Tree/Shrub Pruning & Removal

Plant Health Care

Tree & Shrub Removal Jones Tree & Lawn in Arvada

 

The Plant Health Care division of Jones Tree & Lawn is involved with the application of insecticides, fungicides, repellents, and fertilizers in order to prevent or control plant pest problems and maintain plant health.

We have been caring for Denver's trees, shrubs and lawns for over 31 years! Over that time we have learned what problems and pests to expect and can predict for virtually any tree or shrub that can be grown in the Denver Metro area. Over the last 31 years many new products and techniques for controlling insect and diseases have been introduced. We pride ourselves on staying on the cutting edge of emerging technologies. All new products have been tested for their effectiveness before we offer them to our clients.

Plant Health Care programs begin with a visit from one of Certified Arborists who will survey the trees, shrubs and turf on your property. Based on the type of plant material, their present state of health and your goals... we prescribe a list of recommended services in order to address these issues. Practically every plant health care program we design is unique to the property. When you accept the proposal, we generate work orders and at the appropriate times dispatch qualified, trained personnel to perform the various tasks. Many of the insect and disease pests have a small "Window of Opportunity" to achieve maximum control. In order to realize the best results... we need authorization to proceed in a timely fashion so that we don't miss the "Window of Opportunity".

Your Customer Care Specialist is always available to address any questions you may have. Plant Health Care programs are a partnership between you and Jones Tree & Lawn. We both work together toward the common goal of keeping your trees, shrubs and lawn healthy, attractive and safe for you to live with.

Some of the methods used to control pests include: traditional spraying, systemic soil injection and trunk injections. Each method has a place in plant health care. Some methods may be more effective than others when controlling certain pests. Your Customer Care representative will prescribe the best methods to control the pests on your trees.


Let's take a look at where we plant trees in the Denver Metro area.

In the urban forest each autumn we gather up the nutrient containing leaves and give them to the trash man. We plant turf grass over tree root systems, or worse still... cover roots with plastic or landscape fabric and cover that with decorative rocks. We stuff trees into tiny planting pits in sidewalks and parking islands without any consideration for future growth. Then we expect them to grow and thrive. Maybe if we give our trees a little fertilizer now and then they might perform a bit better.

Common ways to Fertilize Trees and Shrubs include:

  • Liquid Fertilizer Injection: This is done by dissolving fertilizer in water and then injecting it into the soil around the root zone of the tree. A common tool for the homeowner to use is the Ross Root Feeder. Jones Tree & Lawn, Inc. has specially equipped trucks that inject fertilizer solution deep into the trees root system under pressure. This technique not only provides fertilizer, but as a secondary benefit the injection leaves a hole in the soil that provides a channel for air and water to penetrate the soil.
  • Topical Application: Granular or diluted liquid fertilizer is spread across the soils surface. When it gets wet... nutrients are washed down into the root zone.
  • Tree Trunk Injection: This method bypasses the root system and puts nutrients directly under the bark of the tree where the fertilizer is dispersed through the sap system. Trunk injection is usually done to correct specific nutrient deficiencies like iron chlorosis. Trunk injections should only performed by trained professionals.

All Plants need 16 Essential Elements to Function

Nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium (NPK) are generally the three limiting elements and are the main ingredients in fertilizer formulations. It really doesn't matter what the package says... rose food, flower food, tree food, etc. As long as it contains NPK plants will use it. In Colorado the most common micronutrient deficiency is iron. Chelated iron formulations perform the best in the various soils types found in the Denver Metro area. There is much more to fertilizing than we have space for here. If you are in doubt about how, when, where and why to fertilize your trees and shrubs.

Call Jones Tree & Lawn to schedule your fertilization estimate today at 303-431-8132

Plant Health Care Program

Plant Health Care Program

Tree/Shrub Pruning & Removal

When we prune trees there are some basic goals we try to strive for.

pruning, trees, proper pruning, When we prune trees there are some basic goals we try to strive for

 First is the overall health of the tree. Dead limbs, broken limbs and branch stubs should be pruned out. This allows the tree to compartmentalize or close the wound. Next we look for crossing limbs; limbs that have been allowed to grow over the top of another creating wounds as they rub each other. We look for limbs with included bark or other defects. We try to promote good branch scaffolding. Then we do selective thinning out on the ends of branches. This allows for sunlight to penetrate throughout the crown of the tree in order to keep interior branches alive. Selective thinning also helps reduce the potential for storm damage. 

