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“Peep This Pick Up” Hauling Trees

Peep this style drip video clip of the Peterbilt grapple debris hauling truck operated smooth by “Last Call” Paul.

He’s the last man on the job making sure the last leaf is hauled away from the clients yard.

We recognize how hard you work on your lawn and this video shows how we do our best to leave the lawn and take the trees off site.

Contact Arbor Pros for tree debris hauling.

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Ready or Not CHUNK-N” Dead Pine Tree Blocks

This wicked little video cut is a “cut and chunk” pine tree removal scenario. Another dead pine tree. Super dead pine tree. And of course this super very dead pine tree was tucked far back into the fence corner behind the shed. Too dead to climb our track lift machine fit through the narrow gate into the back yard. And of course…. throwing stuff from up high never gets old!!!!!!

“Stand Clear!!!!”

Please contact Arbor Pros immediately when you see a dead tree otherwise the risk level and cost of tree removal can go up the more dead it gets.

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Dead Pines Removed in Tallahassee

Dead pines everywhere oh yes they are. So I write this in November of 2019 and after three years of hurricane hits to our area our trees are stressed out and dying.

Pay attention but there are literally dead pines everywhere. I play a game in the truck with my two boys, four and seven years old, spotting dead pines is quite an active car ride game…. try it and keep count!

Back to business -- here is a video of a beetle infested dead pine tree being removed by the Arbor Pros. Trees like this are dying all over the place and talk on the streets is shifting from hurricane and tree discussions to discussions about beetles.

“Oh the d@*#! beetles are gonna kill all my trees”

Maybe…. maybe not. That can be tough to predict, but what we do know is that the wind loading has stressed the trees out. When they sway so drastically, and three years in a row, internal cracking and fractures are happening. These damages cause the trees to use more energy in healing. Then they become stressed, weak, depleted, and then ultimately are susceptible to invasion by beetles.

So healthy trees do have immune systems which do keep the beetles out. The hard part is identifying these wind loaded stressed trees in advance so that those can be protected with pesticide. Once the visible signs of pine tree stress show up it more times than not turns into a tree removal job.

Tree owners out there, please look up, look up often so you spot these dying trees. When a tree gets too dead it becomes more dangerous for tree workers to remove it and the cost for removing it goes up.

So please spot your dead trees fast and report to Arbor Pros by phone or website to make your request.

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Tree Pruning for Solar Panels

Solar panels are gaining popularity. Everyone wants to do their part right? In this video we do our part by pruning low cherry tree limbs away from the homeowner’s house to allow sunlight for solar panels. The cherry tree was the only impedance and not a super nice specimen tree, just an average wild cherry volunteering to grow between the house and over the new solar panels.

So I call these types of clients solar seekers.

The need for sunlight is most often to allow the lawn to grow better. When people need their grass to thrive they immediately look up to the shading trees and the battle begins between turf grass and trees.

As arborists we tend to love the trees more than the lawn but we get it, folks like a nice lawn!

Arbor Pros can assess your needs for sunlight, offer opinions on how much light could be gained by pruning, then assist by performing proper pruning to the offending trees.

If there is no way to salvage a tree because pruning will be too excessive, we will tell you. Tree removal then becomes an option if there are not neighboring trees in the backdrop that could also cast shade.

Think of Arbor Pros Expert Tree Company when you need more sunlight, let us know you are a “solar seeker” and have a great day!!!!

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Dead Pine Tree Removal With 40 Ton Crane

As the title reads ohhhhh my dead pine in a bad spot surrounded by primary power lines on a fast moving one way street In mid-town Tallahassee which could have lead to catastrophe! But wait… the Arbor Pros showed up and with crane assisted tree removal we safely and predictably picked up and set down the dead trees. There were actually three in total all in the same area in which lightning appeared to strike one. The shock grounds into the surrounding root systems and distressed the conifers. Now stress and shock set in they become vulnerable to boring insects AKA BEETLES!!! Beetles are not the starting problem but they sure will finish off a stressed out weak tree. This is a problem lately in the panhandle of Florida. Recent hurricanes have left remnant damages to a lot of north Florida and Tallahassee’s trees. Inspect your trees there are systemic treatments to prevent invasion into a prized tree.

Call for more information or to speak with an Arbor Pro Arborist.

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“Hinge Wood” Tree Felling

In the olden days they yelled TIMBERRRRRRR but times have changed and now the Arbor Pros say… STAND CLEAR!!!

The safest place to be when felling a tree is as far away as possible. In this sick little video cut (no pun) the sawer does a great job of setting up his directional pull rope, then cutting his directional notch, then setting up the hinge perfect with a back cut, then he steps far far away out of harms way and gives the command. BOO-Ya! Nice cut, nicely executed and the video clip even captures the hinge wood which is actually the fibers of the tree that the chainsaw operator intentionally leaves to “steer” the tree down to the ground. Its a skill that leaves your heart racing with Adrenalin every time and that’s why we come back for more!

So check out that HingeWood and when you need trees felled or removed call the pros… the Arbor Pros.

