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October 12, 2017
Why Hire a Professional Tree Service Company
Why hire a professional tree service company like A Touch of Class Tree Service? While we could give you any number of reasons, the real answer is for your own safety. For some tasks, going the “do it yourself” route isn’t always the best option. While we can understand that you take pride in your home and want to handle all the upkeep, safety should be the number one consideration when it comes to dealing with tree maintenance or removal. There are just so many factors that come into play that hiring experts could save you from harm – or worse.
So, why hire a professional tree service company? Let’s take a look at a few important reasons.
Again, tree trimming, removal, and maintenance are not for everyone. It can be a dangerous job. If you are unsure about what to do in your situation, calling on the professionals will save you a lot of headaches. Don't ever underestimate the power of a tree. They are massive, heavy and unpredictable if they need to be cut or trimmed. Most homeowners simply do not have the right tools or know-how. Why put yourself in a dangerous situation, when you can call A Touch of Class Tree Service? Around here, safety is paramount, and we’re here to help.
What exactly does a tree service company do? Beyond just trees, they provide stump removal or grinding, tree trimming, firewood services, limb trimming, pruning and maintenance of trees and shrubs. They can also advise you on how to keep pests and diseases away from precious landscaping. Some companies will also provide, fertilization, soil aeration, tree planting, removal of dirt, tree cabling and bracing, and assessments.
Most arborists are incredibly knowledgeable of tree species in their area. It is the job of the arborist to know what species are best suitable and which trees and shrubs will best survive, giving you lasting foliage and years of beauty. This expertise will be invaluable to you, your trees, and your property in the future. Knowing what trees are rotten and advising on dangerous tree removal could mean the world to your family. Arborists are also competent in the biology and physiology which studies the management, arboriculture, and cultivation of trees.
There are many techniques to choose from when grooming your trees and landscape around the home, but it is essential to know what methods will best suit your particular type. If you are unsure, it is always best to ask the professionals at A Touch of Class Tree Service, what the best options are. We are here to answer all your questions, tree trimming to plant health care.
Another reason as to why hire a professional tree service company is that if you need to remove stumps and other tree debris on your own, it can affect your lawn. Never underestimate what tree removal can do to damaging your lawn! When hiring a professional company, they will maintain the quality of your lawn, and the greenery as well. It is up to you to understand that tree removal is a key part of landscape maintenance, so be sure to get the right information before you remove anything.
When you hire professionals to do the job, you are hiring people who know what they are doing. They make a complicated task look easy, and do the job within half the time of what you could do. This will save you a lot of time, hassles, and money, as they can get the whole project done in a day, including cutting trees and getting rid of debris. Tree services take a lot of time and effort, and unless you have the tools, time, and means to get it done efficiently, it is not worth the effort to do yourself. Leave this to the professionals.
Beyond why hire a professional tree service company is who to hire. Here are a few factors.
Who should you choose?
Local is always your best bet because the experience they have about native landscapes and other environmental factors. However, you’ll want to look at their qualifications and experience. How many tree cutting jobs do they have under their belts? Do they have a good reputation? Will they give you a detailed estimate on the job in question? Research should be an essential part of the process when choosing a qualified company.
What can you expect to pay?
Many situations will affect the cost of tree services, from water lines, size of trees, locations, roadways, pools, and gazebos in the way, as well as structures that need avoiding. Put it this way, the closer items are to the tree, and the more dangerous tree removal may be, the more the price may go up. If you don't need to hire trucks or debris hauled away, that will significantly bring the costs down. Also, if you have more than one tree that needs to be taken down, doing it all at once will reduce your costs versus bringing out professionals for multiple solo jobs.
Remember, the experts at A Touch of Class Tree Service specialize in many areas, not just tree maintenance and removal. If we come out to provide you with tree services, we can also take care of hedge and bush trimming, snow removal, stump grinding, as well as advise you on plant health care – fertilization to managing common pests. Need firewood for the winter? We deliver seasoned elm, ash, maple and more. Working with us can save you time and provide real value.
It is always important to do your homework to ensure you hire the most qualified company, and now you know why hire a professional tree service company like A Touch of Class Tree Service. With services set to the highest standards and a keen focus on safety, we can tackle all of your tree maintenance needs and so much more. Our experts are here to help, and we look forward to keeping you and your home safe.
