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Do you consider yourself self-reliant, or at least try to be in as many situations as possible? It’s great to have an independent, do-it-yourself, spirit. However, sometimes the best option is to enlist the help of others. Such is the case with tree removal.
Most of us have seen viral videos of hapless homeowners cutting down trees, only to see them fall in a direction they did not intend, most often towards their homes. Sometimes it’s carelessness, other times it’s well-intentioned people making costly mistakes. While we poke fun at these people, the results are no laughing matter.
Leave the Risk-Taking to the Pros
Tree cutting is dangerous, even for those who make a living doing so. Professional are injured every day. According to the Tree Care Industry Association, there were 84 fatalities in 2012. Of the fatalities reported to the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries from 1992 to 2007, the average annual rate was 80 deaths.
We’re heading into the season of colder, harsher weather. Are your trees ready for the coming storms? Even a seemingly harmless windy day can make a weak tree a hazard to your home and family.
Given that bare trees are easier to inspect, fall and winter are definitely good times to keep an eye on the condition of your trees. Here are some tips to keep you safe:
Remove dead limbs. The first and easiest step to take is to identify and remove dead limbs. Dead or dying limbs are susceptible to wind, and it may not take as much as you think to bring them down.
The cold and harsher weather in the fall and winter can also weaken a tree and its branches. Mulching your trees is a bit like giving them a warm blanket, as it can significantly warm the soil’s surface and protect roots from extreme temperatures.
Watch for leaning trees. Even without the threat of high winds, if you have a tree with limbs leaning on or towards your home or areas in the yard where you and your family congregate, they are a hazard that needs to be addressed. If you are unsure about how strong your tree is, we can help you determine what, if anything, needs to be done.
Planting a tree is always an exciting new undertaking and takes plenty of work to ensure its success. There is some debate on the ideal time for planting that new tree. However, contrary to popular belief that spring is the ideal time, you should really look to do it in the fall.
New trees have the best chance of survival when exposed to moderate temperatures and a good amount of rain. Our falls are cool and definitely come with plenty of rain, which creates the ideal weather for planting a new tree.
The condition of the soil is better as well, with the soil being warm enough and not quite as damp as springtime, after it's endured many months of rainfall.
A new tree needs to have time to develop a system of roots and acclimate itself before the intense weather of winter unfolds, so planting it as early as possible in fall is important. Because the root system will already be grown and in place, the warmer months will be easier on the tree.
While you are looking to improve the curb appeal of your home, you may be inadvertently doing harm to your trees. Here are some otherwise normal home care activities that you need to be cautious about.
1. Mowing your lawn. Most homeowners think nothing of bumping against their trees when mowing their lawns. But it can have a devastating effect on them. Referred to as mower blight, lawnmowers and weed trimmers can wound tree bark, especially in the spring and fall, when bark is most vulnerable to slippage.
When bark is damaged, trees have difficulty transporting nutrients to the roots. Also, the roots can’t transport water up to the rest of the tree.
2. Watering the grass. Watering your lawn is also beneficial to your trees… if you do it right. Depending on the species of tree, age and various other factors, it will need the equivalent of about an inch of water every week.
The first step to finding out if you need a tree removal permit in the city of Beaverton is finding out if you are within the city limits. You can look at a map of the boundaries here.
After you have determined you are indeed in the City of Beaverton there are essentially 2 ways to find out if you need a tree removal permit:
1. Call a Tree Service (Urban Forest Pro 503-226-7143)
2. Call Beaverton City Arborist (503)-526-2206 or (503)-526-2237
I know those are not appealing answers as you were hoping to read this article and come away with an answer. It is this way because you can only find out if your tree is one of many protected types (Significant tree/grove, Historic tree/grove, Significant Natural Resource Zone, Landscape trees) by looking at zoning maps which is not provided online. The city can look this up for you or your arborist most likely has a copy. These trees exist on single family lots and there is no way to tell unless you look it up, but there are some clues:
1. Your Lot backs up to a green space (Probably need a permit)
2. You live in a newer development (post 2000) without a designated green space or with small lots (Probably need a permit)
3. Your tree is part of a grove of similar trees in your neighborhood (Probably need a permit)
4. The tree is on a commercial or multi-family lot (Always need a permit)
If your tree is not in one of these protected zones you can remove as many as you like unless your property is greater than 10,000 square feet in that case you can remove up to 4 of them per calendar year. If your tree does turn out to be a protected that does not mean it cannot be taken out. For each of these classes of trees there is a permitting process but the requirements and fees vary (fee range $75-$1,000).
