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Tales from the Tree Cutting Crypt! Alan Jackson?

Posted on April 1, 2018 at 4:07 PM Comments comments (0)
Tales from the Tree Cutting Crypt! Alan Jackson?Years ago I had the joy of helping a family in need of Tree Removal in Tucson Arizona. Often as parents grow old I interact with the children helping to make sure that the property's Tree Trimming needs are taken care of. On this special occasion the daughter was helping get the place ready to sell after her mother was put in a retirement home. Our job detail was massive and I went over the night before to drop off an extra dumping trailer as the crane would arrive at 530 in the morning. After dropping off the trailer I was pulling out of the drive to see the neighbor come out of the house waiving a gun at me. I slowed down in the drive, wondering if something had happened and if I could help. To my surprise the mans anger was directed at me. "If your not sent here by Alan Jackson you have no business on this property!!!" the man yelled as he got closer to my truck. I tried to explain but he kept repeating the Alan Jackson permission requirement and I soon realized the man must be on drugs or in need of mental health assistance. In fear of what may happen I called 911 and sat in my truck as the guy would come in and out of the house yelling the same thing. Much to my surprise the sheriff swat team arrived (i had told them of a crazy man with a gun) and the proceeded to treat the situation very seriously like a standoff with floodlights, snipers and all. All I could do is hollar out my truck "don't shoot" Finally after all of us being face down in the dirt handcuffed the came to the conclusion it was a misunderstanding and no body was at fault. To say the least I expected the guy to go to jail for the night as it turns out he was pretty drunk. But I found out a little more that made me understand. It turns out that the old lady's son had took care of her for years and his name was Alan Johnson, not Jackson. After the mother was put in care, the son was no longer in charge but the daughter took over. So the gun wielding neighbor had good intentions, plus he came over the next day and apologized and hired me to remove one of his large tree's, which we did a few days later.

Being the top Tree Service in Tucson Arizona we have seen it all and we hope you enjoyed another chapter out of the book of our lives. Funny thing is, I have had some interaction with Alan Jackson having one of his Tour Bus drivers work for me for a spell, and for those of you who know Amanda, you've probably heard her stories of going back to Family Reunions in Brentwood and seeing him around town in the 90's. Anyhow, We will be ready should your job turn into a story here at Chris and Amanda's Tree Service in Tucson Arizona.

Save your Money! Chris and Amanda's Tree Service in Tucson, Arizona!

Posted on April 1, 2018 at 10:11 AM Comments comments (0)
Save your Money! Chris and Amanda's Tree Service!Save your Money! Chris and Amanda's Tree Service in Tucson, Az!

For years we have been helping Tucson, Arizona w/ tips, discounted prices and more. I wanted to lay a few things out to help our community understand Tucson Tree Services. Your understanding can help lead to saving money and getting a better service.... this is important. Years ago when we started our franchise in San Diego I learned about a phenomenon that an engineer had come up with. When working for him he explained that a group of friends had discussed the issue at length and stumbled on some new truths that you may find helpful. The basis is that the highest prices in Tree Service or other services are always the worst level of service. Its something I like to call the Lottery effect. When a company gets used to hitting the jackpot or homerun on its jobs they become lazy and almost addicted to the feeling that they didn't exert very much energy but received a great reward. This jackpot way of life leads them to the self image that they are very important and deserve this pay off because they are better. I last week ran into this while meeting someone new who had out a low character high price company here in Tucson. I know the company well and she told me how surprised she was that they left such a mess after charging her 5 times more than I did. This is a story I hear over and over.... The highest prices are the worst service. With that said, your lowest prices that are so low they are scary often are very inexperienced. The sweet spot is in the middle. The guys in the middle offer you the best service and price combination you can hope for. We try to hit that on the head every time at Chris and Amanda's Tree Service! 

Another thing to know about Tree Service in Tucson and about Tucson Arizona in General is that we are a very small market. There is alot of companies that shouldn't be in business here in Tucson. In bigger markets they would be drowned out but in Tucson they get buy with smoke and mirrors. Often their character is so low that it is a wonder people hire them, but often people over ride their gut instinct because the person couldn't be too bad if they have been in business for awhile.... not true. Some of the so called top tree cutters are very untrustworthy putting their pocket book ahead of your best interest. You can often get trusted advise that is only given so that they get work, often this is the case. If what someone is telling you costs money you should be cautious. I often see people who get 10 estimates getting so confused that they no longer know what to do. There is not enough Trusted Tree Companies in Tucson to get 10 estimates, so stick with just a few. If you need a few here is some I have seen act honorably....
Obviously us... 

