What is an Arborist?

An Arborist is a person who through education and professional experience is qualified in all aspects of landscape plant care and maintenance. States and associations also certify qualified individuals who meet specified criteria.

Why can’t my tree be topped?

Topping is considered unprofessional work. In fact, Standards for tree care published by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), specifically prohibit topping. Topping promotes decay and produces rapid growth of “watersprouts” (limbs that are weakly attached). It decreases the tree’s ability to produce energy (photosynthesis) due to leaf reduction, weakening its vigor and starving the tree.

What is wrong with my tree? What do you recommend?

Does it need Pruning/Pest Management/Fertilization/Removal (hazardous)?
Sometimes tree care is a multiple-choice answer – the diagnosis may not be obvious. An Arborist will identify the problem area(s), recommend a program of treatment and perform the procedure(s) necessary. Cody Tree believes in proactive (preventive) care programs – maintaining healthy landscapes – avoiding decline and damage rather than reactive tree care that is performed after problems occur.

How often and how much should I water my trees?

Newly planted trees and shrubs should be watered approximately twice each week when no rain occurs. Be sure to direct irrigation water on the root ball where most of the live roots are located. Most established plants should be irrigated thoroughly once a week during the growing season when no rain occurs.

When is the best time of year to prune?

Light pruning, which is generally all that should be needed in proactive tree management programs, can be done at any time of the year. If major pruning is needed to compensate for structural defects or other reasons, winter is an ideal time because leaves don’t obscure the crown structure. It also depends on the species.

What causes those green clumps in my lawn?

It’s a side effect of the fertilization process. When fertilizer is added to the root zone of a tree or shrub, it can’t help but fertilize the lawn a little bit as well. The increased nutrients cause the grass to grow in green clumps.

Do I have to be home who you do the work?

In most cases, no. If you prefer to be present, we will try to accommodate your schedule.
We have to be able to get onto your property and bring in equipment if necessary. It is our goal to perform tree services safely and efficiently with a minimum of inconvenience to the client.

Will the products used on my property for pest management and other plant health care treatments harm my pets and children?

Cody Tree uses products that are registered for landscape pest management. We use the least toxic products available for landscape plant care. In addition, our crews undergo annual training to ensure proper application techniques.

Will heavy equipment be brought onto my property?

If necessary, it is possible, with your permission. If we have to we will use plywood to minimize the impact on the landscape. Keep in mind that this is heavy equipment and some impressions in the lawn are likely.

Will you remove the debris from the job?

Yes, unless otherwise agreed upon at the point of sale. Cleanup is an important factor in tree care, it’s advised to clearly discuss what you expect with your Arborist/Representative.

How deep will the stump be ground?

Normally 4-6″ unless otherwise agreed upon at the point of sale. You should also discuss any surface roots or other obstructions you’d like attended to. Also discuss debris removal with your Arborist/Representative. A large stump will produce a small truckload of chips.

Do I need a permit for this work?

You may. It will vary widely from area to area. Check with your Arborist/Representative.

Will you (the representative) get the permit for me?

It is normally the responsibility of the property owner to obtain any necessary permits. We can advise you about the permits you’ll need. We can get the permits, but there will be a charge for this service.