How To Cut Down A Tree
Cutting down a tree on your property can be quite the task, whether you are looking to hire professionals like us or are wanting to do it yourself. Here are a few steps to get you started, what you can expect, and what you need.
Inspect The Area
Having a tree that needs to be cut down on your property can be the start of a big task. The first step is to make sure to inspect the area. Is it safe to cut down large branches, limbs, or the tree itself? Is there a risk to property or people? If so it may be better to hire a professional. Check for the following:
- Is the tree free from disease and just needing to be removed?
- Are there dead limbs?
- As a tree falls these limbs can be projected large distances, unlike live limbs that often stay on or very near the tree.
- Is there anything in the way?
- A tree is much taller than you imagine and needs a very large fall line to make sure it’s safe. Is there a large area for the tree to safely fall?
Make Sure You Have The Right Equipment
Once you know there is a safe area to fell a tree it’s time to make sure you have the right gear to properly and safely do so. What you’ll need
- Safety glasses: can be used to make sure any splinters or debris are kept your eyes.
- Ear Plugs: while not commonly thought of, chainsaws are quite loud and can cause damage to hearing without proper protective equipment.
- Hard Hat: any falling debris can cause serious injury.
- Gloves: Gloves are there not only to protect your hands but also great for making sure you don’t slip and have a firm grip.
- Chainsaw: to cut down the tree or limbs.
- Felling wedges: while most do it yourself will not use felling wedges they are critical and can help point the tree in the right direction to fall.
Always check with your on local regulations as your county, HOA, or city may require a permit or a licensed professional to cut down a tree in your area.
Fall Length & Plan Your Route
We talked about this earlier but it’s a critical part of cutting down a tree. Double-check your fall line and make sure that you have more than enough room. If you think it is going to be close or “it should be enough room” we recommend hiring a professional. A tree falling can crush a car, crack the foundation of a pool, and go through your roof with ease.
While working on cutting the tree you’ll need to make sure you have a way to safely step away from the tree after it begins to fall or if something unexpected happens. If the tree is tall enough and has to be cut in multiple sections while still standing, your best bet is to hire a professional. Tripping or a slow escape path can cause you to be in harm’s way. Make sure to have a clear path.
Cutting down a tree can be seen as counterintuitive and complex. The first thing to look for is what side of the tree is heaviest and has the most growth. Often people will begin to cut down a tree and not realize that they are cutting in all of the right spots but that the tree is weighted to fall in the opposite direction. Make sure you know which way the tree wants to fall and how to counteract that if it doesn’t align with your fall line.
Begin cutting. Which side you cut on is where the tree will fall if everything else is done correctly.
- Cut at the right height
- A comfortable working height is best. Cutting higher or lower can be dangerous.
- Cut at a 45-degree angle
- You’ll be cutting a notch so you’ll have an angle on the top of the notch and then a flat cut at the bottom of your cut. This allows for the saw to work effectively and minimizes pinching the blade due to pressure from the tree leaning.
- Small Cuts Add up
- You are not cutting through the entire tree. Start with making cuts that are about a third of the way through the trunk of the tree.
- Use your wedges as necessary
- While small trees are relatively straightforward, old-growth trees require special chainsaws that are the right size or wedges.
- Wedges stop the pinch of the tree on the blade that adds unwanted pressure.
The Fell Cut
After you have notched on the correct side you’ll want to make the final cut. Slightly above the top of the notch created you’ll make a cut that is 180 degrees or a flat cut. The goal is not to connect these to but to allow the weight and pressure of the tree to cause the tree to lean. Once the tree starts to lean and move use your path to safety. If everything is done right the tree will fall in the line setup.
As always, cutting down a tree is a much larger task than most people imagine. If you are looking for a safe, efficient, and professional tree removal team in the northeast reach out to us to see how we can help.
What Is The Best Tree For Privacy?
While trees play an important role in the environment and can protect your home from the elements. They also can play an important role in making sure you have a private refuge and a place to relax. Oftentimes traditional wood or metal fences can fill this role but using trees can help take your backyard experience to a new level.
What Trees To Use
When looking into creating a living wall we often want to use trees that can live close together and in a way that doesn’t allow them to crowd other plants by taking too large a share of the resources. Evergreens, cypress, particularly Italian cypress, and larger flowering trees are perfect for creating clear boundaries.
