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Tools That Arborists Use to Get the Job Done

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 @ 11:05 AM  posted by admin

Arborists have important jobs. Like every professional, they have specific tools that allow them to get the job done. These professionals train in planting, caring for, and maintaining trees. They know a lot about tree care. Along with their vast array of knowledge, they have some nifty tools to work with. Each arborist has the freedom of their own choice of tools.

1. Rope Wrench. This one tool has completely changed the way arborists climb. They are a lot safer in trees when using the rope wrench. There’s a lot more consistent friction on the hitch. It may be an unknown tool to the layperson, but it makes an arborist’s job a lot easier.

2. Throwball/Storage. This prevents the climber from having to repeatedly advance their climbing line. This saves time, effort, and energy. It also reduces the number of things that can go wrong when climbing. Arborists can work from the ground up without having to first establish their tie point at the top of the tree.

3. Stihl MS200 Chainsaw. The chainsaws used by the arborist may vary, but the MS200 gets the heavy lifting done so to speak. The goal of any arborist is to make sure all their tools are as effective as possible. The MS200 has a power to weight ratio that many believe is unmated in the industry by any other chainsaw.

4. Safety Items. These include helmet, gloves, hearing protection, eye protection, and chainsaw protective covering. You can throw a safety mindset in the mix. Arborists are aware of overhead power and gas lines. They know who to call out for an inspection before they begin work.

5. Work Harness. A comfortable and safe harness can make all the difference in the world. The best ones are light and durable. They also provide solid back support, gear loops, leg loops, and a sturdy rope bridge. A safe and sturdy harness allows climbers to work with speed and confidence.

6. Handsaw & Pruning Shears. An arborist would be remiss to leave a universal handsaw and pruning shears off the list. Universal handsaws can also be used for pruning and removal of smaller trees. They’re also handy and lightweight to carry around.

7. Saws & Pruners. Saws and pruners are among the top choices for overall dependability. The right tools can help you work the way you want. As mentioned, each arborist has unique abilities. It stands to reason their tools will be unique as well.

What arborist do is often beyond the pay grade of most people.
However, there are always those sturdy souls who like to tackle yard care and maintenance on the weekends. So, whether a professional or an amateur, you’ll still the need the right tools to get the job done safely and effectively. If you find yourself in a jam, call the professionals at Wauson Tree Service.

At Wauson Tree Service, we have over 50 years of experience. We’re family-owned and our prices are tough to beat. That’s because we don’t use middle-men/women to subcontract our work. We can pass on savings direct to customers. Here’s what we offer for tree pruning.

  • Competitive pricing
  • We’re licensed and insured
  • Our arborists are certified through ISA, and we adhere strictly to standards for tree pruning
  • Tree pruning, stump removal, cabling, fertilization, and tree bracing

We think it’s great exercise for anyone to get a little tree pruning done over the weekend. We also know that accidents can happen and offset a person’s entire life. Tree care, the right kind, is hard work. Whatever your tree pruning needs, give us a call and we’re always happy to give you a free quote.

We can be reached at 214.450.8720, or you can email us at

What to Know When Attempting to Prune Trees

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 @ 06:04 PM  posted by admin

Tree trimming is both an art and a profession. Trimming trees is necessary to make sure they remain healthy and free of disease. Trees are trimmed for safety, health, and aesthetic reasons for the most part.


Effective pruning enables a tree to maintain its appearance and shape. The experts know that it’s unwise to impose an unnatural shape on a tree. Too much pruning can cause permanent damage.


Trees, like people, need attention. Just as people schedule doctor checkups, trees need pruning to ward of infection and disease. The experts know how to thin the crown of a tree to help improve airflow. They can also easily identify and fix branches that rub together. What’s even more important is that experts understand trees species. They know what benefits each type and how each should be cared for.


Dead or broken branches can be a safety hazard for humans, animals, and properties. Broken and dead limbs can give way at any time. The experts, arborists, can make a determination if tree limbs are too close to power lines. They also have the tools and skills to remove any branches or limbs that obstruct utility lines.

Tips for Trimming and Pruning Trees

People enjoy getting out in their yard and working for exercise. One has to be fit to do a commendable job. One also has to know a thing or two about tree trimming to do an effective job. Sometimes the job is a little beyond the average person’s pay grade.

