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Certified Arborists

Trees not only provide greenery and shade, they are a landscaping investment. If you have a problem with a tree on your property, an arborist can efficiently diagnose and treat the issue. Hiring an arborist is money well spent because these professionals have the knowledge and training to spot problems and resolve them before they destroy your tree.

Our arborists are certified by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). The ISA exam covers such topics as pruning, biology, tree protection, soil issues, and safe work practices. Applicants need to have several years of experience working in the field or related education combined with work. Certified arborists are not only prepared to work with trees but to also ensure public safety and pass along knowledge.

A local arborist will have special knowledge of tree-related problems affecting your area. They also keep up on the latest news and developments that affect these trees, such as the destructive emerald ash borer. According to CBC News, this insect is causing severe damage to trees in several Canadian cities. An arborist can spot problems like this early and treat it before it gets out of control.

Arborists also have the knowledge to make quick decisions based on experience. For example, seasonal storms can cause broken limbs and other damage. An arborist, sometimes called a tree surgeon, decides which limbs should come off and how the tree can be saved. While it is tempting to try and prune a broken limb yourself, an arborist has special safety training and equipment, so leave the dangerous work to them.

For more information about how our arborists diagnose and treat tree problems in the Newmarket and York regions, please contact us.

Tree Removals

With a chainsaw, you can cut wood much faster than with an ax or hand saw. Unfortunately, some people believe that the raw power of a chainsaw alone is enough to handle any wood cutting job, including tree removals. But without tree cutting skill and know-how, that raw power risks property damage and injury.

Depending on their height, trunk diameter, and species, large trees can weigh more than 20,000 pounds (9,000 kilograms). Clearly, safe removal of a large tree involves more than cutting through the trunk until it falls. Here are three DIY tree removal mistakes to think about:

Not Using the Proper Equipment

In addition to chainsaws, large tree removal requires wood chippers, ropes, ladders, a hard hat, work boots, eye protection, work gloves, and ear protection. Sometimes, the job requires a crane. Removing a large tree without damaging property or getting hurt will require the right gear and equipment.

Incorrect Assessment of Falling Direction

This mistake can damage your car or house, or your neighbor's car or house. Such a mistake also endangers yourself as well as others nearby. Assessing the fall direction of a large tree isn't always easy. If the tree has a very pronounced lean or offset, its fall direction is obvious. However, if that direction is toward your house, a power line, or other structure, it won't matter how you make your cuts at the base, you won't likely change its fall direction. This situation will require professionals.

With some trees, assessing its center of gravity (and therefore its natural fall direction) is very difficult. Other complicating factors are wind and surrounding trees, which may deflect it from where you want it to fall.

A Weak Hinge

The hinge is the left-over wood in the cut area that holds the base of the falling tree to the stump during most of the tree's fall. This guides the tree's fall. A hinge that's weak because it's too thin or the wood is rotten, will allow the tree to fall in the wrong direction. Its width should be 10% of the trunk's diameter.

The above is by no means a comprehensive list of the pitfalls of DIY tree removal. Unless you have plenty of experience with this kind of work, it's far safer to leave the job to a professional. If you have a tree that needs removal, contact us for more information.

Tree Cutting

Trees are amazing things, and you may think that cutting them down is just plain cruel. In many cases you are correct, but sometimes tree cutting really is just necessary. There are quite a few reasons why removing a tree is sometimes just the best decision for you and your property. Let's take a look at some of the most common reasons. 


There are some tree species that are just no longer desirable or good for your property. Some of the characteristics of undesirable trees include weak wood, large amounts of dropping debris, shallow roots, and species that are prone to insects and disease. Other species are invasive and will re-seed all over your landscaping. In all of these cases, cutting is probably the best decision. 


In some instances you can save an unhealthy tree and bring it back to life, but if more than 50% of the tree is in poor health your best bet is to just eliminate it. An unhealthy tree will grow abnormally and start to look just plain ugly. 


Some trees that have undergone damage can recover, and others will not have as good of luck. It really all depends on how bad the damage is. Trees that suffer damage from herbicides are likely to recover, but trees with more severe types of damage will probably not. Trunk damage is usually pretty serious and is sometimes a sign of internal decay. Look for vertical cracks, seams, and dead branch stubs. Damage that covers more than 25% of the trunk usually warrants removal. Less than that should gradually heal on its own. 

Contact us today at Advanced Tree Care to learn more about tree cutting and when it's just necessary.

Professional Arborist Services

While there are many DIY tree care tasks that a safety conscious person with experience can do, there are some that present too great a risk to someone lacking the training and proper equipment. One of these is removing large trees, especially when they're near a house or some other valuable structure. However, there are a number of smaller tasks that the DIY person should also cross off their to-do list. Here are two of them:

Branches Near Power Lines

If you have a tree with limbs growing near power lines, it seems like a simple matter to get a ladder and saw, and remove the limb. This is a strong temptation, especially if branch removal is routine work for you. However, that risks electric shock or possibly electrocution. Perhaps you might feel the lines are probably the same voltage as that of the power outlets in your home. But only the power service people know that for sure. Power lines along roads may carry thousands of volts. There's a huge qualitative difference between the voltage that powers your television set and the thousands of volts that may flow through a power line.

