Frequently Asked Questions
What is a arborist & what do they do?
An arborist is an individual trained in the art and science of planting, caring for and maintaining individual trees. Their work may involve: planting, pruning, providing structural support, preventing or treating disease and removing invasive plants or pests.
What qualifications or certifications are required to become an arborist?
Certified Arborist (CA) have more than 3 years of documented/verified experience and has passed the International Society of Arboriculture Test (ISA). They are required to complete on-going continuing education to maintain their certification.
Why do i need an Arborist to trim my trees?
Well, anyone can trim trees, but a certified arborist will prune your tree according to ANSI 300 standards in a way that is least disruptive to the health of your tree. An arborist will prune to promote proper growth and health.
What services can an Arborist provide?
Mike Ripley is a qualified ISA Tree Risk Assessor who can provide a number of options specific to your plant and tree situation. Options could involve any of the following: pruning, tree removal, emergency tree care, planting, plant health care, tree risk assessment, cabling and bracing, and much more.
When is the best time of the year to plant trees?
Spring is the best time to plant trees for optimal growth, but you can plant trees at any time of the year.
When is the best time of the year to prune trees?
Winter when the trees are dormant is the best time to prune. You can prune any time of the year except with the trees and plants are budding.
My large tree looks healthy, but how do i know it's not rotted on the inside?
Visually inspect the tree. Are there any visual cavities, insects, animals or sawdust? If you answered yes to any of these, then call us to conduct a more thorough inspection.
There is a green growth on the bark of my tree - is that going to hurt my tree?
This is most likely a type of fungus. Some types are harmless to your tree, but an assessment should be scheduled to make sure.
Do I need to water my trees during the summer?
During drought conditions, watering your trees and plants could be helpful to keep the root systems hydrated.
How do i know if my tree is in distress during hot months?
Trees in distress will show signs of defoliation (loss of leaves) and wilted leaves.
Is it dangerous for a tree branch to touch a power line?
Anything touching a power line can be very dangerous. Call us and the power company immediately for emergency service.
Why should i hire someone who is licensed and bonded to remove my tree?
Ripley Enterprises is licensed and bonded because we are a professional company who is committed to the safety of your property and our crews. Someone who is not licensed or bonded most likely has not completed extensive safety and tree removal training, nor do they carry adequate coverage should something happen to your home or property during tree removal.
Does your staff have safety training?
Yes, Ripley Enterprises crews are required to attend annual safety training, along with weekly safety meetings. We are continually training on proper safety procedures for tree removal and equipment handling. The safety of your property and our crew members is our top priority.
There is a "netting" in an area of my tree - is that a pest infestation?
This is nothing to be alarmed about if it is just in a localized area of your tree. If it is widespread, then please contact us for an assessment.
What do you do with trees/branches you remove from my yard?
When Ripley Enterprises prunes or removes trees on your property, we will remove everything upon completion. Our Green Policy states that we will recycle all trees, branches and plant material from your job. We have our own chipper that allows us to mulch all branches on site. We can leave the mulch for you or take it with us for proper disposal. All logs are removed and recycled – nothing goes into the landfill.
What do i do if a tree falls in my yard during a storm?
Contact us anytime – we offer 24 hour emergency service!
Do i need to have my soil tested before planting new trees?
It is not necessary to test your soil prior to planting new trees, but it could be helpful. Soil with proper PH levels will provide the right amount of essential nutrients to the trees.
What do i do if a tree that needs to be removed hangs over my neighbors property line?
We suggest speaking with the neighbor about trees or limbs that protrude onto their property. Make sure they understand the need to safely remove these prior to them and let them know the date planned for removal. Get permission to access their property if needed for safe removal.
When is payment due when you take down a tree for me?
Ripley Enterprises takes pride in providing prompt, professional service therefore, we appreciate full payment for all jobs upon completion and upon invoice.