1. Chris and Amanda's Tree Service! 520-591-9265
2. Romeo Tree Service 520-603-0143
3. Absolutely Trees (520) 818-4455
4. Arizona Tree and Landscape Service 520-790-1505
5. Monstrosity Tree Service 520-230-7131

And this is the end of the list. I wish I could tell you all the bad stories about other services I have experienced but it wouldn't be fair. All I can say is that the above have conducted themselves in a way they can be proud of. Not to say they don't make mistakes but they are people of more character than the rest of your options. GOOD LUCK!


Tales from the Tree Cutting Crypt! (Tucson Fire)

Posted on March 31, 2018 at 9:14 AM Comments comments (0)
Fire in Tucson, AZ!For years we have written blogs trying to help our community with free advice. I wanted to start a new blog called Tales from the Tree Cutting Crypt. It is a chance to share some of our crazy experiences that make us the best Tree Company in Tucson, giving us the depth of knowledge to be prepared for anything, because we have seen everything.
Firefighting is not on my list of things to do when I go to a job but I have found that I am ready for it if the need arises. Years ago we had our Crane out to remove this palm tree on a summer morning in Tucson. I should have known something was out of place when half the fronds from the dead skirt had been place in the alley. Anyhow, I got my straps set, hooked the tree to the crane and started to cut. About 3/4 of the way through I had to stop to reposition and left the saw (turned off) in the cut. The crane had the palm hoisted so I was not worried about it going anywhere. I talked to my crane guy about the change and went back to start cutting. Starting my saw I heard the crane horn blow and groundsmen hollering at me, I went to see what was wrong. Fire was shooting out of the top of the palm skirt. We scrambled like crazy to get hoses, and contain what turned into a 35 foot blaze. We were able to keep it under control until the fire department arrived and later safely removed on burnt, black palm tree.
Before Tree Service
It turns out the customer had been trying to fight of a wasp nest before we came out. Whatever he sprayed on it turned into an accelerant that went up quick from the spark of my muffler on the saw. In addition, trying to get to the wasp's nest he thinned the skirt aerating it which caused it to go up in flames quick. I am glad we reacted quickly and we are thankful that no one was hurt. One thing you can be sure of, we will be ready for whatever unexpected event arises!


Before Cutting...


....After Fire


Thank you Ron Barber

Posted on March 31, 2018 at 8:47 AM Comments comments (0)
Thank you Ron BarberFor so many years of working and living here in Tucson me and Amanda have met some of the most memorable people. Tucson is a community full of Loving people who all appreciate the Old Pueblo and all it has to offer. On behalf of all the people I know, we would like to thank Ron Barber for his service to our Community. After loosing Gabrielle Giffords Ron was a light of hope and his most admirable quality is that he lives here with us and is one of us. For years I have ran into him here or there and have sang his praises for being a grass roots candidate and heartfelt representative of Tucson. We all can appreciate someone who steps up in a time of need and sacrifices his time and future to represent us. THANK YOU RON BARBER. After working for one of his children (another local Tucsonian), I got a chance to work for Ron and have continued that relationship. Sadly Ron is not going to run again but I encourage all of us to thank him and Nancy for putting Tucson first and showing the rest of the world that we are a community united. So the next time you see him changing his tires or changing his oil, thank him and show support for on of the many treasures we have here in Tucson.

Pine Bark beetle ravishes Tucson Arizona, what can you do?

Posted on February 23, 2015 at 2:17 PM Comments comments (0)
Pine Bark beetle ravishes Tucson Arizona. What can you do?
Pine Bark beetle ravishes Tucson Arizona. What can you do?Years ago while cutting through a dead pine I cut through a cluster of live larvae. I took a picture which you can see on one of my other blogs. At that time more "educated arborist's" with the U of A scoffed and said "there is no pine beetles in Tucson, it's another illness killing the pines" I smiled, insulted and went on about my business. 

Many years later now everyone is scrambling trying to save their tree. Dead pines everywhere and the beetle to blame. In 3 months tree's go from live to dead and we are cutting down a record rate of dead pines almost akin to the other tree damage seen from the freeze in 2010/2011. I estimate the economic impact will be greater than the freeze of 2010/2011.

What can you do to save your Pine tree?

