Tree Protection

We understand that trees need to be removed for various reason, and when they do, we can help, but we are passionate about saving and protecting trees. Whether you are working on a construction project that may cause harm to the root system or are concerned with a structural defect, there are options and we are here to help.

Cabling and Bracing

Cabling and bracing techniques are used for trees with less-than-ideal structure such as double or multi-stemmed trees. Strong but discrete steel cabling systems are installed in the upper canopy to help add structural stability, reducing the likelihood of the tree splitting. Cabling large, heavy limbs as well can help reduce limb failure, reducing the risk to your home, car, and possibly even you.

It is important that cables and brace rods are installed properly. Improperly placed cables and brace rods can increase the risk of total tree or branch failure.

Lightning Protection

Most trees that are struck by lightning either die or are weakened by secondary invaders such as wood boring insects and/or decay. Lightning protection consist of a copper wire system that is installed from the outer portions of the canopy to a ground rod installed near the base of the tree. The system is not designed to attract lightning but to simply give it a path of least resistance to the ground.

Installation of lightning protection can help minimize the damage done by lightning strikes and help preserve high valued or sentimental trees.
According to Colorado State University, Oaks, Elms, Pines, Spruce, Poplars, Maples, and Ash are the most likely to receive a lightning hit–however, it is good to keep in mind that tree height, the variety of trees present, and the soil conditions are all factors that will affect the likelihood of a lightning strike. Trees that stand-alone, rise above other trees, or are close to water are more frequently struck as well.

Construction Preservation

Balancing the effects of new construction with existing trees can be challenging as arborists and contractors are more often than not working in tight, limited areas. Soil compaction from equipment, root loss from excavating for foundations, utilities and irrigation, and changes in the grade and flow of water can all impact the likelihood of survival.

Trees typically do not show signs of stress or decline right away and may take up to 8 years to ultimately die from the effects of construction.

Construction preservation is best done as part of the planning process, long before ground has been broken. However, if you have already started a project, or are concerned with the effects from a recent project it may not be too late. Regardless of where you are in the process our Consulting Arborist will be happy to meet with you and discuss our recommendations and your options.