September 15, 2017
Tree Cabling and Bracing for Winter
Have you thought about tree cabling and bracing for winter? Here at A Touch of a Class Tree Service in Denver, we think it is a great idea to be prepared for cold weather. Tree cabling and bracing is a technique that can help reinforce a valuable, mature tree that may be in need of a little help if a large snow or ice storm hits. And it will give you peace of mind knowing that your family will be safe from any unforeseen damage. Here are some facts on the subject below.
Tree cabling and bracing is something that may be suggested to you if pruning, trimming, and removal has not done the job. We all love our trees, and the beauty and protection they provide for us, so naturally, we want to help them out in any way we can.
The best time to have tree cabling and bracing done is the start of our Denver winters because branches are exposed and easy to inspect. The arborist will leave just enough slack to allow for new growth in the spring. Sometimes, in cases where pruning has been done improperly, diseased trees have been left too long, or storm damage has caused a serious fracture, heavy-duty cables and braces are the last resort to support the tree and save its life.
Do not attempt to do this technique yourself! Tree cabling and bracing for winter is best left the professionals at A Touch of Class Tree Service in Denver. We’ll assess the situation and decide the best options for you and your trees. Sometimes the cabling and bracing will be a permanent fixture, and other times, it may be temporary and need to be removed at some point.
How is cabling done? Tree cabling involves installing galvanized steel support cables to reinforce and strengthen the upper canopy of your tree. When installed, they will be hard to spot in the months when the canopy is full, and your trees will be beautiful and supported.
Bracing requires the placing steel rods through bolts which are installed on the trunk to help prevent a crack from widening. These rods help the tree to bend and move with the wind while providing the right amount of stability. These tree bracing rods contribute to making your tree less prone to injury, as well as less potential damage to property and power lines.
If you suspect there may be an issue with a certain tree or trees this winter, it is best to call the professionals immediately to remedy the situation quickly. An experienced arborist will inspect and determine the right technique, then return to check on the status of the tree periodically.
Tree cabling and bracing for winter is just a fact of tree life! At A Touch of Class Tree Service in Denver, we are all about saving your precious trees and keeping them in the best shape possible. From pruning, cutting, landscaping, tree removal, and more, we are your one-stop place for sound advice and experienced arborists. Call us today for a quote.
September 14, 2017
Winter is Coming, Have Enough Firewood?
Winter is coming, have enough firewood? With cool temperatures on the way, you may not have considered it, but at A Touch of Class Tree Service in Denver, we want to ensure you know just how much firewood you will need to get you comfortably through the winter months. We can even provide you with that service. Read on to understand just what you will need.
Too much wood is not a bad thing
There are many complicated calculations out there for figuring out how much wood you’ll need if you’re heating your home throughout the winter. Unfortunately, it depends on the temperature, how well insulated your house is, what kind of wood you’ll be using and how efficient your fireplace or wood stove is. Will you be burning wood full-time or just using it to take the edge off during colder times?
In general, a modest-sized, well-insulated home with an efficient wood stove or fireplace burning wood exclusively for heat, all on its own with no other sources, would be safe with four chords (a chord is a pile 4′ x 4′ x 8′, densely packed) or so. But more is always better when it comes to requesting wood from your firewood service professionals. Better safe than sorry!
Other things to keep in mind are your attic insulation, as well as the amount of wind you typically get. Both will influence your results. It’s also handy to know how well your stove or fireplace distributes the heat. If you have a wood stove, a heat exchanger will make the best use of the heat generated.
Here are some tips on burning wood:
- Well-seasoned firewood is darker and gray
- Seasoned logs will make a hollow sound when banged together
- Cracks appear on the ends of logs
- Bark on seasoned logs is looser and starts to fall off
- Elm, Ash, Maple, Birch, Locust, and Pine make for excellent firewood burning qualities and will keep you and your family toasty warm when it gets cold here in Denver, Colorado.
Remember, if you’re doing your own firewood, it needs at least 6 months to season properly, preferably a year. Harvesting should be done in early spring at the latest because it is usually cheaper and plentiful. Dormant insects living under the bark will likely die before you bring the wood into the home. Another point to consider is proper firewood stacking techniques; don't just leave your new wood in a pile on the lawn. You want to keep it dry, neat and termite free, not to mention easy to grab when needed!
If you aren’t the type to chop your own wood or didn’t get around to it this year, A Touch of Class Tree Service is here for you. Just give us a call and let us answer any questions you may have about our firewood sales and delivery services. We can provide everything you need and deliver all the seasoned and ready to burn wood that you need. Winter is coming, have enough firewood? You do now!
August 21, 2017
Should Your Tree Stay or Go?
