When is the best time to prune my trees and shrubs?
Most routine pruning to remove weak, diseased, or dead limbs can be done at any time of the year. But growth is maximized and wound closure is fastest if pruning occurs before the spring growth flush – when trees have just expended a great deal of energy to produce foliage and early shoot growth. Heavy pruning immediately after growth flush can stress the tree. Avoid pruning during active disease transmission periods. A few tree diseases, such as oak wilt, can be spread when pruning wounds allow spores to access a tree. To maximize blooms of summer flowering plants and trees pruning should take place in the winter or early spring to establish a healthy growing environment for new buds, and spring flowering plants should be pruned after the plants have bloomed in early spring. If the tree or shrub is less than two years old there should be no pruning.
Are you licensed and insured?
There is no “licensing” for tree service in Mont Tremblant. But, we are insured and we have certified arborists on staff. We are fully insured and will gladly show you proof if you choose to hire our services.
How do you get to the high parts of trees unreachable to your bucket truck?
Very Carefully! Specifically we use tree climbing safety gear. Here is a basic list of the safety equipment:
- Climbing rope: we throw this into the tree and then tie special knots that allow us to adjust the rope as we ascend and descend.
- Climbing harness: we use a specially made saddle to attach safety ropes, pruning tools and wound dressing to.
- Secondary positioning lanyard: this is a smaller length of rope attached to the side of the climbing harness to be used when the primary climbing line does not provide adequate protection against falling.
- Prussic rope: this is a small length of rope used to tie “friction hitches” to the primary climbing line that allow us to adjust the length of the rope during ascent and descent.
- Personal protective equipment: hard hat, gloves, safety glasses and ear plugs.
How do you remove large trees without damaging my property?
Very Carefully! We use ropes to lower heavy dangerous limbs or cut small pieces that are easy to handle and toss them into safe areas.
How often should I prune my tree?
Most trees only need a thorough pruning every 3-5 years. However, the trees may need a small touch up pruning every 1-2 years depending on the tree’s condition and your personal expectations. We very commonly run into over-pruned trees. It is important to understand that more pruning does not equal healthier trees. Tree pruning and tree care should be done on a prescription basis. You should be objective and identify a need to prune.
Do I need to fertilize my tree?
This is not a black and white question. Look at it this way. If you do not have a healthy diet and you smoke your life expectancy will be shorter than if you eat healthy and take your vitamins. The same goes for your tree. A proper fertilization program will increase the life expectancy of your tree. Here’s another analogy for you to think about. If you eat junk food all year and then eat one healthy meal a year, that isn’t going to make you healthy. Fertilizing a tree once per year isn’t likely to make the tree healthy. We recommend fertilization in conjunction with mulch and/or compost and regular inspections.
What is the difference between an arborist and a certified arborist?
Arborists are trained professionals that are knowledgeable and equipped to provide proper tree care. They are specially trained to provide a variety to services to maintain trees. ISA Certified Arborists are individuals who have achieved a level of knowledge in the art and science of tree care through at least three years of experience and have passed a comprehensive examination. They are also required to continue their education in order to maintain their certification, ensuring their knowledge is updated on the latest arboriculture techniques. ISA Arborist Certification is a non-governmental voluntary process that operates without mandate of law. It is an internal self-regulating device administered by the International Society of Arboriculture, and therefore, cannot guarantee or assure the quality of performance. Certification provides a measurable assessment of an individual’s knowledge and competence required