There are a few trees that almost never require a permit. They are:
1. Tree under 10” in diameter at 4.5’ from the ground are not considered trees unless they are a landscape tree.
2. Lombardi Poplar tree are considered invasive and do not require a permit
3. Fruiting fruit trees do not require permits
The city if Beaverton also requires a permit for the removal of street trees, but these trees are in most cases easy to identify as they are most likely located between the street and the sidewalk.
If you do determine you do need a permit it is best to enlist the help of an arborist. The chances your permit will be submitted complete, with justifiable grounds, and thus be approved greatly increase with the help of a professional.
We recommend that you do not make a determination about whether or not permits are require based solely off of this article. We recommend you seek further information and advices. Please know this article may not be immediately updated when changes are made to tree regulations.
If there is anything that Portland and the rest of the Northwest is known for besides the wet weather, it's the product of that weather: the lush green growth of our environment.
Trees are important to Portlanders, and it shows. According to Portland Parks and Recreation Urban Forestry there are 236,000 street trees and 1.2 million park trees in Portland, not to mention the uncounted trees on private property. Some of those trees have been given special significance.
On May 19, 1993, The Heritage Tree ordinance was added to the city code. This established that, on an annual basis, a list of trees is prepared that are given special significance due to their age, size, type, historical association, or horticultural value. They are then identified with a plaque, most of which are in Southeast Portland.
There are over 300 heritage trees in Portland, including 120 species. A little over half of them are on private property, but those can only be designated as Heritage Trees with the consent of the property owner. However, once the property owner consents, that lawfully binds all future owners of the property, making it unlawful for anyone to “remove, destroy, cut, prune, break or injure” the tree without obtaining a permit.
Here are the very first and last trees to be designated as Heritage Trees:
American elm (Ulmus Americana) - The first tree designated as a heritage tree was an American elm at 1111 SW 10th Ave. Dubbed "The Burrell Elm," the tree was planted by Martin S. Burrell at the family estate in 1870.
Interestingly though, the American elm is more widely found east of the Rocky Mountains. This deciduous tree (those that lose their leaves seasonally) can withstand rough winter weather, and while this particular tree stands at about 78 feet tall, they are known to exceed 100 feet.
As longs as these trees remain unaffected by Dutch elm disease, they can live for several hundred years. This specific American Elm was planted in 1870. It is 78 feet tall and its canopy spreads 105 feet wide.
Japanese larch (Larix kaempfer) - The last to be given the Heritage Tree designation is a Japanese larch at 4626 NE 37th Ave. At 40 feet tall and with a 40-foot spread, this native of the mountains of Chūbu and Kantō regions in central Honshū, Japan, the country's largest most populous island. It is one of the five deciduous genera among the cone-bearing trees (conifers).
Do you know of a tree you think deserves to be recognized and protected as a Heritage Tree? Go to the Portland Parks & Recreation website to download the form.
Do you know of a tree you think deserves to be recognized and protected as a Heritage Tree? Go to the Portland Parks & Recreation website to download the form.
Detection and Prevention
Dutch Elm disease (DED) is an unfortunate fungus that is spread by our native elm bark beetle and European elm bark beetle. This disease has devastated magnificent elms with their beautiful, spreading canopies throughout the US. Anyone that loves and appreciates their community and the urban forests we live in; should take a moment to read further and learn how to detect and prevent DED.