Know Your Zone
While you may have your eye on a specific tree you found online that you would love to use. Most trees are tied to a hardiness zone. This takes into account where a tree can not only live but thrive and have healthy growth the way that you want it to. An orange tree that may flourish in Florida may not be a good fit in Montana. Even trees that would logically make sense from a climate perspective may not do well when looking at the soil composition. It’s important to make sure that whichever tree species you choose fits into the hardiness zone that you live in.
Know Your Space
A Red Oak does not always fit in a backyard. Making sure you have the appropriate space for the tree or trees you intend to plant is critical to making sure they have the resources they need.
Small backyards or areas that are in need of a designated space often use trees such as the Italian Cypress. The Italian Cypress can be planted fairly close to one another and grow mostly vertically rather than outward. This allows the ability to create a living fence using trees. The Italian Cypress is most known for its ability to create beautiful pathing for roads in Italy. Oftentimes in America, it is now used to create beautiful driveways, private yards, and to create small spaces for more intimate settings with friends and family.
On the other hand, if you have a large space in need of privacy willows can be a great choice. Long bowing branches on the weeping willow allow for quick and easy privacy. The Willow grows very quickly and can reach around 50 ft in height. Proper spacing to allow the trees to accommodate each other and grow at an optimal speed will have your property looking like an estate in no time. While Weeping Willows are primarily used for much larger properties as they can grow quite wide and tall. Individual or paired willows can be used for much smaller backyards. Creating a sense of privacy and tranquility that few other trees can match.
Adding something unique such as a cherry blossom tree in a small backyard can provide a pop of color that is not only extremely vibrant and beautiful but peaceful as well. For larger areas, rows of cherry blossoms trees can be used to create magical driveways or walkways that truly feel like you’re on a different planet. With their pink flowers spreading up to 20 feet creating an area that is hard to forget can be accomplished in a very short amount of time. Cherry Blossom trees are most commonly found in the 5-9 hardiness zones.
While the list of trees that can be used for privacy is extensive. Always keep a lookout for your hardiness zone, the size of your property, and what tree best suits the role you are trying to accomplish.
How To Check If A Tree Is Dangerous
While trees can provide incredible benefits to your yard or land they need to be taken care of properly, and can sometimes be even downright dangerous to you or your property if neglected. Here are some of the signs to look for to make sure your tree stays in proper health.
Broken Or Damaged Limbs
Broken or damaged limbs can be not only harmful to your tree but also can be a dead giveaway to a non-healthy tree. Though not all damages are so easy to spot with the eye. A Friendly Tree professional can often see cracks in a branch or a split in a limb where others cannot. A pro can also let you know how big of a problem this can be for the tree as well. By using magnification as well as potentially a crane we can get where you may not be able to. Assessing risk of falling branches, bad growth, and even other types of sickness.
Just like a rash on our skin bark is a way for a tree to show that there may be underlying issues going on. While not as commonly checked, bark plays a critical role in the health of a tree and its overall growth. You may see bark starting to split where it otherwise shouldn’t (it shouldn’t anywhere). You may also notice bark that has begun to peel away or is missing entirely. If caught early on the issue can often be fixed, but once a fungus or insect has taken hold it can sometimes be impossible to remove. By keeping an eye on the bark of the tree we can make sure your tree will be around for years to come.
A Tree That Isn’t Foundationally Solid
The leaning tower in Italy may be famous but a leaning tree is something to look out for. Besides the obvious that it may fall onto your car or even home there are other worries as well. A professional will ask very important questions like, how long has the tree been leaning, has its lean gotten worse, and is the area that it is leaning a safe place for it to currently land?
While a leaning tree doesn’t mean a falling tree, especially with well-established trees often in windy areas. It does have the chance to damage property or cause injury and should be looked at by a professional.
Clear Damage To Root System
While oftentimes there can be root damage without you knowing through a host of issues. Underground water movement, chemical leaching into the soil, disease, insects, etc. There are some obvious signs to look for when checking out your tree.
- Your tree starting to die on certain sides
- This could be caused by construction that happened weeks or even years ago.
- A drooping or wilting tree
- Just like your indoor plants, without proper nutrition and care, they begin to droop and eventually die.
- Making sure your tree is getting the nutrients it needs is critical, a droop is a telltale sign.
- Fewer leaves
- A drop in foliage means that something has often gone on at the root system. Smaller, less vibrant, and a smaller quantity of leaves on your favorite tree should be looked into.
