With the presence of Emerald Ash Borer, the tree industry on Chicago’s north shore has seen an extreme increase in the demand for tree workers. This has prompted many entrepreneurs to purchase trucks and chainsaws to head out and make some quick cash.
The problem is that many of these new companies do not have an understanding of the art and science of tree care. In many cases when they are quoting to remove an Ash tree the home owner will ask to have some other mature trees pruned while the workers are on site.
For now lets put aside the extreme danger of having an untrained tree worker remove a dead tree from your property and focus on the damage that can be done by improper tree maintenance.
Not knowing how and what limbs to remove during pruning can actually do more harm to the tree than good. Improper cuts can lead to decay moving into the main stem of the tree as it is unable to heal correctly. The amount of the tree being removed should also be considered.
Removing more than 1/3 of the trees canopy in a single growing season could stress the tree into failure. Pruning at the wrong time of year can also have a negative impact on tree health. Certain trees can become infected with deadly vascular diseases if not pruned during the dormant season.
We suggest erring on the side of caution and always check the credentials of the company you hire. Ask if they are affiliated with organizations such as the ISA or TCIA. Ask how long they have been practicing tree care and if they have a certified Arborist on staff.
Remember accepting a company based on price could cost you more money down the road or cause the loss of the living assets on your property.