Arborist Services

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Arborist
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Our background in arboriculture and horticulture means you'll get the best in assessments and tree care.

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Arborist services

Our experienced and ISA Certified Arborists at Urban Soil focus on professional guidance, environmental safety and high-quality work. They have mastered the craft of tree care services and have a deep proficiency when it comes to understanding how to perform a professional tree trim or prune. This maintenance provides valuable benefits including:

  • A healthier, stronger tree with a long lifespan
  • Less undesirable, unattractive and hazardous limbs
  • Increased sunlight allowing for an abundant and marvelous undergrowth
  • More protection from tree pests and potential diseases
  • Increased strength to defend against storms and high winds
  • Higher property value
  • Tree thinning promotes tree health, reduces weight, decreases wind resistance and promotes a beautiful aesthetic.
  • Tree shaping helps to benefit overall the tree health, but also concentrates on tree aesthetics and training them to flourish within their environment.

our services

The Urban Soil team brings a combined background in horticulture and arboriculture. This means in everything we do, we know how to care for your trees and plants from the ground up. Read more about our arborist services below. Don’t see what you need? Just contact us directly! 

Our ISA Certified Arborists are trained in issues caused by Ball Moss. We have years of experience removing Ball Moss and managing the issues caused by it. 

Call us today if your trees are affected by Ball Moss. The sooner we can address the issue, the better the outcome.

Tree cabling and bracing is the installation of flexible steel strand cables and braces in trees to reduce strain from high winds, the weight of ice or snow and/or leaves.

Our arborists will help strengthen weak branches or limbs so that they can better endure serious weather and even lengthen their lifespan by external factors. Weak branches are not always apparent. Urban Soil can help determine weak points and the necessity of cabling or bracing.

We Cable and Brace:

  • Multi-trunked trees
  • Split trees
  • Young trees
  • Large open canopy trees including live oak, red oak, pecan and cedar

Urban Soil will work with you to plan and cautiously remove overgrown cedar on your property without damaging any surrounding vegetation. Cedar is an intrusive species in Texas and is incredibly difficult to manage and get rid of. Its shallow roots and its need for water makes it challenging for other living organisms to survive in the hot Texas heat. If left unmanaged, cedars will out compete other species ultimately creating habitat problems. In addition, cedars grow in dense clusters, providing shelter for animals, but doesn’t allow enough light through for grasses to grow.

As a native species to Texas, cedar does have some benefits to including: creating a natural fence, prevents slope erosion and creates a shaded and sheltered habitat for wildlife. Our ISA Certified Arborists understand cedar isn’t entirely bad, and we know how important it is to regularly maintain the cedar on your property so that it doesn’t infringe on or kill other vegetation.

In some areas there are restraints in how many cedar trees can be taken out due to the Endangered Species Act and the protection of the golden cheeked warbler.

For these reasons, it’s essential to manage, maintain and remove some cedar. Urban Soil is here to help. Contact us today for your free quote today.

Urban Soil’s experienced and ISA Certified Arborists provide free quotes and will work with you to determine your tree care needs. We will inspect and diagnose your trees and from there, will create a customized tree care plan that works for you and your needs.

 

Oak Wilt Treatment Expert LogoUrban Soil is certified by the Texas Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISAT) for the identification, treatment and management of Oak Wilt.

Oak Wilt is an aggressive and common fungal disease affecting oak trees in SW Texas. It is difficult to treat and remove the disease from infected areas.

Symptoms vary across tree species, but typically include: leaf discoloration, wilt, defoliation and death. The disease is most commonly spread through insects or connecting root systems. When the fungus enters the tree, it stops the flow of water and sap by plugging the vessels in the vascular system. All oaks are at risk of this disease, but Red Oaks are more susceptible. Once they are infected, it can kill them in a single season.

Diagnosing Oak Wilt is a difficult process that should be handled professionally. There are no permanent treatments for Oak Wilt and its successful management depends on diagnosing how it spreads.