At A Touch of Class Tree Service, we know how to answer the question, should your tree stay or go? If you are pondering this issue and are unsure of what your options are, we will guide you on all the pros and cons of whether your tree should stay or be cut down. Don't take this matter into your own hands, when our professionals are here to serve all your landscaping needs.
Certified arborists, such as ours, are your best bet to help give a clear and unbiased picture of the situation. We will assess the overall condition and health of the tree in question so you can make an educated decision on tree removal. Many times, arborists can spot the sources of future problems before it’s too late, and advice for avoiding and correcting problems.
Here are some questions to ask when deciding should your tree stay or go:
- Is the species desirable?
There are many species of trees that harbor various problems such as weak wood prone to frequent breakage from wind and ice, always dropping large quantities of debris, shallow roots that damage lawns and pavement, infestations with diseases or insects specific to the tree species, and invasive species due to prolific reseeding in the landscape.
- Is it healthy?
If 50% of the tree is damaged or infested with a pest, you should probably eliminate it. A tree in decline can survive for many years, but will always have limited or abnormal growth and appearance, and can cause unforeseen damage if a storm hits and knocks it over.
- How healthy is the trunk?
If you notice vertical cracks, seams, dead branch stubs, and large, older wounds, this may suggest internal decay. Severe damage to the main trunk often requires removal of the tree. If the degraded area is less than 25% of the circumference of the trunk, the tree's wound could gradually heal over, and no lasting injury will remain; but again, a professional opinion is necessary for the right conclusion.
- Is it hollow?
The life-support tissue, the xylem, and phloem, of a tree, are on the outer edges of the trunk, which means many trees will live for years with a hollow trunk. However, there could be possible compromised trunk strength which could make the tree dangerous. The rule of thumb in decision-making on this issue is, if 1/3 of the interior is hollowed out or rotten, remove the tree.
- Are there large dead branches?
This problem is most definitely a danger to people and property. If less than 25% of branches are damaged, the tree will probably survive. Remove crossed or rubbing branches and narrow branch angles, especially if the main trunk is particularly prone to splitting. Get the help of a certified arborist. If a narrow crotch is too extensive to remove, the two co-dominant leaders could be cabled, to relieve the strain and avoid breakage.
- Are all the dead branches only on one side?
A lopsided tree has many potential hazards. Dead branches only on one side of a tree can be a symptom of root or trunk damage on that side.
- Are there sprouts or shoots coming from the trunk?
These sprouts are a response to severe stresses inflicted on the tree that indicates that there is something wrong. This is typical of trees enduring new home construction injuries, over-exposure to the sun, or soil compaction.
- Is there trunk rot?
Fungi appearing on the outside of a tree are an indication of internal rot, and should be evaluated by an arborist.
- Has there been excavating near the tree?
If so, it is necessary to check for root damage. If half of the roots are damaged, the tree needs removal.
- Does the tree lean?
A sudden lean indicates breakage and weakening of roots and that means the tree should probably be removed immediately. More than 15% from vertical points to removal of a dangerous tree.
- Are there power lines above the tree?
A tree growing up near power lines will need tree trimming and thinning. During wet weather conditions, electricity can arc as much as 10 feet over to the wet tree foliage, grounding out and causing a power failure or property damage. Never attempt removing tree limbs that are near power lines, for obvious safety reasons.
- What is the tree's history?
Unsavory previous pruning jobs such as tree topping practices can cause problems later. A change in the soil level over the root system is a cause of a gradual decline of trees also. If 3" or more of soil is piled over the root system, there is a high likelihood it will die. If caught early and before stress symptoms develop, the tree can be saved.
- How is the tree's environment?
Trees that are growing on rock ledges or near bodies of water, frequently have shallow root systems. Trees suddenly exposed to sunlight are severely stressed by the sudden change in exposure. There are also issues with soil compaction, grade changes, and the sudden exposure to full sun.
- Is there enough space?
When it comes to your home, it is best to avoid trees hanging over the roof. Larger trees should be at least 20 feet away from your house. Are there other nearby trees, whose growth will be enhanced by the tree's removal? Is the location of the tree such that, it interferes with sight lines in traffic flow and stop lights? If it poses a risk, consider dangerous tree removal.
So many things to consider for our amazing and beautiful trees that most of the time bring us shade, beauty, and add to our landscaping view and investment. Be sure to do the right thing when it comes time to question a damaged or severely diseased tree that may need to come down.
A good rule of thumb to consider is, if you take care of your trees, they will take care of you! Protecting your family and your investments should be a priority over any unhealthy or damaged trees. So, should your tree stay or go? Call A Touch of Class Tree Service today, and get an honest answer on what to do.