First and foremost Water. The beetle is more likely to go to dehydrated Pine tree's as the healthy wet ones cause a problem with sap filling the holes. This is not a guarantee, but your odds are much better. If you ask, "how do I water it" please read some of our other blogs on watering and tree health. I have witnessed watering the drip line and using some of the other local Arborist's advice will leave your tree dead. After establishing a watering schedule that is suitable you may want to find your way to the hardware store and search for a Bayer product in a blue jug. Use the liquid 2 in 1 insecticide and feed. Using the granules leaves insecticide above ground that can be harmful to pets/animals. Follow the directions and plan on doing it 2x over the first month then yearly after that. It is a practice that dedicated Mesquite Tree owners do continually to keep borer's out of their mesquites. 

If you feel that the maintenance is more than you have time for we would be happy to help you with this service and get your tree's in good health. See the many ways that our Tucson Tree Service contributes in every way possible by reading more of our blogs. Thanks for tuning in!

4 Time Winner of Angie's List Super Service Award!

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 3:34 PM Comments comments (0)
4 Time Winner of Angie's List Super Service Award!

We are proud to be named, for the 4th year in a row, the Super Service Award Winner for Angies List. Since me and Amanda started Tree Removal Service Tucson it has been a non stop challenge to provide the quality and service that we know Tucson deserves. 

Receiving this Award is something we do not take lightly and want to thank all of the Members Who have voted for us over the years. 

It is our goal to provide the best Tree Service in Tucson and continually try to advance our craft and provide more state of the art service to Tucsonians. From all of us here at Tree Removal Service Tucson we want to thank everyone who has had a part of us becoming who we are today. We are so proud to be a fixed part of Tucson that people can count on.

Tree Service in Tucson gives Recognition to Actor for Charitable Donations.

Posted on September 3, 2014 at 4:58 PM Comments comments (0)
Tree Service in Tucson gives Recognition to Actor for Charitable Donations.Tree Service in Tucson gives Recognition to Actor for Charitable Donations.

We wanted to say thanks to David Spade for his Donation to the Phoenix Police department and other Arizona Charities. 

Here at Tree Removal Service Tucson we know the value of giving. After doing our donation, Removing the Oleanders at the Zoo, we received so much support from local Tucsonian's and have for years since then. It has helped us understand the need for all of us to give thanks to those able to help others.

Often most of our good deeds go unnoticed, for all the people who have given to our Community and it has gone unseen, we want to say thank you. Tucson and Arizona is in need of all of us uniting together to try and make our neighborhoods better places to live for generations to come. 

Tree Service in Tucson, AZ is often exhausting. Over the years we have done Tree Trimming and Tree Removal in Tucson for thousands of people. I have had a chance to meet so many Tucsonian's and feel privileged to be someone that they call with trust. Even though we can not donate charitably al the time, we all can donate by doing our jobs with our best effort. This is what we do here at Tree Removal Service Tucson. Whether Tree Trimming or Serving others in your line of work, I hope we all can see the need to give our very best to Tucson, Arizona.

How To save your Tree from Monsoon Storms in Tucson?

Posted on June 20, 2014 at 12:42 AM Comments comments (0)
Tucson has a unique eco system that is unlike any other having challenges that can not be answered by textbook knowledge. Fortunately here at Tree Removal Service Tucson we have put our education to use with the hundreds of thousands of jobs we have completed to offer Tucsonian's the most sound advice on How To save your Tree from Monsoon Storms in Tucson.

Every year thousands of tree's in Tucson get blown over and suffer massive storm damage that puts a financial hardship on those effected. The cost of damage in Tucson can be measured in Millions and the impact is one that we should take seriously attempting to be as prudent as possible. 

The first step I would like to cover is not watering your tree during active monsoon times. Every year we work for people who have tree's fall over with no wind as a culprit. These tree's go down at the end of monsoon season when the soil has been saturated excessively and the tree literally falls over. Not watering your tree during monsoon can help keep the soil hard and roots well anchored.
Secondly you want to evaluate your tree and risk. Some tree's are more likely to fracture while others outright have a risk of falling over. Knowing your tree will allow you to properly trim, treat and feed your tree based on the risk. Always have your tree cared for by a Trained Arborist Licensed with the ROC. This is difficult at times because Arizona does not list Tree Trimming/Maintenance as a licensed field. A few of us have Tree Planting/Landscape and Irrigation Licenses but there is a large group that operates without State Licensing/Training. A trained Arborist will help you to understand the risk associated with trimming techniques. Very often I have seen tree's thinned out by other Tree Service Providers with the homeowners intention being to allow wind to pass through and avoid Monsoon Damage. This is a rookie mistake most times as the branches become exposed and the wind can isolate pressure on 1 branch and break it. Most times a little bit of a dense crown can allow for bunching and each branch can provide support for the ones around it, kind of like a kite effect. So Thinning increases the chance of a branch breaking while leaving the tree a little dense can increase the risk of the whole tree being blown over. This is were knowing your tree comes in handy. A live pine tree rarely if ever breaks a branch that falls to the ground, almost always the branch breaks but due to the nature of the wood it stays in tack suspended by the tree. Pine tree's do have a shallow root system that allows them to be blown over in Micro Bursts and thus properly thinning a healthy Pine tree is a good choice to avoid monsoon damage. On the reverse side Palo Verde trees have brittle wood and break branches that fall free to the ground much more frequently, while their root system when properly structured often can withstand a monsoon storm. (with that said many palo verdes blow over) A good example of this would be the work we did for American Airlines a few years ago. Dozens of mesquites and palo verdes were damaged and what we found was that the palo verdes had been ripped in half and the top crown thrown 50 feet in some cases while the mesquites blew completely over. A Palo Verde would be a candidate to not thin out but focus more on root stimulation to advance root growth and try to develop an already good foundation. There are exceptions to the rule but I hope you get my point.