Susceptible Elm varieties are the native ‘American Elm’ and introduced ‘European Elm’. There are several American elm varieties and hybrid varieties of Elm that are resistant to the disease. If you don’t know what kind of Elm (or tree) you have on your property or in your neighborhood, an Arborist consultation is a great way to identify and prevent more losses of these beautiful trees. The picture below shows an American elm leaf structure and seedpods, a very simple baseline for identifying an Elm tree.
DED is commonly detected in spring/early summer, after leaves on the tree have emerged. Elms infected with DED will have leaves on upper branches that curl. These curling leaves will decline, eventually turning brown. This leaf cluster die back is commonly referred to as ‘flagging’ in the arborist community. Another sign of DED is the presence of brown streaks in the wood, beneath the bark of braches affected. If DED is suspected, it is best to have an Arborist come out to inspect the tree and have samples sent in to a laboratory, such as a local extension office, for testing and confirmation of a diseased Elm.
DED has been prevalent since the 1920’s and since then, many resistant species have been produced to be resistant to the disease. However, if you still have a remaining American or European Elm, there are ways to mitigate the disease. Pruning of ‘flagging’ limbs may help to limit the spread of DED in an affected tree. Proper pruning should only take place in the winter, when trees are dormant, to reduce the risk of further infection. By removing deadwood and broken limbs within the canopy, sites for beetles to breed and inhibit are reduced. By identifying DED early on and pruning out ‘flagging’ limbs, it increases the success rate of saving an Elm affected by DED. Along with proper pruning and removal of infected branches, several fungicides have also been very successful protecting Elms. Having an Arborist set-up and implement an effective fungicide regime can make a big difference in preserving your tree and having it around for more generations to come. These fungicides help control the beetle populations and spread of DED.
If you have an Elm that has been killed or affected by DED, another important note is the proper disposal of material. All brush/wood that can be chipped should be. Other methods of disposal are burning, burying, and de-barking. Tree material infected with DED should not be transported, as it can spread the disease to areas not affected by DED. By eliminating vectors for the beetles to breed, DED can be reduced. For reference, a 22”x4” log that has not been disposed of properly, can produced up to 1,800 beetles. Imagine what a whole dead tree could produce!
DED has been a long, uphill battle for many years. With better education, community support and mitigation techniques, we hope the magnificent specimens that remain can be saved and enjoyed by generations to come.
There are a lot of things that can trigger the need for a tree removal permit in city if Portland. That is why it is important to do your homework before proceeding with any tree removals on your property. Even if the trees are in your back yard and you are on a single family lot the city still may have a say in what you do with your trees.
What Tree are Covered:
All street trees need a permit to be removed and must be in bad shape for the city to even consider it. Just because the tree is not in-between the sidewalk and the street does not mean it is not a street tree. You must look up your right of away boundaries to be certain. In addition, most trees (with some exceptions) on dividable lot, lots under development or with building permits issued, corner lots, commercial, or multi-family lots and also Heritage trees (which are usually marked) require a permit for removal. The city also has specific zones with conservation rules that may affect your ability to remove or even prune your trees.
So how do you figure out whether you need a permit or not. My recommendation is you don’t. The rules are complex and different rules are covered by different city agencies. I recommend home owners thinking about removing a tree either contract with their tree service to research and obtain the permit or that they call the Urban Forestry department at the city of Portland who can provide them with a definitive answer or point them to the correct agency to inquire with. If you do contract with your tree service to obtain permits make sure it is part of your written contract because most tree services only provide this service at the request of client. You should never assume they are getting the permits unless they say that they are on the contract.
The city is notoriously slow in responding to permits we recommend home owner to expect a 4-8 weeks for an answer. Even a call back from their office takes a couple of days. This is one of the ways we can help out a lot. When your tree service sends a permit in they know what the city would like to see and so you won’t wait 8 weeks just to hear your permit is incomplete. Also it helps to have arboricultural terms used in the reason you would like your tree removed. If you write “too many leaves on my driveway” the city could really care less about your driveway or that the trees are lifting your sidewalks. They are tasked with the preservation of the urban forest and they are focused primarily on that goal.
