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5 warning signs you need a professional tree removal service

Call a Tree Care Specialist if you see any of these signs

A tree can be a fantastic natural feature in your backyard. But without proper care, your tree can become unhealthy. When a tree’s health starts to deteriorate it can become a safety hazard. Branches can become weak and fall off. In extreme situations, a tree can completely fall over and cause damage to your property.

To protect your home, it’s best to know when a tree is becoming a safety risk. That’s when tree removals are often recommended. There are many signs you can look out for when it comes to tree safety. Some of these signs show poor tree health. Offers may show signs of a pest infestation. But it’s not all bad news. Identify symptoms early on and you may be able to save your tree.

1. The roots are starting to rot

A poor root system is often one of the biggest signs a plant is dying. Tree roots are essential for a tree to absorb nutrients, grow, and maintain health. Any sign of decay or damage to your tree’s roots could be an indicator that your tree is on its way out. One way to identify if the roots are decaying is by assessing the ground around your tree. Identify if the ground has lifted or if the roots look severed.

Another way to tell if the roots are unhealthy is by looking at how the tree is standing. If your tree has started to lean to one side (especially after a storm) then this could indicate that the roots are weak.

2. Cracks in the trunk

Over time your tree may develop cracks in its trunk. The ones you really need to look out for are those that ap[pear between two opposite branches. Cracks like these can be a sign of serious structural damage. These cracks can show your tree is not strong enough to withstand much pressure from the elements.

One of the biggest risks associated with these cracks is damage from storms. Strong winds and heavy storms can strike your tree throughout the year. Your tree may struggle to withstand the pressure that comes from multiple storms. The result? The tree trunk could snap and fall over, causing damage to your home.

3. Signs of disease

Your tree can look strong and sturdy but it may still be vulnerable to diseases. Another problem with tree diseases is that they can spread. So it’s best to watch out for your tree and the others that surround it. One of the most obvious signs of disease is the condition of your tree’s leaves. Discolouration of tree leaves could be a sign of disease.

If the leaves are deforming this could also be a sign of disease. Over autumn it can be hard to identify whether leaves are falling from disease or just its annual growth phase. A change in pattern in the way leaves regrow in spring could be a sign of disease. Another sign to look out for is how different sections grow. It may just be one area of branches with a disease and therefore has no leaves regrowing on it.

4. Cavities in the trunk

Cavities in the trunk of your tree can make great spaces for local wildlife to rest. It’s not uncommon for possums and birds to make themselves comfortable in these little nooks. But these cavities could also be a sign of danger. If your tree’s trunk is full of holes then it could be an obvious sign the tree doesn’t have a solid structure anymore. So it could collapse at any moment.

Cavities in the trunk of a tree are usually caused by pests. Insects can quickly make a meal out of your tree and make substantial nests in the trunk. Cavities can also be an obvious sign that your tree is dying. Another obvious sign is the presence of fungi or mushrooms growing on your tree. They usually feed off dead or dying trees.

5. Close to your home and pedestrians

Sometimes a tree’s growing position can be a safety hazard in itself. Think about how close your tree is growing to your house. If it’s too close to your home’s roofline it is most likely shedding leaves onto the roof. A buildup of leaves can block gutters, cause flooding and costly water damage to your roof. Full tree removal may not be necessary. You could just need a few branches removed.

There’s also the risk of falling branches to consider. When heavy branches fall they can cause costly damage to your roof. If your tree currently has branches that are weakened from a storm or even disease, it’s best to get them removed asap. If your tree is situated near a pedestrian walkway then it’s also important to get it looked at. The risk of falling branches can put any pedestrian in immediate danger right outside your home.

Call a qualified tree removal expert now

Does the tree in your backyard show any of these warning signs? Don’t take a risk on the safety of your family and home. A tree removal expert like an Arborist can assess the health of your tree. In some cases your tree may not be a lost cause. Trees can be treated for pests and diseases without the need for tree removal.

A tree inspection is also just a great way to make your home safer for anyone. If your tree is suffering from disease or damage, then a tree removal may be your best option. In comparison, a tree removal can be far less costly than paying for repairs to your home. Here at Daryl’s Tree Care, our qualified tree care experts can carry out a full inspection of your tree. They’ll look for all the signs of an unhealthy tree. They can recommend the best course of action.

Sometimes all that’s required is a tree trimming service. But if the safety risk is too great, we will recommend a full tree removal service. Tree removals are usually done to protect you from falling branches or future tree collapses from storms. Simply call us today on 9897 4418 to book a tree inspection.

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What’s the difference between tree lopping and tree pruning?

Each service provides a different level of care for your tree

For the average Aussie, there can be confusing terms for tree care services. Some of these terms mean the same thing and some mean something completely different. When you’re ordering a tree care service it’s important to know exactly what you’re getting. A good tree care specialist will take the time to assess your tree and recommend the best service for it. They could recommend you a tree lopping or tree pruning service. It all depends on the condition of your tree.

Tree care specialists like Arborists will recommend a service depending on the health of your tree. A tree may be so unhealthy that they may recommend a service to completely remove it from your yard. This is usually the point of no return. This removal option is a last resort when they have identified that the tree has no realistic chance of regaining its health. An unhealthy tree also poses a safety risk. An arborist will recommend a tree removal service to help make your yard and home safe from a tree that could fall down.

So what is tree lopping?

Tree lopping is a dangerous practice because when the tree has new growth these branches are poorly attached to the tree.

As these branches grow bigger and heavier they are more likely to break and fall off. This can eause injury & death or property damage.

After Tree Lopping, your tree may also be vulnerable to diseases and decay. The wounds of the tree are not sealed. When wounds are not sealed with a proper solution they are more vulnerable to pests and other forms of decay.

This is why Daryl’s Tree Care does not recommend tree lopping under any circumstances. Instead, we follow the guidelines set out in the Australian Standards 4373-2007 “Pruning of Amenity Trees”.

Why tree pruning is a healthier and safer alternative

Compared to Tree Lopping, Tree Pruning is a safer option for a number of reasons. Tree Pruning is designed to help a tree fight off diseases and pests. This technique is also undertaken to sustain and even prolong the life of a tree. AS with any other tree care service, Pruning requires the skills and knowledge of a professional.