The absolute worst thing to do to a tree is to “top” them.

absolute worst thing to do to a tree  is to  "top" them

 Topping is the indiscriminate cutting back of tree branches to stubs, or laterals that are to small to assume the terminal role. Topping opens wood to decay and causes excessive sprouting. In some cases it outright kills the tree. It reduces the trees ability to produce food, and if it lives… the tree is now more susceptible to falling apart. A common reason given by homeowners for wanting their tree topped is that they think it’s too big. Each species of tree is genetically designed to grow to a certain size. If it’s really too large for an area… or if you just don’t feel safe around it, then perhaps removing the tree should be considered. Topping it will just make it more dangerous in the future… and it’s just not right. 

Pruning small trees is not a difficult task if you have the right tools.

Pruning small trees is not a difficult task if you have the right tools.

 There are several good references available to guide you through the process. If you have to get out a ladder to prune… you may want to think twice. Professional arborists rarely trim from a ladder. It is very dangerous. How much money will it cost you if you should fall and seriously injure yourself? Chances are it would cost you much more than it would cost to have the tree trimmed by a professional. Trimming larger trees should be done by the pros. We have the equipment, knowledge and training to do the job right. 

Beautiful Jones Tree Trimming Standard

Jones Tree Trimming Standard

Tree Trimming

With 5 ISA Certified Arborists and 2 ISA Certified Tree Workers on staff, Jones Tree & Lawn, Inc. performs all aspects tree and shrub trimming and removal in the Denver Metro area and foothill communities. In order to insure public safety... as well as safety for our employees, we follow all ANSIZ133.1-2000 Safety Requirements for Arboricultural Operations. From Class one trims to Crown cleaning... we have the experience and know-how to do the job right. 


Trim Work Descriptions


Complete / Class One Trim: Shall consist of Crown clean; removal of dead, diseased, dying limbs, broken limbs and branch stubs to 1/2" diameter and larger where practical. Crown thinning, selective thinning of densely growing limbs at branch ends as well as removal of crossing and interfering limbs. Limbs interfering with buildings, adjacent plants, or that need to be elevated over streets, side walks, walkways will either be removed or their growth pattern redirected where possible.

Class Two Trim: Essentially the same as a Class one trim except that limbs 1" diameter and larger will be targeted.

Crown clean / Deadwood Pruning: Removal of dead, dying, diseased, broken limbs and stubs shall be removed. A target diameter will be worked out with the property owner.

Special Instructions: Any special instructions such as "Remove lowest limb over driveway, or Crown raise, etc." will be specified on the work estimate.

Removal: Terms such as "Remove down to a stump" or "Cut off as low as possible" are used to describe tree or shrub removals. This means that all above ground portions of the tree or shrub will be cut down to a stump and disposed of. Stumps cannot be cut flush to the ground with a chainsaw.

Grind Stump: A stump grinding machine is used to extract the stump and root flare. Stumps are removed down to a minimum depth of 6". Surface roots if present and if specified on the estimate can also be extracted. All chips and debris will be cleaned up and disposed of unless otherwise specified.

Grub Stump: A tree or shrub stump is removed manually by digging it out from the ground.

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Shrub Pruning

 

Shrub Pruning Descriptions 


Shear: Using gas or electric powered shears to shape deciduous or evergreen shrubs, usually rounded. This produces a formal neat appearance.

Hand Prune: Using hand pruners a shrub is shaped leaving a less formal more natural look.

Deadwood: Old dead stems are pruned out of the shrub.

Cut off to Rejuvenate: The entire shrub is cut down to a few inches above ground. This method may be suggested for old, over grown deciduous shrubs. It is only done while the plant is dormant and forces it to start anew the following spring.

Our Guarantee to you Jones Tree & Lawn, Inc. guarantees that all tree and shrub care work will be done according to ANSI A300 Standards Practices for Tree Care. Should any work performed not meet these standards you will not be charged until such standards have been met!