Fees and Fines: Most tree removal permitting fees in the city if Portland remain a very good value at $35 a pop. This has to be less then it costs the city to send someone out to look at your tree. Fines on the other hand can be quite punitive. They start at about $1,000 per tree for removals without a permit and go up into and the sky is the limit. I have heard of fines in the 20,000 range. The Urban Forestry department does not mess around and even in the event of a “I didn’t know any better situation” they usually want more and larger trees planted then would have been required by the permit and a $1,000 fine. The responsibility for the planting and fines will either lie with the tree service or the home owner or most likely both depending on the specific circumstances.
I am sure most of you are disappointed in reading this article that you still don’t know if you need a permit to remove your tree. I wish it were a simple task that I could explain in a short blog post but unfortunately it is not and that is what we are here for. We can help!
Disclaimer: this blog post is accurate as of the date posted and changes to permitting rules may not be immediately updated.
There are plenty of environmental factors that threaten our trees, but people are often the biggest threat. One of the ways we inadvertently compromise our trees' health is when we are mowing or edging our lawns.
Referred to as mower blight, this is when homeowners bump a tree with a lawnmower or whip the trunk with an edger. Over time, the tree bark is further damaged, which makes it difficult for the tree to move nutrients to the roots and for the roots to transport water to the rest of the tree.
Trees are most vulnerable to lawnmower damage in the spring and fall when bark is most prone to "slip." That said, damage can happen anytime, as long people are careless in their yard work.
This easily preventable problem happens primarily due to not understanding how simple mistakes in routine lawn care can have major long-term repercussions on tree health. A little nick here and there can add up to big problems.
Most people are able to recognize the signs of heat stress in people and animals, but heat stress in trees is less recognizable and just as dangerous. Homeowners who live in hot, dry climates should pay special attention to their trees during the summer, especially during the months of July and August. But it can also be an issue for those of us who live in areas where the hot season is shorter.
Treating heat stress as soon as you recognize the signs goes a long way toward keeping your yard healthy and strong.
What Causes Heat Stress?
All plants rely on a regular supply of water to keep them healthy and cool. The water is usually absorbed through the roots of each tree and it travels all the way through the plant until it reaches the leaves. Excess water is released through the leaves as dew. During hot weather the process of water traveling through the trees speeds up, causing the tree to absorb less water and they become dehydrated.
Heat Stress Signs
Take a close look at your trees to see if they are becoming stressed by the heat. The first sign of dehydration you are likely to notice is a generally dried out look to the leaves. Some trees have leaves that droop and feel crisp on the edges. The leaves may also turn yellow. Trees that usually have blooms on them will stop blooming if they become dehydrated, and fruit will drop off the tree before it's ready. Smaller trees, or those without blooms, may look like they are wilting.
How To Combat Heat Stress
Watering your trees as deeply as possible is an important way to fight heat stress. Some homeowners water their trees on a schedule so they don't forget when it's time to do it.
It's best to water each trees deeply to allow the roots to absorb and hold water. Many homeowners bury a drip hose underneath mulch around their trees so they can just turn on the hose when the trees need water. The use of a timer makes it so your don't even need to remember to turn on the hose.
Another good option to place a bucket next to the tree place a small hole in the bottom fill up the bucket. The small hole allows the water to seep out slowly and absorb deeper into the soil and thus down into the root zone of the tree. Watch your trees and adjust your watering schedule according to how your trees are reacting to the water. Overwatering can be detrimental to trees as well, so try to strike a balance that keeps your trees healthy.
An Introduction to Tree Cabling:
Supplemental Support Systems
· What it is?
