Since 1984


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Tips & FAQs


Why use a Certified Arborist?


Trees, shrubs, and grass are living breathing organisms not so different than the physical nature of animals and humans. Allowing someone who is not directed by an Arborist perform structural pruning is like having a medical procedure performed by someone that is not a Doctor or a Nurse. A Certified Arborist can identify disease, bacteria, and nutrient deficiencies along with a treatment plan because of their years of training and experience.


Will the Arborist be present during pruning and treatments?


Sometimes if the situation requires decisions that could not be pre-determined before starting the work however most of the time the Arborist will not be present. When work orders are written up, they use terms such as Trim, Thin, Structure correction, Deadwood, and many other terms that specifically direct the tree pruners what actions to take. The education and experience All Year Round crews have is substantial.


How are the tree pruners trained?


At All Year Round, all crews are trained according to Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) and the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) standards in addition to OSHA requirements. This training is highly technical to ensure the Arborist's instructions are closely followed and most unexpected situations can be easily managed by these experts without the on site assistance of the Arborist. All Year Round takes great pride in the training, equipment, and experience we provide to our customers.


My tree is too tall for the location it is planted, why can't I top it?


Even though this process has been used by untrained or unqualified people, this is one of the worst things you can do to a tree. The result is not only aesthetically a poor choice but a dangerous one as well. The fact is that topping a tree only makes your problem worse. Once the tree begins to grow again, it will create multiple additional branches where the cuts were made. These suckers are weaker and grow faster than the original branches and since they are growing closer together it blocks the wind from passing through the tree which places more force on these weak branches.


Ok, so my tree is too large but I cannot top it, what do I do?


Only a trained tree pruning crew can address the first answer. A crown reduction can be used to selectively and properly eliminate specific branches. By doing this, some of the problems can be eliminated. The second option is tree removal and replacement with a tree that does fit the area. This option may sound drastic however it is certainly the smarter decision rather than paying to have regular crown reductions performed.


After pruning, will the cuts be treated with anything?


Current research shows that it is not beneficial to treat pruning wounds with any materials. Proper pruning cuts made by our arborists will seal naturally and treatments on the wounds may actually slow this process. If certain species of oaks or elms are being pruned during the growing season, it may be necessary to treat the larger wounds to help minimize the risk of disease infection.



Tree Removal


I still have large logs and stumps to be removed. When will this be completed?


The logs and stumps are often removed by a separate crew. Logs are removed as soon as possible, either later in the same day or during the next few days. Both the log and stump removals are weather dependent as soft, wet ground may prohibit our access. Stumps are removed usually within a week of the tree removal unless otherwise arranged. They are ground out with a cutting machine that mulches the stump into small chips. Stump chips are left on site, unless other arrangements are made, and serve as excellent mulch around other plants. Large stumps will yield a large amount of stump chips for mulch.



Can I plant a tree where the other tree was removed?


It may not be possible to plant another tree in the same location because total stump removal to great depths is often not possible. Ask your arborist to assess your specific situation.



Turf Maintenance


How do you maintain a green lawn all year long?


Summer and Winter turf maintenance are very similar in action but with different fertilization mixtures. In the desert there is currently no turfgrass that can withstand the high summer temperatures as well as the low winter temperatures. The most commonly used summer grass is Bermuda and during the winter we overseed with Perennial Rye. After taking a soil sample, missing or low nutrients should be replaced with the appropriate fertilizer to green the leaf and encourage root growth.


What height do you recommend mowing?


The most important part of mowing is having a sharp blade. This may seem simple however the blade does not need to be sharp to cut the grass, it is about having a clean cut. As with trees and shrubs, grass that is damaged when cut can be open for disease or insect infestation. During the summer we recommend an average height of about 2"-2 1/2" with a rotary mower. If you have a reel mower is can be as short as 3/4" unless you plan on  practicing your putting. During the winter a cut at 2"-3" is acceptable and healthy.





How will you fertilize my trees and shrubs and what should I expect afterwards?


We use several methods to fertilize trees and shrubs:


•  Injection of a liquid fertilizer solution into the soil and root zone of the trees.

•  Spreading of a granular fertilizer over the top of the root systems.

•  Drilling of holes into the soil that are then filled with fertilizer.

•  Injecting fertilizers into the trunk of the tree.


Your arborist has prescribed the best means of fertilizing your trees and shrubs. If your trees are in a turf area, you may see dark green tufts of fast growing grass in the areas under and around the trees. This is caused when grass roots take in a bit of the fertilizer. The green "dots" usually disappear after a good rain and as the grass continues to grow.



Plant Health Care


What if it rains after an application to my trees?


Our materials need about 20-30 minutes to dry. Rain will not affect our sprays as a special material is included that "glues" the spray to the leaf surface once it dries. If it rains immediately after an application, please give our office a call to make arrangements for another application at no charge.


Can we go out right away after you spray?


Once the materials have dried, you may allow your pets and children to enter the area. How safe are your materials? Our materials are legally registered by the EPA for application to trees and shrubs in urban areas. The active ingredients in most of our materials are available to consumers at retail outlets. They are applied by highly trained technicians who are licensed by the state. Our technicians receive continuous training on safety and plant health care issues to provide you with professionally qualified arborists caring for your trees.


What is the best shape to trim my shrubs?


You wouldn't know it from looking around the city however shaping your plants is very harmful and costs you money in the long run. Desert shrubs should be maintained with annual or semi-annual renovation pruning which brings the plant down to the ground so the old woody limbs are removed and the irrigation can be inspected. When the shrub grows back it gives the appearance of a new shrub but has the root system of your mature one. During the growing season, hand cuts using bypass pruners can be used to make minimal or necessary cuts to keep a sense of uniformity and health. Shearing into tight balls, cans, or other shapes can not only harm the shrub but will cause you to use more water to keep it alive.





How will I be billed and what are my options for payment?


You may receive the invoice for your tree care after the work is completed that day or it will be mailed to you shortly thereafter. Our invoices are due upon receipt. We do accept Visa, Mastercard and Discover for payment. If you want to use a credit card, simply fill in the credit card payment information on your invoice and mail it back to us - we will take care of the rest!

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All Year Round Tree and Landscape Management  .  602.647.4747  .  Fax: 602.788.0204

All Year Round Tree and Landscape Management  .  602.647.4747  .  Fax: 602.788.0204