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Vine Covered Pine Climbed and Cut Down

Holy cow this jaw dropping view from the perspective of certified arborist Cory Wilson up this 130’ tall vine covered pine is outrageous!!!!! That was a mouthful but I’m telling you he is on point.

The tree risk inspection revealed several decays spots near the base. Trees are like levers in the wind so when the wind blows and applies forces (the tree sways back and forth) and the most amount of force applied is to the base of the tree. Since decay is the weak link where trees always fail, the lower on the trunk the decay is, the more forces of wind loading are being applied makes this dangerous. WHAT!?!?

Basically if you have a tree with decay down low on the main trunk that’s a big deal and you might have to cut it down. Decay on the lower trunk means the whole tree will fall instead of just parts of the tree.

So this super tall pine tree being so tall has sooooo much leveraging forces being applied during windy times, and decay in the base and VINES!!!!

Vines create extra weight and wind loading. Trees are pretty much just giant sails in the wind and when vines hang on trees they pretty much make the sail much larger catching more wind…… catastrophe waiting to happen.

Cut your vines around the base of your trees to kill the vines and keep them from getting worse. Oh my gosh vines are the devil!!!!

So the arborist will leave this tree trunk cut about 30’ tall otherwise known as a habitat pole for birds and critters to use. He cut it short enough that one day when it falls it will not hit the house.

By the way this client is awesome. We have serviced this fantastic property for over ten years and have been watching this tree for almost that long. I love when a tree client delivers that much faith in our expertise. We love trees and love to make happy living between people and trees. We co-exist well.

For a consultation on your trees to find out if decay or vines are a problem contact or call Arbor Pros right now! Today!!!! GO!

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“Workin’ tha Ends” Tree Thinning on the Tips

In this tree hugger video certified arborist Cory Wilson is filming Taylor Passetti who is working the ends of this hickory tree in Betton Hills area of Tallahassee. The tree is healthy. The tree is so healthy that the limbs and branch ends are fluffy. The branch ends are so fluffy they are at risk for wind whip and snap failures.

Let me back up a little. You see I have a long history with this tree as our friends and long time clients own it. Over the years we have removed several taller pines from around this young healthy hickory tree. In its younger life it has been growing tall and leggy while looking for sunlight. Now that the pine trees have been removed the hickory tree is fluffing out with leaf growth. The trunk taper and thickness of diameter has not yet caught up to the fluffy ends which are all over the roof of the house. So heavy branch ends and a target as valuable as a house calls for the following….

Wind thinning and weight reduction pruning is ideal for the scenario described above. It allows you to maintain that asset tree in your yard. After all it was so healthy it deserves a chance for a long life benefiting humans!


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Pruning (Not Murdering) Crape Myrtle – Family Plot

Certified arborist Wes Hopper prunes a Crape Myrtle that has previously been “murdered,” or the top has been chopped off. He starts by removing the low hanging branches and twigs that will poke him as he prunes. He throws the debris away from the tree so he will not trip on it as he is moving around while looking up. This Crape Myrtle tree has multiple stems. Some of those stems are crowded so Wes cuts off several of the stems. This opens up the middle of the tree. Wes likes to use hand pruners whenever possible to avoid damaging the thin bark. Wes removes the epicormic growth, or growth that grows secondary like water sprouts. Epicormic growth is weak and loosely attached to the tree. Wes tries to cut the branches he does not want to grow beyond the branch collar. This will keep them from growing. Wes then prunes the upper canopy of the tree with a pole pruner. He removes the old seed pods. He cuts just above a node to allow for future growth. Finally, he cuts back the suckers around the base of the tree.

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70 Ton Crane Water Oak Removal

“Lakeside Jive”
Arbor Pros pick out some laurel oak trees with a 70 ton crane. Our client at Lake Talquin off of highway 20 in Tallahassee needed these lakeside trees removed. The larger one had decay in the main trunk and was close proximity to the back of the house Since lake edge winds are excessive and unpredictable and the tree is unsound we decided to remove it. The other tree was the same species of oak and was growing in a peculiar way out of a 20’ tall embankment and bending over a high dollar boat house. Two structurally compromised trees with high valuable targets chosen for complete removal. The job was harder than we planned due to the long distance to the lake edge tree but with patience and diligence we pulled off a win for our client by removing the trees safely with no damages to the surrounding property.

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Spot Decay Stay Away

How to spot tree decay on your trees in Tallahassee. Our trees give us subtle indicators that they are weak so learn to look for the basics.

Tree risk inspection by a certified arborist can identify these types of tree decay issues. Trees break and fall at the weak links. Wood decay is the weak link in trees. Wood decay in trees is not reversible but once detected we can provide arborist opinions to help you make educated decisions about your own trees. When making decisions about trees there is always a positive and a negative to every decision about what to do to a tree(s). That is why it is important to do your diligence as a tree owning-homeowner and inspect for damaged or dangerous trees. I you are unsure about your trees please contact us today and ask for a tree risk inspection.

