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3255 W. Oak Street
Lebanon, PA 17042
Phone: (717) 228-0301
Fax: (717) 202-1047
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Considerations When Hiring
a Tree Care Company

OUR SERVICES

We are trained and equipped to provide safe and proper care for your trees. Utilizing only ANSI (Approved American National Standard) Pruning Practices and Safety Standards (ANSI A300 standards are the generally accepted industry standards for tree care practices), our primary goal, next to safety, is to promote healthy, sustainable trees.

The tree services we provide include:
PRUNING

ThinningThinning – The selective removal of branches to increase light penetration and air movement through the crown. Thinning opens the foliage of a tree, reduces weight on heavy limbs, and helps retain the tree’s natural shape.

Deadwooding/Cleaning – This is the removal of dead, dying, diseased, weakly attached, and low-vigor branches from the crown of a tree.

Elevation/Raising – This removes the lower branches from a tree to provide clearance for buildings, vehicles, pedestrians, and vistas.

Reduction – This reduces the size of a tree, often for utility line clearance. Reducing a tree’s height or spread is best accomplished by pruning back the leaders and branch terminals to secondary branches that are large enough to assume the terminal roles (at least one-third the diameter of the cut stem). Compared to topping, reduction helps maintain the form and structural integrity of the tree.

Cabling/Bracing

This is the installation of cables or bracing rods if branches or tree trunks need additional support. If cables or braces are installed, they must be inspected regularly. The amount of added security offered by the installation of support hardware is limited. Not all weak limbs are candidates for these.

Tree Removal
Sycamore Removal

Sycamore removal

Stump Grinding

Vermeer sc60txAfter the removal of a tree you are left with an unsightly and potentially dangerous stump. Left as is, a stump becomes a potential obstacle for mowing, landscaping plans, and a hurdle for kids and customers. Our machine is self-propelled with rubber tracks that will not cause ruts in your lawn.  Though it is a large 60 hp machine, it can collapse down and fit through a 36″ gate –  perfect for large backyard stumps.  We typically grind stumps and any visible surface roots  to a depth of 6-8″ below level ground; this is the depth we recommend for planting grass to match your lawn. If you would like to plant a new tree in the same location we can also grind to a depth of 20″ below ground level. If you plan to plant grass or another tree it is highly recommended that all the stump grindings be removed and the hole be backfilled with top soil.

 Air Spading

The air spade is an excavation tool that uses great volumes of compressed air to remove and break up soil—even hard clay—without damaging roots, cables, or buried utility lines. The focused air stream cuts through soil quickly and with great accuracy in considerably less time than conventional digging which allows for more efficient service.

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– Exposes roots so that problems can be fixed such as girdling roots.
– Correct soil grade changes around the trunk of the tree to minimize stress and diseases
– Aeration for reducing soil compaction due to construction, etc.
– Trench under tree roots without damaging the roots during utility or construction projects

 

You may notice that “topping” is not a service we provide. Topping is a non-standard pruning procedure where larger trees are severely cut back to a pre-determined size. As a certified arborist, we cannot support a practice that is considered an unacceptable pruning practice by the Tree Care Industry (ISA) and the American National Standards Institute A300 pruning standards.

Topping trees leaves large exposed wounds which can pre-dispose the tree to infestation or other future health problems; ruins tree structure; removes too much foliage, disrupting the tree’s energy storage; stimulates vigorous new growth which is prone to breakage; increases tree maintenance costs; and, destroys the tree’s appearance and value. A certified arborist can, however, make your trees look more attractive, safer, and even somewhat smaller using appropriate corrective pruning in accordance with ANSI A300 standards.

You can find more information on why topping hurts trees, published by the International Society of Aboriculture (ISA), here.