One of the most common tree service procedures that is in use today is cabling. This procedure involves the use of steel cables being securely attached to tree limbs in order to keep them from moving too much during high winds. Our arborists are experts in providing professional cabling services to ensure your tree lasts for future generations to enjoy.
Most of the trees that need to be cabled are usually mature ones. They have large limbs hanging in areas, which without proper precaution can be a liability to the landowner. If proper cabling techniques are sought early in the tree service process, you can almost eliminate the need for future tree removal.
Cabling of trees is highly recommended
Regular inspection of your trees
Regular inspections for cracks, splits, disease, and any other problems can save you thousands in the end. The proper care of your trees should never be overlooked. Some inspections should be performed on an annual basis. Some trees may not have to be inspected as frequently. It is important for the health of your trees and the value of your property that you maintain a healthy environment.
Remember, some tree service work requires permits to be obtained prior to the service being performed. If you are a tenant and do not own the property where the trees are located, you should always contact the landowner to obtain permission to have tree work done. Some homeowners associations may require landowners and members obtain work permits before tree service work is done.
Tree Damage Evaluation
Trees add to our enjoyment of outdoor experiences whether in forests, parks, or urban landscapes. Too often, we are unaware of the risks associated with defective trees, which can cause personal injury and property damage. Interest in hazard tree management has increased in recent years due to safety and liability concerns resulting from preventable accidents. Recognizing hazardous trees and taking proper corrective actions can protect property and save lives.
A “hazard tree” is a tree with structural defects likely to cause failure of all or part of the tree, which could strike a “target.” A target can be a vehicle, building, or a place where people gather such as a park bench, picnic table, street, or backyard.
Because of the natural variability of trees, the severity of their defects, and the different sites upon which they grow, evaluating trees for hazardous defects can be a complex process. This publication presents guidelines, not absolute rules for recognizing and correcting hazardous defects. When in doubt, consult our arborists at WC Tree Service.
Tree Disease Evaluation
Following an initial consultation, our Certified Arborist can write a tree health evaluation and management plan for you upon request. It’s important to understand that proper tree care is a life long process and that caring for your trees is a long-term commitment.
WC Tree Service’s Certified Arborist can assess all of the trees on your property and prescribe an appropriate health plan accordingly. The type and frequency of tree care depends on a variety of factors, including the species of tree, its age, location, and the climate. The Arborist will consider the health of each individual tree as well as how each tree functions together as part of your entire landscape. Sometimes, the roots from neighboring trees will converge together, boosting each other’s moisture and nutrient intake, for example. Following a complete evaluation, the Arborist can recommend a management plan, including a watering schedule, regular pruning, and prescription fertilization.
WC Tree Service’s Arborist are Your Best Choice for Quality Tree and Shrub Care
ISA Certified Arborist Services
WC Tree Service’s certified arborists are highly trained tree experts. Many are licensed and/or certified in caring for and maintaining trees.
Our arborists don’t merely provide tree care services — they are dedicated and passionate professional tree care experts. Our arborists are continually educated, trained and certified on the latest arborist techniques and the newest equipment. Each of our arborists has extensive experience inspecting trees and landscapes, diagnosing problems, and making recommendations to resolve issues or to simply enhance the health of trees and landscapes.
Lighting Protection for Trees
We typically only hear about instances when lightning strikes people and buildings. However, our arborist can tell you that trees are the most common victims. Most lightning bolts pass through trees on the way to the ground. This is because trees contain a lot of water and water is a better electrical conductor than air. The tree trunk in particular contains a high concentration of water near the cambium – just under the bark. As the electricity from the lightning surges through the water in the tree trunk, it causes it to boil explosively, blasting off the bark, and sometimes throwing pieces over a hundred feet.
Although a typical lightning bolt contains 250 kilowatt hours of electricity, it is the duration of the lightning bolt that determines how destructive it will be. “Cold” bolts are characterized by high electrical current and extremely short duration. One of these penetrating to the heart of a tree can convert it to kindling instantaneously. “Hot” bolts are of lower electrical current but slightly longer duration. They are likely to set things on fire. In fact, this is the source of approximately 7,500 forest fires in the US each year.