Dead limbs can be as simple as an ice storm or an extra windy day that has caused a condition for the limb to go dead. This may be a lack of nutrients coming from the main tree and can be removed safely. Other times, dead limbs can be a much larger risk than just a falling branch. Your tree may be dying and this could be your only warning. It is important to remove all dead limbs from a tree as they can cause issues with the healthy parts of the tree. This can spread slowly over years or much quicker depending on the tree, the issue, and where the problem is located. Always properly remove dead limbs or call in an expert to help.
Regardless of your tree’s condition Friendly Tree is here to help. Reach out to us today to see how we can help your home look its best, and your trees feel their best!
What Are The Best Front Yard Trees?
Have you ever wondered what the best tree for your front yard should be? There are over 60,000+ different types of trees in the world and each one has its unique characteristics. Some are better for the east coast yard and this is one of our favorites.
The Oak Tree
The oak tree is one of the most perfect trees of all time. Why? They are strong, sturdy in a storm, and can provide benefits to your entire property. From cooling down your home in the dog days of summer by blocking the sun for extended periods of time. To providing shelter to wildlife in your neighborhood.
While some homeowners worry about the size of limbs of oak trees and the potential for falling during winter storms causing damage. With proper tree maintenance and care, they can provide an overwhelming list of benefits with little risk.
With over 600 different types of oak species, there is a breathtakingly large variety of oak trees available to match your home and property perfectly. Oak trees can also be deciduous or evergreen trees. With Deciduous oak tree’s leaves changing in the fall and falling off. Other oak species, evergreen ones, continue to have green leaves year-round.
Depending on your style or preference you may prefer a tree that changes colors along with the rest of your neighborhood. If you are looking for more privacy or sheltering benefits for your property an evergreen tree may be the way to go.
What Size Oak Are You Looking For?
Depending on the size of your yard or your goals for your tree you may want to look at different species as well. You may know you aren’t in your forever home and are looking for a quick-growing oak to add character to your yard for better resell value. The bur oak grows on average of 7-8 inches a year and would still look like a sapling 5 years later. While a Nuttall oak can grow up to 4 feet a year, and sometimes more! Planning your trees to fit the needs of your family, property, and future is key.
Did you know that some of the shortest oaks can be just 30 feet tall? If you live in a ranch-style home with a minimal yard you may look for a Japanese evergreen oak. If you happen to have a large amount of land or want a statement piece that will make friends and family use their sunroof on their way down the driveway. A white oak may be exactly what you are looking for. White oaks can reach over 100 feet in height and are beautiful trees in their early stages and as they mature.
Oak Tree Maintenance
With proper care and maintenance, oak trees can last not only a lifetime but for generations to come. Most oaks prefer the following:
- Well-draining soil
- Full sun all day every day
- Seasonal changes
- While some trees do well year-round with very little temperature change. Oak’s often do well with the natural changing of the seasons.
- Receiving precipitation in the winter can allow for no watering is needed for your oak tree during the colder months!
- Depending on the type of oak you get this will change.
- Deciduous oaks often need annual pruning to make sure they are growing in the direction you want and maintain great tree health.
- Limbs can become diseased or grow too large for their own good, leaving them susceptible during winter storms of breaking.
- Evergreen oaks can often go a lifetime without ever receiving a pruning. If you’re looking for a low-maintenance tree that provides great privacy an evergreen oak may be the perfect choice for you.
- Fertilizer and Tree Nutritional Health
- Just like babies and kids, tree nutrition at the younger stages is extremely important.
- Fertilizing early spring and in the fall are perfect times to help trees reach their full potential and mature trees continue to stay healthy through all seasons.
And If you want to go traditional the oak is the perfect tree as the red oak is the official state tree of New Jersey! The red oak is a fast-growing tree that provides a large amount of shade, beautiful colors in the fall, and needs very little maintenance in comparison to other more meticulous oaks.
No matter which tree you decide from our list of options an oak tree is a perfect tree for your New Jersey home. While other options may exist, the oak in all its varieties is hard to beat.
Arbor Day 2021
Arbor Day has never been more important than in 2021. With changes in climate being a topic on many people’s minds, and the changes to our local environments, everyone can do their part by repopulating their areas with tree planting. From your local neighborhood, all the way to the Amazon Rainforest, planting a tree this Arbor day can help the environment and make your front yard more visually appealing.
How Did Arbor Day Start?
Originally started In the 1870’s Arbor Day has been radically transformed and has taken on a very different meaning. What initially was meant as a program for Nebraska to start repopulating lost trees, has turned into an international holiday that millions participate in every year.
