Because bark beetles are dormant from about early November until about the end of February. If pines are pruned while the beetles are active, the pruned tree and nearby trees are susceptible to attack. Bark beetles are small (< 1⁄4 inch), hard bodied beetles that bore through the protective bark of a tree to lay their eggs in the moist inner bark. These beetles and their larvae feed on this living tissue, cutting off the tree’s ability to transport nutrients, eventually killing the tree.
If your neighbor’s tree is truly a threat and has been identified as unsafe by an arborist or the fire department, usually your neighbor is responsible for removing the hazardous tree or limbs. If the tree hasn't been identified as unsafe, your best bet is to work with your neighbor to come to a compromise. You could offer to pay half of the costs. A tree service company cannot remove the tree without the owner's approval, and as a policy we do not do work where neighbors are in disagreement.
Should I have my tree topped?
It is not possible to give a price for a tree removal or pruning job over the phone or without viewing the trees. Each tree and its location are different and the costs are based on a variety of factors; the size of the tree, the method of removal (whether by crane or climbing), the location of the tree and its accessibility, and safety factors such as electrical lines nearby or trees over a house. We provide free estimates so that we can meet each client and survey the tree(s) location. We will provide you with tree health information, hazard assessment, and answer all of your questions.
Will I need a permit to remove my tree?
How do I know if it's time to trim?
The chips are sometimes taken to parks or other large facilities that can accommodate a 20 cubic yard load, which is what our trucks hold (picture a mound of chips the size of a Suburban). We only dump full loads of chips. If we don’t have a facility that wants chips, we take them to Green Waste Recycle Yard in Richmond where they are transformed through processing to produce a useful, value-added finished product. http://www.greenwasterecycleyard.com
The logs are either taken to Green Waste or taken to a biomass power plant where they are converted to produce clean, renewable electricity by efficiently combusting them in modern boilers under tightly controlled conditions. Unlike other renewable technologies, biomass produces benefits beyond its avoidance of fossil fuel use. For more info on biomass go to http://www.calbiomass.org
What do you do with the logs and chips?
It’s important to meet with you to discuss your tree project. First of all, a meeting precludes misunderstandings about your intentions and we can reach a mutual understanding about the work you want done. Additionally, we may offer you information about the health or safety of your trees or suggest alternative ideas to achieve the end results you desire. We can get necessary information from you, such as access, and address any concerns you may have.
Why do I have to wait until November to prune my pines?
Why is it important to me that a tree service has worker's compensation insurance for its employees?
If an employee gets injured on the job, worker's compensation is the only thing protecting you from picking up his medical expenses. This is the most expensive and the most important insurance for a tree service to have due to the dangerous nature of the work; not all companies are fully insured with worker's comp and general liability coverage.
No. Topping is no longer an acceptable pruning practice because it alters the branch structure and integrity of the limbs causing weak branches. Topping can severely deform and damage the tree and may lead to disease. It also causes more than normal new growth, resulting in a taller and denser crown. Try pruning instead of topping. It’s a win-win for you and the tree.
That depends on the type of tree, its size and age. We are familiar with the regulations of the County and various towns and can help you determine whether you need a permit and guide you through the process.
Why do I need to be there when the work is estimated?
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