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Tree Removals

If your yard is adjacent to a power line or you have multi-resident investment properties that have powerlines entering your property, they can clash with your yard's trees. While you might want to obscure the powerlines from sight of your windows, keeping them safely clear of foliage is even more important. Here's how a tree management company can help you keep your trees and clear power lines:

  • Tree care companies know the better methods from pruning trees away from power lines and obstructions. Many city companies and HOAs use topping as an easy method to cut trees away from the lines. But this sheer cutting method that cuts away large sections of the tree isn't good for either long-term tree health or minimizing the problem. Instead, this bulk pruning method cuts through branches at points that don't allow for quick healing and it doesn't direct future growth away from the branches. Instead, professional tree management companies employ directional pruning, which cuts the branches at forks so the branch recovers quickly and learns to grow away from the powerlines.
  • Tree management professionals can advise you on what trees new trees to plant near power lines. A lot of the danger or damage caused when power lines and trees get too close can be prevented by picking the right trees for the area. Small trees like flowering crabapples, hawthorns, and junipers can be planted nearest to the lines, and you can add taller and taller types of trees the further removed they are, such as white spruces at fifteen feet away and maples or pines at least twenty feet away.

With the right mix of preventative pruning techniques early on, as well as the right choice in tree, your power lines can stay safe and functional without you having to remove your trees. Go to Advanced Tree Care to set up a pruning schedule and more.

Professional Tree Care

Trees in the center of an estate's yard are relatively easy to care for both logistically and legally; provided they are in good health and are regularly maintained, the surrounding structures are both safe and can benefit from the presence of the tree. Both trees on the edge of your property line can be another story.

Why do you need an arborist to inspect the trees at the edge of an estate?

  • If the property lines are unclear, then the trees might fall under common ownership with the neighbor. Official ownership is decided by the position of the tree's trunk: if the trunk is wholly on your estate's property, it's your tree, but trunks that cross the boundary have multiple owners. Ask an arborist to inspect the property line to clearly identify the trees that are fully or partially yours under Civil Code Section 833.
  • They can check for infectious or structural damage on partially or wholly owned trees. Even if a tree isn't just yours, you still need to ensure its healthy growth. Establish a routine schedule with an experienced arborist who can check the tree for unusual growth, physical damage, and signs of disease. They can also ensure the tree is kept safely pruned away from your structures.
  • Arborists can advise you on the best way to respond to tree nuisances. If a tree's trunk isn't on your property, that doesn't mean the tree can't cause you problems. It's branches can grow too close to your roof, there can be damage that puts your property at risk, and root growth can start to strangle your other plants or make your pathways' slabs uneven. In these circumstances, you have a limited right to prune the tree that isn't yours, but it's best to consult with an arborist about the best way to make changes that will inhibit growth on your property without damaging the tree and other options you have.

Trees at the border of your property can be difficult to deal with, both because of the proximity to neighboring trees and the proximity to others' land. Go to Advanced Tree Care here to find out more.

Professional Tree Care

You may feel a little uncertain about how to properly care for your trees. There are a lot of skills that go into tree care, including things like the right knowledge and equipment, along with the correct usage of the equipment. It's a lot to take on by yourself if you're not a trained professional. Take a look at some of the top reasons why you should choose professional tree care. 

Simply put, professionals know what they are doing. There is no guessing about anything. They have the knowledge along with the correct equipment to get any job done right. This includes everything from pruning to hauling to stump grinding, and everything in between. They can even diagnose and treat all health problems, including various diseases and pests. A professional will not only know how to keep your landscaping looking beautiful, but they know how to keep it safe as well. A well-manicured yard will increase curb appeal and property value, while also ensuring that your home and your family are safe from things like falling branches. And if you have a tree that is not doing well, professionals should offer an emergency tree removal service. 

In addition to all of the skills that a trained tree care professional has, they are likely up to date on all of the current practices that are environmentally friendly, such as safe fertilization and pest/disease control methods. If you want to find out more about what professional tree care can do for you and your property, please contact us at Advanced Tree Care. 

Tree Femovals

Trees are amazing in so many ways. They're beautiful and comforting, while also offering privacy and protection for your property. As amazing as they are, there are some circumstances that could call for their removal. Sometimes they will pose certain risks to the people and objects below them. Keep reading to learn more. 