A professional Arborist will assess your tree’s need for a pruning service based on its health, safety requirements and appearance. If the health of your tree is too poor an Arborist may even recommend removing your tree completely. A Tree Pruning service is what you should rely on if you’re looking to extend the life of your tree. It’s the go-to option for improving the health of your tree. Health benefits of Tree Pruning can include the following:

  • Encourages fruit production
  • Provides more aeration
  • Take control of pests and diseases
  • Enabling more sunlight for photosynthesis

With optimum tree health comes the added benefits of safety. The healthier a tree is, the less chance there is of tree branches becoming weak and falling off. Weak and brittle branches can fall off and cause extensive damage to backyard features including other trees and fences. Large and heavy branches can also fall off and at the very least, cause costly damage to your home or neighbouring properties.

Choosing the right tree pruning service

With so many professional tree care services out there it’s hard to know which one to pick. You can go off local recommendations and customer reviews. But sometimes you don’t always have that option. One way to pick a professional tree care service is to assess their credentials. Your arborist should be certified along with having insurance such as work cover and public liability.
Qualified arborists will follow the guidelines in Australian Standards 4373-2007 “Pruning of Amenity Trees”. There are many techniques involved with Tree Pruning and your Arborist should be well versed in all of them to provide an extensive service for you. These techniques include canopy thinning, crown reduction, dead-wooding, weight reduction and crown lifting.

Start taking better care of your trees today

Here at Daryl’s Tree Care, we offer a wide range of tree care services for all your needs. We understand how the health of your tree can affect your entire backyard. Our Tree Pruning Service can take care of all your concerns when it comes to the health and safety of your tree. All of our Arborists are certified,(or near) experienced and fully insured for the tasks they perform. Call us today on 9897 4418 or send an enquiry via our contact page to get a free quote on Tree Pruning in your backyard.

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When is the best time of year for tree trimming and pruning?

Timing is everything when it comes to keeping your trees healthy

There are many good reasons for tree pruning. When tree pruning is done right it can help maintain the health of your tree for years to come. Pruning and trimming your tree the right way can also help support its structural integrity. With dying branches removed there’s less chance of tree branches falling off the tree and causing damage to your nearby house or fence.

Some homeowners decide tree trimming and pruning is the way to go if they want to improve the look of their home. Removing dead branches can help give a tree a more unified and neater shape. Trimming off excess branches can also help reduce the number of leaves in a tree canopy. When you open up a tree canopy, it lets more sunshine and airflow into your backyard.

Another great reason for tree pruning is to stimulate new growth. Depending on the age and species of your tree, pruning branches can help stimulate new growth in areas of the tree that previously weren’t thriving. Take a strategic approach to tree pruning and you can even train your tree to grow in a new direction. You could train the tree to grow away from a section of your backyard where it’s causing issues.

Here at Daryl’s Tree Care, we get a lot of customers asking us when is the right time of year for tree trimming and pruning. When you know the right time of year for tree pruning and trimming it becomes a lot easier to plan it around other gardening activities. Knowing the right time in advance also helps a lot of people budget for the cost of tree pruning and trimming.

For some tree owners, the task of tree pruning and trimming is relatively small when there’s only one tree to take care of. When there are several trees in a backyard, the task can become very time-consuming. It’s one of the reasons why many locals choose us for a professional tree pruning and trimming service.

Our Aussie backyards may be full of tree species from around the world. But one thing they all have in common is when they need to be pruned and trimmed around the same time of year. As tree care experts we recommend that all your tree trimming and pruning should take place between winter and early spring.

Why are winter and spring a good time for tree pruning?

Is your tree a deciduous tree? If so that means it loses its leaves in autumn and stays dormant in winter. One thing that happens in winter is that the tree doesn’t ooze out sap when it’s branches are cut. Sap usually attracts many forms of insects and pests which can start feeding on your tree. So when you choose to prune your tree in winter, you’re not leaving it vulnerable to attack from pests like you would in summer.

During winter your trees are also in a dormant state. They are not investing their energy into new growth. So during this period, they can focus all their energy on healing any cuts made from tree trimming and pruning. In winter your trees are also better prepared for protecting themselves from germs and pathogens in the environment around them.

Another reason to prune your trees in winter and early spring is to prepare them for wild stormy weather. In Melbourne, we’re used to strong winds gusting down onto our backyards. These winds are so strong that they can cause branches to snap and fall off trees. So overgrown branches and rotting branches can become a serious threat to safety.

Strong winds pose a real safety threat because they can cause branches to fall off and damage your home. That’s why we recommend that you remove overgrown or dead branches before they become a potential hazard in spring when the windy weather picks up. When you weigh up the cost of tree pruning and trimming with hefty repairs to your home it’s clear why more people choose to maintain their trees properly.

Prune your trees before it’s too late

Worried about the condition of your tree? You should get it looked at by a qualified arborist straight away. Arborists specialise in tree care and maintenance. They have the skills and knowledge to assess the health of your tree. They can instantly recognise if your tree is dying and figure out what tree trimming and pruning is required to keep it healthy.

While winter to early spring is the best time for tree pruning, sometimes there is a greater sense of urgency. If a tree is deemed to be unsafe by your arborist then it should be pruned and trimmed straight away. Weak or dead branches that pose a threat must be removed as soon as possible. If your tree is infested with pests then that’s another sign it needs urgent attention. Pest can end up spreading to other healthier trees in your backyard and cause further damage.

Call your local tree pruning and trimming experts today

To help you make the right decision about your trees, speak to a tree expert today. Here at Daryl’s tree care and surgery, we have professional arborists who can inspect and recommend the right service for your tree.

We offer many tree care services including tree pruning, trimming, pest control, and cable bracing. After an initial assessment, we can recommend how often your trees need to be trimmed and pruned. With a maintenance schedule in place, you can leave the rest to us.

Call us today on 9897 4418 to get a quote on any of our tree care services.

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What’s the difference between stump grinding and stump removal?

Discover which tree removal option is suitable for your tree.

