ISA Certified Arborist in Tulsa, Oklahoma
29 Jan 2024

Warmer weather for Oklahoma this week!

Warmer weather is in store this week for most of Oklahoma!

That means many people will be getting outside trying to thaw out from some of the extreme cold temperatures we’ve had this winter.

Now would be a great time to look at your trees and see if there are any broken branches or tree limbs that were damaged or broken from the few ice and snow days Tulsa and surrounding areas experienced.

Although Tulsa did not receive much snow or ice, sometimes already weekend trees or tree branches have limbs that do fail.

Since most trees lose their leaves in the fall, broken and damaged tree limbs are easier to see in the winter.

As many Tulsa, Bixby, Broken Arrow, Owasso and many other surrounding residents experienced in June of 2023, trees, especially already weakened trees, are prone to extensive damage from snow, ice and wind.

Here at Henderson Tree and Landscape, we care for trees. Trees are our specialty!

Through various tree trimming and pruning methods, we can help with the structural stability of your tree.

If you see broken or hanging tree limbs in your trees don’t wait until the next storm brings them down uncontrollably.

We can reach the tallest trees in Tulsa.

With our new compact “spider lift”, we can reach SAFE working heights up to 90 feet, all while being able to fit through a 36 inch gate!

Call us today to set up an appointment with our ISA Certified Arborist.

(918) 510-2285

13 Jan 2024

My tree is getting too tall, should I top my tree?

SHOULD YOU TOP YOUR TREE?

No! Tree topping is known by educated arborists as bad practice and in almost every case should be avoided. However, if your tree or trees post a hazard to life or property and are in great decline and the homeowner has the intent to eventually remove the tree then this is one of the very few instances we would ever recommend tree topping. If your tree or trees are healthy and you are looking to trim your tree for tree health then topping should almost never be an option. Tree topping in most cases eventually leads to tree decay and can pose significant problems within the tree which can lead to eventual tree removal. Another problem with tree topping is what arborist sometimes refer to as the “witches broom effect”. A witches broom effect is where the tree sprouts out several new branches at the end of a heading cut. This is problematic because when you have multiple branches growing all in the same area the tree ends up with multiple areas of included bark. Included bark is another problematic area in trees we see often. Included bark is where two or more branches or leaders are joined together without a branch collar. The area of included bark is prone decay from water, dirt and debris build up. Water seeps down into the area of the included bark allowing decay to set in within the tree. Couple the potentially large branches or leaders that have decay in the areas of the included bark with ice, snow or heavy winds and you could potentially have a serious hazard. So when we get asked if we top trees the answer is almost always a no and to avoid tree topping at all cost unless the tree poses a threat to life or property. To conclude, ensure you try and avoid tree services that want to top your tree and look for a TULSA TREE SERVICE that specializes in proper tree care and look for ISA Certified Arborists in Tulsa.

17 Jul 2017

Why the cheapest estimate is not always the best investment for your trees.

We received a call the other day from a homeowner requesting to meet with our ISA Certified Arborist. The homeowner was frustrated with “the lawn guys” whom they had just hired to trim their trees. Prior to hiring them the homeowner had received two estimates. Choosing to go with the “cheapest” bid, which was approximately $1,600 less than the highest bid. These “savings” would sadly cost her several thousands down the road.

Why you might ask? The lawn guys completely topped (cut the entire top portion of the tree off) eleven small Magnolia trees. Topping of trees, which we at Henderson Tree and Landscape refuse to do, will cause a number of problems, which eventually all lead to the death of the tree. In essence, all eleven of the trees in which she had requested to be trimmed but were topped, have begun to decay and will need to be removed.

The cost to remove the topped trees and stump grind is anywhere from $2,000 to $3,500. Once these have been removed and the stumps ground, the client will then face the additional cost of selecting like trees (eleven) which will then need to be installed at an additional cost per tree. This additional cost can total anywhere from $3,500 to $4,500. Remember, once these new trees are planted they still will not be the height of the previous trees prior to being improperly trimmed.

In conclusion, the homeowner’s thoughts of saving $1,600 have turned into a living nightmare where she may pay anywhere from $5,500 to $8,000 to fix this hack job performed by uncertified and untrained “lawn guys.”

 

For more information on why topping is bad click here.

 

Below is a picture of just one of the trees that was topped.

 

 

 

25 May 2016

Hiring The Right Tree Service Company After a Storm

Choosing the right tree service company in the Tulsa metro area can be a difficult task, especially after storm damage. As for a lot of tree companies, just about anyone can go down to the local hardware store that has a pick up and purchase a chainsaw, make up a few cards with their name on it and say “They’re a tree service company.” Most people wouldn’t take advice from a “person” who just went to the store and bought some medical equipment and called themself a “doctor” and this should hold true for a tree service company. With storm damage, brings with it the “tree service companies.” A lot of tree service companies chase storms from town to town and state to state. It’s always best to be sure to always check and make sure the tree service company you hire is fully insured and has actual proof of insurance. There has been many horror stories of tree service companies saying they are insured and when the incidents occurred the customer was left with damaged property etc. and the tree service company is now states away… You can see how this ended… Another big problem with hiring the wrong tree service company is the reality of it is a lot of them simply do not have the experience or knowledge on how to properly trim your trees. Trees should never be topped, stubbed out, or have 25% of the foliage removed at one time unless it is a safety issue and the tree is going to be removed soon. Topping a tree is extremely harmful to trees, doing so will make the tree(s) highly susceptible to insects and disease which in return causes wood rot and from there works its way into the tree from the site of the improper cut(s). Make sure the tree service company you choose has the proper insurance with actual proof and the experience with proper know how before trimming your trees. Contact Henderson Tree and Landscape, LLC today to receive a free consultation.

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We are a tree service company in Tulsa that has experience with trees in the Tulsa area. Let us give you a free consultation and expert advice on how to care for your trees to help prevent storm damage.

(918) 510.2285

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