December News: Winter Advice! Save your Birch Trees!

Happy Holidays!

We hope you all have a very happy holiday season this year! Make the yuletide bright with lots of family time around the Christmas tree. From our family to yours, Happy Holidays!



The Thomas Family and team

Winter Reminders from the City of Vancouver


Rain and leaves don’t mix! We can work together to make sure that storm drains are clear, to keep water moving this winter. Be sure to rake up the last of your leaves to prevent flooding in your area!

There are two types of permits required for trees in the City of Vancouver: one for street trees and one for private trees. We can work with you to make sure you have the right permits before tree pruning and removal. This will help you avoid any fines and violations.



Save Your Trees! Prevent Birch Borers Now!

We’ve been seeing many trees dying of birch borers in Portland and Vancouver. Birch borers are small, bronze beetles that lay their eggs in the bark of birch trees. When the larvae hatch, they feast on the cambium (soft new wood tissue) of the tree. They are both lethal and difficult to control. It’s important to act as soon as you see evidence of their activity! The clearest evidence is a thinning of the crown; trees will generally die two to three years after that. It is important to catch them early to prevent tree death. If you suspect you have birch borers, give us a call and we can send one of our certified arborists to come take a look and treat the trees with insecticide. In fact, this epidemic is serious enough to warrant preventative insecticide so if you have birch trees, we recommend applying treatment this winter to repel any beetles who may want to lay their eggs.

If your tree is too far along, we can come and safely remove it for you. But our goal is to preserve the lives of trees as much as possible!! We can help prevent birch borers with early detection and preventative treatment. Contact us today to set up your appointment.