Four seasons of Service
Just because the season has changed, does not mean that our services are not available. To provide you with year round coverage on your tree's and shrubs, A Limb Above The Rest provides the following services:
Pruning serves many different objectives. Removing deadwood is probably the most obvious reason for pruning. Deadwood is an entry port into the tree for viral, fungal, bacterial pathogens, borers, carpenter ants, and termites. There is also the physical danger of large deadwood falling on people or property. Another aspect of pruning is hazardous limb removal. Sometimes limbs can grow very fast and not have enough support strength to withstand high winds, snow or ice. If these limbs are over power lines or roofs they can break and cause damage.
Cabling and Bracing
Trees can often be compromised by poor structure or damage. In these cases, cabling and bracing strategies are the only alternatives to removal.
Cabling is used in the upper canopy to provide support for limbs that would otherwise break off or split the leader to which they are attached.
Bracing is a more invasive procedure that is commonly used to fasten together splits in the trunk and larger wood. Although tree support systems are designed to prolong the service life of the tree, it is important to understand that artificial support for a compromised tree can not guarantee the tree will not fail. At A Limb Above The Rest, we prefer to extend the service life of the tree as an alternative to removal, but only if it can be done safely, and with a possible expectation of failure.
We use an environmentally friendly organic fertilizer in accordance with national standards. The fertilizer is injected directly into the root zone for maximum benefit. Our feeder is a low-pressure injection type that protects the delicate root system of the plants and trees. Fertilization should be done periodically. Call one of our consulting arborists to survey your property as to the types of trees and plants you have, and their individual needs. We can arrange a maintenance program for your property to keep it looking beautiful. Some of the benefits of deep root fertilizing your trees and plants are:
- Nutrients and water go directly to the roots
- Aeration of the soil
- Improved tree health
- Luxuriant foliage
- Improved tree vigor
- Encourages new growth
Remember, trees in stress caused by cold, heat, wind, and drought promote disease and insect infestation. A happy tree is a healthy tree. Make sure your trees and plants are well fertilized and properly watered.
Although tree removal is a last resort, there are circumstances when it is necessary. An arborist can help decide whether or not a tree should be removed. Arborists have the skills and equipment to safely and efficiently remove trees. Removal is recommended when the following occur:
- The tree is dead or dying
- The tree is considered irreparably hazardous
- The tree is causing an obstruction that is impossible to correct through pruning
- The tree is crowding and causing harm to other trees
- The tree is to be replaced by a more suitable specimen
- The tree should be removed to allow for new construction
Stump grinding is simply the most cost-effective way to get rid of unwanted and unsightly tree stumps and major surface roots. This process is done with minimal disturbance to the surrounding area. Most stumps are ground to a depth of 6 - 12 inches in order to allow for loam and seed. If you want a complete look have your stumps ground. Some benefits of this procedure include:
- Improve appearance of your landscape
- Opens areas for new plantings
- Prevents tree from growing back
- Clears yard of potential hazards
- Eliminates breeding sites for insects
- Minimizes disturbances to neighboring trees and root systems