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ISA Certified Arborist serving Pierce, Kitsap, & Mason Counties


-Helping people and trees get along-


Frequently asked questions for a Certified Arborist

Why should I hire an ISA Certified Arborist?

         -An arborist certified by the International Society of Arboriculture is one who has thorough experience, knowledge of the tree care industry, and has passed a comprehensive exam in the art and science of tree care.  Just because someone who works on your trees has extensive experience, that may just mean they have extensive experience doing it the wrong way. ISA has a Code of Ethics implemented for all ISA Certified Arborists, this ensures a consistency from arborist to arborist that they will practice professional industry standards.

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Why is topping trees so frowned upon?

         -Starves the tree of necessary foliage that feeds the tree for future growth and defence.

         -Causes very fast growing and weakly attatched sprouts that will soon be at high risk of falling off.

         -Causes major trunk decay.

         -Much more expensive than proper pruning or even removal in the long run.

         -It doesn't work, regrowth grows back faster and thicker than the natural growth of the tree.

         -Sunscald, yes tree bark can be burnt from the sun.

         -And last but not least, it's ugly, trees are suppose to look like trees.

         -Learn more on the City of Tacoma Website!


What does Tree Risk Assessment Qualified mean?

        This International Society of Arboriculture qualification promotes the safety of people and property by providing a standardized and systematic process for assessing tree risk. The results of a tree risk assessment can provide the tree owner or risk manager with the information to make informed decisions to enhance tree benefits, health, and longevity.


When is the best time to prune my trees?

         -Winter is the best time to do any heavy pruning, when the tree is dormant. Routine pruning such as dead wood removal, damaged/diseased limb removal, light thinning can be done most times of the year. Learn more here!!


Is ivy bad for my trees?

         -Over time ivy can and will kill a tree once it starts to cover up all the branches and leaves. It can also add extra weight which could cause the tree to fall or break.


What cities do you work in?

        -Gig Harbor, Fox Island, Ollala, Key Center, Lakebay, Longbranch, Allyn, Shelton, Union, Belfair, Tahuya, Port Orchard, Bremerton, Silverdale, Tacoma, University Place, Fircrest, Lakewood, Puyallup, Graham, Spanaway, Parkland, Steilacoom, and Dupont


How much should be cut from the tree each time it is pruned?

        -Each tree is different and has different needs in the way of pruning doses. In general less is more when it comes to pruning, there should be a reason for every single cut made when pruning a tree.


Is the price of the job dependant on how much debris is cut and/or hauled away?

         -That's a yes and no, obviously it is easier to haul away less matieral than more. Although, when pruning a tree, it is often much more time consuming to prune it the correct way. TREES LIKE THE "LESS IS MORE" TECHNIQUE.