One of the wisest investments you can make in your property is keeping the trees and shrubs safe, healthy, and beautiful by maintaining a pruning program. Some of the major reasons for pruning are:
- Safety and Property Liability Issues – involve removing branches that could fall and cause injury or property damage, trimming branches that interfere with lines of sight on streets or driveways, and removing branches that grow into utility lines. The need for safety pruning can be avoided by carefully choosing species that will not grow beyond the space available to them, and have the strength and form characteristics that are suited to the site.
- Health – involves removing diseased or insect-infested wood, thinning the crown to increase airflow and reduce some pest problems, and removing crossing and rubbing branches. Pruning can be used to encourage trees to develop a strong structure and reduce the likelihood of damage during severe weather. Removing broken or damaged limbs encourages wound closure.
- Aesthetics – involves enhancing the natural form and character of trees or stimulating flower production. Pruning for form can be especially important on open-growth trees that do very little self-pruning.
It is important to keep in mind that improper pruning can harm healthy plant growth. Choose your arborist carefully. Call on experts who know that no cut should be made without a specific purpose.
We employ personnel and equipment that are capable of dismantling large or small trees in safe and efficient ways. Trees in difficult locations are removed manually with skilled climbers and ropes. In some instances large, dangerous trees are removed with the assistance of a professional crane operator.
Root & Soil Management
Shade and ornamental trees succumb to root problems more than to any other cause. It takes a trained expert to anticipate or to detect, diagnose, and treat root ills because symptoms often mimic signs of trunk and crown problems. Root treatments are based on scientific knowledge of the physiology of trees.
- Many root problems can be corrected. At Happy Tree we analyze the situation and determine exactly what is best for your landscape and trees.
- We also understand the single most important preventative measure you can take to enhance the health, beauty, and vigor of your landscape is to improve the soil environment. Organically derived soil amendments are often our first choice and to this end we have established a product called Black Gold that does this very well.
- In many instances, stem or soil injected fertilizer is helpful. A successful plant health care program begins with the proper nutrients. Trees receiving regular applications of essential nutrients look better and live longer. We have trained arborists who can detect impending problems and recommend the optimum time for fertilizing before signs of nutrient deficiency are visible and plant vigor has been compromised.
- Why fertilize? Trees and shrubs in the suburban landscape often exist in an inadequate soil environment, lacking the nutrients found in the rich layer of humus occurring naturally on the forest floor. In this landscape – where there is limited natural fertilizer – tree roots must reach out to obtain the nutrients they need. Obstacles such as compacted soil, rock ledges, buildings, pools, and pavements often impede their ability to obtain nutrients.
Tall trees, and even isolated shorter trees, attract lightning. Short of removing the tree, it is not possible to prevent a tree from attracting lightning. As in the case with a lightning protection system on a building, a lightning protection system in a tree does not attract lightning. It does, however, greatly diminish the likelihood of a strike by discharging ground charges that build up during electrical storms.
- Installation – like all tree care services, there is a proper way to install a lightning protection system. Top quality material must be used. Anything less, and/or poor workmanship serves no purpose and could even be dangerous.
- Maintenance – lightning systems should not be installed and forgotten. With periodic checks and inspection, the system should last as long as you own the property.
Cable & Bracing
Cabling and bracing are the art and a science of mechanically joining cracked or potential-to-crack tree parts for the life of the tree. Bracing is normally done as part of an overall cabling system, mainly to add strength to weak V-shaped crotches. Properly installed cabling systems are constructed from high tension, galvanized cable and hardware. Cabling systems should be professionally examined every five years. Cable systems are positioned in the crown of the tree above the area that needs to be strengthened, and they are essentially out of sight and unobtrusive.