Eric’s Tree Service, LLC. Licensed and expert arborists offer a variety of services to help our residential customers maintain beautiful and healthy trees. Our knowledgeable arborists are experts in diagnosing and treating problems to help protect your plants and trees today and for years to come.
- PRUNING & TREE STRUCTURE
- CABLING & BRACING
- TREE ANALYSIS & DIAGNOSIS
- TREE INVENTORY & INSPECTIONS
- INSECT & DISEASE / INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT TREATMENTS
- FERTILIZATION & SOIL AMENDMENTS
- EMERGENCY TREE CARE & STORM DAMAGE
- LIGHTNING PROTECTION
PRUNING & TREE STRUCTURE
Pruning is a periodical practice of trees required to remove dead and dying branches to maintain plant health and safety. Maintaining proper structure development in young trees include directional pruning, or in mature trees management of deadwood & disease and thinning practices.
The removal of live branches in mature trees reduces density, significantly reduces wind resistance and subsequent storm damage. Managing the crown of the tree, sections that show decline should be assessed by a professional arborist to determine causes and to reduce the spread of disease or decay.
CABLING & BRACING
Cables and brace rods are supplemental supports intended to reduce the risk of structural failure at weak branches or with co-dominant (multiple) stems. This additional support works with the tree to maintain against wind or snow loads exceeding our areas norms.
Structural support systems shall only be installed after a thorough inspection and evaluation of trees health and structure by our certified arborist. All materials and techniques MUST comply with published industry standards (American National Standards Institute A-300 Standards).
TREE ANALYSIS & DIAGNOSIS
The overall health and visual appearance of your trees is the first step in evaluation. It isn’t until most homeowners notice an issue developing in a tree before they begin to understand the wellness and possible issues that can be associated with each tree during different stages of development and lifespan. Having a certified arborist evaluate and do a thorough analysis will determine whether your trees are healthy, thriving, and a continued asset to your home's property.
- Tree identification and inventory
- nsect/mite/arthropod identification
- Overall tree health assessments
- Tissue analysis for disease and disorders
- Tree structure evaluations
- Soil nutrient, pH, and organic matter analysis
- Soil drainage assessments
- Soil density analysis (soil compaction)
TREE INVENTORY & INSPECTIONS
Tree inventories are created to provide the basic information of the tree population of a home owner’s property in order to make informed management decisions. Inventories supply information on the quantities, location, condition, size, and maintenance requirements of the trees throughout the property. Based on this information collected at the time of inventory, sustainable management plans and rational budgets can be developed for the property’s care.
Inspections most commonly occur during a tree inventory, but not always. Similar to “a doctor’s checkup,” this type of visit is an essential part of maintaining healthy trees. Tree inspections include a series of visual, audible, and sometimes scent, determining health, vitality, and vigor. This process is invaluable in uncovering and diagnosing issues before they cause serious damage.
During an inspection, the arborist checks the overall health of the trees, look for signs of pest and disease infestations, identify structural problems, and tests the soil to determine soil requirements. The information found allows the arborist to make recommendations on any treatments required.
INSECT & DISEASE / INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT TREATMENTS
The arborists at Eric’s Tree Service are highly experienced in using an integrated approach to manage insects and diseases. Cultural practices including pruning, nutrient amendments, and creating optimal soil conditions for plant growth are extremely important for maintaining tree health. Our arborists complete periodic inspections throughout the year which is essential to detect pest infestations before they reach damaging levels. Not all pests, or diseases, are active during all times of the year. Knowing your species, your target problems and how the weather impacts these issues is another major factor in preserving tree health. Knowing when to monitor for specific issues, allows the expert arborist to educate you on your trees needs. Our staff are well trained with the knowledge to recognize beneficial insects that will help naturally suppress pest populations, allowing beneficial insects to naturally augment existing populations within thresholds.
FERTILIZATION & SOIL AMENDMENTS
Healthy trees begin with healthy soils. Fertilization and adjusting soil pH, while ensuring that adequate organic matter is present, are important to healthy soils. Healthy soils allow nutrients to move and be readily available for the trees to uptake, which is only part of the process of making “food” for the tree. Fertilizer is NOT food. The trees must make their own food. Having the right ingredients available in the soil allows them to maintain their beauty without starving or being nutrient deficient. Trees also need their Veggies - so to speak. With all of the moisture that saturates Connecticut in the early part of the year, nutrients are frequently washed away in the water table or stolen by the grass under trees. Drought can also play a huge factor in the summer months when the water is minimal and the temperatures are high. Soil Compaction, a highly overlooked issue in tree care, minimizes the ability of nutrient availability as well as AIR, and water. Compacted soil reduces the availability and intake of oxygen and water which increases drought stress in the summer as temps rise. Air spade and verti-mulching allows trained arborists to fracture the soils without harming the root system, to perform root surgery as needed (girdling roots) and redefine pore structure for proper air, water and nutrient exchanges/uptakes.
EMERGENCY TREE CARE & STORM DAMAGE
Trees can cause catastrophic damage to a property during severe weather when limbs or trees fall. High winds and/or saturated soil conditions can cause tree roots to fail and branches to exceed natural bending and leaf sail, especially during hurricane season. In winter months, the weight of ice and snow accumulation can be equally damaging, resulting in branch failures, co-dominant stem splits, and loss of entire trees. These experiences are devastating to homeowners, and preventing target risk and accidents should occur prior to the onset of weather. If you even question the trees threat of harm, have it evaluated. Pre-storm strategies are recommended to identify potentially hazardous condition which will help reduce the risk of damage before harsh weather occurs.
In many cases hazards are not always obvious to the untrained eye and correcting them can be a dangerous job. While it is impossible to totally protect your trees and property from severe storms, a certified arborist can inspect for issues that could predispose trees to failure.
We are readily available should an emergency occur. With 24/7 emergency storm clean up, Erics Tree Service LLC primary goal is to make your family and home safe, while removing the debris, rectifying the damage to the ground and assisting with insurance claims if needed.
Each year, more than one million trees in the United States are struck by lightning.
A single lightning strike can kill a tree instantly or weaken them so severely they become susceptible, invaded, attacked or killed by boring insects and secondary invaders such as diseases or foliar feeding insects. Lightning stricken trees, in many instances, MUST be removed due to structural degradation (caused by the heat and mechanical forces generated by the electrical charge.)
What many homeowners don’t realize is that lightning not only poses a risk to trees but to adjacent structures as well. Damage to structures can occur when lightning strikes a tree and then side-flashes (“jumps”) to more conductive materials such as downspouts and other metal objects. Houses with trees within ten feet of the structure and taller than the roof are most at risk of damage from side-flashes.
Lighting protection systems are installed to these types of trees to reduce the risk of side flashes and to allow the current to flow through resistors installed in the tree, connected to a grounding rod, redirecting the flow.
Tall trees are obviously most susceptible to lightning strikes. Certain species including tulip tree, oak, pine, and maple are damaged more often than others. Historic trees, those in feature locations in the landscape, and those close to structures are also candidates for lightning protection.
Lightning protection systems should be inspected annually to ensure they are intact. Systems will require servicing to extend conductors and replace fasteners to accommodate the growth of the trees in which they are installed.
Eric’s Tree Service LLC offers a variety of services to help our residential and commercial customers maintain healthy and beautiful trees. Our expert arborists are highly skilled with years of knowledge in diagnosing and treating problems to help protect your trees for generations to come.