Johnson Tree Service Frequently Asked Questions

Trees before removalHow can I determine if a tree has become a hazard to my property?
Some signs that a tree may have a more serious problem and be a hazard to its surrounding environment are dead branches, patches of rotton wood, pockets or cavities, major or unseasonable leaf loss, excessive tilting of tree or erosion and exposure of root system.

Will a tree company be able to tell me whether or not a tree can be saved, or will they always recommend removing a tree?
Yes, a tree company can help you decide whether or not a tree should be removed.  Removal is recommended when a tree is dead or dying, it is considered irreparably hazardous, is crowding and causing harm to other trees, may impede or harm new construction. Johnson Tree Service has the skills and equipment to safely and efficiently remove trees.

How do I avoid tree damage during construction?
It is possible to preserve trees on building sites if the right measures are taken. The most important step is to hire a professional tree company during the planning stage. A professional tree company can help you decide which trees can be saved, and can work with the builder to protect the trees throughout each construction phase.

What are the benefits of maintaining my trees?
Research shows that the value of your property could increase up to 25%, depending on the size, type, location and health of its landscape planting. Mature trees are particularly valuable. Therefore, it makes sense to protect your tree investment with proper maintenance. Landscape trees act as wind breaks and sunscreens. Properly placed trees around your house, can reduce winter heating bills up to 15%. A mature shade tree can block up to 90% of solar radiation, which could translate to a significant reduction in your home cooling cost. Trees reduce air pollution and noise pollution by acting as sound barriers. Studies show that trees have beneficial psychological effect on humans by decreasing stress, inspiring minds and breaking emotional barriers. Around the workplace, they tend to lower absenteeism and improve productivity. Many hospitals and nursing homes have beautiful green trees around them, since evidence demonstrates that trees can speed recovery from illness and are good for your health.

How much water do trees need?
Various species of trees have different water needs. It is very important to understand a plants water needs. Too much water can be just as bad as not enough. Measure (or estimate) the diameter of the tree 4 feet off the ground. Then multiply that number by 6. This is approximately how many gallons of water you should use per a watering. Trees like deep watering. A tree with a 10 inch diameter at 4 feet should be given 60 gallons of water per watering. This may seem like lots of water for larger trees, but keep in mind this only needs to be done once or twice a month. During hot months (July/August) with little rain, water established trees twice.  Using larger volumes assures sufficient water becomes available to the tree. Spacing the watering applications apart is also important. This allows for the soil to aerate properly and gives the tree the oxygen it needs.