Arborist- Anyone can purchase a chain saw and a truck and call them an arborist with out any training. Beware of door knockers especially during stormy weather. 

Certified Arborist - An individual who has who has proven through experience, knowledge and testing to have attained a general accepted minimum level of knowledge in the Arboricultural  field. Certified Arborists must also adhere to a code of ethics and attain and verify annual training.

Crown - The leaves and branches of a tree or shrub: the upper portion of a tree from the lowest branch on the trunk to the top of the tree.

Drop Crotch - A type of pruning to reduce a trees' size. The leader of a particular tree or branch is cut back to a lateral branch that is large enough to assume dominance. Cuts should be no larger than 1/3 of the diameter of the lateral where the cut is made. Ex: Cut of 3" on a leader would be cut to a lateral with a minimum diameter of 1"

Lateral - A branch or twig growing from a parent branch or stem.

Leader - A dormant upright stem, usually the main truck, there can be several leaders in one tree.

Leaves - The leaves take in carbon dioxide and produce oxygen during the process of photosynthesis, creating energy for the tree survive.

Parent branch or stem - The tree trunk or a large limb from which lateral branches grow.

Roots - Structural support for the tree: absorption of mineral nutrients and water; storage of “food”.

Trunk/Limbs/Stems - Structural support for the top portion of the tree and storage of “food”; they also house the transport system that carries water, nutrients, food, and other plant materials between the roots and leaves.

Branch Collar - Trunk tissue that forms around the base of a branch between the main stem and the branch or a branch and a lateral; as a branch ceases in vigor or begins to die, the branch collar becomes more pronounced. All pruning cuts shall be made at a branch collar.

Decay - Degradation of wood tissue caused by biological microorganisms.

Girdling - An object, staking material or root that encircles the tree and as the tree grows the object stays same size and begins to apply pressure to the tree (in a sense choking the tree), ultimately restricting movement of energy and starches, or growth of the tree itself, frequently resulting in reduced vitality or stability of the plant.

Wound - The opening that is created any time the tree’s protective bark covering is penetrated, cut, or removed, injuring or destroying living tissue. Pruning a live branch creates a wound, even when the cut is properly made.

Topping - Reduction of tree size using indiscriminate cuts without regard to tree health or structural integrity. Topping is not an acceptable pruning practice.

Plant Health Care (PHC) - To maintain or improve the landscape’s appearance, vitality and in the case of trees – safety, using the most cost-effective and environmentally sensitive practices and treatments available. PHC involves monitoring, using preventative treatments, and adopting a strong commitment to work closely with the tree owner.

Free Estimate:  A written quote to outline scope of work to be performed including the cost for your trees, lawn, and landscape, this should typically only take 10-20 minutes, the customer usually has specific goals or specifications in mind.

Evaluation/Consultation: A walk through inspection of your trees, shrubs, plants, lawn and landscapes for health, insect and disease problems by an ISA Certified Arborist. May include but not limited to proper maintenance and care for your landscape such as watering, proper pruning, fertilizing and the prevention or care of harmful ailments with your landscape. There is an hourly fee for this service.  Sometimes may include estimates on recommendations on services. If you contract any services recommended then 50% of the consultation fee will be applied to said work.