Charlotte Tree Services
A wide range of professional, affordable tree care services for the Mecklenburg County area
Our arborists, fully licensed and insured, have been providing high-quality, affordable tree services to Charlotte and surrounding communities since 2000. Full-service pruning and tree care services are offered all year round, whatever your need, whenever you need us. Read more about our tree services here. We look forward to meeting you, assessing your needs and getting the job done.
How We Care for Your Trees
Charlotte Tree Removal
Trees don't always fit into the environment we have created for them - on our properties, in our neighborhoods or lining our streets. Whether the tree has outgrown the spot, is in poor health or dying or needs to be removed to prepare for a property improvement project, Arborscapes can safely and efficiently complete the removal in and around Charlotte. We use a variety of equipment in the pruning and removal process, including ropes pullies, bucket trucks and cranes. Not every tree needs to be removed. Often, pruning, fertilization or pest and disease control is an alternative to removal. This allows for the preservation of the tree. In most cases, it ends up costing less than removing a tree.
Charlotte Stump Grinding
Stump grinding can dramatically improve the appearance of your landscape design. Arborscapes offers affordable, professional stump grinding and removal services.
Whether you chose Arborscapes to remove a tree and want us to finish the job by removing tree stump or you need stump removal as a standalone service, we can meet your need. Our efficient stump grinding process uses professional equipment attachments and tools to get the job done quickly. We are happy to work with you.
Charlotte Tree Trimming
Proper trimming and pruning is essential for trees' health. It also keeps them looking great. Our certified arborists understand how to properly prune each tree based on the client's goals and objectives for that tree. Feel free to contact us with questions or concerns. Here are some common types of pruning:
- Removal of dead, diseased or broken branches.
- Pruning to provide clearance with houses, over driveways, around other landscape plants or any other area of conflict.
- Structural pruning of young trees to help mitigate or correct defects while the tree is small. This also promotes a strong structure as it grows.
- Pruning to establish or preserve a view or line of sight.
- Pruning of mature trees to reduce length and weight. This reduces the risk of a large limb failure. Safety in this regard is essential.
Cabling & Bracing Trees
Trees are living organisms that grow in a less-than-perfect form – like all of us! Imperfections can lead to structural defects, resulting in the loss of a large limb or section of canopy. Many times, pruning by itself can mitigate the risk posed by these defects. In some situations, your Arborscapes Arborist may recommend installing a cable, brace rod or other supplemental support system to provide additional support. This reduces the risk of large limb/canopy failure. Arborscapes installs two types of cabling systems: One is an Extra High Strength Cable (EHS) system. The other is a composite fabric cabling system. Cabling is intended to restrict or dampen additional movement of limbs and stems beyond their breaking point. Cabling is often recommended for trees with co-dominant stems; branch unions that have a tight angle; limbs judged to be overextended; and limbs with a low-aspect ratio compared to their parent stem/branch. Cables are generally installed high in a tree's canopy. They need to be inspected yearly or after major weather events. Not every tree will benefit from installing a cabling system. Your Arborscapes Arborist can help determine if the tree is a good candidate.
As the Charlotte area grows, development around trees will continue to be an issue for our city. Arborscapes can evaluate trees before construction planning, offer advice about the impact to trees based on proposed construction, and develop a plan to preserve trees through the building process. Not every tree is a good candidate for preservation. Making tough decisions on the front end about building placement, grade changes or other changes to the site can save money and headaches after construction is finished. Some of the tree preservation services we offer and may recommend:
- Pre-construction tree inspection/evaluation.
- Establishing a tree and soil protection zone.
- Root pruning near areas of excavation/grade changes.
- Soil remediation to correct damage done by construction.
- Preventative pest and disease control.
- Prescription soil fertilization.
Real-estate Sale Property Inspections
From Mooresville to Rock Hill, the Charlotte area real estate market is experiencing record levels of transactions, and those sales are happening faster than ever. Ensuring that the roof, foundation and electrical wiring are all in good working order before you purchase a home are all routine points of inspection. During the buying process, the landscape and trees are often overlooked until after the boxes are unpacked, pictures are hung and everyone is settled into the new space. Existing trees can be a large hidden expense, or danger, that a new homeowner discovers after the sale is finalized. Inspection before a sale identifies areas of concern and results in care or removal recommendations. It also pinpoints the cost of these recommended services.
Charlotte's communities and HOAs are often presented with the task of managing large populations of trees. Conducting an initial tree inventory can be a good way to establish what trees are currently on site and where they are located; their current condition; and any care recommendations required over the next few seasons. Making blanket recommendations for populations of trees without regard to specific tree needs wastes community resources. Look to Arborscapes for help.
Tree Risk Assessment
Nearly everything in our daily lives comes with some amount of risk. Trees are no different. Charlotte is widely known as the City of Trees... and consequences of a large tree pulling out of the ground and falling can be catastrophic to property and potentially deadly to people. We understand that the safety of your family comes first. We take seriously our work to safeguard lives and property. We consider it our duty and our privilege.
