What is ISA Standard Pruning?

Proper pruning is essential in developing a tree with a strong structure and desirable form. Trees that receive the appropriate pruning measures while they are young will require little corrective pruning when they mature. Here are a few simple principles to know about tree pruning: Each cut has the potential to change the growth of…

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5 Reasons to Maintenance Prune

The decision to call in an arborist for tree advice often gets left until faced with a problem of some kind. Perhaps your trees are in decline, have outgrown their location or have a troubling pest or disease. At this point, the only solution is often a costly removal. Check out these five great reasons…

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Life Cycle Tree Maintenance: How to Invest in Your Trees & Save on Future Expenses

Do you ever wonder how you can reduce the cost of maintaining the trees on your properties? Surprisingly, a little investment up front can save over the long run. How is that possible? By properly maintaining trees over the course of their lives, you minimize the costs associated with trees that become too big for…

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Fruit Tree Pruning

With spring just around the corner, thoughts turn to fruit tree pruning. Here on the Wet Coast, we usually prune fruit trees in the late winter or early spring. At this time, trees are still dormant and the risk of spreading fungal disease lessens with the drier, sunnier weather. It is important to prune before…

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Why Hire An Arborist?

Do you understand the difference between a landscaper and an arborist? There is a lot of overlap between landscape companies and tree companies so you might wonder why it is important to hire an ISA certified arborist. The big reason is that the long-term health of your trees and shrubs is important, so you will…

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Tree Care Principles

How do you recognize good tree maintenance? Some basic principles of proper tree care include: Young Tree Training Have your trees properly pruned when they are young. This will result in less need for corrective pruning as they mature. Spurless Climbing Except for removals, trees should never be climbed with spurs. Spurs damage the tree…

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Two arborists spurless climbing

Spurless Climbing

When faced with the task of hiring a tree service, clients often assume the tree climber will be using spurs. Spurs have been used for many years in the forestry industry. Because the arboriculture industry is newer to the West Coast than the forestry industry and many former foresters have begun working in the urban…

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Pruning Definitions

Crown Cleaning is the removal of dead, dying, diseased, interfering and weakly attached branches in the tree’s crown in order to enhance the tree’s health. Crown Reduction (Perimeter Reduction) is used to reduce the size of a tree. Best accomplished by cutting branches back to the trunk or back to laterals capable of sustaining the…

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Useful Links

City of Courtenay Tree Management Policies and Bylaw Town of Comox Tree Management and Protection Bylaw (pdf) Cumberland Trees International Society of Arboriculture Trees Are Good Benefits of Urban and Community Forests – Urban Forest Network 9 Tree Care Tips & Techniques – Arbor Day Foundation Ask an Arborist videos – Arbor Day Foundation Mumby’s…

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