The next area you want to look for is health. If you see little gold sap bubbles on your mesquite tree it is not normal. What you have is Boring style insects penetrating the tree and tunneling around the cambium layer weakening the flow of nutrients to the outer ends and weakening the strength of the branch. An addition insect that is killing Tucson tree's is Grubs. They often are under the root ball of the tree eating the small fibrous roots causing nutrient and structural deficiencies. These insects are easily treatable by your Arborist or some over the counter products at you hardware store. A unique need of Tucson is proper watering. If your problem is advanced I recommend calling a Licensed and Trained Arborist.

The next misunderstood issue is Guying and Rigging. As it is a viable option to help your tree I do not recommend it. If you install wires they are to be maintained every 6 months with the tension being adjusted. Most times the tree's get choked from lack of maintenance and excessive tension is put on these lines causing a further risk down the road. In addition, if your young tree falls over in a storm, do not steak it back up. The lack of proper planting initially has caused a structural problem and 95% of the time it is not correctable. You can not add big anchor roots on the side you need them and the result will be a tree that needs to be removed later. Planting a tree is something that is done improperly by most Landscapers and Nurseries give horrible advice. The ISA recommends planting in a trenched hole meaning that the sides should be tapered out forming a 45 degree angle then mixing 1/3 to 2/3's organic mix to native soil. The benefit is the tree will grow roots out and gradually be forced to penetrate the hard soil with out a chance or choice to change direction. If you dig a hole 2X the size of the pot with vertical walls the tree will most likely become root bound as when the roots hit the hard wall they will change direction and ruin your chance for a properly anchored tree. A little known fact is that 90% of a tree's root system is in the top 12" of soil. This makes it highly important to plant properly. 

Water your tree properly. Tucson is in a drought like none other, our tree's are dying at a rapid rate and often I find that people do not know what to do. If you drive around Town you will see Thousands of dead tree's and Thousands more that are dehydrated. The majority of Tree Born illnesses are derived from dehydration. This means that if your tree is not properly watered it becomes prone to Insects, Micro organisms and Parasites of all kind. Often the mis information leads to local myths which are not true like watering the drip line of the tree. With the watering a drip line education it is assumed that the whole area is being watered. In Tucson you will never water the root ball due to our dry environment and hard soil. We here at Tree Removal Service Tucson have unearthed a Local technique that will save you water and help your tree's flourish. Do not listen to your Landscaper about how much irrigation a tree needs. Most times they are completely negligent in this are. Take the time to have a trained Arborist out and add proper 14 Gallon emitters to your existing system and properly extend the lines to reach the base of the tree. Our long history of Tree Trimming in Tucson has given us a lot of data that we want to pass on to you.

Here at Tree Removal Service Tucson we pride ourselves in getting information out there to teach others and that is going to help all of us keep this town a great place for generations to come. Lets all learn more about saving tree's in monsoons, watering and caring for our tree properly and understanding the need to hire a Trained Arborist who is licensed by the ROC.


Tree Planting in Tucson, Arizona

Posted on May 19, 2014 at 8:39 PM Comments comments (0)
How to plant a Tree in Tucson?

Tree Planting in Tucson has a bad rap for a good reason. In my Training as an Arborist I learned the proper way to plant a tree and rarely see it in practice. Even Nurseries often provide inferior advice and leave you with a tree that never takes, or blows over in a Monsoon storm. Full neighborhoods are developed with improper tree's planted and planted in an improper location. Why? Well for 2 reasons.

