Tree Services in Southern Utah
The Tree Guy experts offer a variety of tree services in southern Utah to help our customers maintain beautiful, healthy trees and shrubs. Our local arborists are experts in tree care and pride themselves in helping you keep your plants healthy as well protecting your landscape investment. We service all of Southern Utah and Surrounding Areas. Service areas include St. George, Bloomington, Ivins, Santa Clara, Washington, Hurricane, La Verkin, Toquerville, Virgin, Rockville, Springdale and our Uintah Basin branch services Vernal, Naples, and Maeser.
Tree removals are performed to eliminate dead and dying trees as well as those that have become hazardous, taken over over space, or threaten structure security. Tree removal may also be helpful in eliminating light competition and space so that remaining plants may continue to grow and thrive. Experts at the Tree Guy are trained to work safely and efficiently in all tree removals. We provide thorough clean up of debris and strive to minimize the impact ot surrounding vegetation.
Pruning is a practice that is periodically required on all woody landscape plants. St. George Tree Guy provides quality tree pruning that will leave your plants feeling healthier and looking better.
Mature Tree Pruning
On mature trees, pruning is required to remove dead branches to maintain plant health and safety. This type of pruning is called cleaning. Research shows that pruning significantly reduces wind resistance and storm damage.
Young Tree Pruning
One aspect of pruning that is most frequently overlooked by consumers is structural pruning of young trees. Trees evolved in forests where they tend to grow straight and lose lower branches due to competition for light. When planted in full sun in the landscape, many species tend to develop multiple stems/leaders that are more prone to failure. Lower branches tend to grow at the same rate as the terminal leader that results in weak attachments that also are likely to fail later in the life of the plant. So pruning trees when they are young and growing quickly is critical to ensuring a strong framework for future growth. This pruning focuses on maintaining a single dominant stem unless multiple stem “clumps” are specifically desired. Branches are pruned so their size remains proportional to the stem diameter at their point of attachment. As trees grow, some branches are removed to ensure adequate spacing between permanent scaffold limbs. The shape of the tree is maintained to provide a natural open grown form typical of the species.
Often by the time a tree shows outward signs of distress like early loss of leaves or decay, the underlying issue has already progressed to the late stages. The Tree Guy meets with property-owners to provide tree and shrub inspections to ensure quality tree services in southern Utah. This process is invaluable as it uncovers issues before they cause serious damage.
Tree Structure Evaluation
Will my tree fall? It’s a question we frequently hear from concerned homeowners. While there are no guarantees with Mother Nature, Tree Guy arborists are trained to identify the structural defects that are most likely to result in broken branches or complete tree failure.
During a tree structure evaluation, your arborist will look for symptoms of decay, weakly attached branches, cracks, and splits, poor architecture, saturated soils, and root problems. Some of these defects are obvious by visual inspections, but others require a more detailed assessment.
Young trees can have a weak form or structural problems, often the result of a lack of pruning, but as trees age, they become more susceptible to wood decay and other defects. The first priority for arborists caring for older trees is evaluating their structural integrity and providing necessary remedial treatments to reduce the risk of branch, stem, and root failures.
If evaluation indicates a tree represents a high risk of failure, remedial treatments can reduce that risk. Treatments could involve pruning to reduce branch weight and wind resistance and installation of structural supports including cables and brace rods that help to limit branch movements during storms. When treatments will not adequately reduce the risk of failure, tree removal should be considered to maintain safety on the property.