Services: Certified Arborist Tree Care: Pruning, Nutrient-Care, Removals

Springwater Arboriculture provides a full range of Certified Arborist services, from safely maintaining your trees to long-term strategy and care, as well as Consultations and Certified Arborist Reports.

Tree Pruning for Portland, Oregon Homes and Properties

Certified Arborist Tree Pruning includes a wide range of tree maintenance and tree care services that, when properly performed by a Certified Arborist, can both enhance aesthetics and augment the life of your trees. At a basic level, tree pruning is the action of removing or shortening branches; unfortunately poor knowledge and pruning practices often causes long-term damage, safety hazards, and sometimes even the death of the tree. Springwater Arboriculture brings more than two decades of pruning experience, employing a wide range of pruning techniques to care for your trees, including:

Ornamental Pruning

Ornamental Pruning can be practiced for the benefit of both shrubs and trees, and will enhance structure and shape a tree or shrub to fit into a larger landscape design concept.

Ornamental Pruning can provide dramatic aesthetic effects, such as sculptured topiary designs or the layered pruning designs common in Japanese garden design, and is one of our specialities at Springwater Arboriculture. Both our nursery stock and our on-site Ornamental Pruning services are sought after by discerning homeowners throughout the west coast.

Portland, Oregon homes are often lucky enough to feature examples of specific species that are of such a high quality that they are considered “specimen-quality”; another crucial benefit of ornamental pruning is a higher level of care for your prized specimen-quality trees. These rare examples each require and deserve a more stringent level of care to ensure their health and overall aeshetic effect; with more than two decades of on-site experience, and the lessons learned in our own nursery, Springwater Arboriculture can provide your prized trees with the care they need.

crown cleaning, crown thinning, crown reduction & restoration:

Crown Cleaning involves the removal of dead, diseased and damaged branches that may be a threat to either the tree itself, or structures on your Portland, Oregon property.

Crown Thinning involves the removal of selective branches to alleviate congestion and allow light and air to penetrate the crown. Consistent and well-practiced crown thinning helps your tree access the light, air and nutrients it needs for growth and longevity. Removing selected branches and growth will also provide for wind sail reduction, which can help protect your tree (and home) from heavy winds and weather. As with all aspects of pruning, the art lies in knowing just how much is enough: too much thinning can alter how the tree reacts to wind, and can lead to branch or whole-tree failure. Your Certfied Arborist will ensure that all factors pertaining to tree health will be considered to make sure your trees are healthy and safe.

Crown Reduction & Restoration is a pruning technique that focuses on reducing the “end weight” of individual branches: by reducing the weight you reduce the stress (downward force of gravity) on the banch, helping to prevent branch failure and property damage from collapsing branches. Crown Reduction & Restoration can also be employed to enhance views, or to scale a tree back so that it will fit into a particular landscape. While it is best to periodically attend to young and vigorous trees with annual maintenance, crown reduction is often used to “restructure” older trees as well. Mature trees that are not dangerous and do not require immediate removal can benefit greatly from restructuring via Crown Reduction & Restoration, prolonging their life and ensuring a safe landscape canopy.

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Cabling and Bracing can be useful for Portland, Oregon tree care when the trees around your home require extra support. As part of their natural aging process, the health and structural stability of your trees will decline. Likewise, trees may be injured by natural factors or poor management, all of which can lead to asymmetries in the form of the tree, and/or a weakened structure. Proper tree selection, planting, and care can help to minimize or postpone these problems, but they will probably never be eliminated. Especially as trees grow larger with their age, these problems become an increasing hazard, and can lead to a loss of limbs, or the entire tree, impacting property value and possibly causing damage to your home or other property structures. The use of cables or solid braces by a certified arborist can help restore balance and integrity to your valuable trees, and safety to your landscape canopy.

Certified Arborist Andrew Craig provides more than two decades of experience with cabling and bracing systems in many of the different tree species common in Portland, Oregon.

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Tree Fertilization & Nutrients, Soil Care & Testing

As trees and shrubs mature, a soil test is recommended to establish an accurate soil nutrient profile, which describes the makeup of the nturients your trees are, or are not, recieving. When trees or shrubs are showing signs of poor health, it is unfortunately common to just “try something, then wait and see.” On the other hand, a soil test is an extremely cost-effective way to get accurate information and address defficiencies in your soil. Rather than spending money on nutrients and fertilizers that may not even address the problems at hand, a soil test can help reduce the cost of nutrients by determining the exact needs of the landscape.

The use of Tree Fertilization & Nutrients is dependent on developing a nutritional program for your Portland, Oregon trees and shrubs, and is especially necessary with newly planted landscapes before root systems have developed. Soil treatments include mycorrhizae and beneficial bacteria innoculations, amongst others. These treatments help fortify root systems against root disease, and it also increases root absorption of nutrients and water, helping your landscaping investment flourish!

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Tree & Branch Removal, Stump Grinding

At Springwater Arboriculture, we strive to find the best possible balance between preservation of your beautiful trees and a safe forest canopy. We can safely remove leaning trees, dead or broken branches, and other hazards that may be threatening your home and family. But we also bring a unique long-term vision and decades of experience to address your concerns, and strive to find ways to help you preserve your valuable living canopy as much as is safely possible.

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Site Consultations & Reports

A significant part of the services that a Certified Arborist provides is detailed scientific documentation regarding hazard assessments, inventory & protection plans, and planning for long term tree and landscape maintenence. These technical documents provide homeowners, homeownwer associations (HOA), planned communities, developers and realtors with the detailed plans to both meet project goals and to support overall permitting and planning documents required by local and regional authorities.

We offer two basic service-packages — Informational Site Visits and Formal Site Consultations w/Written-Report — that meet the needs of most projects. For all other projects, please give us a ring to tell us about your needs, and we will provide an Estimate based on our hourly rate.

Wondering which is right for you? Just give us a ring, and we’ll help schedule the right visit to meet your needs.