Know your roots & See the Glory


I am unsure of how many home and business owners know and understand tree root disturbance. This occurs when the roots of a tree is compromise or disturb, if you will, by any type of activities. Such as, but not limited to, construction, landscaping, sprinkler system installation, anything that requires the ground to be punctured or dug up. Anytime you dig, at least twelve inches into the ground you will more likely than not hit a tree roots. The roots of the trees are impacted by the changes that we make into the ground and it may not become apparent until five, 10, or fifteen years down the line. Anytime you see a tree that looks as a giant pulled it out of the ground and placed it in a yard or on top of a house, roots exposed, the likely cause of this is root disturbance.

Any trees roots system is either going to be structural roots or feeder roots.


Structural roots are like the foundation of a house. They provide support and grounding allowing the tree to stand upright and not fall over onto your brand new car. When looking a tree underground you will notice that it roots flare out like an umbrella turn inside out. This flaring of the roots is refer to as root flare. Quite aptly name, I might add. By securing it, tap root it grows and expands by creating new roots and root shoots. These roots can flare out for many, many feet. When we did and cut these roots up the tree’s structural systems becomes weak causing it to tip over, roots and all. To avoid this type of ending to your tree and your property when digging stay at least eight inches from the trunk the tree. In any directions.


The other main roots system is the feeder roots. These are those little, skinny roots that look like veins. They function to pull water and minerals from the ground in order to feed the tree. When these roots are damage, or destroyed, the tree is unable to feed itself. Causing it to become weak. These small roots are not just damage from cuts. They can also be damage from heavy equipment being stored on the ground above them. Or by cars and truck constantly driving over them. If you see a tree whose leaves pale in color, or the limbs are drooping over, early shedding occurs, there is a great chance that its feeder roots been compromised. In addition, the tree is not getting the nutrients and water that it needs. The sun is there in the summer, so it grows even faster.

If you notice any of these signs of damage to your trees. Or have done anything of these things to your yard causing such as installing a sprinkler system or landscaping, and some of a tree’s roots was dug up. Then you should consult an arborist immediately. An arborist will come out and assess the damage to the tree and how it can be remedied. It is better to have something like this look at and taken care of before the tree falls over on your home, your car, or worst you or one of your family members.

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The Standards of Our Lives: Giving Respect to Tree Service Crews


How do some people have healthier standards of life than others, in the tree service business I always like to say, you get what you paid for, if you pay just any old Joe Shmo from next door to take out big trees for you for dirt cheap, you better not have any property near those trees that it could potentially damage because let me tell you something…

How do some people have healthier standards of life than others, in the tree service business I always like to say, you get what you paid for, if you pay just any old Joe Shmo from next door to take out big trees for you for dirt cheap, you better not have any property near those trees that it could potentially damage because let me tell you something…

Taking out trees is one of the most dangerous jobs out there and if not done properly it can cause severe damages that can cost lots of money to repair. In my 40 years of tree service I have seen so many things go down it will never allow you to look at tree service the same, I have seen big trunks that fell on people’s houses and literally destroyed one side of the house, it can destroy decks and swimming pool, granted these accidents all occurred when I was working for my first company in the very beginning, and the owner kept hiring brand new staff because he was expanding too quickly.

Seeing all of these events has made me a very careful worker and built lots of respect for the profession. Tree service is not an easy ordeal, it is a massive task similar to taking down a tall building or tower, whenever you are dealing with that much height and heavy loads have to come down, the potential for big impact force is always present because gravity is always there looking to bring things back down to earth.

As I worked for this company and started wearing many hats in doing all this tree work I began to notice certain patterns in people that worked with us and how some individuals were more accident prone than other but not always, there seems to be whats called a “good” day and a “bad” day, where someone that you are working with and entrusting your life to, may have had his girlfriend break up with him the night before and now he is not fully present with the job site.

These things often times don’t get realized until its too late, but this is why it is imperative that you have a close relationship with your crew members in the tree industry so that the whole team can be honest with each other and there is a mutual respect among each other.

If the person respects you and sees you as a friend or brother, do you think he would put you in a situation where you life was at risk?

I once heard a a tree care veteran that used to be in the special forces of US military and he claims that the tree service line of work is the top of the ladder when it comes to special forces of the work industry, meaning its only the top 1% that can really handle this job. And to me when I first heard that I was pretty astonished because there is no way all the tree service guys that I worked with or that are my competition and in business around me are operating at that top 1% level.

The top 1% of population means that person is not only skilled but partly gifted in his ability to react and think on their own two feet and then make calls that can put people’s life on the line and be able to make those decisions quickly in moments notice.

I really respect and admire all tree service guys even if they were bottom of the barrel regular joe with a Chainsaw and purchased some climbing gear on the internet and decided to run his own tree service business, I still respect and commend these people because you just never know when and where these people are facing tremendously life threatening situations so that they can put food on the table for his family.

These are kind of the stories I want to share with this blog, so that people can begin to appreciate the local tree care guys and they deserve every penny of what they quote for.

Long hours in the tree removal business?

I once met a guy that was working 7 days a week and doing 12 hour days everyday in tree service business running with one bucket truck and chipper, his crew was doing jobs that would put most office workers on their ass the very next day with back and arm muscle so sore that you thought you ran across the world while you slept.

I don’t care who you are or how much experience you have, you can only go so far when doing 12 hour days for every single day with no breaks.

The mental and the physical will reach his limit, but the reason he kept pushing was because he had a standard for his life and his family’s life that he was going to get them to Cancun for spring break and he was going to buy a new home for them.

Sometimes it takes other family members to push you on to the next level because his grind turned his company into a million dollar operation and now he runs the tree business in Metro Detroit. Buff up or go home!