tree care tips

Charleston Tree Care Tips


Davis Tree Company is a locally owned and operated business. Roger Davis founded the company in 1989 with the simple goal of offering the finest tree care. From his background in landscaping, he has developed a passion for trees and has built a solid reputation over three decades as a tree care specialist.
As certified arborists, our team delivers expertise dealing with all areas of arboriculture. We have an expert staff of experienced arborists and tree care specialists ready to help you with any tree care service you might need.
We hope you take such considerations in mind as to whom you will entrust the care of your property. You may have hired a tree service or a contractor or heard horror stories from your friends and neighbors disappointed by a company who does not show up, leaves your yard torn up or, even worse, find they have no insurance after damaging your property. You will never experience this with us. Our concern for customer care, integrity, true professionalism and being dedicated to honoring our word is at the root of our success.
Through the years, some of the methods have changed, but our goal remains the same: expert tree care and customer satisfaction.
Please give us a call – you will not be disappointed. We look forward to working with you!

ISA Consumer Information
There are some very good things that you can do to promote healthy and long-lived trees. There are also some things that you want to avoid. If you should have any questions concerning your trees, please call our certified arborist for any advice for that specific variety of tree or trees.

Benefits of Trees
Most trees and shrubs in cities or communities are planted to provide beauty or shade. These are two excellent reasons for their use. Woody plants also serve many other purposes, and it often is helpful to consider these other functions when selecting a tree or shrub for the landscape. The benefits of trees can be grouped into social, communal, environmental and economic categories.

Why Hire an Arborist
An arborist is a specialist in the care of individual trees. Arborists are knowledgeable about the needs of trees and are trained and equipped to provide proper care. Hiring an arborist is a decision that should not be taken lightly. Proper tree care is an investment that can lead to substantial returns. Well-cared-for trees are attractive and can add considerable value to your property. Poorly maintained trees can be a significant liability. Pruning or removing trees, especially large trees, can be dangerous work. Tree work should be done only by those trained and equipped to work safely in trees.

Tree Selection
Tree selection is one of the most important investment decisions a homeowner makes when landscaping a new home or replacing a tree lost to damage or disease. Considering that most trees have the potential to outlive the people who plant them, the impact of this decision is one that can influence a lifetime. Match the tree to the site, and both lives will benefit.

Buying High-Quality Trees
When you buy a high-quality tree, plant it correctly and treat it properly, you and your tree will benefit greatly in many ways for many years.
When you buy a low-quality tree, you and your tree will have many costly problems, even if you take great care in planting and maintenance.

Avoiding Utility Conflicts
Determining where to plant a tree is a decision that should not be taken lightly. Many factors should be considered prior to planting. When planning what type of tree to plant, remember to look up and look down to determine where the tree will be located in relation to overhead and underground utility lines.

New Tree Planting
Think of the tree you just purchased as a lifetime investment. How well your tree (and investment) grows depends on the type of tree and location you select for planting, the care you provide when the tree is planted and the follow-up care the tree receives after planting.

Mature Tree Care
Think of tree care as an investment. A healthy tree increases in value with age – paying big dividends, increasing property values, beautifying our surroundings, purifying our air and saving energy by providing cooling shade from summer's heat and protection from winter's wind.
Providing a preventive care program for your landscape plants is like putting money in the bank. Regular maintenance, designed to promote plant health and vigor, ensures their value will continue to grow. Preventing a problem is much less costly and time-consuming than curing one once it has developed. Getting your mature trees ready for storm and hurricane season is vital to help reduce the risk of storm damage to your property if a tropical storm or hurricane occurs.

Pruning Young Trees
Proper pruning is essential in developing a tree with a strong structure and desirable form. Trees that receive the appropriate pruning measures while they are young will require little corrective pruning when they mature.

Pruning Mature Trees
Pruning is the most common tree maintenance procedure. Although forest trees grow quite well with only nature's pruning, landscape trees require a higher level of care to maintain their safety and aesthetics. Pruning should be done with an understanding of how the tree responds to each cut. Improper pruning can cause damage that will last for the life of the tree or worse – shorten the tree's life.

Why Topping Hurts Trees
Topping is perhaps the most harmful tree pruning practice known. Yet despite more than 25 years of literature and seminars explaining its harmful effects, topping remains a common practice. The brochure in the link above explains why topping is not an acceptable pruning technique and offers better alternatives

Insects & Disease Problems
Insects and diseases can threaten tree health. As soon as you notice any abnormality in your tree's appearance, you should begin a careful examination of the problem. By identifying the specific symptoms of damage and understanding their causes, you may be able to diagnose the problem and select an appropriate treatment.

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