Fire Smart Tree Service

Get Ready!

Site preparation for the fire season is crucial. Did you know that any kind of vegetation is combustible? Mature trees, shrubs, grass even your woodpile, are all potential fuels and can easily ignite! Green Leaf Tree Service is here to help you manage your property for fire hazards. 

First Priority: 

The first 10 metres of space around your home is your 'first priority'. A good fuel free space gives firefighters a chance to save your home from an advancing fire. Remove any shrubs, trees, deadfall or woodpiles from this area and keep your grass mowed and watered. 

Second Priority:

From 10-30 metres out from your home is the second priority zone. In this zone, you need to reduce fuels by thinning and pruning so that combustion cannot be supported.  Remove trees and debris that can spread fire upwards to become a fast spreading crown fire. Remove deadfall, thick shrubbery and mature trees that might provide the opportunity for a ground fire to climb up into the forest canopy. Once a fire crowns out, it's virtually unstoppable. 

For more information check out BC's Fire Smart Manual. 

The Dangers of Tree Work

According to Work Safe BC, there were over 150 tree work service fatalities last year. Tree work is serious business, which is why Green Leaf Tree hires certified arborists and tree fallers. Training and safety regulations are two factors that decrease a crew member's likelihood of injury. When a client asks us for a quote, the safety of our crew and clients is paramount. Proximity to power lines, structures, roads and environmental hazards are all factors when we issue a quote and complete a job. 

Operating a chainsaw is dangerous enough on the ground, let alone at sixty- eighty feet high in the air! Our team members take a chainsaw course in order to be certified to operate such equipment. Our entire crew also takes an aerial rigging course so that they can safely climb and fall trees as well as execute a service that requires rigging in accordance with our insurance. These continuing education courses are also part of our overall business costs. When you receive a quote consider the amount of safety precautions and training that will go into your job. We know that our customers expect professional service that is safe and swift. 


How Much Does it Cost to Remove a Tree?

How Much Does it Cost to Remove a Tree?

Factors Considered When Determining the Cost of a Tree Removal:

Most factors, to some degree, are tied with how they affect the amount of time that is required to complete the tree removal process.

More dangerous jobs require more time to complete; Trees that are in a poor location will require more time to remove, and trees that are above homes or near other structures often involve rigging (lowering sections of wood with ropes, arborist blocks and pulleys) which will require more time to remove. Anything that takes more time, costs more money. Also equipment costs come into play. Often there no other options to safely remove a tree other than employing the use of a crane which will also add a significant cost to the project.

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4 Things to Consider When Hiring a Tree Service

4 Things to Consider When Hiring a Tree Service

Tree work is a highly specialized and dangerous job. Therefore, it is important to ensure that you hire a reputable tree service company with the proper insurance, expertise and equipment to get the job done safely and efficiently. 

If you're in the process of looking for a local tree service to hire, here are some tips and factors to consider as part of your purchase process:

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Douglas Fir Bark Beetle

Bark Beetle galleries

Over the last few seasons we have seen an explosion of both Douglas fir bark beetle and Spruce bark beetle in the southern interior. Widespread infests have caused mortality to many old veteran trees in the Columbia Valley. Spotting the signs of attack and removing infestested trees is the only option to reduce the population once it attacks standing trees. The other options we have for prevention is to apply MCH pheromone patches to help protect valuable trees and stands.

A short time after the Douglas-fir beetle attacks a tree it produces an antiaggregative pheromone (MCH) to regulate the number of attacks in a host tree. Synthetic formulations of MCH have proven very effective in preventing attack of the Douglas-fir beetle. The MCH is contained in small plastic dispensers deployed at regular intervals throughout the stand to be protected. Contact us at or 1-888-431-8733 to help protect your trees this spring.



Not all pruning is good!

Pruning a Willow tree at a historic siteOne of the most common questions we field is when is the proper time to prune a tree. While this can be an important question, I believe the more important question should be, why are we wanting to prune the tree? Aesthetics, dead wood removal, clearance from structures or a reduction in size are reasons for pruning. It is best to keep in mind that pruning a tree can be very harmful if done improperly. It is best to seek the advise of an ISA Certified arborist when looking for consultation about the health and well-being of your trees. The attached picture is of a Weeping Willow we pruned at Kinsmen Beach in Invermere in order to remove deadwood and to raise the crown for clearance. Give us a call to have your trees assessed by an ISA Certified Arborist today. Beware of those claiming experience but no credentials as often poor experience leads to long term damage to trees.

Vista Enhancement

View enhancement- Windermere BCOften views are obscured over time by encroaching vegetation. We are experts at properly pruning and or selectively removing trees to ensure those million dollar views are maintained. The attached photo is a before and after view from our clients deck in Windermere BC. It is very important for the health of the trees to access the canopies without the use of spurs (spikes used to ascend). To help maintain the health of your trees and to enhance your views make sure to hire professionally certified Arborists and ensure they don't climb your trees using spurs!

Tree Removal Golden BC

Tree removal Golden BCWe are specialists in large and hazardous tree removals. We are properly trained and certified climbing arborists with many years of experience removing trees in confined and hazardous situations. Using properly trained and certified professionals helps to ensure a safe and successful outcome for your tree removal needs and also protects you the homeowner from any potential liability. The attached picture is from a tree removal project in Golden BC.