For example, ordinary rubber gloves and the rubber soles of your shoes won't protect you. Their insulative properties are insufficient. In fact, the rubber soles of your shoes probably aren't pure rubber, and may contain other additives that act like electrical conductors. Even a wood ladder isn't necessarily sufficient for high voltages. Few things act as perfect insulators. Electricity will pass through almost anything if the voltage is high enough. Even air conducts electricity at high voltages. That's why lightning is such a danger. When tree work requires getting close to power lines, it's time to contact an arborist.

Pruning Large Branches High off the Ground

If your tree has a large branch that's diseased or damaged, it needs removal. However, if its access requires a ladder and its size requires a chainsaw, you should leave the job to professionals. Safe chain saw use requires that you not position yourself below the limb when cutting. In addition, it requires a stable platform. Cutting above your head risks the chainsaw falling on you, while using a ladder risks falling to the ground with the chainsaw in your hands. A professional arborist has access to the right equipment to do the job safely.

If you require the services of an arborist to do tree work safely, contact us today at Advanced Tree Care.

Estate Management Tree Care

Caring for the trees of a large estate is no easy task, but with the right skills and experience it is absolutely feasible. The reasoning behind the difficulty in caring for estate landscaping is that it likely has many different type of trees present that all probably require their own specific pruning, thinning, and shaping practices. Trees are the backbone of estate landscaping, so make sure that yours are properly cared for. 


Your main goal is to increase and maintain the beauty of your property. You'll need a tree care specialist that will work with you to ensure that every single one of your trees are safe and healthy. The best way to maintain the highest possible value of your estate landscaping is to proactively approach tree care and maintenance to reduce the risk of any liabilities or future problems. 

Taking Action 

Successful tree care includes pruning, mulching, and watering, as well as quickly and correctly identifying any problems with diseases or pests. Not only should you follow these steps, but knowing when to do this is of the utmost importance. Certain times of the year are crucial in getting the most out of your tree care so that your trees continue to thrive and stay at their highest possible value.  

Being triumphant at maintaining your trees can seem like a daunting task, but with the right trained professionals your estate will surely look its best. Contact us today at Advanced Tree Care to further discuss how important good estate management tree care really is. 

Stump Removal

When having a tree removed from your property, you'll have to decide on whether to go ahead with stump removal, or leave it in place. On the one hand, the stump will eventually rot away and the problem is gone. On the other hand, you may have to deal with a number of issues. Here are four of them:

It'll Take a Long Time for the Stump to Rot

A stump will take years to rot away. The number of years will depend on the tree size and its species. While you're waiting, it will continue being an eyesore. In addition, the nutrients stored in the roots will slow down the death of the wood and delay its rotting.

It Uses up Yard Space and Gets in the Way

A stump displaces lawn surface that you could cover with grass or flowers. It means having to dodge it when mowing the lawn and it complicates leaf removal. When recreating in your yard, it becomes a trip hazard especially in the evening hours after the sun has set. It also creates a liability problem when neighboring children visit.

It Attracts Disease and Insects

Dead and rotting wood invites disease infestation that may spread to the healthy trees on your property. Trees that are marginally healthy will likely be the first victims. Tree stumps also attract insects such as ants, bees, termites, and wood-boring beetles. Some boring beetles will spread to living trees. Termites also tend to spread. In their case, the next target could be your outdoor deck or perhaps your house.

It Can Diminish Your Property Value

Curb appeal affects property value and a dead stump will diminish it in the mind of a house buyer. In addition to the stump's unsightliness, a prospective house buyer may factor in its removal in their assessment. They may also have an awareness of the previously stated stump issues.

Do you have any questions on stump removal? Don't hesitate to contact us at Advanced Tree Care for more information.

Tree Removals

If you are thinking to remove a tree from your property, you need to contact a professional arborist. The process can be complicated, often requiring special care and preparation. In addition, trees are a very important part of our environment, whicih is why you need to know exactly what a removal would entail.

Permit Applications

You may not know this, but in many areas, you actually need to have a permit in order to remove a tree according to the local Private Tree By-laws. Permits are required in order to protect the health of the urban forest, by ensuring that healthy native trees are not removed unnecessarily. A professional can help you fill out the application for the permit, and create the necessary report about the tree that you want removed. 

Other Considerations

You might have a tree on your property that simply doesn't look healthy. In that case, you should consider having your tree examined in order to determine if it's diseased and can be treated, or simply needs to be removed. In that case, consider calling an an arborist to come and take a look at your tree. Instead of needing to be taken down, it may need a plan of action to help in the restoration process.

Don't Do It Yourself

If you have a dying tree on your property, you may be tempted to do it yourself. Of course, a better idea is to have it removed professionally. This ensures that everything will be done properly, and that nothing will get harmed in the process. Put simply, you don't want a tree falling on and damaging your property or, worse, you or other individuals.

