our arborists love what they do. They wouldn’t exchange their job for any other in the world. That’s how the arborists at Wauson Tree Service approach the job each day. And they do it with a smile. We’ve been at It for over 50 years and we know trees and shrubs like the back of our hand. We’re insured, family owned and properly licensed. We also make sure that our prices are highly competitive. Since there’s no middleman, we can past savings on to our customers.

Tree pruning, tree and stump removal, bracing and cabling, and fertilization are among our specialties. Call today for a free estimate at 214.450.8720. Email us at walt@wausontreeservice.com.