1. Textbook knowledge, when not applied with on the job real life experience in our environment, has little place. some simple examples would be the teaching to water the drip line of a tree. In Tucson with hard soil and dry climate if you water the drip line you will not get water to the most important part of the tree... the root ball. When the textbook teaches the drip line watering technique, it is assumed that the whole center area of the circumference is also getting watered, not so in Tucson. I have followed dedicated watering systems put in by other Landscapers only to have the owner tell me what poor results they have had. Within 3 months our Proven Technique can make the changes needed to feed the tree properly according to our environment. This is one example of textbook knowledge not being very useful with out real life common sense added to the equation. I have many other examples but will not go in depth on this article.

2. Developments are built and planted with the final decisions being made by general contractors. The price and bottom line drives the cost and the Landscaper is under the pressure to make the General happy and overlook the proper planting techniques if the Landscaper even knows them. Tucson is a small town and often the lack of competition allows inferior companies to stay in business, often Unlicensed ones who say they are licensed speaking of a 10$ business license not a ROC License by the State. This is also a long article that I may write at a later time.

Lets get to the task at hand, Tree Planting in Tucson, Arizona.

What can you do? Well hire a Licensed Tree Planting Contractor if you need help. If you would like to do it yourself I will provide you some sound tips. 

A. 90% of a Tree's root system are in the top 12 inches of soil. So when you go to the nursery they recommend digging a hole 2x as deep as the pot. I disagree, A good foot or so below will be fine. Tucson is not full of Tap rooting tree's. Your next step is width, the recommend 2x the size of the pot, I disagree. Following their directions will give you a hole to plop your tree in, due to our hard soil you will have a tree that is root bound, the roots will run into your vertical walls and change direction going for the path of least resistance often changing direction and heading the opposite direction than the one they should be to give the tree structure, and believe it or not, this type of planting leads to surface roots and tipped tree's in monsoons. According to ISA Reg's you are supposed to trench a hole with the vertical walls being almost a 45% angle to the bottom, This provides and environment that the roots will keep heading in the right direction ad gradually penetrate the soil, remember 90% of roots are in in the top 12 inches.

B. Next step is soil mix. You want to be 1/3 to 1/2 Organic mix and the remainder native soil. With this said watch the type of tree, some need drained rocky soil and others soil that retain water, so use the proper organic mix. Generally I recommend fertilizing with liquid fertilizers the bottom of the hole to make the hard edges nutrient rich. When planting you want you root collar to be level with the soil grade before excavation. 

C. Once your tree is planted you must water, water, water! The amount varies but do not listen to just anyone about how much. I have heard advice given by Certified Arborist in Tucson that borders on Tree Suicide. This is and area that I would involved and accredited Licensed Contractor and Arborist. I recommend our feeding plan which involver a dirt well, Liquid Fertilizers, Mulch (a fresh ground mix from our company, big chip stuff from stores and other Arborist's have little to no value, Our company has healed 1,000's of tree's and have a proven system and trade secret to producing Nitrogen rich formula) and a Proven Watering Plan.

D. Most important is selection. What Kind of Tree do you want to plant? This is a decision that is needing much thought. I am not perfect but I can say that our company has compiled 10's of Thousands of problem Tree Removals to allow us to help with a proper planting selection. A lot of this must be considered. What do you desire? Shade, Privacy, Color, Long term, Short Term, Water needs or Drought resistant, aggressive roots, cold tolerant etc. You can see why a consoling from an Arborist with experience and massive amounts of data is needed. I am sure that the Local Tucson Arborist at Tree Removal Service Tucson can help you with your Tree Planting Needs.

I have watched tree's in 2 months go from a 15 gallon tree that they say will drop its fruit but go on to produce the Largest fruit with our plan, I have also seen massive amounts of growth and countless happy Tucsonian's. I hope that the advice I have given you will help in your Tree Planting in Tucson, Arizona. As always we are here to help.


3 Time Angie's List Super Service Award winner!

Posted on December 22, 2013 at 12:37 PM Comments comments (0)
3 Time Angie's List Super Service Award winner!

For the 3rd year in a row, Tree Removal Service Tucson has won the Super Service Award from Angie's List. We want to thank everyone that has made this possible including the wonderful AL Members that we have met and developed lifelong relationships with. Without you none of this would have been possible. It has been our passion to offer the best that we are capable of for the Tucson community, and winning this award means more than you would ever know. 

Tucson is a small market with the hometown feel and being here since 85 and my wife a native, we feel an obligation to our community to offer the best and not fall in line with the Tucson norm. Again, thank you from the bottom of our heart! We hope to continue as a leading Tree Service in Tucson.



















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