When it’s time to remove a tree from your home there are a few crucial steps you need to take. The tree should be inspected and removed by a professional. Arborists specialise in the maintenance and removal of trees. They understand how a tree grows along with the most effective way to remove them.

What’s also important is safety. When a tree is removed correctly it needs to be done with the right safety practices to ensure no one is at risk of harm. When a tree is not removed correctly there can be a risk of injury. This often occurs when people use the wrong tools or misuse equipment.

Another factor to consider is the potential damage to your property. Your tree may be close to an easement, water pipes, or electrical wires. You could run the risk of damaging these property features if you don’t check the ground near your tree. After most of the tree has been removed from the ground up, it’s important to focus on the tree stump.

A professional Arborist will use a number of tools and equipment to safely remove a tree stump. Depending on the type of tree and its size there are a number of ways that a tree stump can be removed. The two most common methods are stump grinding and stump removal.

Why does a tree stump need to be removed?

A tree stump that gets left behind can cause a number of issues in your backyard. It won’t just take up space and create an eyesore. Stumps that get left behind will decay over time. As the roots start to rot they become a breeding ground for fungus and pests like termites.

The roots will also continue to become an obstacle for any construction or renovations such as installing fencing, concrete or pavers on the ground. It’s obstacles and issues like these which encourage people to book a tree stump removal service.

Stump grinding

Using specialist machinery, a professional Arborist will grind down whatever is left of the tree stump. The stump can be reduced down to ground level or up to 12 inches below so it can be well hidden. This process allows you to re-turf or build over the site. Another great outcome is that the portion of the stump removed is reduced to mulch which can be recycled for gardening.

After the process of stump grinding, you will still have the tree’s root system in the ground. So unfortunately, the roots will still be in the way if you ever want to dig underground and install something new such as a decking post.

Stump removal

Compared to grinding, stump removal is far more complex. It involves the process of removing the entire stump from the ground. This process includes removing the root system. Stump removal is commonly chosen by an Arborist when they have assessed the roots pose an issue to your garden.

In some cases, tree roots may become infected, spreading fungus and attracting pests to your garden. Even after the majority of the tree has been removed, it’s still possible that it can grow back from the stump. It’s just another reason why some Arborists recommend a complete stump removal. This process eliminates the possibility of the tree ever growing back.

Which one is the best choice for me?

The choice between stump grinding and stump removal really comes down to what you’re planning on doing with your backyard. Some people remove a tree for aesthetics. They want it out of the way so it doesn’t have a drastic effect on the look of the backyard. Other times someone may choose to remove a tree that poses a threat to safety.

If a tree collapses, it can cause costly damage to your property. Another reason to remove a tree may be to eliminate the threat of pests. In some cases, a tree can become home to invasive insects like termites or elm leaf beetles that could migrate to other trees or your property to cause more damage.

A professional Arborist can assess the health of your tree and let you know whether a stump removal or stump grinding service is more suitable for your tree. At this point, it’s also best to let the Arborists know what your plans are for the area where your tree currently is.

Get professional advice from Daryl’s Tree Care

Here at Daryl’s Tree Care and Surgery, we have a team of dedicated and professional Arborists. Our Arborists can come to your property and assess the condition of your tree. They can recommend either a stump grinding or stump removal service based on your needs.

Our team of professionals have the equipment and the expertise to carry out a thorough removal of any tree stump in your backyard. So call us today on 9897 4418 to get your tree assessed and removed professionally.

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5 things to look for when choosing a tree removal service

Don’t book a local Tree Removal Service unless they have these credentials

Growing trees is a lovely way to liven up your backyard. It can help clean the air around you and attract local wildlife. But without careful maintenance, your tree can become overgrown and start causing issues. Large roots can lift up pavers and concrete. Excess leaves can clog your gutters and weak branches can fall and cause damage to your house.

You can try cutting down your tree but it takes a lot of tools and knowledge to get it done right. If you’re cutting branches from up high it can be dangerous to reach them. You need the right ladders and safety gear. A safer and more efficient alternative is to book a local Tree Removal service.

A Tree pruning service is used to modify the shape of your tree. With the careful cutting of branches, a tree can be trained to grow in a certain direction. Damaged or dying sections of a tree are usually removed to promote better growth and health. These are the types of services you can expect from a professional Arborist.

Now that you know what a Arborist does, how do you decide which one to choose? One of the first things you need to know is what to look out for in a Arborist service. If you would like to know what they are then read on to find out.


No matter what home service you rely on at home it should always have decent insurance cover. Because no matter how organised or safe a business is, there is always the chance of something going wrong. Insurance will help cover the damage caused by anything that happens to your property during a Tree Removal or Pruning service.

So when you’re checking out the website of a local Arborist, have a look at their credentials. They should be fully insured to carry out work at your property. An Arborist should have public liability insurance, professional indemnity insurance, and work cover.


Looking at reviews is one of the best ways to see how good a local service provider is. Your local Arborist might have the customer testimonials displayed on their own website. There are also many online platforms you can rely on to find reviews of a business such as Google Reviews, Yelp, and just to name a few.

Finding positive reviews for an Arborist can give you more confidence that you’re making the right decision. Of course one of the best ways to get a review is by word of mouth. Ask someone you know personally as they are far more likely to give you a detailed and honest review.

Full-service options

Be wary of Tree companies that try to cut corners. An obvious sign of this is a service provider that can’t do everything associated with Trees. A good service provider should be able to inspect your tree, provide a free quote, carry out the Tree service and remove any debris that’s left behind.

If a Tree Company can’t offer all the services required for removing a tree then you’ll be forced to contact another service to finish the job. This can end up costing you more money than just getting one service provider to take care of everything.

Focus on safety

Tree Services can involve many elements of danger like working from heights. The risks involved in this profession can put you and the service provider in danger. That’s why it’s so important for a Tree Company to be using all the right safety equipment and practices.

You have every right to ask a Tree Company what safety measures will be in place during the job. This can help you identify how well they have evaluated your property, identified risks, and implemented measures to protect the property and everyone near it.

Are they certified?

Asking a Tree Company if they are certified is one of the best ways to check their credentials. You’ll find that many Tree Company are members of industry associations that they can only be a part of after receiving certification.