Protecting Against Lightning
The Mecklenburg County area has seen some impressive storms of late. From recent tornadoes in Matthews to record setting thunderstorms across the entire city of Charlotte. Lightning protection systems minimize the chances of a tree being damaged by a lightning strike by providing a path to the ground outside of a tree's living tissues. These systems consist of a copper cable connected to a terminal rod as high in the canopy of the tree as possible on one end and a ground rod buried away from the trunk of the tree. Not every tree needs a lightning protection system. The chances of a dogwood getting struck by lightning, for example, are near zero. There are a variety of factors ranging from tree species to site conditions. In and around Charlotte, Arborscapes Arborists can help you determine your needs, for the health and safety of your loved ones.
Trimming & Pruning
Regular trimming and pruning keeps your trees looking great and is essential for their health. Our ISA Certified Arborists understand how to properly prune each tree to promote healthy new growth by maintaining the tree's natural shape.
Pruning removes dead or diseased branches and limbs that could be more likely to house pest and animal infestations harmful to the tree. Regular trimming and pruning also prevents breaking and falling limbs that could damage your property or pose a safety hazard to your family.
Every year, cankerworms cause extreme damage to trees in North Carolina. We offer assessments and tree banding to keep your trees healthy and pest free.
Cankerworms spin "silken threads" that allow them to drop from foliage to escape predators, lower themselves to the ground when full grown, and to be blown by the wind to other trees. Wingless females crawl up the trees to lay small irregular clusters of fifty or more eggs in bark crevices in the crown of the host tree. The eggs hatch in the spring.
Tree banding, which uses a sticky band of paper to trap the females as they crawl up the trees, is the best course of prevention. The City will also spray in the Spring for the worms as they hatch, but it is crucial to take action in the fall, after most leaves have fallen, to prevent as many worms as possible.
They feed on many broadleaf trees including Oak, Birch, Maple, Elm and Apple. The first signs of infestation are the appearance of small "shot holes" in new leaves and larvae can be found under the leaves. By the time the larvae finish feeding, only the major veins and midribs of the older leaves remain.
Tree Pest Control & Removal
At Arborscapes, we use a process called Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to protect your trees from damaging insects. IPM is an efficient and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of current, comprehensive information on the life cycles of pests and their relationship with the environment.
IPM, in combination with traditional pest control methods, is used to manage and control pests with the least possible hazard to people, property and the environment. IPM is not a single pest control method, but a series of pest management evaluations, decisions and controls. In practicing IPM, growers who are aware of the potential for infestation follow a four tiered approach:
- Set Action Thresholds - Set threshold at which pest populations or environmental conditions indicate that pest control action should be taken. Typically this will be the level at which the pests threaten the health of your trees, shrubs or ornamentals.
- Monitor & Identify Pests - Some organisms are innocuous or even beneficial. IPM programs work to monitor pests and identify them accurately so that appropriate control decisions can be made.
- Prevention - As a first line of pest control, IPM programs work to manage the plant material to prevent pests from becoming a threat. These control methods can be very effective, cost-efficient and present little to no risk to people or the environment.
- Control - Once monitoring, identification, and action thresholds indicate that pest control is required, IPM programs evaluate the proper control method both for effectiveness and risk. Effective, less risky pest controls are chosen first, including highly targeted chemicals, such as pheromones to disrupt pest mating, or mechanical control, such as trapping or weeding. If further monitoring, identifications and action thresholds indicate that less risky controls are not working, then additional pest control methods, such as targeted spraying of pesticides, may be deployed. Broadcast spraying of non-specific pesticides is a last resort.
Soil Fertilization & Management
At Arborscapes, our ISA Certified Arborists know that trees growing in their natural habitat should have access to all of the minerals they need to survive and grow. Anything you can do to mimic that habitat (eg. letting leaves remain on the ground in the fall instead of raking them up) will reduce the need for fertilizer.
However, for most of our landscape designs, the need for fertilizer is never entirely eliminated. Fall fertilization serves to make available vital nutrients to increase root structure and mass, increase biological activity and diversity, increase availability of plant nutrients and uptake and increase active organic matter.
Custom fertilization planning
Our Arborists can examine your trees to understand the best time of year for fertilization. This will typically be from fall to mid-spring when the tree's roots take nutrients from the soil and apply them to important health-promoting functions such as root development and disease resistance.
Using biological inoculants during the fall at the time of mulching will provide a blanket of beneficial microbes which strengthen the root zones while providing depleted nutrients in the surrounding soil as well as roots. During the growing season, fertilizing can help a tree overcome mineral deficiencies and fight off infections.
If your specific needs require fertilizing in mid- to late summer, we will avoid formulations high in nitrogen as this will promote weak, new growth that may be easily damaged in the winter.
Soil compaction prevention
Long before soil compaction shows as a water problem - we will see compaction show up as a microelement deficiency. That's where Arborscapes comes in. We will feed your trees with organic fertilizers to provide depleted nutrients and to strengthen the root zone without high NPK fertilizers that can leach into your water systems.
Roots must respire - burn glucose to release energy. Oxygen is a major requirement for this process. Mycorrhizae, fungi that establish a symbiotic relationship with the roots of trees and plants, are aerobic microorganisms - which means they require free, gaseous oxygen for their growth. The main reason soil compaction is injurious to the plant system is not because of the oxygen - which is very important, but because soil compaction kills the mycorrhizae. At this point the plant material begins to suffer from lack of water and elements and the plant material begins to have a microelement deficiency.