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Tree Preservation

When it comes time to save the trees, this not only includes tree health but tree structure as well. We can investigate and report tree structure concerns so you can make educated tree management decisions.

Improving the soil where your trees grow is essential for tree life longevity. This includes rebuilding soil structure through decompacting and organic treatments. By decomacting the soil, we allow air and water that are essentials for tree root health to penetrate the area around the tree and its roots. Compost provides nutrients to the soil and aids in maintaining proper soil structure. Composting is ideal for trees that are the victim of poor planning during the construction phase of any new home and is also a good idea for preparing planting beds.

Our experts are trained to read the body language of trees and the surrounding areas.  We can investigate and report tree structure concerns so you can make educated tree decisions.

Much of our time is spent in the crowns of large trees. We are up there for a number of reasons, but primarily, we are pruning trees to reduce their chance of failure.

Using ropes and gear specifically made for climbing trees, we move around the trees, removing deadwood, broken limbs, limbs with tight angles of attachment, and reducing weight on horizontal limbs. WE DO NOT PRUNE WITH SPIKES ON!

Throw balls are used to set climbing lines in the tree. A good toss can reach heights of 80-90 feet. Climbers install friction savers from the ground, which prevents damage to bark cambium.  The climber has to get as high in the tree as he can, in order to have a good angle on the rest of the tree.  Work positioning is key to getting the job done safely. In larger trees, our climbers might be up in the crown of a single tree for three or four hours.

A good way to ensure a healthy, strong crown is to prune a tree when it is young.  Young tree pruning corrects co-dominant leaders, weak angles of branch attachment, and gives a tree a much better chance of surviving a storm event later on in its life.

Ray's Tree Service


Brandon Ray
Offices in Spruce Pine, NC
Servicing western North Carolina
828-467-1113