  • Learn as much about trees as you can. They should only be pruned during their dormant season. Their dormant season is when growth and development are temporarily stopped. However, if there is a tree hazard concern, the tree should be pruned immediately.
  • Branch size matters. Branches or limbs from 5-10 centimeters in width are okay to remove. Any branches greater than 10 centimeters in width should be removed by an expert. Anything less than five centimeters should be left alone.
  • The experts know that only branches with V-shape, weak, narrow angles should be removed. Branches with strong U-shaped angles should not be tampered with. Branches that extend laterally also have rules for removing or retaining.
  • It’s also best to try and prune branches away when they’re young. Youth makes them much easier to manage. Also, you’ll lessen the danger of leaving permanent scars.

Thinning the Crown

There’s a good reason for letting an expert arborist handle tree thinning. They do it for a living and arrive with years of experience. They know to keep lateral branches evenly spaced. They’ll also look for branches that cross other branches. They’re aware that no more than one-fourth of a tree’s crown should ever be removed.

Safe Tree Pruning

Before making any cuts, it’s always best to locate the branch collar and the branch ridge. The experts know to cut outside the branch ridge. They’ll make sure their cut is angled down and away from the stem. The experts also have a technique for cutting stem branches that are too long. The reality is that expert arborists can save you a lot of time and money. They may also be a deterrent from you hurting yourself. It’s easy to fall off a ladder.

What Does an Arborist Do?

Arborists are trained in the art and science of caring for trees. They have a distinct knowledge beyond that of a lay person. They’re trained and well equipped to get the tough jobs done. They’re skilled in removing stumps, replanting, and cabling trees as well. They can also advise on how to approach underground root removal. They’re also skilled at helping clear properties of tree debris after a storm.

At Wauson Tree Service, we hire only the best arborists to service your tree care needs. They have years of experience. We’ll also make sure that we give you the fairest price possible since we don’t outsource our services.

Our Services

You can rest assured that we’re licensed and insured. Our arborists are certified through the International Society of Arboriculture, which means that we stick to ISA standards. We’re experts at pruning, stump removal, cabling, fertilization, and tree bracing.

Give us a call today to learn more about how we can help preserve your trees. Our number is 214.450.8720. Or you can email us at We’re more than happy to give you a free quote.

Tips for Tree Cabling and Bracing

Thursday, February 2, 2017 @ 06:02 PM  posted by admin

February Tips for Tree Cabling and Bracing

It’s important to know when a tree needs cabling and bracing. However, not everyone is qualified to know how to properly spot problems and get the job done. Cabling and bracing both involve installing hardware, and anytime hardware is installed in or on a tree, there’s always a risk the tree can suffer damage and decay. When properly done, bracing or cabling can extend a tree’s life.

Decayed and split tree unions, embed bark in a tree’s crotch, and dominant stems are a short list of things can that can cause tree damage that results in a weak structure. It takes a tree expert to understand all the nuances. Trees that pose a threat to themselves and animal or human life can be made 100% safe when cables and bracing are used. However, before any tree receives cabling or bracing, it should be pruned properly. That may also require the expertise of an expert arborist. Arborists have met the standards and practices set forth by the ANSI A300. These professionals know trees inside and out, and they have the tools to get the job done regardless of how big or small the tree.

Signs Your Tree Is a Hazard

Trees are living entities and they need to be cared for like all other living things. Trees without proper care can be harmful to property, humans, and animals. They can also become susceptible to disease and pathogens. Ailing trees give off warning signs that can include one or more of the following.

