I offer a real consultation, based on knowledge and wisdom.
It is never an upsell or merely an estimate.

What You Need To Know About Tree Health…

A Different Kind of Tree Guy… As a tree care specialist, during our Tree Care Consultation, we will tour your property together. I will do an in-depth analysis and examination of your trees and surrounding property, to give you an accurate interpretation and summation of your tree situation. Diagnosing any tree health problems. You will get indispensable, qualified and accurate advice on how to handle these concerns. You will know exactly what you wanted to know. I am never in a hurry, and sessions always go over the hour. Many times they also turn into pruning classes and botany lessons. If you have any doubt, see my Google reviews that were written by happy KRL (Kevin R. Lee) customers.

Why Not a Free Consultation?

What anyone can offer:

There are two kinds of consultations, the free kind and the paid kind. The free kind usually includes an estimate or an upsell. There is very little actual sharing of tree knowledge involved. I do not do this kind of “consultation.”

What only I can offer:

The second kind that I do is the paid kind. Where instead of trying to get something more from my clients, it’s time for me to deliver! I need to deliver at least my minimum fee in value during the time spent, I need to deliver enough or else my clients wouldn’t be satisfied. I need to deliver, period. Please read my google reviews to see how I’m doing.

Still Too Much?

You can read My Tree Book if you would like to give yourself an education, or you can hire the author (me) to come to your property for an unparalleled consultation, you'll be privy to my secrets and I can personally customize your consultation to suit the needs of your trees. You'll join a very select group of tree lovers who now know with certainty how to care for their trees.

Tree Care Consulting Pricing

Greater Northwest Calgary and Southwest neighbourhoods described in Where I Work

$250

AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

Half day

$500

South Calgary acreages

$500

Large properties and
Northwest-side acreages

$400

East Calgary

$300

South of 22X

$300

Where I work

I live and work in West Calgary. My service coverage area is bordered on the north, west, and south by the ring road (Stoney Trail), and on the east by Deerfoot Trail. Inside this area is where the tree health consulting and pruning minimum charge is $250.

For work outside the area described above, please contact me!

Why KRL?

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Seven Benefits of a Tree Health Consulting Session

  1. Health assessment: Why is my tree failing/dying? and solutions to the problem.
  2. Pruning theory and practice: Do you want healthy pruning ideas? Are you getting conflicting advice from contractors? Or do you want to do your own pruning?
  3. Tree/shrub identification: Do you have a new property and need to know the plants?
  4. Disease and insect ID: Many insects are relatively harmless, some are deadly. Know the difference. Spot disease before it runs away with your tree.
  5. Planting theory: Incorrect planting practices are the number one cause of failure in new trees. Understand the anatomy of proper planting.
  6. Tree architecture: The why and how and the reasons for tree cracking and splitting.
  7. Watering theory: Learn how to water to meet the needs of your trees on your individual property. Lay of the land, soil conditions, your own and your neighbor’s trees all contribute to what can be a water shortage.
See below for an expanded version of the seven benefits.

A tree health consulting session is an hour-plus session where we identify your trees, their problems, and solutions to those problems.


Seven Benefits in Detail

Health assessment

If you want health assessment, you have already noticed that something is wrong. What is it? Whether it be drought stress, competition from other trees providing too much shade, or perhaps your tree is crowded with many of your and your neighbors’ trees nearby, a visual inspection will show us. Perhaps the problem is from an insect or disease. We will ID the specific problem and come up with a solution.

Pruning theory

Whether you want to prune yourself or hire an arborist, pruning theory is very important. If you want a pruning lesson, I can teach you how to make the proper cuts and where is best on the tree to do that. Firstly a thorough visual inspection of the tree or shrub is needed; a careful assessment before any pruning decisions are made. If a tree is failing, we reserve pruning for only deadwood and diseased branches.