The Morton family moved to Nebraska in the mid 1800’s and quickly started to recognize the importance of trees and plants in their surroundings. J. Sterling Morton, the father in said family, began writing and editing for the first newspaper in Nebraska and often mentioned that more trees would provide benefits to the land and its residents. The state government of Nebraska took notice and eventually made it a state holiday. The first of its kind! Other surrounding states quickly saw the benefits and started the tradition of planting trees each year on the last Friday in April as well. Today, all 50 states and Puerto Rico now have state holidays for Arbor Day along with 43+ more countries celebrating nationally around the globe!
The Benefits of Planting Trees this Arbor Day
Planting trees around your house has benefits to your wallet too, not only can it increase the value of your property by 7-19% according to HGTV, and they can also help with keeping your house cool in the summer and warm in the winter by up to 25% according to the Department of Energy.
Proper tree conservation and planting help with soil conservation and nutrition, water filtering, reduces dust storms, grows edible food, captures carbon, and can protect crops and animals from hard-to-handle weather.
Tree roots are one of nature’s ways of purifying water whether around your house, for rivers and streams, they also stop erosion from happening which can change the topography of the land quickly to keep your yard looking great!
While also helping the environment, trees can help us in other ways too! Trees often provide commonly eaten nuts and fruits for you and your family to eat. Many people remember growing up with fruit trees in their parents or grandparents back yards. In addition to the benefits to your bottom line mentioned above there’s nothing quite like recreating those memories with your own children and seeing the “fruits” of your labor with a fruit or nut tree of your own.
Changes in Climate are Expected
What matters now more than ever when it comes to tree planting is preparing your home for changes in climate. Even one tree can change the ecosystem around your house, providing shelter for local animals like hummingbirds, and producing shade to keep your family and pets cool in the summer. Being apart of Arbor Day 2021 goes much further than your yard though. Over 250 million Arbor Day trees have been planted with over 43 different countries participating! All the way to Egypt actively fighting back the encroaching desertification with the Great Green Wall. To China’s Arbor Day on March 12th with weddings commonly being held the day before to start a new relationship and new life with the planting of trees.
No matter your what or why for planting trees this Arbor Day, Friendly Tree can help, and you can have an impact to your bottom line, property value, and local ecosystem. If you are interested Contact Us Here to see how we can get you the trees you need this Arbor Day, or any day this year!
Air Spade: How it Works
Friendly Tree is proud to offer a wide range of tree services, including professional root excavation. This involves removing soil around a tree’s roots with a tool called an Air Spade.
By using the Air Spade, our team can access and examine the root system without causing tissue damage. Not sure how it works? Ahead, learn about the Air Spade and how it can help your trees.
How an Air Spade Works
The Air Spade is an excavation device that’s used by professional arborists. It’s a heavy-duty handheld tool that consists of a long stick, or barrel, with a nozzle at one end. The other side is attached to an air compressor, which releases high-pressure air through the barrel.
By the time it reaches the nozzle, the compressed air turns into a rapid jet-like stream. In fact, according to Air Spade, the air that comes out moves at about 1,200 mph!
During an Air Spade service, your arborist will point this nozzle to the soil around a tree’s roots. The force of the air will dislodge soil and other particles. It’s even strong enough to break apart compacted soil, so it’s much faster than manual excavation.
Despite its speed and strength, the stream of air won’t harm the tree’s roots. It also won’t damage non-porous materials such as pipes and cables underground. Instead, the compressed air will simply break apart soil, leaving the root system exposed and ready for inspection.
Why Use an Air Spade for Root Excavation?
The Air Spade is a faster, more efficient alternative to manual excavation. Digging up soil by hand is a time-consuming task. It’s also unsafe for the roots; one wrong move and a hand spade can easily cause damage. This is especially likely if the soil is heavy and compacted, which requires more force with a hand spade.
And remember, the tree’s root system is extremely sensitive. If the roots are injured, the entire tree may suffer.
With an Air Spade, an arborist can safely remove the soil while saving you time.
When to Use an Air Spade
An Air Spade for root excavation may be used for:
- Preparing a property for tree planting
- Identifying tree diseases
- Root pruning
- Preparing for root and tree inspections
- Repairing soil compactions
- Creating trenches for construction projects
- Removing extra soil after construction
- Vertical mulching
- Removing trees that were planted too deep
Need Air Spade Services? Contact Friendly Tree
If you need a root excavation or inspection, an Air Spade may come in handy. Friendly Tree can explain how it works and what you can expect during Air Spade services. We may also recommend using the tool for the purposes mentioned above.
For tree servicing in New Jersey, contact Friendly Tree online or call us at (973) 678-8888. Our expert tree technicians offer tree pruning, tree removal, stump grinding, and more.
