We offer a variety of tree care services, from residential and municipal to select commercial and forest interface care and hazard mitigation. Services range from tree removal and crown cleaning to restorative pruning and hedge trimming to consulting and arborist reports. All work specifications are prepared based on International Society of Arboriculture BMPs and ANSI A300 quality standards. A certified arborist will be present on every job from start to finish.
Removing a tree may be necessary for a number of reasons:
- Tree is dead in part or whole.
- Mechanical damage to trunk or roots that has made the tree unsafe.
- Internal decay within trunk structure.
- Tree is too large for the area and appropriate pruning cannot be done.
- Soil erosion has destabilized roots.
- Tree roots or trunk are damaging infrastructure such as driveway, deck, fence, foundation or drainage.
We have the experience and skill to complete this type of work safely and with no property damage. Debris is chipped and your yard left clean.
Proper pruning can enhance aesthetics and maintain a healthy tree; improper pruning can leave a tree misshapen and needing annual attention.
The most common reasons to prune include:
- Maintain health and appearance
- Reduce risk of failure
- Control size
- Train young trees for structure and less future maintenance
- Fruit production
We offer hedge trimming as well as major hedge reduction. Depending on the species, time of year and present condition of your hedge, we’ll offer maintenance options that best suit your goals and your tree’s health.
Arborist Reports & Consulting
If you need an experienced and educated opinion, arborist consulting services are a cost effective way of getting the facts and alternatives for your particular situation.
If we provide paid consultation services, we will not bid on any work recommended. We take conflict of interest seriously, and we want you to have peace of mind in knowing you’re getting an unbiased opinion regarding your trees.
Tree Work Specifications
Tree work specifications outline what and how work is to be carried out. Written specifications for tree work help avoid misunderstandings, as well as provide guidance for what is best for your tree by translating tree care standards and best management practices into a usable form for your specific tree and circumstance. This is particularly important in cases where you agree to let a neighbour have work done on your trees. In such cases it is all too common for the tree service to perform the work under the direction of your neighbour—the result may not be in your (or your tree’s) best interest. Specifications provide a solid communication tool to help you get the outcome you want.
Depending on municipal, regional and provincial regulations, arborist reports may be necessary for a variety of reasons. Included within the regulatory mandates of these bodies are trees meeting certain criterion such as location (creek corridors, slopes, and covenant areas), tree diameter (depending on municipality), tree species (in North Vancouver Yew trees over 25cm are protected), and development restrictions. An arborist report and protection plan may need to be in place before permits are issued.
After a detailed site and tree evaluation, a report is prepared according to your requirements and/or specifications. Please note: We will not report falsely on a tree for any reason.
Tree Risk Assessment
Trees are valuable assets providing many benefits when properly maintained, but conversely, they can be serious liabilities when ignored, or worse, improperly cared for.
Coast Arborist conducts detailed tree risk assessments using best practices, International Society of Arboriculture guidelines, and over 25 years of practical experience working with urban trees in both private and municipal settings.
We will tell you if your tree is a risk or hazard and offer mitigation options, as removal isn’t always necessary.