If your Tree Company is a member then it means they are officially recognised as professionals that meet industry standards and are up to date with current industry knowledge and regulations.

Call Daryl’s Tree Care & Surgery for local Tree Removal

Here at Daryl’s Tree Care, we offer a full range of Tree services. Our certified Arborists know what it takes to look after your tree and provide services such as Tree Removal, pest control, and hazardous tree assessment.

With the right equipment, our Arborists will carry out any Tree service under the safest conditions possible. For your peace of mind, we can provide certificates for public liability, plant and equipment, and work cover insurance. All of our staff are covered by work health and safety plans. Our vehicles and machinery are also covered by individual insurance policies.

So for Tree Services you can rely on, call Darryl’s Tree Care and Surgery on 9897 4418.

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The Best Tree for Your Garden and Climate

The Best Tree for Your Garden and Climate!


Did you know there are around 70 different species of trees found in the UK?

Trees are not only beautiful, but they provide height, shade, and structure to any garden or garden. They also offer shelter to wildlife and contribute to healthier, cleaner air.

Still, this does not mean that every tree is automatically suitable for your property. Before you can choose the best tree for your garden, there are a few practical considerations to review first.

How much space do you have for your tree? How can you choose a tree that is visually interesting throughout the year? And how can you select trees that will be helpful to the local environment?

In this post, we will consider some of the best small trees for gardens, as well as some of the best fast-growing trees. Let us get started!


The Best Trees for Your Garden: 7 Ideas to Consider

The UK’s record-setting 44-meter beech tree may look splendid in Newtimber Hill, but it is unlikely to fit in your backyard. To help you find a more appropriately sized tree, consider one of the following species.


1. Dogwood (Cornus Florida)

If you want a compact tree that displays dazzling seasonal colours, look no further than the dogwood. These beauties put out pink or white bracts each spring, followed by bright orange and red during the autumn.

Dogwoods are perfect for small gardens or gardens since many species max out around 3m in height. Set up a few patio chairs beneath the branches to enjoy semi-shade during the summer months.


2. Weeping Willow (Salix Babylonica)

It is hard to beat the natural beauty of the delicate weeping willow tree. Their signature low branches create lovely canopies that offer lots of shade year-round.

Weeping willows do well in wet locales, which is why you will often see them beside lakes or riverbanks. They grow quickly — anywhere from 1-2.5m per year — and max out around 15m tall.

There are other varieties to consider too, including the twisted willow, goat willow, or cricket bat willow.


3. Alder (Alnus Glutinosa)

Would you like to plant a native, eco-friendly tree that will attract plenty of birds and insects? Alders are among the most popular tree species for gardens and gardens, and for a good reason.

The Alder tree features clusters of cone-like fruits during the winter and yellow catkins in the springtime. These offer an early source of nectar and pollen for bees, while many species of birds feed on the seeds.

Alders grow fairly quickly and reach a height between 18-25m when mature. They favour moist conditions, making them ideal for London gardens and gardens.


4. Blackthorn (Prunus Spinosa)

If you have ever sipped on sloe gin, you are drinking the fruits of the blackthorn tree. This thorny tree provides visual interest throughout the year and is ideal for informal hedging.

In the early spring, you will enjoy the blackthorn’s white flowers. Later in the summer, the purplish “sloes” (fruit) begin to appear. Wait until after the first frost to pick them and then make your own sloe gin at home.

Blackthorn thrives in direct sunlight and will reach a height of 6-7m. Expect to see plenty of bees, caterpillars, magpies, and other animals feeding and nesting amongst the branches.


5. Crab Apple (Malus Sylvestris)

Crab apple trees have an interesting history that experts still cannot pinpoint. It is the wild ancestor of cultivated apple trees and has long been associated with fertility and love.

One thing everyone can agree on, however, is their beauty — especially during the springtime. Crab apple trees put out stunning pink and white blossoms each spring. Birds and small mammals (such as badgers) love the fruit, while bees are drawn to the nectar and pollen.

Crab apples usually grow to a height of 7-9m, although they can be kept smaller with proper pruning.

6. Silver Birch (Betula Pendula)

There is a seemingly endless variety of birch trees to choose from, but the silver birch may be the best tree for your garden. Their distinctive silver-white bark is impossible to miss, as are its dainty, triangular-shaped leaves.

The silver birch is especially beautiful in the autumn months when the leaves turn a bright gold colour. Small birds love the birch tree for its seed and the various insects it hosts.

Expect your silver birch tree to reach a height of 15-20m when fully mature. It thrives in acidic or sandy soils, although it can tolerate moist conditions as well.


7. Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum)

Although not native to the UK, it is hard to argue the striking beauty of the Japanese maple tree. They are slow-growing and graceful, with translucent leaves that shimmer in the sunlight.

Most varieties feature a spectacular array of colours during the year, with rich reds, oranges, and purples common during the autumn. They thrive in the shade and grow well with ferns and other moisture-loving plants.

Japanese maples vary greatly in size, depending on the exact species. Dwarf maples are smaller than 1m in height, while larger varieties may reach 10m or more. If you have your heart set on a Japanese maple, you can find a varietal that will fit nicely in your garden.


Which Is the Best Tree for Your Garden?

The type of tree you plant in your garden is a big decision. After all, with proper maintenance and care, the tree will be there for many decades to come!

So then, which of the species listed above is the best tree for your garden? Use these suggestions to help you choose a tree that will complement your home and help the environment at the same time.

Now that you know the best trees for your front garden, the only thing left to do is plant them. You might be tempted to DIY, but this is a job best left to the pros.

Grafting Gardeners provides tree planting services for properties across London and Surrey. Find out more here or give us a call at 0208 123 7653 to ask us a question.


Article was written by Conner D.

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What Is a Tree Surgeon and Why You Should Hire One

What Is a Tree Surgeon and Why You Should Hire One?


Trees can live from anywhere between fifty to more than three thousand years. However, the death of a tree is inevitable.

Some owe their deaths to infestations, others owe them to diseases, and others to climate change. Now while you may think of infestations and tree diseases in the context of a forest, know that your backyard trees are not immune to disease-induced death either.