Signs of a Problem

One telltale sign of a problem that may warrant tree removal is heaving soil. This is when the soil starts to swell upwards, and it's not a good thing. Look for this at the base of the trunk and under the canopy of the tree. Also look for fungi, such as mushrooms, at the base of the tree trunk. This type of fungi will produce lots of decay. You never want to see cracks or damage to the trunks of your trees. Chipped or peeling bark is a bad sign. Keep an eye out for large branches that may not look so well or so sturdy. Of course, any dead or hanging branches are a bad sign. Sometimes you will see fine twigs forming near the ends of branches that have no living buds on them. That is another sign of tree damage. 

It's best to consult with a professionally trained arborist to determine if it's time to remove a tree. It's the only way to have it done safely and correctly. Here at Advanced Tree Care, we can tell you the perfect way to handle your tree in question. Contact us today for a free quote. 

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Everyone carries around knowledge they've picked up from school, books, the Internet, people, and other sources. Because of the informal way information gets spread around, some of it may be less than accurate. This includes knowledge about tree care. Here are three common tree care misconceptions:

If a Tree Looks Healthy, It Is Healthy

This is a very common sense notion. However, appearances are sometimes deceiving. It can take years for a tree to show signs of stress. Trees store energy reserves in the form of sugars and starches from which they can live when they're unable to get basic necessities.

For example, insufficient water because of a prolonged drought, or insufficient sunlight because of excessive vine growth on their trunks and limbs will not kill them outright. Trees will continue to appear healthy for perhaps two or three years before they show signs of their stress.

Topping a Tall Tree Makes It Safer in a Storm

Reducing its height this way might reduce its risk of getting blown down by a storm in the short-term. But the re-growth of a topped tree is structurally weaker than the original vertical stem and branches that were cut off.

Topping a tree reduces the foliage it needs for photosynthesis. This reduces its energy production capacity. The tree also uses much of its stored energy growing new leaves. This leaves little energy for resisting disease such as tree rot, which weakens the tree's structure and therefore makes it more vulnerable to storm damage.

A Fence Around the Base of a Tree Provides Complete Protection

This would certainly protect against deer and lawn mower damage. However, the tree's root system can extend well beyond its drip-line. Nearby trench digging to lay piping or construction of a driveway can damage these roots, compact the soil, or otherwise prevent the roots from getting the moisture and oxygen needed for the tree's survival.

Get in touch with a Richmond Hill arborist for answers to your questions about proper tree care. Contact us at Advanced Tree Care.

Storm Damage

For the homeowner with no experience with tree removal, the risks are even great when attempting a DIY removal of a storm damaged tree. Chainsaw proficiency isn't enough to perform this activity safely, and the main reason is that trees are unpredictable. Here are three dangerous situations:

A Tree With Broken Branches or a Break in Its Upper Trunk

A large tree with extensive storm damage could drop a heavy branch or the upper portion of its trunk while you're cutting the trunk below. You should always check what could fall on you from above. However, this danger may not be apparent from your vantage point.

A Tree Hung-Up in Another Tree

A storm damaged tree that's partially fallen and hung-up in another tree could have tremendous stress built up within its trunk. Improper cutting of the tree could cause an explosive release of this stress and cause the trunk or large branch to strike you with great force.

Partially Uprooted Trees

If you've ever bent over a tree sapling and released it, you would have noticed that it springs back up. It stores elastic energy when it's bent and then releases the energy when you let go. Large trees and large branches behave the same way but with greater force that can knock an adult into the air. This danger exists in partially uprooted trees. Cutting through the trunk can cause the portion connected to the roots to kick upward, and this may occur while you're still making your cut. You don't want to straddle, stand on the trunk, or otherwise place yourself in the direction of its release.

Fallen trees can do other unexpected things such as suddenly twisting and swinging their branches at you while doing your cut. Improper cutting can cause a vertical split in the trunk, sometimes referred to as a barber chair, which can seriously injure you as the tree falls.

Advanced tree care provides affordable professional tree removal services. If you have a storm damaged tree that requires removal, play it safe by contacting us today.

Stump Removal

If you're having a tree removed from your yard, you're probably wondering if you should just cut it or have the entire stump removed. Take a look at some reasons why stump removal is probably your best option. 

Aesthetics 

From an aesthetic standpoint, stumps are not pretty to look it. They are not something you really want to see when looking out your window or walking around your yard. If you care a lot about your landscaping, you will probably be bothered by an unsightly stump. They take up precious yard space where you could otherwise put things like flowerbeds or a picnic table. 

