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TREE CARE

Providing correct tree care for your trees may involve tree pruning, tree spraying, or tree fertilization. A local tree service may offer one, or more, of these basic tree care services. A tree service that offers tree pruning will usually also do tree removal and stump grinding as well.

Tree Removal
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An arborist usually starts a tree service or works for a tree service to save trees, not remove trees. Nonetheless, trees have a lifespan and tree removal will eventually be necessary. Tree removal, especially removal of large trees, is best handled by an arborist that is experienced and carries the proper liability insurance.

Tree Pruning
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There are many reasons to have tree pruning done to your trees. It may be necessary to cut trees away from a house, clear trees from signs, remove lower tree branches, or cut trees back from driveways. If the canopy, or crown of the tree, has excessive branches an arborist can remove tree branches from the interior of the tree canopy. Tree thinning allows the wind to blow through the tree canopy and can reduce the chance that the tree will be damaged in a storm.

Tree Fertilization
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An often overlooked tree care service is tree fertilization. Many homeowners dont realize the need to have tree fertilization done because trees in the forest seem to grow without tree fertilization. However, an arborist can explain that there are significant differences in the growing environment between forest trees and landscape trees. There are several tree fertilization techniques available to an arborist to make sure your trees remain as healthy as possible.

Tree Spraying
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The tree species is often the determining factor as to whether tree spraying is necessary. Some tree species, like Maple trees, are rarely in need of tree spraying. Other tree species, like certain Crabapple tree varieties, may require tree spraying every year to control insect pests or tree diseases. A local arborist will usually know what tree species is susceptible to insect pest or tree diseases in your area.

Stump Grinding
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After a tree service completes a tree removal all that remains is the tree stump. In the past it was thought that grinding a tree stump was optional. If the tree stump was in a remote location in your landscape, it could be left to decay naturally. More recent research, however, indicates that grinding out tree stumps may help protect other trees in your landscape. Decay fungi that might attack your other trees could become established on stumps left in the landscape after a tree removal. These fungi use existing stumps as a food source and then become established in your landscape. If one of your other trees is wounded in the future the decay fungi then has the opportunity to colonize the wounded tree.

If you contract stump removal with your local tree service they may grind a tree stump the same day as the tree removal or their arborist may return later to do the stump grinding.



TREE REMOVAL
Most arborists and tree companies would rather save trees than remove trees, but the fact is that trees are living organisms and at some point a tree will die and tree removal will be necessary. Most tree service companies are equipped with the proper equipment and professional arborists to safely remove trees and this is often the best time to find a local tree service.

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Depending on the size and location of the tree, tree removal can be quite dangerous and requires skills, equipment, and experience that most do-it-yourself homeowners don't possess. If you have a large tree to remove hiring arborists to do the work is almost certainly your best option.

There are several factors to consider when you need to find a tree care service to help you with a tree removal. This is small list of questions to ask before hiring a tree service to remove a tree:

- Does the tree service have liability and workmans compensation insurance? Most insurance companies will temporarily list you on the tree companys insurance policy if the tree service is going to be doing work for you.
- Will the tree service provide a written proposal detailing what is included?
- Will the tree service be hauling away the brush and the wood, or just cutting down the tree?
- Is stump grinding included in the tree removal proposal?
- Will the tree service contact local utility companies, cable companies, and phone companies to make sure there are no wires or gas lines if stump grinding is going to be done?
- Will the cost for the tree removal be less if the tree company leaves the wood?
- If the tree company leaves the wood how long will the pieces of wood be?
- If the tree company grinds the stump will they leave the grindings or does the tree service haul them away?
- Will heavy equipment need to be driven across lawn or landscape areas? Make sure to let the tree service know if there are underground obstacles such as irrigation systems, electric wires for landscape lighting, septic drain fields, etc.
- Will the tree service repair any divots in the lawn or ruts in the lawn?
- Can the tree service recommend a replacement tree or refer you to a landscape company to plant another tree to replace the tree that is being removed?



TREE PRUNING
There are many reasons that trees should be pruned and trees benefit from tree pruning in many ways. Maintained landscape trees will look nice, be healthy, and enhance and add to beauty of your landscape.

The frequency of tree pruning can vary depending on the tree species and where the tree is planted. Some trees, like Pine trees or Spruce trees, may rarely require tree pruning. Other species, such as Crabapple trees, may need tree pruning every two or three years. Consideration may need to be given to the location of the tree. A business that has a Crabapple in front may have their local tree service prune it every year, whereas a Crabapple tree in the back corner of a residential landscape can get by with a tree pruning cycle of every three or four years.

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Reasons to have tree pruning done
- Remove excess interior tree branches.
- Clear tree branches from a house.
- Remove low tree branches for vehicle or pedestrian traffic.
- Cut tree branches back from a driveway.
- Clear tree branches from a building.
- Prune tree branches to create a scenic view.
- Trim tree branches away from a sidewalk.
- Prune dead tree branches.
- Remove broken tree branches.