It is for this reason (among others), that timely visits from a tree surgeon are not only recommended but essential to ensure the vitality of your trees and the safety of your home.

This article takes an in-depth look into what a tree surgeon does while exploring the many benefits of hiring one.


What Does a Tree Surgeon Do?

A tree surgeon is someone who specializes in the all-round care and maintenance of trees. They are dedicated experts who plant, prune, fell, and treat trees that require special care. Additionally, they are also skilled at landscaping when larger trees are involved.

They are qualified to give you advice on how to care for and meet the daily needs of your trees. In a nutshell, they serve as your go-to expert for everything that has to do with the care of large trees.


The Benefits of Hiring a Tree Surgeon

The average person, with a fair amount of research, might be able to perform the daily care required to maintain a large tree, however, over time things can get a little more complicated.

That is where hiring a tree surgeon can help.


Eliminating Safety Hazards

Tree surgeons have the experience and the knowledge it takes to identify potential hazards. They will be able to sport the early warning signs that a tree is likely to fall during a heavy storm, or that it poses a fire hazard to your home. Furthermore, they will then be able to carry out the entire tree removal process to ensure that you and your home are protected from any preventable tree-related accidents.


Tree Care Done Right

A tree surgeon will be able to accurately assess the health of your trees and give them the care they need to thrive in their surroundings. They will give you valuable insights and advice on what you can do to improve the appearance of your trees and ensure that they lead a healthy, long, and vibrant life in your yard.

This can be especially helpful if you have a variety of trees that require different types of care. A tree surgeon will be able to give you specialized recommendations for each tree type based on the climate you live in, the type of soil you have and the nearby environment.


Spotting the Early Signs of Disease

Your trees are prone to all kinds of diseases and infestations. However, the earlier you spot the signs of tree diseases, the easier they are to treat. Ensuring frequent visits by a tree surgeon will not only allow you to take preventative measures but will also be a great way to give any infected trees the best possible treatment at the earliest signs of infection.

This will allow your trees the opportunity to make a quick recovery and will also prevent the spread of these diseases to other trees within your garden.


Trimming and Organizing

In the initial stages of growing and planting trees, it can be difficult to gauge how these saplings will eventually affect the aesthetic and landscape of your garden. However, a tree surgeon can help you plan your yard, or garden to ensure that you get the most out of your space.

Additionally, a tree surgeon is also equipped for performing various tree grooming functions like trimming, pruning, branch removal, and more. These are all essential practices required for the proper maintenance of any yard.


Advanced Tools and Other Equipment

Large trees require complicated machinery and equipment. The wrong tools can cause irreparable damage to the tree. Improper usage of equipment is a safety hazard for the person using it as well as the people around them.

While the average person does not possess the tools nor the expertise to use these tools efficiently, a tree surgeon certainly does.


Save on Future Costs

Hiring a tree surgeon will only help you save money in the long run. Proper maintenance will result in fewer instances of disease and lower the likelihood of tree-induced injuries or accidents. Due to the variety of services, they offer, they serve as an all-in-one solution to a variety of tree-related problems.

This saves you from spending on a variety of specialists. Instead, you can simply hire a tree surgeon to conduct a complete inspection of your trees and follow it up by performing the necessary maintenance procedures required. Most tree surgeons offer a variety of packages which further allow you to cut down on your costs.


Hire a Qualified Tree Surgeon for the Job

There are a host of benefits for you and your trees to gain from hiring a tree surgeon. Not only does it prolong the lives of your trees, but it ensures that you and your family are safe from any preventable tree hazards.

At Grafting Gardeners, we have the knowledge, skill, and experience to care for your trees and give them the care they need to maintain their strength and vitality through the years. Get in touch with us today to schedule an appointment with our qualified tree experts!


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San Diego Tree Service Company

San Diego Tree Service Company

San Diego Tree Service Company

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People need the help of a tree service company for a variety of reasons, from a single tree on a residential property that needs a trim, to dozens of trees that need to be removed for a large construction project. Sometimes, you may also have a sick or infested tree that needs treatment, or you may also just require an arborist consultation or arborist report. Whatever the reason, it is important to choose wisely. Trimming and removing trees is extremely dangerous work. Unfortunately, trees get butchered and accidents happen. Trees can sometimes be unpredictable, and not to mention, tree trimmers are working on these towering limbs and trunks with running chainsaws! So what should you look for when hiring a tree service company for your property?


Is the tree service company that you are considering hiring a reputable one? Do they have good reviews on third-party websites, like Yelp or Google? Yes, this may be biased towards new companies that haven’t had the time to build their online presence, since all companies, including ours, had to start with nothing to show. But when the market is saturated with so many tree care companies to choose from, it’s wise to choose one whose work many people have been pleased with, rather than one that doesn’t possess much of a reputation, so you really don’t know what outcome you’ll be receiving.

It is good to look for reviews outside of a company’s website since they tend to be more trustworthy. Sadly, not all reviews on a company’s website can be trusted as legitimate. We know this first hand because, on more than one occasion, other tree service companies have copied our website content onto their site, including our customer reviews. So, to make a long story short, look to verifiable reviews when you are trying to determine what company to use.




Choosing a tree service company that is fully insured is one of the most important features that you must consider.

Fact 1. Trimming and removing trees is undeniably dangerous work.

Fact 2. Accidents happen.

If the tree service industry is so precarious, you would think that ALL tree companies would naturally have insurance. But lo and behold, many companies do not! “Why wouldn’t they?” you may wonder. Well, due to the dangers of the industry, insurance rates are extremely high. Some tree business owners simply do not want that high of an expense because if they did have insurance, it would cut drastically into their profits. Therefore, it isn’t always the best idea to settle with the lowest bidder, especially if there is a huge difference between bids.

Here is an example scenario. You need a tree removed, so you collect bids from three different tree care companies.

Company #1 quotes $3,000.

Company #2 quotes $3,500.

Company #3 quotes $1,200.