Tree cabling is a lesser-known preservation technique, utilized by professional Arborists to provide support to trees that may be prone or at risk of failure. There are a number of different support systems for tree care applications, but tree cabling is the most common and widely used within the tree care industry. Cable systems are either static (steel) or dynamic (rope) systems that are installed in the upper canopy to add support and reduce risk. A professional Arborist evaluation and recommendation is the best way to determine what your tree needs for overall health and longevity.
· What it does
A tree support system’s main purpose is to provide additional support or limit movement of a tree or tree part. They do not provide primary support to a tree. Typically, a cable system is used to support weak unions and long heavy limbs. Often times, limbs or trees are cabled to reduce the risk posed to people or property. A tree cable system can be arranged in various configurations to best suit the trees support needs. They act as an extra measure of safety to preserve and maintain trees in our urban environment but not a guarantee of safety.
There are two types of cable systems: static and dynamic. Static systems are composed of steel cable and hardware. Dynamic systems are composed of non-invasive, rope-like materials. Steel (static) systems were traditionally used, before the introduction of dynamic systems. Steel cable is often times used in very failure-prone applications where system longevity and strength are necessary. Dynamic systems also provide great, high strength support and risk reduction in trees. The science behind dynamic systems is to allow for more natural movement in the tree, while providing enough support in the canopy to reduce the risk of failure. Again, an Arborist can best determine what type of system should be used, depending on the trees needs and risk.
· After care
Tree cable systems need to be periodically inspected by an Arborist. Scheduling inspections and follow-up maintenance on tree cables is important. Regular maintenance to a tree cabling system will help maintain its effectiveness and durability. Tree cable systems are designed to be a long-term benefit to the tree’s health. The length of time between maintenance should be determined by your arborist, but should not normally be any longer than 5 years.
When you think about energy saving tips, your landscaping decisions may not be the first thing that comes to mind. But your trees can play an important role in staying cool this summer and for many summers to come.
We only get a few months of hot weather here in the Portland area, but even the Northwest can have some unforgiving heat now and again.
According to the U.S. Forest Service Center for Urban Forest Research, planting three trees around the perimeter of your home can save you up to 30 percent on your energy bills. Those savings may not be quite so generous for our milder climate, but it can still be significant.
It's just a matter of planting trees and shrubs in the right spots.
Planting large trees on the east and west sides of your home will help shade it from the hot summer sun. Since most of us are off to work in the morning (when the sun is rising in the east), it’s particularly important to shade the west side when we’re home in the evenings and depending on our AC unit for a cool indoor climate. That late afternoon, early evening sun can be brutally hot, which may lead you to adjust your thermostat down a few degrees if not well shaded.
For many homeowners considering a tree removal, the first question is 'how much'? Unfortunately, this question cannot be answered over the phone. No tree or property is alike, and a situation must be examined to determine the safest and most cost-effective method of removal. If you are considering a tree removal, it will help to be aware of several common factors that contribute to the cost of a project.
Required Permits: Portland's trees are a vital and protected resource of the city. The City requires formal approval for removal of 'street trees' which grow in the public right-of-way, on private property, trees over a certain size or in a certain district may also require permitting. Though it may seem thrifty to bypass this process, fines of $1,000 and greater will quickly void any savings. A consultant at Urban Forest Pro can help you navigate this permitting process to protect yourself.
Location of Property: The closer your property is to Portland central, the easier we can reach you. Savings in fuel and time will be passed along to you. In suburban or isolated areas, flexible scheduling can help to avoid excessive costs by arranging to have work performed at the same time as your neighbors. Talk with our representative to discuss efficient timing of your project.
Difficulty of Access: For a removal to be performed smoothly and safely, our vehicles must be able to access your tree within a reasonable distance. If an aerial lift or crane is needed, we will need to get as close to the tree as the equipment requires. Small or tight spaces will bottleneck a removal process and increase costs in time and labor.
As wet as our weather is in the winter months, it can be just as dry in the summer. With that in mind, it's definitely not the best time to plant new trees. But for those you already have, you need to know how to care for them in the warmer and drier months of June through September.
