Proper long-term care is essential to maximize the benefits of your trees.

General Tree Care

As a Consulting Arborist, I can provide you with an unbiased professional assessment regarding the condition and care needed to sustain your tree's life and long-term benefits.


If there is a need for pruning, fertilization, irrigation or other treatments, I can provide recommendations and help you locate reputable companies to provide those services. My business as a Consulting Arborist does not include tree pruning, removals, or other services.

Tree pruning is both a skill and an art. Improper pruning, particularly of oaks, can have long-term negative effects on the health and safety of your trees.

Are you preserving the health of your oaks?

Oak Preservation

Have you recently purchased a home or are you planning to remodel? Do you want to make sure you are preserving the health of your oaks or other trees?


There is nothing more heartbreaking than losing a large, established tree. My experience with native oaks, oak woodland ecosystems, the plants and animals that interact with oaks, will be invaluable to you.

Goldspotted Oak Borer (Agrilus coxalis) Photo courtesey of UC Riverside

Insect and Disease Diagnosis and Management

There are many insects, fungi, and abiotic (physical and chemical) factors, as well as, other plants and animals that interact with trees. Not all of these affect tree health.


It’s very important to correctly identify the organism causing the problem before applying treatments. Most nurseries and tree services that focus on pruning and removals don’t have the knowledge to correctly identify pest problems.


Not all tree maladies are caused by pests or diseases, many are caused by environmental factors or poor growing conditions.

Knowing about the trees on your property can save you hidden costs.

Escrow Inspections of Trees

Are you in the process of buying a new home with trees? Are they healthy and safe, and do you know how to take care of them? Knowing about the trees on your new property can save you thousands of dollars in hidden costs.


A professional assessment will guard against hidden defects or diseases like Sudden Oak Death. It can identify trees that have aggressive root systems which can damage sewer lines, driveways and foundations. It’s better to know before you buy!

Recognizing and reducing tree risk can improve your trees health and increase longivity.

Tree Risk Assessments and Risk Management

While the news media tends to overplay tree related injury or death, you may have a justifiable concern regarding the safety of trees on your property.


Recognizing and reducing tree risk not only increases the safety of your property and that of your neighbors, but also improves the tree’s health and may increase its longevity!


As a Qualified ISA Tree Risk Assessor, I begin with a visual tree assessment (VTA). This process may indicate the need for more advanced assessment which can include resistance drill testing, root collar excavations to inspect roots and the use of a climber to assess possible defect high in the canopy.

Trees have a dollar value of their own that can be measured through a tree value appraisal.

Tree Value Appraisal

Almost everyone understands that trees and other living plants are valuable.They beautify our surroundings, purify our air, manufacture oxygen, act as sound barriers, and help us save energy through their cooling shade in summer.


Many people don’t realize, however, that trees have value as property. When damaged or destroyed as a result of vandalism or accident, their value can be appraised. Tree value appraisals are primarily used for insurance claims or litigation in court.

Fire Safe Landscapes

Homes located within oak woodlands and forests are vulnerable to wildland fire. A fire-safe landscape uses fire-resistant plants that are strategically planted to resist the spread of fire to your home.


Creating a defensible space around your home is critical to protecting your property. During catastrophic wildland fire, crews may not be able to adequately protect a home without an adequate defensible space.

Whether you are building a new home, or planning a new subdivision or shopping center, if trees are present, you want to protect them from the impacts of construction.

Tree Protection Plans

Construction often takes place near existing trees in order to take advantage of their aesthetic and environmental value.


Whether you are building a new home, remodeling, planning a new subdivision or shopping center, if trees are present, you will want to protect them from the impacts of construction.


Today, many cities now have tree ordinances that require tree protection plans before building can commence.

Need a report? We do reports for tree removal permit requests, forensic investigations, tree appraisal, tree protection plans and more.

Arborist Reports

(An) Arborist Report is an independent report prepared by a qualified professional arborist containing specific observations and information on tree identification, size, condition, location, tree health , tree risk, tree value, and many other arboriculture related topics.


Need a report? We do reports for tree removal permit requests, forensic investigations, tree appraisal, tree protection plans and more.