  • 1. Ailing tress tend to lean. Not all tress that lean are an indication that something is wrong. Trees that are diseased or stressed, and leaning, do pose a threat. You can always check to make sure the lean is natural by checking soil around the tree for protruding roots. Cabling and bracing can help homeowners avoid potential hazards.
  • 2. Keep a close look out for deadwood. Deadwood will eventually come crashing down to the ground. If you see any, remove it immediately. Be careful when on ladders.
  • 3. Tree cracks of any kind represent some type of structural weakness. There are some cracks that can’t be sealed, and some that are beyond repair. Consult with a tree expert if you’re unsure how to proceed.
  • 4. Fungi that’s found between wood and bark can be a sign of cankers. Cankers have a tendency to cut off nutrient supplies to both bark and wood. Check for sunken areas in the tree’s anatomy. This can be a telltale sign of cankers.
  • 5. It there are trees in your yard with multiple trunks, it’s time for an inspection. Trunks, if multiple, should grow in proportion to each other. Otherwise, the heaviest trunk may break away from the lighter trunk. Remove the trunk that poses the greater hazard.
  • 6. Decay and wood rot aren’t that difficult to spot. You can spot decay in roots, branches, and stems. You can tackle the branches if you choose to, but a decaying trunk may need the attention of experts.

It’s always best to trust the professionals where structural damage is found or of concern. There could be a lot more damage than what appears to the visible eye, and these professionals know what to look for.

Cabling is the process of installing flexible strand cables and braces. They’ll protect against strong winds, the weight and damage of winter ice, and the stress of heavy foliage. When your trees need cabling and bracing attention, call the experts at Wauson Tree Service. We have over 50 years of experience, and we can get the job done at prices that you can afford. Give us a call today at 214.450.8720, or email us at

Why Hire an Arborist?

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 @ 08:01 PM  posted by admin

There are a number of reasons to hire an arborist. These are the folks that specialize in the care of trees. Just think of them as you would your physician. They’re knowledgeable about the care that trees need and they have the equipment to provide that proper care. Like personal health, proper tree care is an investment that can lead to substantial returns. Trees that are well-cared for add beauty and value to any property. On the other hand, poorly maintained trees pose a significant liability to humans, animals, and the property itself. Thus, any tree maintenance should be performed by those with the right knowledge and equipment.

Arborist services include the following:

  • Tree Pruning – Arborists are the experts at determining the type of pruning that can benefit and protect trees. Cutting a tree wrong can allow for disease and irreversible damage.
  • Tree Removal – Arborists tend to look at tree removal as a last resort, but if it’s necessary, they have the knowledge and tools to get the job done effectively and safely. With safety in mind, they check to make sure the area is clear of underground utilities. They can also safely replant trees in a different location.
  • Expert Tree Care – This includes solutions for emergencies where harsh winds or weather have damaged limbs and branches. They also know how to skillfully work with downed trees that are close to utility lines or underground cables. They can handle the lightest or heaviest jobs with relative ease.
  • Expert Tree Planting – Some arborists specialize in planting trees and they can recommend the species best suited for a particular setting or location. Arborists can be found in office settings or tasked with designing the layouts for new planting for both inside and outside environments.

Added Duties

It’s not an uncommon sight to see an arborist hard at work using power tools to prune or strapped into a harness when cutting tree branches. They know what branches to remove and which ones to prune. They can also inspect for insects or tree diseases. They can advise property owners the best times to plant and water. Stump removal and tree bracing are also right down their alley.

Arborist Certification

The certification means that arborists have reached a certain level of knowledge and expertise as defined by a governing body of leading national experts on tree health care. They must pass an examination and keep their education on par with the latest industry developments and knowledge. They must also adhere to an industry code of ethics. The process of becoming an arborist is voluntary of course. Arborists continually build upon their knowledge and expertise. Just keep in mind that certification doesn’t measure the arborist’s ability, but simply attests to their degree of knowledge. As the old saying goes, “The proof is in the pudding.”

The best approach to tree care is to work with those who are qualified to deliver the very best service possible. At Wauson Tree Care, we take our arborist duties quite seriously. For over 50 years we have successfully cared for our neighbors’ trees. We specialize in tree pruning, stump removal, cabling, bracing, and fertilization. And we’re always happy to stop by and give a free estimate. Trees are important. Not only are they essential for an attractive and healthy landscape, but they also benefit the environment by helping to remove harmful carbon dioxide from the air while giving oxygen in return.

Give us a call today at 214.450.8720, or email us at

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

November – Pack Away the Pruning Shears

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 @ 07:11 PM  posted by admin

So what it is about fall that makes people literally thirst to get out in the yard and prune? It just might be all the mulching and raking that’s driving people batty. Sure, you can count on the fact that fall will expose every tree’s imperfections when leaves tumble to the ground. However, before you start hacking trees and shrubs, consider a few tips from the experts who prune for a living.