July and August routinely see less than an inch of rain each month. It’s important that you give your trees ample amounts of water to make up for the lack of rainfall, particularly for young trees (in their first three years). If you aren't frequently watering your trees, they become stressed, which brings about the risk for insects and diseases, improper root growth and overall stunting the tree's growth.
It’s not enough to simply water them, though. Don't rush it by dumping all the water once. It’s important that the water runs deep to avoid the aforementioned health problems. So when you see water pooling, stop and give it time to soak through the soil, then continue.
We here at Urban Forest Pro love our clients and value their opinions greatly! It is nice when a customer goes above and beyond just having tree work done by us and shows us that they appreciate our hard work! This letter was from one of our great clients and left for the crew when they arrived:
Trees, as they exist naturally in a forest, will usually have plenty of organic materials in the soil at their base, providing essential nutrients. That's not always the case in an urban or suburban setting, which means you need to take the extra step to make sure you properly mulch them.
Organic mulch may have any number of natural ingredients, including shredded leaves, bark, grass clippings and compost. Since we are talking about organic matter, that means it will decompose and need to be replaced (when it gets down to about an inch left).
So, why do you need to mulch your trees? Proper mulching serves many purposes:
Pruning, when done correctly, should result in safe, healthy and beautiful trees. There is more to it than simply dusting off your old garden tools and hatcheting away. A certified arborist is trained to understand when a tree needs to be pruned and why, but also skilled in proper pruning techniques.
If you’re unsure what you are doing, it’s always best to avoid potential costly follies and contact us with any questions you may have.
For those who decide to prune without proper knowledge and preparation, here are some of the more common mistakes they make:
1. Using dull tools - Maybe you've never done much, if any, tree pruning before and the tools you have in your shed or garage have seen better days. Old overused tools may be dull, which makes the healing process longer since branches are not cleanly cut. Besides, it makes your job more physically challenging. Sharpen your tools or look into investing in new ones.
2. Not sanitizing tools - You wouldn't want a doctor performing surgery with unsanitized surgical instruments, right? That analogy is not as crazy as you may think. After all, you are performing a kind of surgery on a living thing, and if you are doing it without cleaning your tools, you may transfer soil-borne diseases from the previous plants they were used on.
3. Topping or lopping - Thinking it’s okay to cut branches anywhere to achieve the desired effect - maybe they are encroaching on your home - is probably the most common misconception about caring for trees. Giving your tree a “crew cut” or “topping” is also referred to as “lopping.”
Parking: Reserving parking is the responsibility of the client unless otherwise stated in your estimate the crew will need about 3 regular parking spaces in front of the your property for their truck and chipper and will need any trees be worked on to be free of cars beneath them. If work is being done in the backyard you will also need to move your cars from the driveway as debris can damage them on the way out to the truck.
Personal Property: Any pots, outdoor furniture, or other personnel items that can be damaged must be moved from the area in which the work will take place. If you have questions about what to move please call us, as the crew’s time removing personal items is an extra that can result in additional charges.
Dog Poo: Your yard must be free of dog poo when the crew arrives as they will be running ropes and rigging gear on the ground and when those items are contaminated it can cause delays and in extreme cases even cancellations of work. The crew is willing to pick up one or two piles you may have missed but anything in excess of that is your responsibility.
What to Expect:
Arrival: If your tree work is scheduled as a morning arrival the crew will arrive between 8:30-9:00am, if you are scheduled for any other arrival time the crew can arrive up to 3 hours before or after your scheduled time of arrival. If you would like a more exact ETA you can call the office within an hour of the scheduled arrival and we will do our best to provide an update. If you have special concerns such as you are leaving work at noon and the crew should not arrive before then or you are taking a day off of work to be there when the work is done you should share these with the scheduler David as the schedule can change due to many circumstances and the more he knows the better he can accommodate your situation.