Am I Safe From My Trees? – Part Seven

2.15 – NEIGHBOR’S TREES:  Now this can be a touchy subject worthy of it’s own educational report titled “Trees and the Law… How to Avoid the Legal Food Chain.” But in this report we are simply going to instruct you to assess your neighbors’ trees which may negatively affect you. Of course, you will need permission to legally be on their property so I always recommend just performing a visual inspection and when a red flag is raised, do the morally correct thing and knock on the neighbor’s door.  Let them know your concern, ask them if they are aware of it or what they think about the concern which will open the door for communication and progress together.  On the other hand, they ignore you, they take no action and you have to put them on notice for being negligent. Get a certified arborist to assess the tree and write a professional opinion, send it via certified mail with return receipt and share that with your insurance company and if you have one, your lawyer. I still firmly believe in knocking on the door and doing it the old-fashioned way which always produces better results especially when dealing with someone you have to live next door to!


At this point you have identified your questionable trees; you think that you may need further professional help so it is time to set an appointment with a certified arborist. 

We would love to assist you when you get to that point so please visit to request a Free Estimate or Request a Tree Risk Inspection.

Am I Safe From My Trees – Part Six

2.13 – SHARP BENDS:  Sharp bends in trees are red flags. When there is a sharp change of direction of a tree limb or tree stem, that means that at some point that limb received some type of interference. That could mean that it rubbed into another smaller limb for a few years making it grow around the other limb but the other limb has now died off only leaving this unusually bent limb. Another reason maybe that a branch end got broken off and the nearest lateral limb takes over as the new branch end. The problem with these sharp bends in tree pieces parts is that the bends create oddly shaped levers susceptible to odd types of torque loads. 

2.14 – LEVERAGING FORCES:  Trees are like levers in the wind. The taller the tree, the more leverage that will be applied to the base of the tree while the tree is experiencing wind loading forces. That theory applies to whole trees from the ground up but also to smaller tree parts. Example… An oak tree looks pretty healthy but has one long limb growing over the roof of the house. Look at the limb and ask yourself, how long is that branch in comparison to the other branches? Does it have branch taper?  How is the aspect ratio of limb to trunk size relate? Does it have smaller limbs evenly spaced out especially closer to the tree trunk?  If it gets too fluffy and heavy on the end and has bad branch tapper then that limb is a bad lever in the wind and likely to break off. Consult with a professional arborist to consider a proper pruning plan.

Am I Safe From My Trees – Part Five

2.10 – CRACKS:  During your visual tree hazard inspection, be on the lookout for cracks or minor clues of cracking. Cracks seem to most often form or open up inside a fork union or between two attached tree trunks. Referring back to the section in this report about branch attachments the “V” shape is the type to inspect for cracks forming between the two tree parts. Another recent eye opener is the large number of hurricanes to hit Tallahassee and the North Florida Pan Handle. These heavy resulting winds have left trees with internal stressors and cracks that we don’t even know about.  These cracks are called shear plane cracks which result when forces applied to the tree such as wind create such a load that the tree literally cracks along the length like two planes sliding across each other. These cracks do not always create a tree failure at first but issues such as these allow internal decay to set in and years down the road when the tree fails most people will wonder, “What caused that?”

2.11 – WOUNDS:  Be looking for odd wounds on the tree. On the lower trunk that would be bumps from cars around driveways or roadway edges that knock bark off allowing a source for decay and disease to start. Tree limbs that break off leave a nasty splintered wound at the broken limb section which leaves the tree with poor wound closure. In normal person words that means the tree does not heal easily with such a tattered wound. Wounds can be a source for decay and should be monitored by a professional arborist.

2.12 – NESTING HOLES: Okay, so no one wants to evict a family of squirrels or birds from a critter hole on the side of their tree but pay more attention to those little squirrel holes you see on tree trunks. Those are giant indicators of internal columns of decay. Basically, if a critter can live in it there’s a likely chance that the decay is larger than the small hollow that they inhabit. Since critter holes are usually large decay pockets, and trees tend to always break where there is decay, consult with a climbing arborist to determine how significant the hole is to assist in making the decision to cut the tree down or not.



At this point in the inspection you would have already identified widow makers as a safety concern before walking under the tree and called a certified arborist but I want to explain to pay attention for these. Widow makers are broken limbs that are hung up or still hanging in the tree. Most of the time they are lodged up there pretty good however, I have heard several horror stories throughout my career of people dying or being severely injured by these killers.  Be mindful of broken off limbs because they tell the history of the tree and if it has been happening already there is a more than likely chance this will keep happening.

2.09 – SPROUT LIMBS (Epicormic Growth): 

Sprout limbs are small limbs that literally sprout up but they don’t do it for no reason. Sprout limbs are a stress indicator and they are growing in response to what could be several different things. Pruning creates wounds and that stressor causes epicormic growth to happen. Damage or infection to tree parts can cause the epicormic growth. During extreme old age a very mature tree will go through a phase called retrenchment where it’s outer most parts dwindle and die off while the tree produces more sprout limbs closer to the main trunk. This will allow a tree to extend its life span but is really just living on borrowed time.