We are experts at removing and pruning trees in difficult to reach locations. We combine climbing the tree using modern safety gear with using a bucket truck with a material handler to allow access to even the most difficult trees and limbs.
Spikes or No Spikes
The use of climbing spikes or gaffs is limited to use on trees that are going to be removed. Spikes should not be used on trees being saved or pruned due to the damage they cause to the protective tissues of a tree. Some "old-timers" continue to climb using spikes when pruning a live tree. Insure you hire a professional that climbs using modern equipment.
Although it is impossible to eliminate all potential hazards related to trees short of complete removal, the more obvious hazards should be addressed. Property owners have a duty to visually inspect trees on their property for observable hazards such as broken or dead limbs, contact with utility wires, or other damage that compromises the strength or safety of the tree. We can help you review any issues found and make recommendations. We also help to protect your property from damage to structures by keeping branches and limbs trimmed away from gutters, wires, and your roof.
Trees that are pruned properly from a young age tend to grow stronger and require less maintenance later in their life. Trees also need to be pruned to improve balance, allow proper air-flow, and better withstand heavy snow and ice. It is much better to prune trees regularly and avoid removing large amounts of the tree canopy. We will not remove more than 25-30% of a tree canopy in order to protect the health of the tree and we will not "top" a tree. Tree topping is the improper pruning of a tree in an attempt to drastically reduce its size. The practice is unhealthy and counterproductive. It is sometimes better to remove the tree and re-plant a more suitable tree in the location.
Our Diverse Ecosystem
One of the more interesting aspects of the business is identifying the thousands of tree species that are found in North America. One of the many resources that helps with identification is the Ohio Public Library's "What Tree Is It?"