Frequently Asked Questions
When pruning or removal is required, rest assured our company comes with 25 years of experience, equipment maintained and checked on a regular basis, knowledgeable employees all trained for their specific roles, and the most comprehensive w/c and liability insurance available in the tree industry. We maintain these standards with the singular goal of safety to our crew and our customers.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does Nassar accept credit cards?
Yes! Nassar Tree Care now accepts credit cards for the convenience of our customers. A 3% convenience fee will be charged to all credit card transactions.
Why is specialty tree insurance important?
Did you know that tree company insurance is DIFFERENT from a general landscaper insurance? More often than not, many tree companies advertise they are ‘fully insured’.
Tree and logging insurance is more extensive, with coverages extending beyond the scope of landscaping work. The tree trimming/ logging industry is ranked the #1 most dangerous jobs in the US and the industry insurance coverage is expensive, yet worth the security.
When shopping for tree services, realize that these insurances are necessary for a trusted company to perform at the highest safety expectations.
And understand that cheaper is not always better.
We urge you to never hesitate to ask for a copy of insurance coverage when committing to a tree service job. Nassar Tree Care will provide a copy straight from our insurer’s office directly to you.
3 Little-Known Facts About Stump Removal
1. Stump Removal Has Benefits
There are many reasons stumps should be removed. For starters, when they begin to rot, they become the perfect home for snakes, termites, ants, and pests. Fungus also loves to live in and on rotting stumps. Once the fungus starts to grow, it can spread to healthy trees in your yard. Stumps can be tripping hazards, too. It’s important to remove them to prevent accidents from happening in your yard. Finally, removing ugly stumps makes a yard more beautiful.
2. Stump Grinding Doesn’t Have to Stop at the Ground
When stump grinding is the method used to remove a stump, it can be done under the ground as well as above ground. The grinding can go eight to 12 inches underground, allowing you to plant another shrub in the same spot. The large lateral roots are removed, and the roots underground will die and rot.
3. Stump Grinding Has Less Impact on Your Yard Than Excavation
When a stump is excavated, large machinery is often used, while stump grinding only uses one small machine, reducing the risk of your yard being torn up. Excavating also leaves a large hole that needs to be filled; grinding leaves a small hole, if any, and the grindings can be used as mulch in your yard.
How can I have a hard to access tree removed?
Have a tree in a tight spot? A dead, dangerous tree that needs removed? Worried about yard damage? Nassar Tree Care help. Our track lift can reach 72 feet in the air AND fit through a 36 inch gate!
This machine has all the benefits of a bucket truck, with tracks that spread the weight reducing ground damage.
Contact Nassar Tree Care for a free estimate.
What is cabling and bracing?
Trees can grow in such a manner that their physical structure may not be able to support the growth, leading to structural failure. All trees can fail, given the right circumstances, even those without a structural deficiency.
Structural failure of a large branch, trunk, or root system can result in significant property damage, personal injury, or fatality. It can also cause the decline of a tree’s health over time. Cables and bracing rods are simply tools arborists use to add support to a weak structure.
When trees have a poor branching habit, split or cracked limb structures, areas of decay, or a poor root system, there is always a risk for structural failure. Some tree species produce a heavy crop of fruit or acorns which adds to the potential for structural failure. Improper pruning in the past can also lead to structural failure. When these weak areas fail, large limbs, trunks, or entire trees may come crashing down on anything underneath them.
In the case of weak limb structures, cables and bracing rods may be installed to offer some support. Properly placed cables between limbs can help redistribute the load of weight, allowing the limbs or trunks to support each other. Bracing rods are often used to support splitting limbs by bolting them together. Installing rods and/or cables offer additional support but does NOT offer any guarantee they will not fail in the future. Remember that ALL trees can fail given the right circumstances, regardless of their size.
Benefits to Summer Pruning
- Remove dead limbs. Summer pruning plays an important role in the removal of dead, damaged, and diseased tree limbs. Any limb that has the potential to cause damage or stress to your tree should be removed. This enhances the tree’s potential for robust growth while minimizing the chance that a weakened branch will fall on your home during a storm.
- Encourage hearty growth. Pruning in summer may encourage vigor. In summertime, weak tree growth should be pinched or pruned back about 3 inches from the end of each soft, leafy shoot. This can be repeated again in late summer if rapid side-shoot growth occurs.
- Help fruit trees grow strong. Fruit trees are often good candidates for summer pruning. Pruning them allows more light penetration, which can support young tree development. Proper pruning can encourage mature trees to produce fruit of greater quality and size. Increased light and air circulation resulting from pruning encourages the overall health of the tree. Pruning in the summer helps to support robust and durable branch development, which will help support healthy fruit in the future.
