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Frequently Asked Questions

Should I have my trees topped?
The short answer is no. Topping, tipping, heading back and dehorning are all terms used to describe severe cutting back of a tree’s crown. It is a poor arboricultural practice and should not be used for healthy tree maintenance. Topping:
  • Destroys the tree’s branch structure
  • Gives multiple points of entry for wood-decay organisms
  • Can turn your tree into a hazard, creating a liability for which you could be held responsible
  • Does not limit tree growth as advertised by tree toppers
How do you get rid of a stump?
The best and most economical way is to grind the stump down below grade.
When is the best time of year to trim my trees?

Trees can be trimmed at any time of the year. However, there are some exceptions when it comes to fruit, flowering and ornamental trees. For a shade tree, the average cycle is three years.

Should I fertilize my trees?
In today’s urban environment, it is always good to fertilize your trees. Sick trees or trees in decline may need several applications per year.
Will trimming hurt my tree?
Through the use of properly-trained professionals and utilizing sound pruning techniques, this work will not compromise the health of your tree.
Why is mulch used?
When applied correctly, mulching becomes a maintenance practice that will limit unnecessary and unwanted stress to a tree or shrub. As trees become stressed, they become vulnerable to many pests and diseases lurking in the environment.
Should you fill or cover holes in trees?
No, do not fill cavities in trees. It creates hidden areas for insects and disease and adds no structural integrity to the tree.
Will the tree continue to grow if I don’t have the stump ground?
Many trees will sprout back from the stump. It is best to grind or treat the stump with herbicide.
How high should a tree be elevated above the roof?
Limbs should be raised to a height of 6-8 feet from the roof. This keeps the limbs from hitting the roof for three to four years.
What Is a Certified Arborist?
Certification is a standard for arborists internationally and is administered by the International Society of Arboriculture.