Tree Risk Evaluations, Diagnostics & Health Management

We specialize in tree and forest diagnostics using rigorous, scientific methods and a multidisciplinary approach. Two of our arborists are qualified to use the current Tree Risk Assessment method established by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). This allows us to assist our clients in making educated choices about tree conservation and tree risk. Many other consulting arborists don’t have a background in field-arborism; we do. We incorporate non-damaging aerial inspections into our risk, decay and disease evaluations.

We have experience with hundreds of fungal pathogens, insects, viruses, oomycota, soil diseases, large pests and disease-stress complexes. Using advanced technology and partnerships in academia we successfully diagnose most plant diseases we encounter.

Our tree experts can assist in determining the standard of care for property owners, reverse engineer decaying patterns to assess issues of notice, and evaluate contract specifications with product appropriateness. We’ve identified species, age and disease from tree stumps, inspected and evaluated tree failure in personal injury claims and assessed mature tree failure in environmentally sensitive areas.

Our Certified Arborists can demonstrate and qualify potential conflicts associated with trees and associated vegetation. Our advanced training and experience in tree biomechanics and biology are expressed through the standard ISA methodology, enabling us to understand tree failure and thereby reduce damages to people and infrastructure. Specialized diagnostics tools are available for advanced assessments, including aerial assessments, increment boring and drilling and lab analysis of pests, plant tissues and soil samples.

Report writing is essential for professional consultants. Our written reports are comprehensive, scientifically accurate and legally defensible. We provide professional, impartial opinions on tree management and practical solutions backed by scientific research for use in permitting and other regulations.

Call us today to schedule an appointment. We will evaluate your tree for risk, for health, for disease and long-term suitability. 360-504-3825

How does snow and freezing temperatures affect trees?

The management of tree risk is a complex subject incorporating fields of plant biology and pathology, tree morphology, mechanical engineering and risk management. Trees grow in response to their environment and normally deal with extremes in weather are accustomed to throughout their life. When we encounter tree failure and damaged property, it’s normally caused by a new factor or change in the tree or it’s enviroment. Factors like uphill development, hydrological shifts and newly saturated soils, unusual wind patterns and mal-pruning. Most importantly, the pests and diseases of trees play a large part in tree risk evaluations. Our Certified Arborists are trained extensively in the identification and management of tree insects, pests, pathogens and diseases. This expressed understanding allows us fundamental improvements in our ability to evaluate tree risk. More so, because we do not perform tree removals or risk mitigation in anyway, we are not conflicted with our interests and provide an exceptional quality of professionalism.

Storm Damaged Trees

Most damage to a property during severe weather occurs when limbs or trees fall. High winds and saturated soil conditions typical of winter storms can cause tree roots to fail and branches to weaken. Trees that retain foliage in winter such as conifers and certain oaks are most at risk for damage because the foliage adds weight and wind resistance. None of this is any easy experience for a homeowner. That is why pre-storm strategies are recommended to identify potentially hazardous conditions and to help reduce the risk of damage before harsh weather occurs.

In many cases, hazards are not always obvious to the untrained eye and correcting them can be a dangerous job. While it is impossible to totally protect your trees and property from severe storms, a certified arborist can inspect for issues that could predispose trees to failure. This could include a climbing inspection or an analysis of decay that may be present in the branches, stems, or roots.

Based on what is found, appropriate treatments can help trees and shrubs better endure weather events. When there is an issue with the tree’s structure, installation of cables or braces can help the tree’s ability to withstand high winds. Pruning can also help with this and it is essential for removing any dead or hanging limbs that may pose a threat.

Never utilize the services of an arborist that proposes topping as a solution to storm damage prevention. Topping leads to problems later in the life of the tree and is prohibited by industry standards. Additionally, an arborist should not use climbing spikes when performing maintenance procedures as they create wounds that can lead to insect and disease infestations.

Also be wary of a tree service that recommends removal without reason. Trees provide beauty and add value to your property so removal should only be considered where high-risk conditions exist that cannot be effectively mitigated.

Even if you routinely care for your trees, when a severe storm hits, be sure to have an arborist review your property for any issues resulting from the weather.

Root Rots & Decay Monitoring

In our region, root rot and in particular, laminated root rot, is a concern many homeowners have and tree managers have. While some tree rots and decays’ have no “cure” they can be treated preventatively and can be managed safely and holistically. We are on retainer with multiple Home Owners Associations and municipalities to monitor and maintain healthy forests and urban trees.