    1. Trees and shrubs in the fall are ready to go dormant. Pruning during the fall stimulates growth, and this can severely weaken their growth. Let’s say that you prune during a warm day when normal weather is cold. Sap will rise up in the plant. At night the temperature drops below freezing, and it’s not a pretty sight in the morning.

2. Keep in mind that few plants and shrubs require pruning. Trees should usually be pruned during winter or in early spring.

    3. The experts know when proper pruning should occur. They also know that pruning trees and shrubs near the home helps plants and trees to yield more fruit and flowers. This also helps benefit local wildlife. It also helps trees to fight off pests and diseases.

    4. Never prune while it’s wet. The dampness can actually help spread disease because damp weather encourages fast growth of microbes. Sunlight and warmer weathers tends to kill harmful bacteria and microbes that cause disease.

    5. It’s all about knowing when and where to hack. When it’s the proper time for pruning, dead and dying branches are the first to go. Sickly looking branches are next. If there is a smaller branch rubbing against a larger branch, prune the smaller branch and cut it as close to the tree as possible. Cut branches, properly, that protrude out as they can be an entry point for bacterial and disease. The experts know exactly where to prune branches. There are trees that can be pruned from winter until the sap starts flowing once again in spring. The list includes Beauty Berries, Crabapple, Spruce, and Poplar to name a few.

    6. We know we recommended to pack away the pruning shears until spring, but there are always those who will venture out into the backyard during fall and winter months. Make sure your tools are kept clean. This is especially so if you’re cutting diseased branches. Hot water and soap will kill most germs on tools. Wash and dry them well before using to prune from tree to tree.

We also recommend that you get to know the trees and shrubs in your yard. There are actually apps like Leafsnap and Plantifier that can help you identify plants, or trees, in your yard. Yes, there’s an app for everything. In today’s world, there’s really no reason not to stay informed on anything. There’s an infinite amount of information available.

You can always call an expert arborist out to personally take a look at your property and to advise with respect to pruning trees and shrubs.

Why Hire a Certified Arborist?

A fair question indeed. First, an arborist is someone who has achieved a high level of knowledge in the art and science of tree care. They have met the criteria from the nation’s leading experts on tree care. They must also continue to update and upgrade their education to maintain their certification.

At Wauson Tree Service, we have all the bases covered. With over 50 years of exceptional service, and prices that are nearly impossible to beat, we deliver the type of services our customers can depend on. And we do it within their budget. Give us a call today to learn more about our services.

Give us a call today at 214.450.8720. Email at

More Summer Pruning Tips

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 @ 02:08 PM  posted by admin

Pruning is one of the most beneficial things you can do for trees or gardens. Just keep in mind that it has to be undertaken very carefully. Pruning can help stimulate growth and the shape of trees, flowers and shrubs. Plants, like trees, require certain types of pruning techniques for them to remain strong and healthy. This is one of the reasons that pruning is sometimes best left to the experts. If pruned improperly, trees and plants can be severely damaged.

Tip #1. How much pruning is needed depends on how fast a tree or plant is growing. You also have to take into consideration how crowded the branches are. Removing dead or dying branches is always the best starting point. If you’re unsure if a branch is dead or alive, simply take your fingernail and scrape the bark. If it’s green under the bark, the branch is alive and well. A dying branch will appear brown or gray.

Tip #2. Conduct a little “thinning”. This removes branches that are splitting from the trunk. A pair of lopping shears will do nicely.

Tip #3. Conduct a little “shearing”. This takes some expertise because you’ll need to create formal hedges that are precise and even sided. Hedge trimmers will work nicely.

Tip #4. Conduct a little day-to-day pruning. This happens to be one of the simplest methods of pruning. All that is needed is a pair of shears to trim small branches and stems etc.

Tip #5. Never prune during heat waves and droughts. It will cause stress on your trees or shrubs. Wait until the temperature is moderate.

Tip #6. Never prune when it’s raining. You could become a human lightning rod, which can end up bad. To avoid fungal diseases, let your trees dry out for 48 hours at minimum.

