Overlook Tree Preservation provides a variety of services in the Portland area to help with of your tree care needs. Contact us for a free estimate.
When ever possible, we like to recycle the wood from tree removals that we perform. We can have the wood from your trees properly milled by a dedicated professional. Feel free to contact us here at Overlook Tree Preservation, INC. for a free estimate for tree care and removal. Be advised, that NOT all of the trees we remove can be salvaged for lumber because of decay or access to the log(s).
PRUNING & PROCESS
During the pruning process we carefully remove dead branches, open the canopy to increase light and air (remember, fungus loves a shaded environment), improve the tree's structure and thoughtfully trim meddlesome branches that are too close to your house, service wires or hanging below the legal street and sidewalk clearance. And if you want your view back, don't feel bad. We can usually find a solution that you and your tree will be happy with. Below you will find a description of our pruning process, practices, techniques and thoughts.
Step 1. INITIAL ASSESSMENT
We'll meet with you to discuss what the tree needs and decide what you'd like to have done. In this case, the client was concerned that the tree's limbs might be too heavy and break. After taking a look, we decided this English Walnut needed a few things done: remove all the dead branches, trim lower limbs to meet city street and sidewalk overhead height limits and prune throughout to balance weight, improve air circulation and sunlight distribution.
STEP 2. VISUAL TREE ASSESSMENT
Before we start cutting, we've got to check it out first. Rot, disease, damage, service lines and other such factors determine how we'll go about pruning.
Having established a plan, we can start pruning. In most cases, we'll prune from both the ground and from within the canopy. Our goal is to remove dead wood and balance the weight, open the tree up for sunlight and air circulation, and improve aesthetics. This keeps the potential for fungus and disease at a minimum. Fungus loves a shaded environment.
STEP 4. CLEAN UP DEBRIS FROM CANOPY
After the canopy is pruned, we chip and clean the fallen debris. In most cases, we'll leave the mulch for your garden and flowerbeds. Fresh mulch replaces many nutrients and helps retain water. But if a tree is diseased, we can't leave the mulch because pathogens can reenter through the soil. After all that, and the cleanup is done—it should look like we were never there.
STEP 5. RECOMMEND A RECURRING PRUNING PLAN.
REMOVAL & PROCESS
Unfortunately there are times when you're left with no choice but to have a tree removed. In such a case, once the tree has been removed it should look like we were never there and neither was the tree. Additionally, we can grind out stumps and do crane removals for dead and hazardous trees. Below you will find a step-by-step description of the process we undertake when removing a tree.
STEP 1. INITIAL ASSESSMENT AND TREE REMOVAL PERMIT.
We'll meet with you to discuss what the tree needs and decide what you'd like to have done. Sometimes the tree just has to go. And this was one of those times. Over the years, this Birch endured constant topping from the electric company. Disease and rot inevitably set in, weakening the major limbs and trunk. As you can see in the photo, nearly half of the tree's base has rotted away. In other words, it could fall at any time. So the only option was to beat it to the punch and safely remove the tree. City permits were required for this removal.
STEP 2. VISUAL TREE ASSESSMENT.
Before we can remove a tree, we have to check it out first. Rot, disease, damage, service lines and other such factors determine how the tree will be safely removed. We decided this one was in good enough shape for climbing. Had it not been, we'd have used a crane or some other method.
STEP 3. DEVELOP REMOVAL PLAN.
We can't just cut. Instead, we have to strategically decide which limbs will come off first and which way we want the tree to fall. And as you'd expect, we account for homes, cars, shrubs, flowerbeds, service lines and other obstacles.
STEP 4. REMOVE CANOPY AND ALL LIMBS.
One of our experienced arborists climbs the tree and begins the limb removal process. We start with the exterior of the canopy and work towards the trunk. During limb removal, we are careful to ensure an even distribution of weight.
STEP 5. CLEAN UP DEBRIS FROM CANOPY.
After the canopy is removed, we chip and clean the fallen debris from the canopy. This gives us a clean slate for sometimes falling the trunk of the tree, if it doesn't, we will have to piece it out all the way to the ground. Unless you say otherwise, we'll leave the mulch for your garden. The fresh mulch puts many natural nutrients back into the soil, helps retain water, protects roots and reduces soil compaction.
In most cases, we'll use a rope to guide the trunk down. (Safety first!) Once it's looped around the trunk, we cut down the remaining portion of the tree.
STEP 7. CUT TRUNK AND LARGE LIMBS INTO FIREWOOD.
Like the mulch, we'll leave as much of your tree with you as you like (in a useable form, of course).
STEP 8. STUMP GRINDING AND CLEANING UP JOB SITE.
Cleanup is the most important part of the job. It should look like we were never there. And as stump grinding goes, we are happy to do that in the front or back yard.
Tree mulching is great for trees. Based on the type of tree, we'll decide which mulch will benefit most. The goal with tree mulching is to reduce soil compaction, retain moisture and eventually provide a new food source for the tree. (Never mulch the entire base of a newly planted tree). Only mulch the outer area of the planting site. Why? Mulching the entire planting site can encourage roots to come up for air. We don't want that to happen, we want roots to grow laterally into the soil.
If you have brush, I have a chipper. We'll charge an hourly rate for brush chipping and leave the chips for garden mulch, it's the best, bar none.
The best time to trim hedges is in April (before the growing season) and August (at the end of the growing season).
When providing a tree consultation we carefully evaluate the health of the tree, identify any problems and suggest a remedy. We also provide written reports for construction trauma, developers, tort cases, and more.
When we're through conducting a tree inventory, you'll know exactly what you have. We'll identify the species and classification and measure the diameter of your trees and tag and number them as well.
When conducting a tree retention plan we take a look at your trees and decide which ones stay and which ones go. We'll preserve what we can, remove the diseased and hazardous ones and call out replacement trees that are site-specific.
Our first step in conducting arboricultural research is to discuss your questions, concerns and needs. From there, we can suggest a tree for a specific location, test soil, recommend fertilizers, or anything else you need.