I Have a Sick Tree...What Should I Do Next?

If you have a concern over a tree with symptoms of stress or dieback; the very best course of action would be to seek a credible source to diagnose your trees problem. You could call the local state extension office located (Birmingham Alabama) at the Botanical Gardens for advice or contact a Certified Arborist. 

A Certified Arborist can help diagnose your trees problem(s) and recommend a course of action to help your tree. While there are many possible problems with a tree and every tree is unique; it is helpful to know your main concern. 

General questions or concerns about your tree can be addressed with a tree consultation. This includes planting, pruning, site conditions, irrigation, tree preservation during construction, fertilization, tree conflict issues, insect / disease identification and treatment options.

1$ Tree Consultation consist of meeting the client on their property to visually look at tree and discuss history of tree and any symptoms of stress. Questions and concerns about the tree will be addressed along with any verbal recommendations to help the tree.This usually takes approximately (1) hour. If any tree defects or hazardous conditions exist a Tree Risk Assessment will be 

Tree Risk Assessment is needed when you have questions 
about tree safety. You have a level of responsibility for the safety 
of people and property near your trees.Tree risk assessments 
are a systematic process that involves identifying, analyzing, and 
evaluating tree risk. Clients want to know if their tree(s) or tree 
parts are safe. Is my tree going to fall on my house or neighbors 
property? Can my tree be saved, or should it be removed? 

*** Important -These assessments should only be done by 
competent trained professionals.

     Birmingham Alabama's First and Only 
ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualified Arborist 

1. $ Limited Visual Tree Risk Assessment Level 1 in accordance with ANSI A300 Part 9.The least thorough tree risk assessment. Very useful when a client has a population of trees where a basic tree risk assessment level 2 for every tree is cost prohibitive. Usually intended as a means to identify trees with obvious defects that have an imminent or probable likelihood of failure. A  written report is included.

2. $$ Basic Tree Risk Assessment Level 2 in accordance with American National Standards Institute (ANSI) A300 Part 9. The most common tree risk assessment. Visual Tree Risk Inspection Assessment Level 2 includes a 360-degree visual inspection of the tree, trunk flare, above ground roots, and site conditions around the tree in relation to what the tree or parts of the tree may damage if they were to fall. Inspection Level 2 assessment will include the identification of conditions indicating the probable presence of structural defects. After gathering tree information and consulting with client or owners agent; recommendations will be made for additional assessment data, mitigation, monitoring and follow-up. A written report is included.

3. $$$ Advanced Tree Risk Assessment Level 3 in accordance with ANSI A300 Part 9. This assessment uses instruments (such as the Resistograph) to determine the degree of decay within a tree. This augments the Visual Tree Risk Inspection assessment Level 2 to help determine the safety of a tree and provides needed additional information for mitigation, monitoring, and follow-up inspections. We can always make better decisions with more information. A written report is included.
David W. Boggan ISA Certified Arborist, SO-5270AISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualified
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Who Else Needs Expert Solutions and Advice for Tree Problems?

You need advice from someone who does not make money from the trees removal.

If you called a tree service tomorrow and they say your beloved stately shade tree needs to be cut down - wouldn't you want a second opinion from someone who evaluates trees for hazardous conditions? A business that doesn't cut (fell) trees; therefore; removing any conflict of interest. 

Have a honest unbiased opinion by a certified arborist to provide a tree risk assessment. This is a systematic process to identify, analyze, and evaluate your trees health and structural stability to determine the probability of failure. 

Many trees are cut down every day that could have been saved. A valuable tree lost and hard earned money wasted.

Perhaps your tree has an insect or
disease infestation. Proper identification
and treatment of sick trees is crucial for 

Additionally; some trees are injured from 
construction, trenching, or tunneling. 
There are strategies to help trees 
damaged from these stress related

You no longer have to accept - 
your tree needs to be cut down
just because it appears sick.
Certified Arborist Help Damaged Trees Recover from Stress and Injury.
Certified Arborist Help Damaged Trees Recover from Stress and Injury.
Hazardous tree inspected and removed in Birmingham, Alabama
Certified Arborist look for signs of decay in or around trees.
Call today 854-3676 to set up a Tree Consultation for only *$125.00
in the Birmingham area. *rate can be higher depending on mileage and number of trees.
Certified Arborist look for signs of decay in or around trees.
Tree Defect Inspected by Certified Arborist David W. Boggan SO-5270A
Certified Arborist inspect trees for structural defects.

Call and get a professional opinion before a tree is removed. You may spend a little but be able to save that tree and alot of money.
A fungus growing near the base of a tree.
A fungus growing near the base of a tree. A sign of possible decay.
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The Resistograph used by a qualified arborist; helps detect dangerous defects in trees. 
Introducing:  Advanced Technology for the Detection of Decay in Trees. 

The Resistograph: Birmingham's Only Certified Arborist to Offer You a Precision Measuring Instrument For Greater Peace of Mind.

The Resistograph is a precision measuring instrument to help detect inner tree decay and 
defects not visible to the eye. This provides a more informed decision about the health of 
your tree and the safety of you and your property.