Trees are a vital part of our world and our community. However, there are times when a tree needs to be removed. And when it does happen, it should be done by a professional. To have your tree evaluated, please contact us

Stump Removal & Stump Grinding

If you've ever cut down a tree or had a tree fall, you were probably left wondering how to get rid of the stump. While some people leave an old tree stump in place if you want to have enough room to plant another tree, or if you don't want to have to deal with that tree continually regrowing (which some trees do and some don't), you are going to have to get rid of that stump. There are two ways to get rid of a tree stump, which is either stump grinding or a complete stump removal. 

Here are the differences between stump grinding and a complete stump removal. Educating yourself about each of them will help you make an educated decision about which option is best for you and your particular situation.

Stump Grinding

With this method, the stump will first be grounded using a stump grinder that will cut it into small pieces. These pieces can then be used as mulch if so desired. After the grinder has cut the stump down to a few inches below the ground, the remaining stump, which is now below the ground, will be covered with dirt and allowed to decay along with its roots. This will take some time; however, this method will get the job done and is the easier of the two options. 

Stump Removal

With this method, the whole stump along with the entire root ball is removed. This method is a bit more involved and therefore more difficult to perform, especially if the tree was large. The size of a tree's root ball is generally about four to ten times larger than the size of the tree. Therefore, once the stump has been removed, it will leave a large hole in its place.  

Completely removing a stump requires a lot of digging to expose the roots. Then a hose will be used to wash the dirt away from those roots. After exposing the roots, a saw or ax will be used to cut away the roots while pushing and pulling on the tree until it's removable. If it still can't be removed, it might be necessary to attach a chain to it and pull it out with a four-wheel-drive truck. 

What's Next?

If you would like more information about stump removal, please contact us today. We'd love to show you just how budget-friendly our stump removal services can be. 

York Region Arborist

It's well-known that trees extract carbon dioxide from the air and provide the oxygen that we and other animal life need for breathing. What's less well-known is why trees do this. The short answer is to make their own food. A tree is made up of plant cells that require fuel for living and growing. This fuel or "food" is in the form of sugars and starches. Unlike animals, trees make their own food using carbon dioxide in the air and water drawn from their roots. They use energy from sunlight to drive this food production in a process called photosynthesis. Oxygen is then released into the air as a byproduct.

The cells of trees "consume" this food (sugar) just like animals do through the same process of respiration. That is, oxygen combines with the sugar to produce energy, which drives tree cell activity and growth. This process produces water and carbon dioxide that are released into the air.

While both plants and animals use respiration to produce energy, respiration isn't the same thing as breathing. Technically, plants don't breathe. However, some people may describe the respiration process of plants very loosely as a kind of "breathing."

Because tree cells are active both day and night, trees must respire (use respiration) day and night. Since photosynthesis requires sunlight, trees only do this during the day. Therefore, trees produce both oxygen and carbon dioxide during the day from both photosynthesis and respiration.

However, they produce more oxygen than carbon dioxide during this time. On the other hand, trees only produce carbon dioxide at night. Overall, trees (and all plants) are net producers of oxygen and net consumers of carbon dioxide.

While tree leaves have access to oxygen in the air for respiration, tree roots must absorb oxygen from the soil. This is why much of a tree's root system is no deeper than one meter. Beyond this depth, the soil is less aerated. This also explains why soil compaction and excessive watering can kill tree roots because both reduce the oxygen content in the soil.

In summary, plants and animals are similar in that they both require oxygen to live via respiration. Unlike animals, trees make their own food through photosynthesis.

If you have any questions or require our consulting services, our York Region arborists are here to help. Contact us at Advanced Tree Care.

Arborist Service

Fall is a favorite season for many people. The cool dry air is a welcome relief from summer's heat and mugginess. At some point, nature seems to show off with a brilliant display of brightly colored foliage that only the blossoms of spring can match in beauty. Then sadly, the color fades and the leaves drop from the trees. However, this process seems like an extravagant waste. Why not keep the leaves throughout the winter so that they don't have to be regrown again in the spring? Why do deciduous (broad-leafed) trees do this?

One reason is that the freezing cold of winter would damage the broad leaves and prevent them from producing "food" for the tree from sunlight and carbon dioxide (via photosynthesis). Another reason is that the days are shorter and the sun is lower in the sky during the winter. This means the leaves get little sunlight and can't produce much food for the tree in any case.

Rather than hang on to dying and dead leaves during a time of year when there isn't much food-producing sunlight, trees cut off their leaves by growing abscission cells at the point where the leaf stem meets the branch. As these cells grow, they separate the leaf stem from the branch. At some point, a bit of wind does the rest of the job of getting rid of the leaf. By the time the leaf falls off, a protective layer of cells has grown over the exposed area.

This entire process starts when the shorter days and colder temperatures of fall trigger a hormone that causes the abscission cell growth.

Note that the tree doesn't wait until the leaf dies because this dead tissue would provide an avenue for disease to take hold. It's a kind of preemptive self amputation. During this process, chlorophyll production stops. The absence of green colored chlorophyll leaves the other brightly colored pigments behind, which is the reason for the foliage colors of fall. The tree then hibernates during the winter until the spring.

If you require pruning or tree removal or have tree health problems, an arborist from Advanced Tree Care can help. Contact us today.