C & A Arborists, Inc.
Tree Care Professionals
Trained, Educated, Up to Date, Environmentally Friendly
Professional Arborist Consultation
Walk your property and share a perspective of trees you would never have imagined. Our arborists will inspect your trees from a ground based orientation and give you verbal feedback. We couple this with a report via email so you have "cliff notes" from the experience. You may also get a proposal for work discussed during the walk.
Tree Installation and Establishment
What appears to be one of the simplest things to do is actually so easy to do wrong that more than half the trees we see planted end up dying within 5 years. Ironically it takes a tree 5 years to establish itself in a new location. So if your planted tree does not survive that first 5 years, it was most likely due to poor planning and care during the planting phase. Installing a tree starts for us when the tree is removed from its original location, not when it is delivered off of a truck or picked up from a nursery.
Seasoned Dry Hardwood Firewood
Split stacked and dried by hand for a great hot flame. Sold by the half cord or by the full cord. Mixed hardwoods, solid oak, solid cherry, and various other species. Give us a call and we will deliver.
Our aim is to keep balance in the ecosystem in order to reduce disease and death, while maintaining vigor and growth. Whether this means treating a sick tree or removing it, we'll help you keep your property beautiful and healthy.
Structural Tree Inspection
Do you have a tree with a large wound? This is a very detailed inspection of one specific tree done by a "Tree Risk Assessment Certified" (TRAC) professional. This is not an opinion rendered by a "tree service." The report will give you a detailed description of the tree's condition and a likelihood of failure in a specified time. It is a very useful tool to help make decisions when thousands of dollars are at stake for removals.
Organic and Chemical Free Mulch
Simply the best in S.W. Michigan. Local, organic, and priced just right. Its going to help your soil and water relationship with your trees, we promise. To get on our free chip drop list, go to www.getchipdrop.com
Storm Damage Removal
Probably the most dangerous aspect of tree work this is where most hobby handymen, homeowners and fly-by-pickup workers get hurt and killed. If trees are broken, hung up or have failed in any manner, a professional tree care company is your best resource.
Expert Witness Testimony
When things go to court, our lead arborist Christian has been qualified by the State of Michigan as an expert in the field of arboriculture.
Plant Health Care
And if we find a disease or pest we have a Plant Healthcare Technician on staff to apply treatments. Ask us about root zone injections.
It seems there are a lot of bucket truck and chipper operator owner companies doing tree work. Anybody can own and operate a bucket and chipper, but removing trees in a safe and efficient manner is what makes us professional. We use modern, low impact equipment. We regularly attend professional conferences. Trust us to get your trees done right the first time!
Disease Analysis and Prognosis
This is our specialty. If you have a tree that does not look good, give us a call and we will give you answers. Christian loves to look through his microscope and find answers to all your critter, algae, fungus and bacterial questions.
Site Preservation / Construction Management
Are you building a house? Doing some landscaping? Often we are called in to do a professional consultation because a tree is looking rather poor. Many times this is a result of root zone damage due to construction. A construction consultation prior to commencing work can save you thousands in tree care cost after construction.
Ever wonder what that 38" Diameter red oak is worth in your front yard? Trees do havevalue and large trees have alot of value as a standing organism! Not as lumber, that is different. This report is often used when trees are damaged and a value needs to be quantified for litigation purposes.
Trimming and Pruning
Improperly pruned trees are a common site. It results in significant damage to trees over time at which point we are called in to diagnosis the issue. The canopy interacts with the elements in a very complex way. Improper pruning will change the way the tree interacts with the wind and can cause additional limb loss, decay and structural failure. You don't want a significant part of your tree to fail because it was improperly pruned. We see this very often and it is a shame. Topping is not an acceptable practice. There are also many other practices common in our area that leave the tree in poor shape.
Cabling and Bracing
This aspect of tree care has been changing very rapidly and is still under constant change. The old method of using steel cable is not always what will work for the tree. Although steel is still used, there are many different materials now on the market that let the tree move more freely if needed. I have been doing a lot of work with different materials and adapting the installation techniques to suit the specific host plant. Close to the lake with the high winds we have it is important to let the trees flex their canopies in the wind.
We are equipped with a Vermeer stump grinder that is easy to squeeze in tighter areas. We even handle submitting the Miss Dig Ticket to ensure we do not disturb any underground utilities.