July 13, 2017
Everything You Need to Know About Tree Trimming
How do you keep your trees looking their best? Today, A Touch of Class Tree Service discusses everything you need to know about tree trimming to ensure your trees get the utmost attention and look their best for years to come. We can also provide superior services in many different areas and are professional arborists with extensive backgrounds and skills for maintaining and bringing longevity to your landscapes.
The importance of having trees on our planet is necessary for life, as we all know, and the importance of healthy trees is equally important to control infestations and decline of our precious and beautiful species of trees. Tree trimming is an inherently important factor in maintaining the health of all your trees or shrubs. But there is a science to how, when and why to trim trees.
Why do we need to trim our trees? First, pests and infestations spell danger. When a tree is damaged or untrimmed, it can invite unwanted pests to attack the tree even further which will lead to the trees death or decay eventually and could even spread to nearby trees, wreaking havoc on your entire yard.
Nutrients are necessary for plants, trees and shrubs to sustain life, when we do not trim the scraggly branches, sunlight is blocked from reaching areas of the tree, and the tree will suffer. Air flow is also needed to keep the tree vigorous and healthy from unwanted diseases. So, trim your tree down, and allowing in the sun and air.
Safety is another reason why you should keep low-lying tree branches trimmed and away from your home or possessions. Wind storms, ice damage and dead trees all pose big problems if the tree in question is close to your dwelling. Have the professionals assess the situation if you are uncertain about the tree in question and have them provide the best solutions.
How often should you trim trees? When it comes to everything you need to know about tree trimming, this is rather important! If you notice dead or damaged branches hanging from the tree, trim them immediately, so they don’t affect the healthier parts of the tree. The best time to trim a tree, in general, is in the winter or late fall when most of the leaves are gone. During winter, most of us do not want to battle the cold or the dangers of slipping and falling, so it is always suggested to hire a professional company, such as A Touch of Class Tree Service to do the job.
In any case, whether it is winter or summer, do not trim any tree if the weather is extremely intense, it will cause too much stress on the tree.
If you do decide to try trimming trees yourself, here is a 3-step program you can follow:
- Make the very first cut just about 1-2 ft. from the trunk of the tree. This cut starts underneath the limb and goes into it, but only about one-third of the way. This is a critical step in the process, so be sure you know and understand the procedure.
- Make the second cut just outside of the first cut, about another foot or two. This cut will be all the way through the branch. The branch is highly likely to break away as you saw through the limb, which is ok. Since you have made the first cut on the underside and closer in from the previous step, the bark will not continue to tear down into the tree trunk.
- The final cut is right at the branch collar where the branch meets the tree's trunk. You will be looking for a flared area here. Make the final cut so that the flair is still noticeable afterward. If cut properly, this "flair" will heal over, eventually filling in with new bark and scar tissue. You’ll know the tree is healing correctly when you see a "doughnut" forming where you made the cut. And that is all there is to it!
A word on "bleeding". There are some trees that 'bleed' excessively when cut. This is a type of sap oozing from the fresh wound, and it can look rather severe and unsightly, but rest assured, it causes no harm. Some trees that are especially prone to bleeding are beech, birch, elm, maple, and yellow wood.
How much does tree trimming cost? Well, depending on where you live, the size of the tree to be trimmed, and the risk factor involved, for example, is it near power lines, a home, or dangerous hill area, will factor into the price of the service. When hiring the professionals, be sure to tell them the situation and have them come out to see the extent of the job and give you a quote before deciding to move forward. Here are some tree trimming services that companies can provide:
Young Tree Pruning: experienced arborists will begin training young trees ranging from 10-15 feet in height which is essential for the long-term structure and health.
Evergreen Pruning: While pines and spruce trees require very little attention, especially in metropolitan areas, overgrowth can block passageways and sight lines. Evergreen shrubs often can acquire blight if neglected. This type of trimming is incredibly stunning and a great feature or focal price to any yard.
Dormant Tree Pruning: Certain trees, especially certain fruit trees, can only be pruned during the dormant season. Dormant pruning is also the best way to lessen emergency storm damage.
Now that you have everything you need to know about tree trimming and the importance of this necessary task, feel free to enlist the help of A Touch of Class Tree Service. There is no doubt your trees and landscaping will be the envy of the neighborhood. We look forward to providing excellent service at any time of the year for all your tree maintenance needs. Call or contact us today for a free quote on trimming, lot clearing, stump grinding, dangerous tree removal and more.