Tree Maintenance

You probably have a favorite tree at home. When maintained properly many of these trees are considered to be assets.

Let's define "Maintained Properly"

Trees have a lifespan. They are very intricate in the way they grow and form. A tree will compartmentalize using only what active wood is needed to maintain it’s respiratory and nutrient uptakes. It compartmentalizes most of its years deep within the heartwood.

Our certified and licensed arborists bring the highest level of service and are committed to the health and maintenance of your trees and the safety of your property.

There are several factors that need to be decided upon before a tree must be taken down:

- Is there any dead wood? Many oak trees which are prone to dead wood simply need a LEVEL II (deadwood and disease) pruning. Then isolating trees with included bark, cavity structures, and forming of mushrooms. Mushrooms are an indicator that the tree has become decayed, as they only form upon such wood.

- Trees with a severe lean towards the home, service lines, with possible root movement or root structure, are subject to complete tree uprooting. You have seen these kinds of intact trees with their entire root zone, vertical in the air. Many were on display in the great Hartford area during the historic storm of October 2011.

The bottom line is: Some trees are an asset and some trees are a liability.

Mother Nature has a System

All of us have watched those incredible nature programs where the lioness’ seek out the wounded or weak wildebeest from a herd of a thousand. Insects feed upon trees in the same way! It’s instinctual. A trained professional can spot these weaknesses and what makes the weak or wounded when appearing alive.

Some frequent causes of tree disease, decay, & insect infestations:

  • Soil compaction is perhaps one of the worse conditions that can happen to a tree.
  • Girdling roots is another. Both issues, limiting the gaseous exchange of oxygen and the uptake of nutrients
  • Soil pH and available nutrients (deep root fertilization)
  • Cankers or Oozing splits


  • Hemlocks: Mites, elongated scale, wooley hemlock adelgid, & rust.
  • Spruces: Mites, Spruce aphids, spruce gall adelgid, Needlecasts & rusts
  • Pines: Euphoryid mites, weevils, pine needle scale, pitch pine moth, and diplodia.
  • Firs: Mites, Elongated needle scale, needlecasts.
  • Maples: cottony maple scale, aphids, & tar spot.
  • Oaks: Scales, 2 lined chestnut borer, anthracnose.
  • Dogwood: Powdery mildew, dogwood borer
  • Birch: Bronze birch borer, mites, leaf miner, and canker.
  • Ash: Emerald ash borer (which has banned firewood movement in new haven)
  • Linden: marmolated stink bugs, aphids, and mites.
  • Cherry: prunicola scale, mites, aphids.
  • Crabapples: Scab, Cedar-apple rust, fireblight, flat borer borer
  • Pears: blister mites, pocket gall midge, and fireblight.

ALL OF THESE are possible and preventable. Infestation does not mean you’ve lost the battle, it means you need a certified arborist to evaluate things. This is why we are here to see that your trees remain assets and do not become a liability.

The professional arborists at Eric’s Tree Service LLC will gladly perform an inspection and evaluation of your trees. We will put together a complete tree care package to keep your trees’ aesthetic and financial value.

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