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Tree & Shrub Pruning | Tree & Shrub Removal | Planting & Tree Replacement/Installation | Cabling & Bracing | Construction Tree Protection | Mulching | 24-Hour Emergency Service | Lightning Protection | Insect & Disease Management | Fertilization
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Tree & Shrub Pruning:

Providing direction to trees and shrubs throughout their life-cycle optimizes their overall health, longevity and aesthetics, particularly in an urban environment. Bigleaf Arbor professionals have years of experience and the scientific skill necessary to optimize tree health, as well as the eye to maximize the beauty of the tree.

In addition to tree character, proper pruning is important because it:

  • Removes weak, dead, storm damaged, diseased, or interfering branches
  • Can be used to train growth patterns of young trees
  • Minimizes the risk of storm damage
  • Provides clearance for streets, sidewalks, driveways, structures and overhead lines
Tree & Shrub Removal:
Bigleaf Arbor can assist in considering every option to preserve your trees. Sometimes though, due to poor health, inappropriate location, or unacceptable risk, removal is the necessary option. Some removal projects are routine, while others require highly technical skills including working around utility lines, complex rigging or the use of large cranes. Bigleaf Arbor crews include certified arborists and climbing specialists with the skills necessary to safely complete the most difficult and hazardous removals. Special care is particularly emphasized to maintain and protect the surrounding hardscapes and plant materials.

Planting & Tree Replacement/Installation:
Bigleaf Arbor handles replanting and transplanting trees with the same level of care and caution required for expert tree pruning and removal. When replanting a site where a tree or shrub was removed, some special precautions may be necessary. Before replacing a plant that has died, the cause of failure of the previous planting should be identified. Certain pathogens that cause plant disease such as Verticillium wilt and Phytophthora root rot can remain viable in the soil for extended periods and cause disease in new plantings unless resistant species are used. Many plants die from soil-related problems such as poor drainage, compaction, and adverse pH. Performing a site and soil analysis before selecting and installing the new plant is key to a successful establishment.

Many plants are removed because they outgrow the space where they are planted. Always select a replacement species that will mature within the space provided for it. Consider available root space as well. Many trees decline or cause pavement lifting because the available soil volume is too small to accommodate the mature plant. Be aware of overhead electric lines that would require drastic pruning of the plant to maintain utility clearance. Select short maturing species for planting beneath utilities.

Our certified arborists are available to provide a consultation on the best trees and shrubs for your property.


Cabling & Bracing:
Often, a tree with structural weaknesses can be pruned to correct or at least minimize the risk of breakage, uprooting or other failures. In other cases, usually in combination with pruning, artificial supports are appropriate to effectively decrease a threat while preserving your tree.

Cabling and bracing techniques can be an effective means of extending the life of a tree that might otherwise require removal. Our professional arborists are trained to identify such conditions, and design and install support systems where appropriate.

Tree Protection during Construction:
Construction on your property can cause damage to your existing trees, but proper planning to protect your trees can minimize damage and add years to your tree’s life.

Establishing a Tree Protection Zone with barriers (fencing) around valuable trees to keep equipment as far away as possible, proper pruning for required clearance and preventing or mitigating soil compaction, excavation or trenching are some ways Bigleaf Arbor can help your trees thrive during and after construction.

Our certified arborists are available to make recommendations and provide the services that can protect your trees during your next construction project.

24-Hour Emergency Service:
Bigleaf Arbor offers a 24-hour emergency service to assist in performing a job safely, while minimizing further risk to your property.

Lightning Protection:
Each year, thousands of trees are struck by lightning. When a lightning strike injures one of your prized trees, the results can be devastating. After a valuable tree is hit, people often wonder what could have been done to prevent the injury. Installation of a lightning protection system in prominent, high value trees can help reduce the threat of lightning damage.

Our certified arborists are available to provide a consultation on any trees that pose as potential risks, and provide recommendations to prevent possible threats.

Plant Healthcare:
Insect & Disease Management
The healthier a tree or shrub, the better able it is to naturally fend off insects and diseases. Our primary focus is preventive pest and disease management through overall tree care.

However even with preventative maintenance, sometimes serious factors can affect your trees. When this is the case, our arborists will evaluate the specific pest and overall tree condition and recommend the most-effective and environmentally-sensitive management approach. State-of-the-art biological and low-toxicity materials, such as horticultural soaps and oils are among the low-impact tools we use to manage pests.

Fertilization
Fertilization is another important aspect of mature tree care. Trees require certain nutrients (essential elements) to function and grow. Urban landscape trees can be growing in soils that do not contain sufficient available nutrients for satisfactory growth and development. In these situations, it may be necessary to fertilize to improve plant vigor.

Fertilizing a tree can improve growth; however, if fertilizer is not applied wisely, it may not benefit the tree at all and may even adversely affect the tree. Mature trees making satisfactory growth may not require fertilization. When considering supplemental fertilizer, it is important to know which nutrients are needed and when and how they should be applied.