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.

The site is managed by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), a professional green industry organization whose mission is to promote the professional practice of arboriculture and create a worldwide awareness of the benefits of trees. ISA certifies arborists, providing the public with a source for recognizing skilled tree care professionals. 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.

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.

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 above 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. It’s 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. Clean-up of debris unless otherwise specified

Stump Removal- the removal of a tree stump and/or the root system. Clean up of debris depends on function of the area once the stump is removed.


A variety of questionable techniques have been used over time to eradicate the remnants of trees that persist in the soil for many years after the tree has gone. Chemicals, homemade concoctions, fire, and even explosives have been used to handle this challenging job. In modern arboriculture, the use of a mechanical stump grinder is the fastest and most efficient method. Sometimes grinders aren’t practical due to access issues and therefore the stump may need to be removed by hand with a pick, axe, other digging tools, or winch.


Prior to any stump grinding/excavation work on a job site, Idaho Code Chapter 22 Sections 55-2202 requires anyone engaging in any activity which displaces earth, rock or material on or below the ground to notify the Digline call center at least two (2) business days prior to excavating. The Digline call center in turn notifies all owners of underground facilities so that underground utilities can be marked before performing any type of excavation. Please be aware that Digline utility locators will not locate or mark any private lines. You are responsible for informing ArborCare Resources, Inc. and marking any private underground lines including, but not limited to underground septic systems, irrigation, landscape lighting wiring or fixtures, or invisible dog fences. While we will make every effort to avoid damage to private utilities, ArborCare Resources, Inc. cannot be held liable for damage to hidden or unmarked private facilities. In some instances, private facility lines travel directly through an area where we are stump grinding/excavating and damage to these lines is not preventable. In these cases we will make necessary repairs at additional charges to the property owner. The Digline call center can be reached by dialing 811.

LED Holiday Light Installation & Maintenance

Our specialized equipment and expertise in accessing trees assists us in the process of installing and maintaining holiday lights. When we place light strands, we typically drape them around the tree instead of wrapping branches because it is the least invasive method and therefore less likely to girdle the tree in the short term (2-5 Years). Preventative removal and adjustment is the key to avoiding irreversible tree injury. We strongly recommend that lights be checked every 2-3 years and removed/adjusted if necessary to prevent damage. Installing lights on a living tree should never be considered a permanent decoration. If the lights are left on the tree year-round, systems will typically last 3-5 years before needing replacement.

We use state-of-the-art commercial grade LED lights that are energy efficient and durable. Contrary to popular belief, LEDs are now offered in an array of different colors (including warm white) which are comparable to incandescent lights. Below are the other amazing benefits of using LED technology:

·    85% more energy efficient  than incandescent lights

·    10x-50x less energy costs annually than incandescent lights

·     vibrant colors and brightness when compared to incandescent lights

·     more strands can be safely connected together (10x more than incandescent lights)

·     light bulbs are much cooler, greatly reducing risk of fire

Contact us today to get a free estimate!