Tip #7. Make it a point to always prune dead or dying branches or limbs. Dispose of the limbs in a plastic bag.

Tip#8. When pruning weeping trees, remember to vary the cut lengths. Make some shorter, and some longer. This gives the tree a natural and feathered look.

Tip #9. Always make sure to use clean landscaping tools. It’s not a bad idea to dip your tools into bleach before cutting on a new tree. Bacteria and disease can be easily spread.

We always admire those who get out into their yards for exercise. It’s a good thing to have pride in your yard’s appearance. However, we do suggest that you rely on professional arborist to assist when the going gets tough.

At Wauson Tree Service, we have years of experience in providing exceptional tree services for our community neighbors. We offer competitive pricing, we’re insured and licensed, we’re certified, and we provide excellent tree pruning, stump removal, cabling, tree bracing, and fertilization services. Customers know the job gets done when we arrive on the scene. Call 214.450.8720 to learn more about our services. Email at

Best Tree Practices for the Hot Summer Heat in Dallas

Wednesday, July 6, 2016 @ 03:07 PM  posted by admin

Few people can argue that summers seem to be getting hotter and hotter. The hot weather can leave trees especially vulnerable to disease and insect infestations. The experts know something that not many people know. The best time to water trees is usually between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. This is usually the time that nature turns on its sprinkler system: dew. It’s not how much you water, but when you water. If you’ve watered and the soil is moist, you can ease up on the water.

  • Apply mulch, such as wood chips during heat waves. Mulch actually insulates soil and can stop ground temperatures from rising too high. Hot soil temperature can kill roots. Mulching also provides the soil with much needed nutrients, and acts to suppress weeds. Add water before mulching and layer the mulch about two inches deep. Do not allow the mulch to touch the tree’s trunk.
  • Trees naturally need more water in summer than at any other time of year. Just remember that water can evaporate before it reaches its destination at the tree’s roots. Water trees slowly and at the right time of day.
  • It’s a good idea to fertilize trees throughout the year. The early summer months are perfect for using nitrogen-based fertilizers. If you notice that tree leaves are wilted or discolored, it’s a sign they need fertilizing. Getting the right balances of potassium, phosphorous, and nitrates can be very tricky.
  • Your pruning efforts, done carefully, should entail removing dead or dying limbs. Also, be on the lookout for damaged and diseased branches.

Prioritize your watering efforts for those trees that are most at risk. These would include new and transplanted trees. You can always count on their root systems being damaged or underdeveloped. Check for trees growing in restricted areas. These are property trees with limited access, trees growing in planters and those on the narrow strips between the street and sidewalks. If your trees are considered drought-sensitive like beeches, birches and dogwoods, consider them to be a priority. Your trees need at least one inch of water a week. Factor this in with the amount of rainfall.

Remaining Water Conscious
The experts agree that people make two mistakes with respect to watering: not watering their trees or overwatering. Mature trees only need watering once a month, while younger trees need watering weekly. You may want to keep this schedule up for younger trees for the first three to five years of their life. Give them time to be placed on a monthly watering cycle.

About Sprinklers
You may not know it, but sprinklers are among the worst ways to water trees. It’s far too easy for water to evaporate before trees have a chance to absorb the water. A soaker hose will get the job done.

Do You Need Professional Tree Service?
You may not know it, but there’s a strong likelihood that you do. Our trees benefit the world with oxygen, shade, medicines, and beauty. As such, they provide something that is communal, social, and emotional. At Wauson Tree Service, we think your trees should be admired and preserved. Your trees, just like people, need annual check-ups to ensure their health and safety.

We pride ourselves in offering affordable pricing, and we’ve been in the business for nearly 50 years, so we know a thing or two about trees and arborist services. We’re also family owned. When you need pruning, cabling, stump removal, fertilization, and cabling and tree bracing, we’re the friendly folks to contact. Call 214.450.8720 to learn more about our services. Email at

Why it Pays to Install a Root Barrier

Wednesday, January 6, 2016 @ 03:01 PM  posted by admin

Roots, left unchecked, can cause structural damages that can cost time and money. As a homeowner, you have an option to combat roots that grow out of control under concrete home foundations, driveways and sidewalks. However, not just anyone is qualified to install a root barrier. If installed incorrectly, trees can be damaged, and even killed. The best solution is to call the experts who can remove the roots safely and at a price that you can afford.