Hazardous 

Tree stumps can create a definite hazardous situation, especially if you're going to have children running around the yard. Sometimes stumps are hard to see and easy to trip over. You will also have to worry about neighbors and guests tripping over them as well. And if you're not careful while mowing your lawn, tree stumps can damage your mower if you accidentally hit them. They are difficult to maneuver around while doing yard work. 

New Sprouts 

Sometimes leaving tree stumps behind can cause new growths to appear around the stump. This can result in many new small trees growing. Not only are these new growths unpleasant to look at, but they are costly to remove since they are likely to keep growing back over and over, and they will also steal nutrients from your other plants. 

Insects 

Stumps will attract insects. As stumps starts to decay, you'll have all sorts of insects appearing, including ants, termites, beetles, and more. You don't want these things crawling around your yard, or even worse, making their way into your home. 

Contact us today at Advanced Tree Care for more information on stump removal and stump grinding. 

Professional Tree Care

Just like different types of trees need different types of care, older trees need different maintenance throughout the seasons. If you have a collection of mature trees, the two best things you can do is schedule an arborist to inspect them before winter sets in and to spread mulch near the bottom of the trees.

What's the value of spreading mulch around the base of your tree?

Mulch protects the bark from lawncare damage, such as impact from trimmers, and it replenishes the nutrients in the soil while keeping it moist. Even though most trees go into a dormant stage during winter, they still need nutrients as the roots slow activity.

Why should you schedule a time for an arborist to inspect the tree?

Older trees are more susceptible to the build-up of long-term damage. If rot or disease does not develop immediately visible signs, then it can set into your trees for years until whole branches or sections of the tree are dead or damaged. A trained arborist can examine trees for continued disease as well as physical damage. If any of the branches have been damaged, it's better to have it trimmed or removed before any heavy snowfall.

Arborists can also make recommendations for general winter tree care and wrap your trees to protect against sunscald, prune back branches for a better spring growth, and more. Contact Advanced Tree Care here to set up an appointment and see which services are right for your property, no matter the season or the age of your trees. 

Tree Cutting

Depending on why you're trimming any of your trees, the method and timing will be a bit different. Trimming your branches six feet back from your roof is a seasonal chore, and trimming back young trees to shape their growth requires careful attention to each branch. But when you have fruit trees, timing the trimming is even more important.

When you schedule times to get fruit trees trimmed?

  • During late winter: When established fruit trees are dormant, trimming excess buds and branches can help your trees focus on growing the buds you want. Not only does this make the tree produce healthier, better fruit, but you can get the trees shaped for optimal sunlight when they start to grow again in the spring.
  • When the trees are young: If the trees grow slowly, have them trimmed often so the growth concentrates on making the tree bigger, even if it doesn't promote fruit. Faster growing trees need to be trimmed less often, but you should still schedule a time if you see unusual growth or signs of disease as the tree adapts to the new environment.
  • When the lower branches have too much shade: Sunlight is one of the most vital ingredients for healthy, full fruit. If the tree is overgrown, then the higher branches will block sunlight from the lower ones, which slows the growth; eventually, that can permanently reduce their fruiting ability.

Fruit trees need even more careful pruning than others. If you want to make sure your fruit trees are set for the season, go to Advanced Tree Care here.

Stump removal

Tree stumps happen when a tree can't be saved. Whether it was because of disease, a storm, or even because a growing tree was too close to the perimeter of a property, getting rid of an unstable tree is sometimes necessary to protect your home. But even though the remaining stump doesn't pose a threat to your roof, it should still be removed. Here's why:

  1. Stumps encourage pests to take root in your yard. The stump will continue to rot over time, but that soft, decaying wood is precisely what many pests are looking for. While bugs like beetles might just be annoying, ants and termites like rotting stumps, too. An infestation can easily spread from a stump to your house, and that brings new dangers.
  2. Stumps hurt your home's curb appeal, especially if you're trying to sell the property. Even just the visual appearance of a stump can be off-putting to potential buyers. It ruins the appearance of your yard, especially if you have an otherwise flat and maintained lawn, and any new tree growths that sprout around your stump will start to take nutrients from the surrounding grass and garden beds. Once those new tree shoots take root, it can be even more difficult to fully extricate the tree than it is to grind down the stump from the beginning.

A stump is almost always a sign of a failed tree, and that can hurt your home value. Whether you want to grind down the stump before termites can find it or because you want to sell or rent the property, our arborists at Advanced Tree Care can take care of it. Contact us here to set up a time.

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