How Often Do I Need a Tree Inspection?
When you think of inspections, what comes to mind? If you’re like most people, it likely sparks thoughts of car and home inspections.
However, if there are trees on your property, it’s worth thinking about tree inspections as well. These checkups, which are performed by a professional arborist, involves a thorough evaluation of your tree’s trunk, bark, and branches. It also includes a careful assessment of the soil around your trees.
These routine inspections are crucial for tree maintenance and care. But how often do you need tree inspections, anyway? And is it necessary if your trees are healthy and well?
The Importance of Tree Inspections
There’s the popular saying, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” The phrase, which was coined by Benjamin Franklin in the 1730s, originally referred to fire safety.
Yet, the saying holds true for many scenarios, including tree health. A tree inspection allows an arborist to identify (and resolve) issues before they become an expensive or dangerous problem.
During a tree inspection—also known as a tree risk assessment—your arborist can:
- Diagnose tree diseases
- Identify pest infestations
- Detect structural damage, especially after inclement weather
- Protect your family and property by removing branches that may fall
- Identify specific watering needs
- Determine the best soil for your trees
Recommended Tree Inspection Frequency
Even if your trees are thriving and undamaged, it’s essential to get regular tree inspections.
The exact frequency depends on your trees, property, and climate. But in general, it’s recommended to have your trees inspected every three years.
You should also get a tree inspection if you experience extreme weather, like a thunderstorm or drought. Likewise, you’ll also need an inspection if you notice signs of declining health, such as decaying branches or pests. In this case, it’s best to book a tree inspection ASAP for safety purposes.
Contact Friendly Tree for Tree Inspections in Northern New Jersey
Our certified arborists can carefully examine your trees, and ultimately, determine how often you need tree inspections. If we identify any problems, we are happy to provide expert services for fixing common tree issues. This includes tree removal, tree pruning, and tree stump grinding.
Since 1989, Friendly Tree has offered professional tree services throughout northern New Jersey. We have multiple locations, including Orange, Montclair, Madison, Rutherford, Union, New Providence, and Morristown. To learn more about our New Jersey tree services, call us at (973) 678-8888 or request a quote online.
Arborist Tree Trimming: Everything You Need to Know
Is it time to trim your trees? Instead of reaching for a pair of shears, you may want to contact a professional instead. When done by an experienced arborist, tree trimming can enhance both the appearance and health of your plants.
Here’s what you need to know about the tree service:
Tree Trimming vs. Tree Pruning
Though “trimming” and “pruning” are often used interchangeably, the services do have some differences.
Tree trimming is mostly done for aesthetic reasons. It involves removing parts of trees, hedges, and shrubs in order to maintain a certain shape and look. This is key for retaining the beauty of your landscape.
After all, without regular trimming, plants can become overgrown and untidy. The service gives them a neat, clean appearance while removing branches that may prevent moisture and light from reaching nearby plants.
Tree pruning also enhances a tree’s structure and shape. However, its main goal is to promote good health by removing dead and infected branches. (Otherwise, insects and disease can easily spread and kill the tree.) This increases the tree’s lifespan and reduces hazards, since damaged branches are more likely to fall.
Why Hire an Arborist for Tree Trimming
Contrary to popular belief, tree trimming isn’t as simple as clipping away a few branches.
The practice should be done in a strategic and careful manner. Specifically, a tree needs to be trimmed in a way that maintains its health and promotes growth.
With that said, it’s a good idea to leave tree trimming to the pros. A certified arborist will know precisely where and how to trim a tree. They’ll also have the right tools for the job, as different techniques may call for different equipment.
An arborist will also know how to trim a tree safely, which is especially important if you need to trim taller or older trees.
Arborist Tree Trimming Cost
The cost of tree trimming depends on several factors, including:
- Type of tree
- Tree height
- Accessibility of tree
- Your location
- Your specific design requests
- Time needed for the job
Contact Friendly Tree for a quote based on your needs and property.
Tree Trimming Services in Northern New Jersey
Our experienced arborists are ready to improve the appearance and health of your trees through a range of services. We offer arborist tree trimming—along with tree pruning, tree removal, and tree planting.
To learn more, call Friendly Tree at (973) 678-8888 or request a quote online. We proudly serve South Orange, Montclair, Rutherford, Union, and Morristown.
How Much Does Bark Blowing Cost?
If you’re thinking about installing bark mulch, bark blowing is the way to go.
