Storms can cause damage to tree limbs or entire trees. Damaged trees need to be removed or even pruned by a qualified professional to reduce the long term damage.
Take the time to find a qualified tree service - this is a very important protection for the homeowner. Often less credible tree services or individuals with saws follow storms for a quick dollar. Educating yourself on how to hire a reputable arborist can help prevent becoming a victim.
Certified Arborists can also help to determine if the tree can be saved or if it must be removed. Trees are most dangerous when they are on structures or at aggressive angles and injuries are most likely to occur.
A reputable tree company will not have you pay in advance for tree work nor will they go door knocking for work. They are just too busy!
The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) offers these suggestions to look for when hiring an arborist:
Certification – Ask if the arborists on staff hold an ISA certification. ISA offers a range of certification credentials from Certified Tree Worker/Climber Specialist to Board Certified Master Arborist. To be certified, individuals must pass a voluntary comprehensive exam. Certification must be maintained through continuing education, which means they should be up-to-date on the latest in arboricultural technology and are knowledgeable of acceptable practices.
Licensing – Some states require licensing for tree care companies operating within that state. Louisiana included, require tree companies to be licensed. Licensing usually requires passing an examination and/or earning continuing education credits. Check your state's requirements, and make sure companies you are considering are in compliance. In some states licensing is the only necessary requirement. This could, therefore, supersede ISA Certification as a requirement to look for, however, if a tree care company from out of state is offering services, you should look for ISA credentials.
Professional Affiliation – Ask about membership in professional organizations such as the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and/or one of its chapters. Affiliation with industry organizations demonstrates a willingness to stay up-to-date on the latest techniques and information.
Advertisement – Check the local yellow pages directory or newspaper for arborists who list themselves as ISA Certified and/or state licensed arborists or who display the official logos of professional membership. Most reputable tree care professionals do not go door-to-door soliciting business, so avoid those companies that show up at your doorstep offering to prune your trees.
Insurance – Ask for proof of insurance, and then verify coverage with the insurance company. A reputable arborist should have insurance to cover personal and property damage as well as worker's compensation. If you hire an uninsured tree expert, you can be held liable for any damages or injuries that occur while they are on the job.
References – Ask for references from past customers, and do not hesitate to check them or to visit the locations where the company or individual has done tree care work.
Estimates – Do not be afraid to ask for an estimate, and remember that it is okay to get more than one. You should not always select the lowest bid. When examining the bids, you should look at all specifications and credentials as well as the work to be done to determine which company will provide the best service with the skill and professionalism needed to protect your investment. It is hard to compare estimates - make sure you ask what the goals and objectives are of each estimator for the tree in question. And most importantly, get it in writing. Most reputable arborist will have the customer sign a contract, so be sure to review it, and do not be afraid to ask questions. In Louisiana, it is the law to enter into a written agreement with the customer prior to any work being done.
Good tree work by qualified professionals is worth the additional expense. Poor work, no matter the price paid, can cost you a great deal in the long run. Professional prices should include insurance and may also include the use of specialized equipment. If you feel an estimate is high, do not hesitate to ask what the price includes. You may realize you are getting much more bang for your buck than what a less expensive tree service is offering.
Throughout the Shreveport/Bossier area and even into East Texas we have lots of squirrels. Squirrel damage to your trees can be misdiagnosed. Call in a professional if you are unsure of what is attacking your trees.
Most trees can live through this damage but it's always good to keep them fertilized and watered appropriately to reduce the stresses on the tree. If you are unsure what is attacking your trees or want professional assistance in fertilizing, call Tree Health Lady.
Earlier in the year we received a call about a pair of sick peach trees in Shreveport in the Broadmoor area. The couple loved the trees but the trees were in failing health with sparse leaves. They called us in to evaluate and come up with a treatment plan for their peach trees. We treated the trees in the Spring. They called us back last week for an update.
Look how wonderful they are doing! Full of life and vigor. Another happy customer.
There are different ways to apply fertilizer to trees. We evaluate each tree and determine the best method for that individual tree. For this tree in Shreveport, Louisiana it was determined to inject straight into the cambial layer ensuring that this tree received the proper dose of fertilizer. We use the Arborsystems Wedgle Direct-Inject system. This method of application is pet friendly since there isn't any spraying and it's less invasive for the tree as there isn't drilling involved.
Broadmoor has recently been in the news in regards to SWEPCO coming in and "Butchering" their trees.
We have a product that helps feed trees and encourages root growth as well as diminishes crown growth. This slows down the need for pruning. One application can last for over two years. This is a huge benefit for trees near power lines or those that need to be pruned on a frequent basis.This product also minimizes stress due to infections.
Treatment results in an improved root to shoot ratio. The enhanced root development dramatically results in increased drought tolerance and increased nutrient uptake, which produces a darker green and healthier tree.
We can pre or post treat trees with this product. So it's not too late if the line clearing company has already cut your trees.
Originally from Asia, the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is an invasive metallic green beetle that causes major harm. It was first discovered in Michigan in 2002 and likely made its entrance into the US via wooden crates holding products from Asia. Since 2002, EAB has spread to 20 states and killed tens of millions of trees throughout the US. Yes, you read that right – tens of millions of trees are gone because of EAB. This pest feeds on the transportation tissue of ash trees, which causes death by preventing the ash tree from absorbing water and nutrients. Unfortunately, EAB has no natural predators here in the US.
The good news is that we can help save your ash trees. We offer a highly effective treatment for EAB using an organic compound applied directly into the trunk of the tree. It can be applied after the pest has attacked, but it is most effective when applied before an attack. If you have ash trees on your property, now is the time to start thinking about preventative treatments.
Contact us today for more information about this treatment.