Timing of Different Services: Not all of our services are done by the same crew. For example if you are having a tree removed a crew will come to remove the tree, another crew will come to remove the firewood, yet another to grind the stump, and another to plant a new tree. These services will be preformed over a period of several days (2-5 days). If you have specific deadline that you need to meet in your scheduling please share that information with our scheduler. We are required by call before you dig laws to wait 48 hours after a tree removal before stump grinding unless other arrangements are made ahead of time.
Being Home: It is not necessary for you to be home when your tree work is being done. One way to significantly reduce the cost of getting tree work done is to be able to work while it is being done and to trust it will be done right in your absence. But if you have very specific ideas about how far a certain tree should be lifted or how far back you want some tree pruned or other items like that where the work may require your personal insight it is better it you are home in those cases.
Debris Left behind:
1. Leaves: If you are having tree work done in the fall and you would like us to clean up leaves and other debris already on the ground we charge an extra fee for that called a Fall Clean up.
2. Firewood: If you plan to keep the wood off of your project be aware that wood is left where it lays in 16”-18” lengths. If you need another length or the wood moved and staked you will need to have your estimator add that to your project as changes after the fact can result in additional charges.
3. Stump Grindings: When having a stump ground a mound of wood shavings mixed with dirt will be left behind. If you are having a large stump removed it can be a large mound. These grindings need to be removed prior to planting in that area or to decompose for at least one rainy season, either way there will be excess material that needs to be moved. The grindings make great mulch in your planting beds. Also, we can remove those grindings for you for an additional fee at your request.
Completed Work: When the work is complete your yard should just as good as or better than before we came if it is anything other than that or you are anything other then 100% satisfied please give a call we would like nothing more than to make it right. If you have any questions about what was done an arborist in our office can answer those for you at your request. Also if you have any feedback at all about how your service was delivered that could help us do a better job we would love to know about it.
Urban Forest Pro was called out to the scene of a large Oak tree on an office building on Thursday. It was quite the mess. Our crew however were able to get the tree down and the mess clean up in a few hours so that workers could go back to work minus a few windows. See the news coverage of the incident on chanel 8 below.
Your GroupOn deal is good for up to 3 man hours of Tree Services. We do not offer that many sales or deals throughout the year and this is by far the best offer/sale we have ever run. We hope that this offer will inspire you to get your outdoor spaces beautified and to insure the trees that are surrounding them are safe, healthy, and well cared for. In order to help you through this purchase we have provided some basic information below about our company and the process of using your coupon.
Urban Forest Pro is a premier tree services provider. All of our tree services are done exclusively by International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborists. We only have the best of the best arborists, use the best equipment, and the latest techniques because our customers expect nothing less. We are a premium service and although our rates are competitive we are often not the cheapest. But we do often have most knowledgeable arborists, the best customer service, the safest work practices, and the highest quality results for the long term health and well-being of your trees.
Step1: After purchasing your coupon you will need to call our office to set up a consultation with one of our arborists to discuss your project or schedule one through our online system. The arborist will meet with you at a scheduled time. He will provide you with his best assessment of the condition of your tree/s and give you his recommendations of what needs to be done with your tree. If you are considering tree removal be aware that city permitting rules limit what you are allowed to do. If you are considering stump removal those project can usually be arranged over the phone without an onsite estimate so please call our office.
Step2: Once you have decided which tree services to go ahead with you can call back into the office and to be placed on our schedule. Jobs are scheduled based on a variety of factors, size of the job, location, crew and equipment needed. For smaller projects we will group your project with other similar projects in same area this limits our drive time and allows us to spend the maximum amount of time actually providing services. Because of this your ability to chose the time and date of your service is limited, but any preferences can be communicated to us and we will do our best to accommodate them. For larger project you will provided a date and an approximate time for your service. We can generally arrange this for a day and time that fits your schedule.
Step3: Our crew will arrive to provide your tree services. If you are available the crew will go over the job with you before beginning. Once the crew has finished their work they will leave a work order form which shows what services were preformed. If there is any follow up or questions or concerns you have you should communicate them to the office at this time. You will receive an invoice be mail or email within a few days.
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