If you plan to hire an arborist, a good working theory of pruning can be very helpful to you and your trees. Many arborists are primarily concerned with the look and shape of your trees, whereas in my opinion, the health concerns and structure are of primary importance. Pruning out small branches that will later split can help a lot. Also important is the first pruning of a young tree, the determination of its form so that it can move into the future as successfully as possible. Speaking some of the lingo will aid your conversation with your arborist.

Tree ID

Do you have woody plants and want to know their names? Knowing a plant’s name is the first step towards getting to know your tree. From there you can learn how it grows, what its potential is, what its problems are. Without the name and some information about how that tree grows, you won’t be able to spot problems when they occur or know what they are. Each individual tree and shrub species that grows here is a file of information in my head. I can only access that information starting with the tree’s name.

Another powerful way to use tree and shrub ID is in the planning for new planting. I know the names of all our plants and how they grow, so I can use that information to help you make plant selections.

Insect / Disease ID

Knowing what is affecting your tree makes all the difference between peace of mind and worry. If you learn that the insect/disease on your tree is relatively harmless (and most are), then you can rest assured that everything will be OK. Without that knowledge most of us assume that the tree has plague and emergency measures are needed.

And once in a while, they are needed. There is a short list of insects and diseases here that can wreak havoc on your tree in a short time. Knowing the killers, I can help you address those problems quickly before your tree reaches the point of no return. Knowing the correct name, proven by the symptoms, is essential for your tree’s survival.

Planting Theory

You cannot plant a tree properly without knowing some anatomy, specifically the root crown. Knowing where this is on the tree and where it should be in relation to the planting depth is imperative for the healthy establishment of your new tree.

Many people—nurserymen, landscapers, and gardeners alike—plant trees too deep. They deep plant for two reasons: stability (can’t have that new tree blow over) and so that they do not have to stake the tree.

Staking trees is, many times, essential when the tree is planted to the correct depth. This additional mechanical support is required for the first couple years until the root system can reach out and get a firm grip on the soil. Deep planted trees sulk and do not establish well, if at all. Deep planting is the number one factor that causes failure in newly planted trees. A tree health consulting session focused on correct planting techniques will save you a lot of heartache. Having this knowledge will allow you to oversee your planting crew’s work, guaranteeing that it is done right the first time. I hate to say this, but most people, “professionals” included, cannot plant trees correctly and many new trees fail because of it.

Tree Architecture

Tree architecture is concerned with how the branches form in relation to the trunk. Trees are not perfect, and natural weaknesses do occur. Being able to spot these potential weak spots and address them early can save the life of your tree. If you have a weak spot in your tree’s form, it doesn’t have to be bad news; there are mechanical assistance practices, cabling and bracing that can guarantee that your tree will be storm proof. A quick anatomy lesson focused on included bark and branch collars will give you the knowledge to address these concerns.

Watering Theory

There are only four native trees in Calgary. Only the trembling aspen grew in the grassland; the rest found the water they require in the river valley. Most suburban lots are the product of a gigantic landscaping job that removed all the natural topsoil and changed forever how water naturally moves in the land.

Once new house construction is finished a layer of clay based top soil is spread over the clay base. That thin soil layer is all your plants have to work with. Trees, shrubs, perennials and grass all compete for water and nutrients in that thin zone. All gardens are different, the lay of the land, the number of trees and plants, and the neighbors’ trees and plants all affect the trees in your garden.

These thin soil layers can become dry once the heat comes on. Water stress is a crucial factor in tree health; having the water your trees require makes all the difference between health and failure. I can inspect your property with you and get a good feel for how your individual garden uses and moves water.

Conclusion

This has been a bit of expansion on the list of benefits above. For deeper information go to the articles, and get a tree health consulting session. There are lots of tree concerns not listed here, but these seven are all major subjects that I have studied for decades.

An arborist’s intention is the one factor that determines how your trees will be treated. Approaching trees and plants with love is the surest way to have healthy plants. And that love I can’t help but bring to your plants; I was born to do it.