Stamford Landscaping has been protecting Fairfield County, Connecticut trees since 1988. A love of trees combined with over 25 years of technical experience guides our recommendations for tree work. When possible we will always try to save healthy trees, and when necessary we will remove trees that could damage your house or property.
Our licensed arborist will come to your house, inspect each of your trees and give each tree a grade of A, B, or C, with recommendations for the next steps.
We will inspect your trees and rate them as:
- A – STRONG & HEALTHY
- B – IN NEED OF REMEDIAL ATTENTION such as cabling crotches and thinning for wind passage or ice build up
- C – AS A HAZARD TREE with a target and weakened condition that should be taken down
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A hazard tree is a one that has a likelihood of braking up or coming down and in doing so causes physical harm to people, structures or landscape features.
Previous wounding during construction activities, improper pruning, combined with seasonal heavy winds or ice loading are some common factors in compromising the structural integrity of trees and bringing them down. If a structure is in its path, we designate it as a hazard tree. Trees where people tend to congregate under should be also be inspected.
Prevention is key to avoid initiating or contributing to a tree developing characteristics of a hazard tree.
- Avoid compacting the soil around your trees out at least to the drip line of the longest limbs, especialy before any new construction.
- Use restraint in over watering mature trees that have never had automatic irrigation.
- Be alert to any infestation of insects.
- Water trees during long droughts, especially shallow rooted varieties like Dogwoods.
- Do not raise the grade around existing trees.
- Call an arborist when you have any concern about your trees.
- Only hire licensed and insured arborists.
PREVENTATIVE TREE CARE FOR STORMS AND HURRICANES
Many apparently healthy tree were blown down during Hurricane Sandy, especially those along roadways where roots on one side were cut through during sidewalk or utility construction. Trees like this which have no chance of resisting high winds should be removed or cabled to prevent them from coming down.
Wounding tree trunks and removal of large Leaders (limbs) from mature trees creates openings for pathogen to enter resulting in internal rot with subsequent weakening of structural integrity. Compacting soil under trees is very damaging and must be avoided
High strength galvanized steel cable is commonly used to join together limbs that have weak crotches and may fall during overloading during wind or ice storms. Cable installation may be acommpanied with some pruning to reduce wind resistance.
Depending on the tree health and soil conditions, fertilizing may be advisable. A soil test should be done and the appropriate mix of micro/macro nutrients, bio stimulants, and humates should be injected into the soil below the tree and out to beyond the drip line, when feasible. The optimum season for fertilizing trees surprisingly is in the fall after the leaves have been shed. Much activity involving root growth is taking place at this time allowing good uptake of the liquid fertilizer mixture.The addition of symbiotic fungi can be added to the mix for trees that have shown signs of stress. These fungi are normally found on most tree roots and help with the uptake of soluble nutrients.
It is most important to plant the right tree in the appropriate setting. Many city street trees are prime examples of the opposite. An enormous amount of work and money could be saved had an experienced arborists been consulted before tree selection were made.
It is often a good time to plant new trees soon after an old revered tree must be taken down.
Have one of our licensed arborists come out to your property to look over your trees. Stamford Landscaping Company’s recommendations on safe guarding existing trees will give you peace of mind. We work in Fairfield County Connecticut including Stamford, Greenwich, New Canaan, Darien, Wilton, Westport, Ridgefield and surrounding areas in New York including Rye, North Salem, South Salem, and Katonah.