Benefits of tree pruning
- Reduce possible storm damage by removing excess interior tree branches.
- Improve traffic or pedestrian flow around trees or under trees.
- Improve view of traffic or business signs.
- Increase health of trees by removing diseased branches.
- Increase safety of trees by removing large dead branches or weak or broken branches.
- Improve growing conditions for landscape shrubs or grass.
- Create tidy and well kept appearance of landscape.
- Reduce level of leaf diseases by increasing the air flow throughout the tree canopy.

Most trees can be pruned any time of the year. There are exceptions to this in various parts of the country and an arborist or local tree service will be able to advise you if this is a concern. In Minnesota and Texas, for example, pruning Oak trees during the dormant season will minimize the transmission of Oak Wilt disease. This is only one example of how it can be beneficial to consult with a local arborist or tree service about tree pruning.

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Correct tree pruning involves cutting the tree branch properly and at the right spot on the branch. Cutting too close to the tree trunk exposes the tree trunk to potential decay. If the cut is too far out on the tree branch then wound closure may be delayed to the point where decay can enter the tree trunk. A Certified Arborist will know to prune the tree branch at the branch collar.

When an arborist performs tree pruning he/she considers the current form of the tree and the natural way the tree grows. If the arborist works with the natural form of the tree then it will take more than a passing glance to even tell that any tree pruning has been done to the tree.

An arborist that prunes a small tree is setting up the future branch structure of the tree. This is an important step in the correct development and health of the tree. Scaffold branches can be spaced at a distance that will allow the tree to develop healthy growth and may minimize the need for more severe tree pruning in the future.

When it comes to pruning large trees it is usually better to contact your local tree service and hire a professional arborist. The arborist that works for the tree service has the necessary tree pruning equipment to handle large tree pruning. Pruning large trees usually requires tree climbing ropes and safety saddles or bucket trucks " commonly called cherry pickers. Large tree pruning often means larger dead branches will be pruned from the tree. A local tree service will have brush chippers to dispose of tree branches generated from tree pruning.

As you can see, there are many reasons to hire, or at least consult with, a professional arborist or your local tree service when considering having tree pruning done to your landscape trees. A poor, or incorrect, tree pruning job can ruin a tree or may require years for the tree to recover and regain its natural form and beauty.



TREE DISEASES
There are many different diseases that affect landscape trees and shrubs. Control of tree and shrub diseases cannot be properly accomplished until the disease pest is identified. Identification of tree and shrub diseases is crucial because, although most diseases can be controlled, there are some diseases that cannot be controlled.

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Disease control on landscape trees and shrubs can sometimes be accomplished by more than one method, depending on the particular disease that if infecting your landscape plants. Fungicides are often used to control diseases on landscape trees and shrubs and fungicides may be sprayed, injected into the tree trunk, or even injected into the soil surrounding the roots of the tree or shrub. In other cases cultural changes, such as tree pruning, tree fertilization, or altering watering habits, may reduce disease infection on landscape trees and shrubs.

Even if you are going to attempt to control a disease that is infecting your landscape trees or shrubs you should consider consulting a local arborist. The arborist can identify the disease and advise you if there are treatments available to control the disease and the proper time to apply the disease control treatments.

*All information obtained from the National Arborists.
Howard Jacques - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3 Howard Jacques
Owner of Eager Beaver Professional Tree Service

Eager Beaver Professional Tree Care of Gulf Breeze, FL provides the Escambia, Santa Rosa, Walton and Okaloosa counties, including Pensacola, Cantonment, Milton, Pace, Gulf Breeze, Pensacola Beach, Mary Esther, FT Walton, Crestview, Destin and the surrounding areas with professional commercial and residential tree maintenance services. We offer quality and efficient services like pruning, fertilization, bobcat, and more at reasonable rates.

Owner Howard Jacques believes that your trees are important, not only for the beauty of your home, but as a natural resource on our earth. That is why, at Eager Beaver Professional Tree Care, we are dedicated to the health of your trees, through pruning, landscaping and disease treatment.

Our services include:
- Tree removal
- Tree pruning
- Cabling
- Tree preservation
- Insect and disease problems
- Stump grinding
- Bobcat
- Bucket truck and crane
- 30 ton rear mount

We are licensed and insured for your protection.

Call Eager Beaver Professional Tree Care of Gulf Breeze, FL today at 850-934-5660 -for all your tree maintenance needs. We look forward to keeping your landscape beautiful.
What is an Arborist? - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3 What is an Arborist?


A person that takes care of trees for a living is often referred to as an arborist. An arborist that takes the care of trees seriously often becomes a Certified Arborist through the International Society of Arboriculture.

A local tree service that desires to stay informed and provide quality tree care will sometimes join local or national arboriculture related organizations such as the Tree Care Industry Association.

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When a homeowner needs an arborist to provide tree care some of the questions that they should ask are:

- Is the local tree service the arborist works for a member of the Tree Care Industry Association or other arboriculture related organizations?
- How many years of experience does the arborist, or tree service, have in the care of trees?
- Does the arborist have a college or university degree in an arboriculture related field?
- Does the tree service the arborist represents follow tree care industry safety procedures and carry the proper insurance coverages?

 
 
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