As you can see, the $1,200 quote that you received from Company #3 is drastically lower than the other companies. Too drastic of a difference! Yes, from a financial standpoint, it is the most appealing. But there is a hidden reason why they can afford to charge so little. It could be that they pay their employees “under the table,” so they don’t have the payroll taxes and all the other expenses that go hand-in-hand with payroll. It could be that they are inexperienced and unknowingly underbid the project — which will not result in a good outcome for them, but also for the customer. We’ll touch on that later in this article. It could also be that they are not insured, so consequently, they do not have the expenses that the other companies have to consider when drafting your quote. It could also be a combination of all the above mentioned. That is just a bad recipe for additional disaster if disaster were ever to hit!

What type of “disasters” could happen on a tree project? The most common mishap would be property damage. Sometimes, even with the most experienced and skilled companies, limbs fall in an unexpected direction, damaging whatever is situated below, such as fences, roofs, sprinklers, landscape, and hardscape. In the worst-case scenarios, a person can get injured or even fatally injured. If anyone is injured on your property, then you, as the property owner, could be held liable IF the injured worker was not covered by insurance. So, please ensure that any tree worker you contract to work on your property is properly insured as a safety precaution for everyone.


Ensure that you hire a tree service company with a license. We’re not just talking about a business license (which they should have also), but a contractor’s license with the state. When you hire a licensed tree company, you are hiring a company that cares to do things right. Would you want to hire a company that doesn’t care to conduct business legally? What does that say about the business owner’s ethics? Many people are not aware that when a business owner applies for a contractor’s license, they are required to be fingerprinted in order for a criminal background check to be conducted. This should give you, as the hiring party, some sense of assurance.

Of course, that’s not to say that all licensed contractors conduct business ethically or that unlicensed contractors all conduct business unethically. Many unlicensed contractors have good intentions to provide great service at the lowest possible price. But unfortunately, there is a lack of accountability. And, it is not unheard of for a contractor to unexpectedly disappear from a partially-completed job — usually because the project was underbid, and it ended up being more difficult or taking much longer than expected to complete. Then, the customer is left with an incomplete job and no contractor left to finish it.

Unlicensed tree trimmers also lack complete insurance. They may possess general business insurance, but in order to qualify for general liability insurance (which is what helps you and the company if property damage is incurred), workman’s compensation, and bonding, you must possess a contractor’s license. All of these precautionary expenses that tree care companies incur are hefty, hefty, hefty! So an unlicensed tree contractor who doesn’t need to deal with them has a huge cost advantage that enables him to provide the lowest bid compared to their licensed and insured counterparts.


If you have already done some shopping around for a tree service company to work with, you may have noticed that many companies list out organizations that they are registered with. You may have even recognized the same organization logos on different arborists’ websites and/or recognized similar organization initials, such as ISA and TCIA.

ABC…123…what do all these mean? And why should you care?

Hiring a tree care company that has industry affiliations is important because it demonstrates that the company:

  1. cares to grow in their field, as these organizations provide yearlong resources for learning.
  2. has a desire to network with other companies, which can help increase their accountability and reputation.
  3. cares about increasing their knowledge of business operations. This is vital because a business owner who cares about business operations cares about providing great customer service.

The most recognized national arborist organizations are ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) and TCIA (Tree Care Industry Association). A company may also have affiliations with groups outside of the tree industry but pertain to associated industries — such as property management groups, construction and builders groups, and business networking groups. Recognizable companies in San Diego, as well as nationwide, include BOMA (Building Owners and Manager Association) and BIA (Building Industry Association). Why would those non-arborists groups matter? Because if a tree service company has large property management companies and builders on their clientele list, then chances are that they deliver impressive outcomes and possess strong customer service that these companies continue using them.

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Now that you’re more familiar with industry affiliations, let’s move on to credentials. ISA, which is the leading arborist organization in the nation, is the same group that grants the credential of Certified Arborist. In researching tree care companies, you may have seen some promoting the title of Certified Arborist — or better yet, ISA Certfied Arborist.

Certified Arborist. ISA Certified Arborist. Is there a difference? No, they’re the same certification because ISA is the only organization in the nation that grants them. So a Certified Arborist is technically also an ISA Certified Arborist.

Hiring a Certified Arborist is different than hiring just any arborist, which is the title given to anyone whose work involves trimming and removing trees, and/or tree health care. Anyone can learn to trim trees through job experience, on-site training, and even through YouTube. But having the credential of being a Certified Arborist means the individual is trained and knowledgeable in all aspects of arboriculture. In order to be granted the title, an applicant must have a minimum of three years of full-time work in the tree industry. A formal exam must also be passed that covers the ins and outs of trees, including topics such as soil management, tree biology, safe work practices, and more.


Does the tree care company you are considering hiring for your project seem to be knowledgeable about their field? Not everyone in the arboricultural industry actually understands the science involved with trees. This is important because if you’re seeking to have a tree trimmed, for example, it’s important for an arborist to understand the impact that pruning has on trees. How much is a safe amount to prune off? How will trimming certain areas affect the tree’s future growth projection? What season is best or harmful for certain species? For example, if you find a tree trimmer who is open to trimming your pine tree in the summer — keep shopping! That person receives an F in Tree Biology 101! Pine trees should never be trimmed in the summer, and any arborist who knows trees would know that bit of rudimentary information.

Hiring a tree care company that also specializes in tree health care is a feature that is beneficial because:

  1. You may unknowingly have a tree infested with pests or infected with a disease that the company’s estimator may notice during your estimate.
  2. Early detection of an infestation or infection is key to saving your tree.
  3. Tree Health Care Specialists can easily detect signs of common pests and diseases in the area, so the proper diagnosis and treatment can be given.
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Another important feature to look for in hiring a tree service contractor is the company’s professionalism. Do they present themselves professionally — as an actual business or more of a side gig or one-man show? You could say that this would be a valid “judge a book by its cover” scenario because how a company presents itself speaks volumes on how behind-the-scenes operations are handled. Some tree trimmers that you meet with for a quote may come across as gruff and/or dirty. Not so much of a surprise. It is a tough and messy job. And it doesn’t mean that just because the person you are meeting looks that way, they will do a poor job. Even LC Tree Service started off as a small, one-man show, but Founder, Larry Coalson — even as dirty as he was during estimates — still was able to provide outstanding work for his first set of customers.

