We have completed this list of “Frequently Asked Questions” to assist our customers with answers to the questions most often asked. Simply click on a given question below to see the corresponding answer.
A fully qualified crew will be assigned to implement your tree care. The representative will as a rule visit your property at the beginning of the job to review the work order with the foreman and more importantly, at the end of the job to approve the work done. He will also will perform plant assessments and diagnose plant health problems.
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.
An Arborist is a person who through education and professional experience is qualified in all aspects of landscape plant care and who meets specified criteria.
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 water-sprouts (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.
Sometimes tree care is a multiple-choice answer — the diagnosis may not be obvious. An Arborist will identify the problem area(s), recommend program of treatment and perform procedures necessary. We prefer preventative care programs — maintaining healthy landscapes — avoiding decline and damage rather than reactive tree care that is performed after problems occur.
Research has shown that tree paints do not suppress insect pests, disease or decay or provide any benefit to the plant. Certain wound dressing may actually damage plant cells.
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.
Yes, unless otherwise agreed upon at the point of sale. Cleanup is an important factor in tree care. It is advised to clearly discuss what you expect with your Arborist/Representative.
Light pruning and shrub shearing for proper property management are done any time of the year. Major pruning and pruning done on Oak and American Elms are done during the tree’s dormant stage throughout the winter months (October 15 — March 1st).
Westside Forestry uses only the least toxic products available for landscape plant care. They are all registered by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Our technicians are trained and tested by the State of Michigan and our Company.