What Are Root Barriers Made Of?

The barrier can be an object that is solid, like sheet metal. Or it can be soil that is sectioned off in zones and is treated with chemicals. If treated with chemicals, they will be attached to a fabric in the form of pellets. The idea is to prevent roots from growing in places where they are not wanted.

When roots form under a foundation, they will eventually dry out the soil and cause it to settle. Determined roots can also invade pipes and cause extensive plumbing problems. When that happens, there is no alternative but to call the plumber. Hopefully, the repairs will not be too expensive. You might think of installing a root barrier as preventative maintenance. Root barriers are cheaper than foundation repairs any day of the week. While a root barrier is not guaranteed to absolutely stop roots from growing, you can count on most root growth being stopped cold in its tracks.

How Long Can a Root Barrier Be Expected to Last?

If your root barrier is made of plastic or concrete, you can expect longevity. If the barrier is comprised of chemicals, its longevity may depend on the amount of water that reaches the treated soil. Typically, soil root barriers will last for about five years or more.

Root Barrier Installations

Root barriers, concrete or plastic, are typically installed by digging a trench. It takes work, and is a bit beyond installing it for weekend exercise. If your plans are to do it yourself, make sure that you have the right tools, time, and state of mind. Next, the choice of materials is laid in the trench and then the trench is filled. As we mentioned earlier, it is imperative that you hire professionals who know how to properly install a barrier.

With respect to cost, we can inspect the property and give you an estimate. Of course, there is always an advantage compared to what a foundation might cost to repair. Calling the professionals at Wauson Tree Services has its advantages. We are skilled, licensed arborists who believe that customer service is still king. We also have the right tools and the personnel to get the job done. Call us today at 214-450-8720 or email at

About Tree Pruning During the Fall

Thursday, November 5, 2015 @ 12:11 AM  posted by admin

You have to wonder what it is about the autumn that makes people want to get out in the yard and prune trees. As such, there’s a lot of raking and mulching going on. Before you start hacking your trees and bushes, step back and consider the following tips.

As you may have heard over and over, “Pruning is good for a tree’s overall health.” Yes, it can improve a tree’s flowering and structure, however pruning is a cut and can harm a tree or bush if it isn’t properly done. This is why professionals who live and breathe the business should always handle the task.

    1. Be careful of pruning in the fall even though falling leaves have exposed every imperfection imaginable in your trees and bushes. Fall pruning can actually stimulate growth and that’s a bad thing during this special time of year. You see trees, and some plants, are actually trying to go dormant and interrupting their cycle can weaken them severely. A professional arborist knows this and can make the right adjustments if pruning is absolutely necessary during fall.

    2. Pruning, when done correctly, can help the flowers and trees on your property produce more fruit or flowers; and that’s always a good thing. Correctly pruned trees and shrubs allow trees and plants to turn their backs on disease. Late winter or early spring is the time to give your trees and plants a haircut. If you’ve got that urge to prune during the fall, fight it.

    3. We’re betting that 99% of the people didn’t know that pruning trees when it’s damp can spread disease faster. Microbes love wet weather conditions. Professional arborists love working when the sun is out. If your tree trimmer arrives in wet weather, well, close the door and wave goodbye through the window. Dry and sunny weather kills molds and bacteria.

Your professional tree pruner knows that pruning allows sunlight and air to filter through trees and shrubs—keeping them healthy. They’ll remove dead or dying branches first and they know how to handle branches that rub against each other and that grow vertically. Arborists know what to cut, and when to cut it. They know trees and which ones can be pruned from winter until the sap starts flowing again. Birches, dogwoods, walnuts and elm trees prefer summer pruning.

Arborists also know the importance of keeping tools clean. They thoroughly clean their tools when moving from one tree to the next, or before starting a new job. Dirty tree-trimming tools are an easy way to spread disease.

Call the professionals at Wauson Tree Service for a free estimate. Call today at 214-450-8720 or you can email us at We can get the job done on time and within budget.