If your tree estimator appears as though he just came from a job, it’s because he did.  And not only did he already cut down some limbs and trees that day, but he also had to answer phone calls, return phone calls, reply to emails, draft invoices, dump the truck to prepare for the next day’s job, and maybe even do some equipment maintenance. As you can clearly see, this person is busy — not to mention tired — as working in the sun and carrying heavy loads for hours a day takes a toll on just about anyone. So when one person is handling the entire process or at least 90% of it, then it shouldn’t be a surprise when phone calls take a while to return or jobs take an extended amount of time to complete. While all companies could have the occasional slip-up in returning a call or email in a timely manner or take longer than expected to complete a project, companies that employ a team of field workers and administrative staff tend to be more efficient in their performance and customer service since they have more people to help carry the load.


Going hand-in-hand with gauging a company’s professionalism, their customer service is still another factor to consider when you start contacting and meeting with different tree care companies.

  • Were your phone calls and/or emails responded to in a timely manner?
  • Were they friendly on the phone or via email?
  • Was the estimator friendly and make you feel like you would be taken care of?
  • Did you feel like your desires concerning the project and opinion were heard?

After you decide to book your project with a company, the service you receive prior to booking can be reflective of the service you would receive during the job and afterward.



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Ever wonder what it feels like to be a professional tree trimmer? To be up a 100-ft palm swaying with the wind? Yikes! Or to sit atop a tree overlooking the neighborhood? To the adrenaline junkie or someone who abhors the thought of sitting at a desk for eight hours a day, being a tree trimmer is an ideal career. They get to hone in on their inner tree-climbing child for a living, but this time with menacing chainsaws and large trucks and equipment! It may a tiresome and dangerous career, but it sure is exciting!

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San Diego Tree Trimmers

Do tree trimmers have a fear of heights?

When asked about a fear of heights, CEO, Larry Coalson, describes himself not NOT having a fear of heights, but rather a HEALTHY  fear. Sitting 40 feet up in a tree doesn’t bother him the way it would your typical person. Even sitting at the edge of a cliff with a 200-ft drop doesn’t paralyze him with fear—unlike other people who get dizzy just thinking about it. Larry, on the other hand, views sitting on the edge of a cliff like sitting on a 10-ft wall. If you sit properly, your chances of falling are unlikely. BUT if you’re acting foolish, dancing along the edge, or just being plain dumb, then yes, you just might fall off!

Tree trimmers trust to some degree the trees that they climb onto. It doesn’t mean, however, that they trust all trees. Some trees can be too hazardous to climb, such as ones that are dead or rotting. Other trees could be too skinny and frail to give even a 50-lb child any sense of security, let alone a 180-lb man with a heavy chainsaw. This is why proper training and experience play a crucial role in keeping a tree trimmer safe, as well as the entire field crew and the property that the job is being performed at.

In San Diego, a couple of local trees that can make a grown man sweat with uncertainty are the lemon-scented eucalyptus and any tall Mexican fan palm whose crown is beyond the reach of a boom lift, so it therefore has to be climbed all the way to the top. Both of these trees (although technically, the fan palm isn’t a tree) grow tall and lanky—even known to soar past 100 feet in height. And not only are they tall, but they’re skinny and flexible. Bad combination for a tree trimmer, who couldn’t care less about swaying back and forth 60 feet up in the air on a tree trunk with a diameter of less than a foot. His only hope is that he’s not too heavy to cause it to snap.

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It’s a dangerous job—but someone has to do it!

Almost every tree trimmer goes through some degree of fear on the job—whether it be a minor uneasiness or a serious “I’m about to die!” terror. Practically every aspect of the job can be dangerous on a daily basis. Falling tree parts. Even worse…unexpected falling trees. Hazardous working heights. Dangerous chainsaws. Deadly chippers. Stabbing spikes that go right through the sole of a boot. Stinging bee armies. Electrical lines. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the tree industry tops the nation’s list of the most dangerous jobs, with falling tree parts and equipment operation injuries being the main culprits for injuries and fatalities. It’s a dangerous job, but someone has to do it! But why would anyone want to put themselves at such risk on a daily basis? While Larry Coalson may not climb trees much anymore, back when he did climb for a living, he loved the daily adrenaline rush. The thought of sitting at a desk all day long made him cringe, but the thought of scaling up a tree for a living gave him a deep sense of excitement. The smell of the outdoors. The array of lurking dangers. The dangling heights that most people never get to experience. It all added to the love of his job—as dangerous as it was.

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From the desert to the beaches, the mountains to the valleys, San Diego is a diverse city filled with a vast assortment of trees.  With our sunny, mild climate, practically any tree can grow here with the proper care.  In fact, most of the trees that you see aren’t even native to this region.  All those palms — foreigners!  Those eucalyptus trees that seem to be along every freeway and in every neighborhood — foreigners!  Yes, only a few trees can actually call themselves true San Diego “locals.”

Some foreign trees making great additions to our San Diego terrain, but others are deemed invasive species that are detrimental to the native ecosystem or just plain annoying to people.  What exactly is an invasive tree?  Invasive plants are defined as “any indigenous or exotic plant species having a detrimental effect on the growth of commercial tree species, giving rise to particular management problems or growing where it is not wanted.” (Le Roux, 1981)  So basically, it’s a foreign plant (which trees are considered to be plants) that people, as well as the natural indigenous ecosystem, have issues with.

Quite a few trees in San Diego are classified as invasive species, but some aren’t as bad as others.  Many people wouldn’t even think about them being invasive, like the Canary Island date palm.  This is a high-class invasive plant that is commonly added to landscape and can cost thousands of dollars.  But some invasive trees aren’t as dignified as the date palm.  In fact, there are areas of the world where they are strictly prohibited and required to be controlled or destroyed.  So in our city, what unfortunate tree tops LC Tree Service’s list of San Diego’s Most Annoying Tree?


Ailanthus altissima

The tree-of-heaven!  It has the most divine name, but don’t be fooled — it’s no angel.  Originating from Asia, the tree-of-heaven is also known as Ailanthus altissima, or ailanthus for short.  In urban areas where it be found growing in sidewalk cracks or along buildings, it has been dubbed the ghetto palm.  Some may even call it the more appropriate name — the tree-from-hell.  This is a tree that is notorious for evoking anger in any property owner who has even the most minute concern for their landscape.   It’s a tree whose name you search on the internet, only to find an exhaustive list of negative articles that go on and on about how bad this tree is.

