The recent rainfall in the Sacramento Valley has given us a preview to what the El Nino storms may produce in terms of tree damage. We've been busy. Weight reduction on trees, prior to the onset of storms can save the trees from falling, splitting, or losing major branches. Prudence requires homeowners take the least costly path and prepare their trees prior to the arrival of real storms this winter. There is no doubt that we will lose some grand old trees but some of those trees can be saved by early action. The cost of a weight reduction, even on a large tree, is incidental when compared to the cost of removing a tree which is leaning on a house.
Heavy rains are tough on trees during drought conditions because the earth isn't able to process the water as effectively as during normal saturation periods. When water stands or dirt washes away, trees lose support. When even moderate wind follows, trees can move. If you're seeing deep gorges around surface roots, contact a certified arborist now.
El Nino needn't be a greater disaster. We've seen strong storms before and the difference is always in the preparation. Please remember that once the storms get going all area tree service companies will be fully engaged with emergency work. Costs rise when equipment and crews are worked at all hours in less than ideal conditions. If you have trees of any size that may not have been tended for awhile, this is the time to make arrangements. I do understand people want immediate service when problems arise and I want to accommodate all our clients as efficiently as possible, but we will probably be stretched to the limit and have to schedule work with substantial delays when the storms begin. We're already busy now. Please take a look at your trees. There is no charge for our estimates and we're always happy to give advice.
At the top of this page is our new logo. We've always had the image of a tree with our name over it. Our new logo will pay specific tribute to our founder, Bud Phipps, and give us a more recognizable presence in the surrounding neighborhoods. We've been at this since 1968, and we're still that same family-owned business. It was just time for a new logo.
Stacy W. Barker
Stacy is the owner of Bud's