Winter is an Economical Time for Tree Care
By BRANDON SCHMITZ
TIM AND BARBARA NALL: The owners of We B Trees have been recognized by the Better Business Bureau for excellence in ethics in the marketplace.
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Certified Arborist Tim Nall created his tree care company in part to break away from the competition. Whereas many of the tree services in Tulsa specialize in removal, We B Trees focuses primarily on preservation.
Established in 1995 by Nall and his wife, Barbara, We B Trees boasts a plant health care program that covers all aspects of tree maintenance, including trimming, cabling and bracing.
“We’ve got climbers, bucket trucks, loaders, you name it,” Nall says. “We can do anything from the smallest job to the largest job.”
According to Nall, these last few months of the year are the ideal time for homeowners and business owners to remove dead wood from their trees. Additionally, he suggested the removal of any unwanted branches.
“You could take out branches like the one over the child’s swing set or the one over the house,” Nall says. “Anything that’s not desirable for whatever reason, whether it be for the health of the tree or the safety of the people.”
Root pruning is best saved for either fall or winter, too.
“It would need to be done if the tree has girdling roots or if there are undesirable roots in the yard that you’re hitting with the mower,” Nall says. “You always want to prune roots when there are either no leaves on the tree or if leaves are falling off.”
Winter in particular is ideal for maintenance such as cabling and bracing, for the trees are going to be dormant.
“They’re not going to have any leaves on them, so you’re not taking away from any photosynthetic activity,” Nall says. “Just about anything that can be done to a tree, winter is probably the best time to do it.”
As far as We B Trees as a service is concerned, the main difference between fall and winter is the rate at which the company charges.
“Normally the rates are a little bit cheaper in the winter because everybody’s slower,” Nall says. “If you know you need to do the work and you’re not on a timetable, then why do it in November when you can do it in December for a better rate?”
Home and business owners’ knowledge on how to care for their trees is generally limited. Nall suggested that, if nothing else, they should have a professional look at their trees and offer some advice.
Speaking of professionals, perhaps the most sure-fire way to determine whether a company offering their services is reputable is by calling the Better Business Bureau of Tulsa, of which We B Trees is a member.
Nall has watched the average home or business owner make their fair share of mistakes when tending to their trees, chief among them being the types of cuts they make.
“If there’s a difference in price, then there’s probably going to be a difference in the quality of work,” he says. “I guess people sometimes consider trees like they would grass in that they don’t think it really matters who cuts it; but you can really make bad cuts on trees that really affect how it grows in the future. The whole idea of the certified arborist is that you’re hiring a professional, and he’s going to be a little more expensive.”
For more information, visit webtrees.com.