treesaregood is an educational website providing homeowners and other tree owners with reliable information regarding the benefits of trees and how to properly care for trees in an urban environment. Consumers have a responsibility to care for the trees at their homes and in our communities to ensure sustainability. This website is intended to equip consumers with the ability to recognize the value of trees, the need for proper tree care, and the benefits of trees to the environment. It provides the information necessary for consumers to make informed decisions when hiring tree care providers. offers tips to consumers on tree care; however, ISA recommends always hiring a trained arborist for your tree care needs. Proper long-term tree care results in healthier trees, which is essential to the sustainability of our urban environment. Click the picture to go directly to the website.

Why Hire an ISA Certified Arborist?

ISA Certified Arborists are professionals who have achieved a high level of knowledge and on-the-job experience in the tree care industry and who have successfully completed an extensive exam developed by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), leading experts on tree care. ISA Certified Arborists must also continue their education to maintain their certification and adhere to a Code of Ethics. Hiring a Certified Arborist is a decision that will give you the assurance that your trees will receive the best possible care available. Click the logo on to go to ISA's website.

Trout Friendly Turf Programs!

Our Turf department continues to expand and advance to represent the best in the industry. Our custom programs use ArborCare Special-T®, a compost tea combined with nutrients (nitrogen, iron, etc.) and other additives as needed, for each site. Weed control is client-driven with options including 100% herbicide free, spot-spraying, and more extensive applications when necessary. We continue to emphasize sustainable soil health practices such as aeration and top-dressing with organic compost. Furthermore, we have partnered with the Certified Trout Friendly program launched by the Wood River Land Trust. The Program promotes simple steps residents can take in their yards to conserve water and protect water quality and local fisheries. We can assist you with sustainable lawn care services in order to obtain Trout Friendly certification for your property. For more information about Trout Friendly programs give us a call or check out their website by clicking on the picture.

Wood River Valley Tree Guide

This guide has been prepared by the Hailey Tree Committee for the purpose of helping you make better choices when preparing to select, plant and maintain trees. It includes the most up-to-date information from industry leaders that is specific to our location and climate. Also included in the guide is a suggested species list for our location. It is not meant to replace the advice of professionals, only to help you define some options and better understand the ramifications of your choices. Click the picture to view the PDF version of the guide.

Getting to the Root of Stumps

When an arborist prepares an estimate, tree removal and stump removal are typically listed as separate charges. This is because they are two distinct procedures that require unique equipment and scheduling at different times. 

  • Tree Removal - cutting down of diseased, damaged, or undesirable tree, leaving the stump at soil grade.
  • Stump Removal - removal of a tree stump and/or root system. Cleanup of debris depends on the function of the area once the stump is removed.

Historically, a variety of questionable techniques such as chemicals, fire, and explosives have been used to remove stumps. In modern arboriculture, the use of a mechanical stump-grinder is the safest and most efficient method. When access for a stump-grinder isn't feasible, hand removal may be necessary.

Idaho Code Chapter 22 Sections 55-2202 require anyone engaging in any activity which displaces earth, rock, or material on or below the ground to notify the Idaho Digline call center at least 2 days prior to excavating. Digline then marks all public utilities which may be impacted by the work. Keep in mind that Digline does not locate any private lines such as irrigation, septic systems, or landscape wires. Digline can be reached by dialing 811 or by visiting their website at

Click the picture to see a video of a stump-grinder in action!

LED Holiday Lights

Our specialized equipment and expertise in accessing trees lends itself to installing and maintaining holiday lights. We recommend draping around trees instead of wrapping branches because it is less likely to girdle the tree in the short term (2-5 years). Proactive removal and adjustment is the key to avoiding irreversible tree injury. Holiday lights should never be considered a permanent decoration. New systems left on the tree year-round will last 3-5 years before needing replacement. We use commercial grade LED lights that are energy efficient and durable.

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