Storm Damage to Trees

Recently, we have experienced multiple damaging wind storms in the Portland metro area. These storms have impacted multiple homeowners causing damage to their homes. We have been busy responding to many customer calls needing our help with emergency tree service. Under these circumstances we offer 24/7 service. Our crews have been working around the clock.

As always Rich’s Tree Service recommends preventative care. Here are a few things to look for that are hazards:
-Cracks
-Holes
-Decay
-Exposed Roots
-Leaning Tree

Please give our office a call at 503-465-2133 or fill out our estimate form to request a free estimate.

Wood chips, stump debris and wood available:

If you are interested in receiving wood chips, stump debris, and wood please contact us. We are trying to compile a list of dumpsites. Restrictions apply. Please see the following and if you agree to all of the terms please contact us.
-You must take the entire load. Which is similar to the size of a dump truck.
-Easily accessible. No gates.
-Dump at anytime. Including evenings, weekends and early morning.
-Some of the wood might be diseased. For this reason we don’t recommend putting the debris near other landscaping because the disease can spread to surrounding landscaping.

Emergency Tree Service

Due to the recent weather we have received multiple calls for emergency tree service. Please give us a call if you need emergency tree service or if you would like an estimate. According to local weather reports more rain and wind are heading our way. If you call after our normal business hours follow our recorded telephone prompts to dispatch a crew. Please call us at 503-465-2133.

Partnering with Friends of Trees

We are proud to announce that we have partnered with Friends of Trees. Friends of Trees is a nonprofit organization with a mission to plant and care for city trees and green spaces. You will find our information under their Arborists tab.

Tree care companies that partner with Friends of Trees as a preferred Arborist have to abide by their standards. You will find important information regarding what to look for when hiring a tree service company. Visit their website to learn more at http://www.friendsoftrees.org/meet-us/arborists.

 

Owner and Certified Arborist Rich Gillum, of Rich’s Tree Service, Inc., has been serving the Portland Metro areas for over 24 years. We are a licensed, bonded, and insured tree care company that specializes in pruning, preservation, and removal.  Customers can read our reviews on Angie’s List, The BBB, Facebook and ask for a list of commercial and residential references to learn more about our superior service.

Tree Permits

At Rich’s Tree Service, Inc.  we advise our clients  to research tree permit requirements before beginning a tree project  to avoid receiving any fines. Most cities require property owners to obtain a permit before removing a tree on their property, and some cities now require you to be a licensed arborist approved by the city to prune a tree along the frontage of your property. Street trees almost always require a permit for removal. If you decide to remove a tree before checking with the city first, you could find yourself with a hefty fine.

Lake Oswego is among one of the strictest cities in the Portland Metro area. Before doing any tree maintenance or tree removal, the homeowner should verify if a permit is needed. This process can be very time consuming. The only time a permit does not need to be issued before a removal occurs in Lake Oswego is during an emergency situation. If you find yourself in an emergency situation you can have the tree removed but you must take pictures before and after.  Then after the tree is removed the property owner must submit a request for an emergency tree removal permit. See the City of Lake Oswego’s website for more details.

Owner and Certified Arborist Rich Gillum, of Rich’s Tree Service, Inc., has been serving the Portland Metro areas for over 24 years. We are a licensed, bonded, and insured tree care company that specializes in pruning, preservation, and removal.  Customers can read our reviews on Angie’s List, The BBB, Facebook and ask for a list of commercial and residential references to learn more about our superior service.

Fire Hazard

The sun is shining, burgers are on the BBQ, and it’s almost time for Fireworks. All of this makes for a great summer day in Portland, but there is one potential fire danger that we should all be aware of. Our trees pose a fire hazard especially on the 4th of July. Fuel Ladder is a common firefighter term that allows a fire to climb landscape. Here are a few tips to help prevent fires happening to your landscape this summer.

- Remove dead or dying trees and shrubs
- Keep your landscape hydrated and green
- Keep up with routine yard maintenance
- Aim for simple landscapes
- Prune deadwood
- Prune trees and shrubs away from structures
- Water your trees, shrubs and grass before lighting fireworks
- Immediately put used fireworks in water

Feel free to give us a call today to have your trees and shrubs evaluated by a certified Arborist 503-465-2133.

View Clearing

Do you own a home that offers a beautiful view but it is obstructed with a view of trees? It’s the perfect time to start thinking about clearing that space so you can enjoy that view. Maybe that view has been blocked since you moved in or maybe the view is now blocked due to the growth of your trees.

It is important to keep in mind growth potential while considering what variety of tree to plant to enhance your landscaping and still offer a gorgeous view. If you find that you want your view back call your local Arborists to get a quote. We have the knowledge and experience to get the job done correctly. Even in the tightest locations and steepest slopes. When needed we can bring a crane in to remove your trees.

An alternative to planting trees and considering a trees growth potential would be planting shrubs. Whether you’re looking into having your trees removed or topped, then replaced by planting shrubs or trees Rich’s Tree Service, Inc. can get the job done. Give us a call today for your free estimate 503-465-2133.

Elm Trees

Pruning Elm trees in the Portland metro area is only open between October 15th and April 15th. The reason Elm trees are regulated is due to Dutch Elm Disease. Dutch Elm Disease involves Elm Bark Beetles that burrow into the trees causing the trees to die over time.

Removal or pruning a tree that has Dutch Elm Disease involves extra precautionary measures to insure the disease does not spread. The dates that Elm pruning and removal are open is in correlation with dormancy. The disease can also spread from an infected tree to a healthy tree by means of their roots. If a healthy tree is within 25-50 feet of an infected tree a root graft should be placed to help eliminate transferring from occurring.

Rich’s Tree Service, Inc. has years of experience handling Dutch Elm Disease. We properly sanitize all our tools that may come in contact with the disease and properly dispose of the wood to eliminate the risk of exposure. All of these steps are important to help eliminate the transfer of the disease.