A safe small drilling needle is inserted into the tree which measures the resistance of the 
wood. This is recorded on graph paper and shows (if present) inner tree defects.

The Resistograph is used by Arborist throughout the country and Europe. The Resistograph 
gives additional needed information about what is not visible within the tree. This augments 
other practices to provide a more informed and professional tree assessment. 

By: David W. Boggan

Resistigraph used by Certified Arborist David W. Boggan in Birmingham AL
Large tree limb failed due to decay on top side of tree limb.
Large tree limb fell due to decay in top side of branch
Call today 854-3676 to set up a Tree Consultation for only *$125.00 in the Birmingham area.*rate can be higher depending on mileage and # of trees.
Tree Defect Inspected by Certified Arborist David W. Boggan SO-5270A
Double leader in pine tree can split from weak union.
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Pine tree with large canker in trunk. Needs arborist to perform tree risk assessment.
Pine tree with large canker next to a busy street makes this tree a safety concern.
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ISA Certified Arborist, SO-5270A
ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualified
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Call today 854-3676 to set up a Tree Consultation for only *$125.00 in the Birmingham area. 
*rate can be higher depending on mileage (over 25 miles to inspection site) and number of trees.
This Lace Leaf Japanese Maple has outgrown its space and is now crowding the walkway to the front entracce of home.
Lace Leaf Japanese Maple Tree has outgrown its space and crowding front walkway.
I Have a Tree or Shrub That Has Become too Large for its Planting Area... Can You Help Me?

Many large shrubs and small trees such as hollies,Crape Myrtyles, and Japanese Maples were planted years ago with the mature size not fully considered. These ornamental plants have now outgrown their intended space creating problems for the homeowner. They are now too close to the home, garage, power lines, or block vista views which requires additional maintenance to correct and prevent damage.

We can help by properly pruning the tree or shub if needed and applying a plant growth regulator. This application is safely applied around the base of the plant and will gently slow the growth by 40-70% for approximatly (3) years. 

This will allow the tree to redirect some of its energy from canopy growth to fibrous root production and other uses.This plant growth regulator; not only slows the plant growth but also; makes your tree healthier and more durable to drought, heat stress, and a higher tolerance to certain diseases. 

By: David W. Boggan

Tree Care Services for Tree Problems.

Tree Consultations - Consultation about your tree's problems that don't involve safety concerns. These include insect and disease problems, sick and declining trees, and other tree concerns. We do not fell (cut down) trees. Call us for an unbiased opinion befor you remove any tree.   

Tree Risk Assessments - Performed when someone needs to know if their tree or tree part is safe. 

Tree Inspections - Tree inspections are  needed prior to buying or selling a home, after strong damaging thunderstorms, construction, new landscapes, irrigation systems, or any other circumstance that damages your tree or its root system. Roots grow much further than most people realize and any soil disturbance out to the drip line of the canopy can injure your tree. 

Tree Growth Regulator (TGR) - used on trees to help tree with stress and control growth up to 60% over approximately a (3) year period.  By reducing growth the tree is able to divert energy from canopy growth to root development, storage, and defense chemicals. This helps a tree with stressful urban conditions. A tree that is in decline or in poor health are good candidates for a TGR. Since TGR's reduce growth by up to 60%; TGR's are also used for trees that are too large for their planting site.

Tree Prescriptions - Used to treat or prevent insect, disease, and nutrient problems in your tree(s).

Soil Decompaction - Soil compaction is the #1 problem affecting trees in the urban landscape. Once the soil is compacted it affects the trees ability to grow new roots, hinders uptake of water and nutrients, disrupts root anchoring for tree stability, and stunts the trees health. Stressed trees will begin to decline and become more prone to insect and disease infestations.

Pruning - Young trees need pruning to develop a strong structure. This requires a knowledgable individual who can prune correctly and not harm the tree. There is no glue option to re-attach. Older trees need pruning to correct tree defects and poor structure.

Mulching - applying organic mulch around a tree has many benefits. It  supplies organic matter to the soil, hinders grass competition with tree roots, and augments fertility. Mulching improves soil aeration, soil structure (less soil compaction) and drainage.
David W, Boggan - ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualified
Arborist David W. Boggan using Air-Spade
Air-Spade used to break up compacted soil around Dogwood tree showing signs of stress.
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My Tree or Shrubs Have Been Damaged and I Need a Plant Appraisal. Can You Tell Me What My Tree or Shrubs are Worth?

Your plants have value. A plant appraisal is used to provide a money figure of what your tree or shrubs are worth, what it would cost to replace, or repair a damaged plant. There are many reasons why someone may want a plant appraisal. It could involve damage from a vehicle, contractors, construction, lightning strikes, and any other reason a plant is damaged or killed. 

While most people want a plant apprasial after an event has caused damage or death; it is a very good practice to have apprasials prior to damage occuring. A new home or business being constructed around a tree. Site improvements to an existing home, building, or park are reasons for a plant appraisal before any damage may occur.

If you have a need for someone to provide a credible plant appraisal of your tree(s) or ornamental shrubs; please contact me today.
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