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Did you know that the species of tree will dictate the likelihood of a lightning strike?  For instance, the number one tree most likely to be struck by lightning is a white pine... second in line is a red oak... and thirdly is a cottonwood... these three trees comprise the majority of our forests and trees in our Urban landscapes.... Did you know that there are 25 million lightning strikes per year in the United States? Michigan is #13. It is often best to consult with an arborist or a CERTIFIED ARBORIST… LIKE JARED who can install lightning protection on your tree to save the costly damage prior to being struck by lightning.... In the event that your tree does get struck by lightning without being protected, you can still call us...Get-R-Cut.com…We Know Trees!!

 

 

As an arborist there are things that we see in the field each and every day; natural observations that we make in the course of time as things change from year to year. Over the last year in the Spring Lake and Grand Haven area Cottony Maple Scale has grown in epidemic proportions and has even become life-threatening to too many maple trees. Other trees that may be affected can be crab-apple and Japanese maple; just imagine losing that Japanese maple the Crimson King that has been the centerpiece of your landscape. The aesthetic loss of the tree as well as the cost to replant can be devastating, what about the other nasty side effects of maple cotton scale....the nasty mildew....the constant stickiness of everything underneath and around the trees including sidewalks, your vehicles, your houses, or what about your grill that is underneath your red maple tree every time you want to cook out; it's just covered in mildew, or what about that large silver maple that provides your dock or boat slip with shade, what a beautiful tree but it causes such a mess! It can straight-up take the fun right out of Summer. The good thing is, it only takes a call to our arborist and we can assist you in taking care your maple trees and landscape to make them enjoyable again. Our services would include Spring Lake, Muskegon Lake, Mona Lake, Bear Lake, Lake Michigan, White Lake and the Grand River.

Tree removal and tree pruning (any tree work really) can be incredibly dangerous, even for professional arborists. There are many "do-it-your-selfers" who attempt to do their own tree work. Sometimes they are successful at this and other times it is catastrophic. 

As stated on the TCIA website, "In 2015 alone, the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) recorded 58 serious civilian tree care accidents, 34 of which were fatal. Six of these victims were under the age of 13, and were innocent bystanders to the misguided actions of adults".

Please do not attempt to do tree work if you are not trained or equipped to do so. Safety is very important while doing tree work and many times people take shortcuts and safety is not on their radar. Those "do-it-your-selfers" generally try to save money and do it their-self. Please leave the tree work to the professional arborists. If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office.

Part of the planning process...

Cutting Roots with Common Sense

Many homeowners and landscapers deal with intrusive roots by grinding them down or removing them. This is sometimes expensive and also very harmful to the tree. When a tree’s roots are wounded, it can creates points of entry for pathogens and leaves the tree vulnerable to disease. If major roots are cut, it also reduces a tree’s ability to take up nutrients and water, and also makes it more susceptible to drought. Lastly, cutting roots can reduce a tree’s structural support. This can increase potential risk/danger because the tree may topple onto your house from high winds. Please exercise safety and caution or call a professional arborist from Get-R-Cut...or BOTH. Please contact us if you have further questions.

Please plan ahead...

People often get excited to plant new trees without doing the proper research beforehand. Everyone needs to understand how a tree could potentially damage your property if planted improperly. It is very important to take appropriate measures to prevent any damage BEFORE you plant a new tree. Tree roots thicken as they grow and will gradually push the shallow roots up toward the surface. So...soil that is near the surface is ideally suited for root growth. However, most tree roots are just below the surface and this will put those roots in conflict with man-made obstacles. Another thing to think about is that where soil is covered by a patio or a concrete driveway, roots that grow upward do not experience the normal growing patterns such as increased air or light. Therefore, they cannot tell they are reaching the surface. As a result, the roots often grow against the underside of pavement and become intrusive.

 

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what people say

  • I had Get-R-Cut come to my house to do some pruning on Oak trees in my backyard. We had some areas that we had different kinds of plants that were directly under the trees to be pruned that we did not want damaged. Jared and Chris did a great job in avoiding any damage to those areas. Jared did a great job in removing a lot of dead branches and pruning up the trees to providing an idea shape to them. Chris, Jared's helper, did a tremendous job managing things on the ground and constantly removing brush and cutting up branches to move to their chipper.
    The clean up process was very well done. I would highly recommend them to others if they need trees pruned or removed. I will be having them return to remove 3 very large trees from our front yard in the near future to get rid of potential problems with them.

    John VanOveren

  • I have known Jared for a couple of years. Get-R-Cut.com is a great team for tree trimming, snow removal, and more... I would recommend them in a heartbeat.
    John Miedema

  • We have had Jared at our home several times doing work. If you want someone to cut down your trees and clean up your mess, Jared is the man for you. You won't even see a leaf on the ground when he's done. We wouldn't think of using anyone else.
    Ray & Sharon Genter
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