What We Do

We specialize in residential and commercial tree trimming and landscaping.

  • Family Owned & Operated
  • Professionally Trained
  • Properly Educated
  • Complete Expertise
  • 38 Yrs. of Experience
  • Satisfaction Guaranteed
  • Low Prices
  • High-Quality Work
  • Free Estimates

Contact Us

Please contact us at any time! We look forward to hearing from you. Give us a call at 203-226-7721, or email us and set up an appointment.

Services

Pruning

All tree pruning complies with the A-300 pruning standard.

Hazard reduction prune- removing dangerous hanging branches, and correction of other immediate hazards.

Crown reduction- pruning to reduce the size of tree from the sides and top.

Crown thinning- removing selected branches to increase light and air penetration throughout the crown and also to reduce weight within the crown.

Crown cleaning- pruning to remove dead, diseased, weak, and crisscrossed rubbing branches.

Crown raising- pruning to raise the elevation of the lower part of the crown, For clearance, vista or health.

Cabling and bracing


Support cabling is the installment of small diameter steel cables within the crown to give extra support where it is needed (see photo below). These installations take place after an accomplished prune. Our hand-wrapped cables have an excellent record in successfully supporting large and small trees in past storms.

Plant Health Care

Our plant health care program is a holistic approach to achieving the most optimal growing conditions possible. In many ways, trees are like humans . We know, for instance, that if we take care of ourselves ( diet, exercise, proper amount of sleep, etc.) our bodies are more likely to resist disease with a strong immune system. Basically, trees function the same way. If a tree is a vigorously growing specimen, it naturally can resist disease and insect problems. However, a tree that is exposed to poor growing conditions (drought, over-watering, soil compaction, construction damage, etc.) is much more likely to develop health problems. These examples of poor growing conditions create stress … and we know that stress can kill.

The health of any plant is directly proportional to the amount of growth it can produce. So, our approach to plant health care is quite simple. We try to create the most favorable growing conditions possible. A few examples are listed below:

Turfgrass and Tree Separation

Unfortunately, one of the poorest sites for any tree to be located is within the area of the typical residential lawn. The homeowner may be in love with his lush and weed free carpet of green, but it is an unnatural environment which frequently causes stress and health problems for trees as their root zone is completely covered with grass.

In the forest Ecosystem, the ground cover consists of large amounts of organic matter in varying degrees of decay. This " forest litter" may not be very attractive but it provides an excellent growing medium for a tree’s root system. Its porous texture enables unrestrictive root growth. Forest litter retains moisture well and maintains a stable soil temperature. It is a very efficient insulator of the tree’s root system and protects it from Winter damage and periods of drought.

Turfgrass is a poor substitute for ground cover as it competes with the trees for water, nutrients, and Oxygen. Because the leaves are removed in the Fall, the soil is depleted of much needed organic matter . Porosity of the soil is reduced and compaction results. With soil compaction, the trees’ roots are now restricted in growth. Also, water retention and insulation is reduced. These unfavorable conditions create stress for the tree and make it more susceptible to very serious root diseases .

Given the fact that turfgrass is attractive and has its place in the landscape, it is possible to have it and trees coexist as long as steps are taken to accommodate the needs of the trees.
One example is to protect the tree’s root zone with the use of organic mulching beds ( see photo). The purpose of the beds is to closely resemble the natural forest floor with all of its benefits for optimal growth. Many types of organic mulch are available for ground cover, but it is important to closely match them with the particular requirements of each species of tree.

Root Zone Conditioning

Soil conditioning and Root Growth Stimulants

After trees and shrubs have been exposed to such urban problems as construction damage, soil compaction, pH imbalances, low organic matter content and nutrient deficiencies, soil quality inevitably suffers. Obviously, the root systems of plants exposed to these poor growing conditions are stressed and quite often attacked by soil borne pathogens if remedial steps are not taken. It should be noted that very few cures are available to treat a tree once it has contracted a root rotting disease.

In order to restore the soil to that which exists naturally in the forest, biological conditioners such as beneficial mycorrhizae and growth promoting soil bacteria can be pressure injected into the root zone. Mycorrhizae is a beneficial fungus which aids in the absorption of water and nutrients by attaching itself to the root system of the plant. Growth promoting bacteria fixes Nitrogen and solubilizes Phosphorous in order that both of these important elements are available to the tree. Restoring the soil to its forest - like environment, will promote recovery from root damage and improve feeder root development, thereby increasing water and nutrient absorption.

Pest Management

The best way to reduce pest outbreaks on trees is to keep the trees healthy and give them what they need. Insect pests are mostly secondary invaders, meaning that something is usually wrong with the tree before an attack. For example, a Flowering dogwood that has its bark knocked off by a lawn mower, is a prime target for the insect "Dogwood borer" to lay eggs. These eggs will hatch and the immature insects will bore into the stem, cutting off the vascular system of the tree.

Another way to protect a whole species of tree from insect pests is to avoid monoculture. Remember "Dutch Elm disease?" Many American elms died, because city streets were lined with the same species of tree. As a result, all were susceptible and fell victim to the outbreak -- An unfortunate example of how a monoculture can lead to a domino effect. Intelligent and diverse planting can help avoid this kind of disaster.

Seasonal spraying

Safe and proper tree spraying is used to reduce the threat (lower the population) of insect pests. Once below the damage threshold, a healthy tree can fight the insect with its own natural defense mechanisms.

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

This insect has had a large and very negative impact on the Connecticut coastal and inland areas. The Hemlock woolly adelgid is native to Japan, but has been spreading throughout the States since its arrival in 1985 (with no native predators to control the influx). The adelgid has attacked the Canadian Hemlocks, using a piercing/sucking mouth type, to withdraw nitrogen, leaving many of these beautiful trees defoliated and severely weakened. The signs of the adelgid on hemlocks appear as a woolly white mass that runs along the middle of the needles (below), mostly on the undersides. The adelgid spread by wind, birds, deer and people. But once again, has a tougher time destroying a healthy tree.

Cooley Spruce Gall Adelgid

Mostly found in Colorado Blue Spruce trees. The newly hatched insects begin feeding on the new shoots in early spring. The feeding causes the shoot to become a gall. Over the summer, the nymphs mature inside the gall until late August. The gall then dries and cracks open, releasing the insects, resulting in a dead brach tip (Below). Planting these trees next to Douglas firs, greatly magnifies the insect population and the consequent damage. However, this pest, like most others, can be managed with the right care.

Pre-construction Consulting

Before any construction takes place on a new or old property, an arborist should be called in to determine what preventive measures should be taken, to lessen the chances of doing damage to the existing trees and soil. Heavy equipment can compact the soil, destroying root systems and causing above ground damage to trees. Protective tree fences, designated vehicle routes, specific placement of equipment, material and soil fill, are a few of the steps to be taken before construction begins.