We are experts at tree removal and pruning in difficult to reach locations. We have made an investment in training and the latest equipment. Our new 92’ track lift allows access in fenced yards and tight spots. It is often the safest option for tall trees that may not be safe to climb, after all, many ash trees have been dead in our area for several years now.
We have skilled climbers and staff that attend National Training Events, additionally, many have professional certifications. Additionally, everyone is trained in CPR & First Aid.
We make significant investments in the latest (and safest) tools available. Our most recent addition is a knuckle boom crane that can reach 112’ over obstructions. It allows us to remove trees by remote control without needing any personnel aloft.
Spikes or No Spikes
The use of climbing spikes or gaffs is limited to use on trees that are being removed. Spikes cannot be used on trees being saved or pruned because of the damage they cause to the protective tissues of a tree. Some "old-timers" continue to climb using spikes when pruning a live tree. Insure you hire a professional that climbs using modern techniques and equipment.
Although it is impossible to eliminate all potential danger, the more obvious hazards should be addressed. Because of potential liability, property owners have a duty to visually inspect trees on their property for obvious hazards. Broken or dead limbs, contact with utility wires, or other damage that could compromise the strength or safety of the tree should be addressed. We can help you with this review and provide options to correct any issues. Although all trees will have some inherent risk, in many cases the courts are looking to see that measures were taken to reduce the potential for harm.
Trees that are pruned properly from a young age tend to grow stronger and require less maintenance later in their life. Trees also need to be pruned to improve balance, allow proper air-flow, and better withstand heavy snow and ice. It is best to limit the extent of pruning during each growing cycle by spacing the needed pruning over several years. Industry standards recommend not removing more than 25-30% of a younger healthy tree and 10-15% of less vigorous mature tree canopies.
Tree topping is the improper pruning of a tree in an attempt to drastically reduce its size. Topping is unhealthy and counterproductive. Excessive pruning beyond ANSI standards results in promoting rapid growth that is weaker as the tree tries to replace the lost foliage. It is sometimes better to remove the tree and re-plant a more suitable tree in the location. We have a dedicated crew that can help you take steps to enhance the health of your trees.
One resource that covers a number of tree related health topics and can help you identify specific issues is this US Forest Service Field Guide.
Our Diverse Ecosystem
One of the more interesting aspects of the business is identifying the thousands of tree species that are found in North America. One of the many resources that helps with identification is the Ohio Public Library's "What Tree Is It?"
One of our local resources for information on proper tree selection and health issue that affect our local flora is Cornell University's Woody Plant Database. Another great resource are the Cornell Cooperative Extension local offices. They provide soil testing and disease/pest identification services in some locations as well as many local events such as classes, demonstrations, and educational events.
Cornell Cooperative Extension – Monroe County, NY *
Cornell Cooperative Extension – Ontario County, NY
Cornell Cooperative Extension – Livingston County, NY
Cornell Cooperative Extension – Wayne County, NY
* Diagnostic Lab Available