TREE FACTS & CARE
Certified tree risk assessments (with ISA arborist)
Cleaning service wires (BC Hydro)
Commercial tree services
Dangerous tree assessments
Electrical line clearing
Emergency tree services (24/7)
Storm damage cleanups and tree removals
Total tree care
Have the leaves taken on a colour or size that is unusual for this time of year?
Does your tree have large dead branches?
Are large, detached branches hanging on to the tree?
Are there holes or rotted wood in any of the major branches or trunks?
Does the tree have mushrooms at its base?
Do you see any splits or cracks in any of the trunks?
Have any branches fallen off the tree?
Have nearby trees died or fallen over?
Do any trunks have a strong/dramatic lean?
Is there a spot of dense branch growth on one spot of the trunk?
Have any roots been damaged, injured, or split due to lowering soil, installing pavement, or repairing a sidewalk?
Has your property recently been altered by construction, rise in soil level, or lawn installation?
Have trees in a neighbouring wooded area been removed?
Have your trees been “topped” or heavily pruned?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it may be time to call a professional arborist. To schedule an appointment, call Country Tree Service. We have 24-hour emergency services available available 7 days a week to Langley, Vancouver, and throughout the Lower Mainland.
Starvation: Topping a tree can cause it to temporarily starve since the crown is a part of its “food factory.” For older trees and those without the necessary energy reserves, topping can cause serious weakening, leaf loss, or death. When done correctly, a professional pruning typically removes much less of a tree’s crown when compared to the topping process.
Shock and Sunburns: Yes, trees can get sunburns! The leaves of a tree’s crown act as shields for the tree’s bark. When that shield is removed through topping, it can cause the below tissue to overheat and burn. This can lead to splitting bark, cankers, and death to some branches.
Insects and Disease: Like an open wound on a human, cuts on a tree can become pathways to infection and parasites. Unlike humans, trees have a difficult time healing from larger wounds. When trees are topped, they become vulnerable to insects and fungi spores. If decay is already present in a limb, cutting the limb will speed the disease’s spread.
Weak Limbs: At best, new branches will sprout after the larger limb has been truncated. Although, these new branches will be weaker since they are only held on by the outer tissue. These branches are the type most affected by ice storms. If rot is present or develops at the limb’s severed end, the weight of the sprout can make a bad situation even worse.
Rapid New Growth:Most customers have their trees topped to control its height and spread. But, doing so actually has the opposite effect. New sprouts will be far more numerous and the crown will rapidly grow back to its previous height — yet, with a denser crown.
Death: Some older trees can withstand topping. Others, such as beeches, have a far more difficult time sprouting new growth and will most likely die as a result.
Ugliness: Trees are at their most beautiful when they are in their natural state. To put it simply, a tree that has been topped has become disfigured. Even when new growth does appear, it will never regain its former grace or characteristics.
Cost: Topping is usually cheaper since it doesn’t require experience or the use of sound judgment, but the true costs of topping are often hidden. These can include:
Reduced property value
Removal and replacement if it dies
Loss of other trees and shrubs from overexposure
Liabilities of weakened branches
Increased cost of future maintenance