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Certified Arborist: Vista Tree Service

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Home owners needing a certified arborist in North County should contact Vista Tree Service. Since 1991, Vista Tree Service has been providing timely and professional tree care to Vista and the surrounding cities. Vista Tree Service has been to my home on a number of occasions to grind stumps, remove sickly Oleanders, and prune fruit trees.  Recently I had a chance to sit down with owner/operator, Michael Grande, who is a licensed arborist.  I learned quite a bit about tree trimming, being a licensed arborist, and planning trees for your landscape. Here are a few of the points Michael shared with me:


stump grinderWhat is a certified arborist? - In addition to being state licensed tree contractor, Michael is a certified arborist. Becoming a certified arborist involves six months of course work and passing a national certification exam. When you have a certified arborist work on trees at your home, you'll know that you've employed someone who's held to a higher standard of care and professionalism. By using proper techniques and sterile practices, a certified arborist promotes healthy trees. 



What questions should I ask when buying trees? - Before adding trees to your landscape, you might want to consult with a certified arborist as oopposed to blindly taking advice from the watering root ball of tree planted in mulchnursery.  "What are the roots going to do?" is a critical question.  Roots are powerful agents that can reek havoc with underground plumbing and hardscaping.  Knowing the pattern and size of the root system will help you place trees strategically throughout your yard. It's also important to know how much water a new tree is going to need and what sort of bugs/beasties your tree is susceptible to. Ideally, new trees will not be planted with grass growing around them. You should cut back the grass and place mulch around the base of the tree.



Is tree toping bad? - Speaking from the perspective of a certified arborist, Michael mentioned that tree topping was a older, efficient technique to manage tree growth. Tree topping is the practice of leveling off a tree's growth at one uniform height. The problem with tree topping is that it promotes vigorous weekly attached sucker growth at the placement of the cuts.  If you've ever had your trees topped, you would recognized this sucker growth.  A few months after the topping, multiple wispy branches sprout out of the top of the cut.  It looks unnatural.  Plus with the tree's efforts going towards this new growth at the tree top, tree topping promotes internal decay. Natural tree growth is very strong; architects studied tree growth in order properly develop cantilevers.




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How do you properly thin trees? Not only is proper tree thinning healthier for the tree, it looks pretty.  3 points of proper tree thinning: 1) Take no more than 15-20% of the tree at at any one time.  2) Focus on removing dead, dying, or diseased limbs. 3) Shape the tree LIGHTLY.  Also as a general rule, do not cut more than one third of the length of a healthy limb.





I recommend Vista Tree Service if you are in need of a certified arborist.  Hiring a certified arborist means increased credibility and knowledge with regards to the care of your trees. Vista Tree Service is fully licensed, insured and bonded and can be reached at (760) 941-6760.

Ronald DiLalla
Century 21 Discovery DRE 01813824 - Anaheim, CA
No. Orange Cty Real Estate

Hi Steve,  will the venture into Orange County??  thanks for sharing.

Jul 08, 2011 07:33 AM