Tree work can be dangerous work. Hiring a Certified Arborist minimizes risk and liability.
We also bring the right tools: specialized equipment, in-depth knowledge, and proper insurance (we carry $5m).
Select one of our service categories below to learn more about how we can help you care for your trees.
Are my trees dangerous? What is wrong with my tree? Deciding the best course of action regarding trees and your property can be overwhelming. The first step we recommend is a consultation so that we can present you with the information and options available to you.
Landscape Design Consultation
Picking the appropriate species and size of trees and shrubs for your property can be a daunting task. We can consult and make recommendations catered to your individual needs and Alberta’s challenging climate.
Site Reports and Evaluations
We help create site plans, health and risk assessment reports, pruning schedules, as well as recommend courses of action based on our services and your individual needs.
Don’t plant a $300 tree in a $3 hole. Tree installation requires care and finesse. Most new planting failures (dead trees) could have been prevented if they were installed properly.
Removing deadwood from a tree allows a tree to seal over a wound and eliminate potential gateways for decay or insects. Deadwood presents a safety risk as it is much more likely to break off and become a hazard.
Topiary and Ornamental Pruning
Topiary (ornamental shaping), espalier (training branch growth direction), and pollarding (strategic cutting to promote growth) provide unique aesthetic appeal and can be an ideal choice based on landscape design and site conditions. Ornamental pruning is where science meets art and requires a keen eye and developed skill set to avoid tree damage.
Structurally sound trees are safer and more resistant to storm events, live longer, and are more aesthetically pleasing. Pruning early in a tree’s development can prevent defects and can result in savings down the road.
Fertilization is more complex than people often realize. Catering a fertilizer blend to help your tree not only depends on the species and growing conditions, but also on the soil composition and the season. We offer a variety of blends and application methods including deep root fertilization and topical application.
Using ice melt and salt in the winter has become standard practice in Canada to help keep our roads and walkways safe. One of the adverse side effects of this is salt in the drip lines of trees, which dries them out and can possibly lead to their decline. We offer spring watering services to help leach out the salt and chemicals from the soil and ensure that trees come out of dormancy healthy with the best chance of success.
Mulching tree wells helps root systems retain moisture, encourages the development of mycorrhizal fungi, regulates ground temperature, and helps reduce compaction. Typically, mulch is replaced every three years to maximize its benefits.
Tree Surgery (Cabling, Bracing)
Trees that are damaged or have weak unions can be candidates for cabling, bracing, propping, or other methods that help prevent failure and mitigate risk. Trees take decades to mature and surgery can be an option to help preserve them in the landscape instead of replacing them.
Storm Damage Mitigation
Forest cleanup involves removing fallen and decaying trees, dead trees that are still standing or hung up in the branches of other trees, dead branches on healthy trees, and undergrowth that inhibits healthy growth. We can even implement Fire Smart requirements aimed at slowing the spread of fires in forests. Our crews can also care for trees in urban areas (urban forests), parks, and along pathways.
Removing brush and branches from a property can provide enormous aesthetic appeal and promote a healthy landscape, but it is difficult if you don’t have the appropriate tools. We use modern equipment to remove appropriate material safely and efficiently.
Often trees only need to be pruned to fit into the urban landscape. Removal should be reserved for extreme cases and is often more costly. Situations do arise when trees should be removed. The risk presented by tree failure to people, structures, and vehicles should be mitigated. While we are highly trained tree removal specialists, we work to save and preserve trees as much as possible instead of removing them. Put simply, we love saving trees.
Tree and Shrub Removal
Tree removal is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world and should be done by trained professionals with the proper equipment. We have trained climbers and fallers that can safely and efficiently remove trees. Reasons to remove trees include weak structure, decay/rot, cankers, compromised roots, a tree has reached the end of its lifespan, or it is an obstruction.
When shrubs or hedges become overgrown, normal pruning and trimming maintenance will not restore a shrub to look its best. Shrub rejuvenation is drastic (usually reducing to 6”-12”) and can look like planting a new shrub. However, care is taken to keep the healthy root beds intact so that new growth can sprout. Sometimes gradual rejuvenation (removing old branches over a three-year period) is an option.
Mulch and Firewood Sales
We have a comprehensive recycling program that includes options for our clients to purchase firewood and untreated mulch harvested from the healthy trees we have worked on.