- Pest Control. Another benefit of summer pruning is pest control. By removing branches and fruit that have mites or aphid damage you are protecting the overall health and longevity of the tree. You are also ensuring that your fruit trees produce delicious, healthy fruit that’s free of pests. Make sure to throw out these defective limbs or fruits. To prevent infestation, do not compost them.
Benefits to Winter Pruning
1. Winter Pruning is Less Stressful for Your Trees. Pruning during the active growing season can cause stress for your trees and can stimulate additional growth that won’t be able to harden before the temperature drops. Trees go dormant during the winter months, making it the perfect time to prune. With extra energy reserves, trees are able to heal more quickly.
2. Winter Pruning Yields a Better Result. Pruning when all the leaves have dropped from the tree makes it easier to view the best places to prune to maintain structural integrity. It also makes it easier to spot vulnerable areas, such as damaged or diseased branches. This makes your pruning more effective, promoting a healthier tree and mitigating risk.
3. Winter Pruning Limits Exposure to Pests and Diseases. Many of the pests and diseases that can often infect trees via pruning cuts are also dormant during the winter months, making it an attractive reason to consider winter pruning. For some trees, however, winter is the only time to consider pruning. Oaks are one such example because they are particularly susceptible to beetle infestations and oak wilt, an extremely destructive fungal disease.
4. Winter Pruning Preserves the Look of Your Property. Winter pruning helps shape your trees to grow in the manner best for your property — whether that be to avoid interfering with structures or walkways or to promote or constrain growth. Pruning your trees during the winter is also good for neighboring plant material, much of which is also dormant and less likely to be disturbed. Additionally, there’s less risk of equipment causing soil compaction thanks to firmer ground.
Benefits of Annual Pruning
- Allows for better growth and health.
- Improves flowering.
- Decreases the risk of dead branches causing damage.
- Reduces wind resistance.
- Improves the property’s safety.
- Improves tree structure.
- Opens property for better sunlight and exposure to other vegetation.
- Improves overall appearance.
Does Nassar treat trees for Spotted Lanternflies?
Yes – We have PA Certification (PA‐20220600135) for the responsibility of preventing, delaying, and minimizing the spread, dissemination, and amplification of Spotted Lanternflies in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
We offer ISA-certified systemic and foliage treatments to control and kill those pesky Spotted Lanternflies.
Why “topping” hurts trees
Topping is the indiscriminate cutting of tree branches to stubs or to lateral branches that are not large enough to assume the terminal role.
Topping is often used to reduce the size of a tree. Homeowners may feel a large tree poses a risk to their property; however, topping is not a viable method of height reduction, and may increase risk in the long term.
WHY NOT TO TOP — EIGHT GOOD REASONS – Source: Arborday.org
➊Starvation: Good pruning practices rarely remove more than a quarter of the crown, which does not seriously interfere with the ability of a tree’s leafy crown to manufacture food. Topping removes so much of the crown that it upsets an older tree’s well-developed crown-to-root ratio and temporarily cuts off its food-making ability.
➋Shock: A tree’s crown is like an umbrella that shields much of the tree from the direct rays of the sun. By suddenly removing this protection, the remaining bark tissue is so exposed that scalding may result. There may also be a dramatic effect on neighboring trees and shrubs. If these thrive in shade and the shade is removed, poor health or death may result.
➌Insects and Disease: The large stubs of a topped tree have a difficult time closing the pruning wound. The terminal location of these cuts, as well as their large diameter, prevents the tree’s chemically based natural defense system from doing its job. The stubs are highly vulnerable to insect invasion and the spores of decay fungi. If decay is already present in the limb, opening the limb will speed the spread of the disease.
➍Weak Limbs: At best, the wood of a new limb that sprouts after a larger limb is truncated is more weakly attached than a limb that develops more normally. If rot exists or develops at the severed end of the limb, the weight of the sprout makes a bad situation even worse.
➎Rapid New Growth: The goal of topping is usually to control the height and spread of a tree. Actually, it has just the opposite effect. The resulting sprouts (often called water sprouts) are far more numerous than normal new growth and elongate so rapidly that the tree returns to its original height in a very short time — and with a far more dense and dangerous crown.
➏Tree Death: Some species of trees are less tolerant to topping than others. Beeches, for example, do not sprout readily after severe pruning; the reduced foliage often leads to the death of the tree. ➐Ugliness: A topped tree is a disfigured tree. Even with its regrowth, it never regains the grace and character of its species. The landscape and the community are robbed of a valuable asset.
➑Cost: To a worker with a saw, topping a tree is much easier than applying the skill and judgment needed for good pruning. Therefore, topping may cost less in the short run. However, the true costs of topping are hidden. These include reduced property value, the expense of removal and replacement if the tree dies, the loss of other trees and shrubs if they succumb to changed light conditions, the risk of liability from weakened branches, and increased future maintenance.