Why would one tree receive so much hate?  The tree-of-heaven is practically a weed in tree form!  Like a weed, you don’t need to plant them, they just pop up.  And they keep popping up and taking over — unless proper protocol is taken.  This tree species truly embraces the characteristics of an invasive plant.  It spreads easily, grows quickly, pushes out the already existing plants, and is one of the hardest trees in San Diego to control.  If left to unmanaged, it can quickly end up creating a widespread thicket that trumps over all other vegetation, thanks to its vigorous reproductive nature and toxic nature that inhibits the growth of other plants in its surroundings — sort of like the neighborhood tree bully.

At first glance, a mature tree-of-heaven, when manicured, can actually present itself as a good-looking tree that exhibits a tropical feel.  It looks very similar to the mimosa silk trees that are as common in Hawaii as eucalyptus trees are in San Diego.  It’s easy to envision the tree-of-heaven nestled among a handful of palms and some giant white bird of paradise plants at a beach resort.  However, that would never happen because 1) we have never met anyone who intentionally planted a tree-of-heaven on their property and 2) no high-end resort or property would ever want this tree as part of their ornate landscape.  To find a tree-of-heaven that has actually been trimmed is EXTREMELY rare.  Most just end up growing wild and messy.  As a tree service company, we typically find the tree-of-heaven growing in industrial or commercial properties where meticulous landscaping isn’t exactly high on the priority list.  It is also common to see them on residential properties where an unfortunate homeowner thought they were bestowed with a free tree that sprouted up out of nowhere.  So they let them grow, only to continue seeing more and more little trees spring up within a couple of years.

Tree-of-heaven cluster growing in a commercial property


The tree-of-heaven grows tall with a widespread, draping canopy of dark green leaves and pale brownish-pink clusters of what looks like flowers, but are winged seeds.  It is similar in appearance to a few common ornamental trees in San Diego that also have the same pinnately compound leaf structure, such as the black walnut tree and Tipuana tipu.  But there is an easy way to discern if it indeed is the tree-of-heaven.  This is a tree that loves family!  It is typically found in family clusters or colonies where there is a full-sized mother tree with her little baby trees in close proximity — and in systematic line, nonetheless.  Sometimes a young tree-of-heaven can be found discreetly nestled among other trees and plants, and sure enough, if you look around, a mature tree can be found just a few houses down the street.

Mature trees can reach heights of 60 to 80 feet and are identifiable by their long pinnately compound leaves that can grow up to 4 feet long.  These leaves have a central stem and two rows of 2- to 7-inch dark green pointed leaflets.  The leaflets are fairly large with smooth edges, and when crushed, they give off a faint smell that some describe as 1) a mixture of citrus and skunk, 2) burnt rancid peanuts, or even 3) cat urine.  If you spot one of these trees and are feeling adventurous, you can give its foliage a sniff, and see what you think.  Citrus-y skunk?  Burnt peanuts?  Or cat urine?

The bark of the tree-of-heaven is light brown to pale grey when mature, and has grey branches that are smooth with raised dots which later mature into fissures.  In the warmer months, yellowish-green flower clusters appear.  But these flowers aren’t your typical blooms that you would want to add to a pleasant-smelling bouquet.  They— just like the leaves — smell horrible!


The tree-of-heaven possesses a prolific nature and a tenacious survival attitude.  It has the potential to cast out over 300,000 seeds annually that are brilliantly designed to fly.  Each seed is conveniently tucked inside a winged seed pod called a samara that can easily travel long distances with the wind.  But even with the millions of tree-of-heaven seeds that get dispersed throughout San Diego each year, they aren’t even necessary for propagation.  Established trees also covertly shoot out lateral roots (roots that grow horizontally), which push out new sprouts down the line.  That’s why you will typically find tree-of-heaven clusters growing in a straight line.  If left unmanaged, these new sprouts rapidly grow into full-size trees with absolutely no human care.  And even if the mother tree is cut down, these youngsters can still survive and thrive — even in the middle of a San Diego drought.

Adding to its aggressive reproductive nature, the tree-of-heaven also has the capability of dominating an area by inhibiting the growth of other plants.  Present on all parts of the tree, but strongest on the bark and roots, is a toxic allelopathic chemical, called ailanthone, which poisons other neighboring plants or any new seed looking to join the neighborhood.  In some studies, ailanthone extracted from the tree-of-heaven was even able to kill 100% of certain plant seedlings.  I guess you could describe this species as an introverted passive-aggressive.


While the tree-of-heaven may be surrounded by a plethora of negative attention, its resilience and refusal to go down without a fight is worth applauding.  The tree-of-heaven has an amazing capability of survival.  Unlike most trees you see around San Diego, if you mess with this tree, it fights back.  No, it doesn’t slap you with its branches, but if you cut it or injure it…it knows!  And in a survival response, it shoots out dozens of lateral roots underground to help “pass down the family genes.”

If you noticed that you have one of these “bad boys” creeping into your property, what do you do?  Have no fear.  There are methods to controlling them…which is just a nicer way of saying…annihilating them.   Do not attempt to remove it yourself.  The only exception would be if it is a brand new sprout that is the first of its kind in the area.  If other tree-of-heavens are close by, pulling out a baby sprout would be pointless, because underneath is already an intricate root system that will simply replace what you took out.

The problem with attempting to remove a tree-of-heaven like a “normal” tree lies in the roots.  You can take out the mother tree along with the stump, but in a few months, you’ll just see her little saplings lurking through the ground.  Pull them out, and then a few months later, what do you know?  More mini clones popping out from the ground!  For the property owner, it’s a frustrating ordeal.

In order to successfully remove a tree-of-heaven, herbicide must be used to first kill the tree.  However, this should be performed by a professional tree service company since a strong herbicide has to be used in order to effectively kill the tree.  If other plant species are present, then extra precaution must be taken in order to avoid poisoning neighboring plants.  Once the tree has deceased, the removal process can continue as normal.

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