Welcome to Ward Tree Care

Tulip RemovalWard Tree Care, LLC is a locally owned and operated full service tree care company in Tualatin, Oregon. Our shop is located near I-205 and Stafford Rd. We proudly serve West Linn, Lake Oswego, Tualatin, and the Portland Metro area including Wilsonville, Tigard, Beaverton, Cornelius, Durham, Gladstone, Happy Valley, Hillsboro, King City, Milwaukie, Oregon City, Sherwood, Newberg and Canby. We offer the highest quality tree work and superior customer service. Ward Tree Care is a local leader in arboriculture and strives to provide personalized service, expert knowledge, and exceptional workmanship. Please explore our website to learn more about our services. We are licensed, bonded, and insured (CCB# 188437) for your protection and the safety of our workers.

Call us at (503) 730-3906 for a free estimate, or simply email us at wardtreecare@gmail.com

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So Many Fruit Trees ….What’s next for Spring Pruning?

We have been pruning a lot of fruit trees into the early Spring–apples, pears, cherries, peaches, filberts. This process should continue through mid-April. It is very important to have the pruning done correctly since there are a lot of ways to damage your trees or to render them fruitless by improper pruning. Be sure to give us a call as the window for this kind of pruning is coming to an end.

What’s next? Customers who have trees which are prone to fungal foliar blights may wish to prune some trees throughout this season in order to open the canopies up so that greater air circulation can help lessen the impact of a wet spring. Fungi bloom on the newly formed leaves of certain trees under warm and wet conditions. Pruning can help control this before it starts, even though pruning alone cannot eliminate disease. Nevertheless, arborists must be careful lest they exacerbate the blight by inadvertently spreading fungal spores throughout the canopy while they prune. Knowing the difference is critical. Please contact the knowledgeable arborists at Ward Tree Care for help in your spring pruning.

one of our favorite apple trees we finished pruning: notice the vertical shoots have been reduced

Fall Roars In!

We’ve seen a lot of storm damage from many of our clients over the last couple of weeks in October. I’ve included some photographs of the damage.

Summer limb failure? Yes, it really occurs…and you should care about it

The loud crash of a branch suddenly collapsing onto property has been the unfortunate experience of many of our customers around the Portland Metro area this summer. Sudden limb failure can occur in the warm and windless days of summer when the somber leafy presence of the trees would seem rather to suggest calm and stability. How, then, could they possibly fail at this time of year?

The fact that trees shed entire branches in the calm of the summer has long vexed homeowners and arborists alike. A likely cause of these failures is the increased weight of the limbs as they pump water for transpiration and photosynthesis needs. Small defects in the branch or branch collar may become sources of failure when coupled with the added water weight and the challenge of dissipating this water through gas exchange in the leaves. The result is that on the calmest day of the year–often in the afternoon or early evening–the biggest limbs may catastrophically fail.

The arborists at Ward Tree Care can assist you in cleaning up a limb or tree failure, but we also provide tree assessments that identify structural weaknesses in the architecture of standing trees so that a mitigation against potential failure can be proposed. Usually, this would mean pruning so that heavy limbs are thinned and end weight reduced. It may also require cable installation or tree removal.

a large cherry branch failed under the its own weight

Pruning Red Maples in Lake Oswego

Climbers working on a Red Maple

Two of our climbers work on some Red Maples on a glorious Fall day.

What’s in the green bottle?

Conventional Bar Chain Oil (Orange) and Bioplus (Green)

That’s Stihl’s new Bioplus bar chain oil. It is derived from vegetable oils and is one brand of many new bio-oils developed as a substitute for conventional (petroleum) based bar chain oil. We are phasing out the use of conventional bar chain oil in favor of the new biological oils in our chainsaws. Although it is a little more expensive (2x cost of conventional), it is a small price overall. The net result will be that any spatter or spray of oil in your yard from the revolving chain will be mere vegetable oil instead of petroleum. It is a self-evidently good thing to do for our customers and their natural landscapes and we are happy to make this change for the better.

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