The method uses the force of compressed air, which swiftly moves bark through a hose. The result is a quick and smooth application that leaves your existing landscape undamaged. What’s more, bark blowing is faster than manual installation—which means you’ll save time and money.
But how much does bark blowing cost? To get an idea of your total fee, consider the following factors:
In general, bark mulch installation costs $45 per cubic yard. This is in addition to the price of mulch, which we’ll explain further below.
Cost of Bark Mulch
The price of mulch varies by type. For example, colored mulch costs less than cedarwood mulch, which is more durable and long-lasting.
If you’re overwhelmed by the different types of mulch, get in touch with Friendly Tree. Our experts can suggest the best choice based on your price range and landscaping needs.
We also offer mulch products between $18 to $47 per cubic yard, so there’s something for every budget.
Size of Application Area
Since mulch is priced and applied by cubic yards, you can estimate the cost by considering the size of your mulch beds.
Not a fan of math? Don’t worry. On each of our mulch product pages, you’ll find a handy tool that computes the total estimated yardage needed. Simply enter the dimensions of each mulch bed, and let the tool do the rest. You can see an example on our page for natural cedar mulch.
Distance Between Area and Truck
Finally, the distance between your mulch bed and truck affects the total cost. Our hoses are 300 feet long, so we can easily access remote spaces on your property. This includes areas up or down hills, inside courtyards, or behind walls.
Of course, we will place the truck in the most strategic location possible. But if your application area is more than 200 feet away, we can add another 100 feet of hose. This costs $175 for every 100 feet per 20 cubic yards.
Interested in Professional Bark Blowing? Call Friendly Tree for Bulk Pricing
As a personalized service, the cost of bark blowing can vary greatly. However, Friendly Tree is happy to provide a quote; simply contact us online or call (973) 678-8888. We also have bulk pricing and discounts.
Friendly Tree offers other tree services as well. Whether you need tree planting or tree pruning in northern New Jersey, our team is here to help.
Air Spade Services: What to Expect
An Air Spade is a heavy-duty excavation tool that’s used by professional arborists. It utilizes compressed air to loosen and remove soil, which allows safe access to a tree’s root system.
Compared to digging with a traditional spade, using an Air Spade is an ideal alternative. It’s faster and safer, for arborists and trees alike.
The expert arborists at Friendly Tree offer Air Spade services in New Jersey. Here’s what you can expect during your appointment.
Air Spade Uses
Arborists use Air Spades to excavate soil around a tree. The high-pressure air effectively breaks up the particles without damaging the sensitive roots.
Specifically, an Air Spade may be used for the following purposes:
- Preparing a site for tree planting
- Fixing soil compaction
- Root collar excavation
- Root and tree inspections
- Diagnosing tree diseases
- Digging trenches for construction or utility projects
- Excavation of trees planted too deep
- Adding soil mixes
- Vertical mulching
- Root pruning
Using an Air Spade is also ideal for working with soil around existing buried objects, like utility lines.
What to Expect During Air Spade Services
When your arborist uses an Air Spade, the exact procedure will depend on why they’re using it in the first place. However, here’s what you can generally expect during the service:
1. Soil Preparation
You’ll need to water the soil to be aerated a day or two before your appointment. This will speed up the process, as moist soil is easier to break apart. It will also prevent excess soil from blowing away.
2. Clearing the Area
During your scheduled service, your arborist will remove shrubs, flowers, or grass from the work area. This will give them full access to the soil.
If possible, we recommend removing what you can before your appointment. Again, this will help things move things along. You might also want to hold on to any plants you want to keep and relocate.
3. Plan Ahead
Although Air-Spade services are quick and convenient, they can be noisy. If you have kids or pets who are sensitive to loud noises, you might want to make plants to ensure they aren’t present. Likewise, if you work from home, consider taking the day off (if possible) or working from a different location during your appointment.
If the excavated area is very deep but can’t be refilled right away, your arborist may backfill the space with coarse mulch or medium-sized stones. These materials offer air circulation around the roots.
Call Friendly Tree for Air Spade Services in New Jersey
Thanks to the trusty Air-Spade, Friendly Tree can remove or aerate the soil without damaging your existing trees. This is especially useful during root excavation services, along with the other purposes mentioned above.
If you’re unsure how to prepare your property for Air Spadework, feel free to reach out. We can explain what to expect during Air-Spade services and estimate how long the process will take.
Friendly Tree is also proud to offer tree removal, tree pruning, and more. To learn more about our residential tree services, call us at (973) 678-8888 or request a quote online.
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