 Oak Wilt Prevention:

  • Avoid pruning from February-June as it can attract beetles carrying the fungus
  • Create mechanical barriers by cutting the roots between diseased and healthy oaks to prevent the fungus from spreading
  • Prevent tree wounds – trim and prune trees regularly during the proper season
  • Inject fungicides to help create a buffer zone

Oak Wilt Treatment:

  • Remove dead or diseased trees to prevent spreading
  • Use wound paint to protect against fungus carrying beetles
If you’d like to read more, this Texas A&M Forrest Service Oak Wilt page also has some good information on one of Texas’ most destructive tree diseases.
 

Contact us today for help with your Oak Wilt issues.

Urban Soil’s ISA Certified Arborists specialize in tree insect and disease mitigation and proper care. Our local professionals work to help improve tree health, active flourishment and increase their lifespan. We inspect for signs of disease and pest infestations that can cause damage, and in some cases, death and require removal.

Healthy trees are less vulnerable to pest infestations which can lead to diseases and fungus. Over watering, or incorrect pruning can increase vulnerability to these infestations. Regular tree care is essential in avoiding infestations and diseases.

6 Most Common SW Texas Tree Diseases:

  • Oak Wilt
  • Hypoxylon Canker Fungus
  • Bacteria Leaf Scorch (or BLS)
  • Fire Blight
  • Pests (link to pest and disease management)
  • Common Root Rot

Common SW Texas Pests:

  • Beetles
  • Butterflies
  • Cankerworms
  • Forest Tent Caterpillars
  • Katydids
  • Moths
  • Oak Leaf Rollers

Learn more about common pests in southwest Texas here.

Urban Soil arborists specialize in identifying insect infestations and what insects are most likely to infest which tree in the SW region of Texas. We are able to determine the most effective treatments for mitigating insects and diseases. Our arborists are highly trained professionals and take pride in the safety of you and your property.

Urban Soil’s ISA Certified Arborists can help to assess and address the risks associated with specific trees. Trees are beneficial to our land and cities, although they can become a liability, causing damage to property and injury to people.

If you have trees that pose a hazard or risk, we can give you an assessment of the situation and an estimate on what is needed to remedy it.

If you have suspect trees on your property, consider these approaches in order to to avoid tree hazards and damage:

  • Remove property to prevent damage from falling limbs
  • Prune trees – removing possible branches or limbs at risk
  • Cable and brace
  • Regular maintenance– tree fertilization, pruning and water
  • Remove high risk trees

Contact us for your free Risk Assessment quote today.

Tree fertilization is the most essential and most commonly forgotten step in maintenance. In a wooded environment, trees and shrubs flourish in the rich and organic soils. When we plant trees on your property, they have to compete with lawns and other plants. In addition, landowners commonly clean organic matter and other potential sources of nutrient recycling that would aid in helping them flourish.

In order to thrive, trees need carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. These are accessible through air and water, although contingent on the tree or shrub variety, age and well-being, they may be deficient of vitamins and minerals. Tree fertilization aids a trees root system for better anchorage and long-term strength. It also helps improve blooming, foliage and added value to your property.

Urban Soil specializes in tree fertilization and is able to effectively assess the nutrients needed to thrive. We will work to create a fertilization and nutrition plan to assist in your tree’s overall health and wellness.

We create and curate the following products as part of tree fertilization projects but also for sale to companies and the general public.

Mulch

We manufacture mulches that not only are aesthetically pleasing, but also provide beneficial moisture retention to save water. Visit our Mulch page to view our:

  • Double Shredded Native
  • Double Shredded Cedar
  • Composted Mulch

Compost

Manure compost is made from a mix of animal manures, green waste and shredded wood products. Tilled and maintained in our soil yard, our compost is ready for use directly in your planting projects. Learn more about our compost products here.

Soil

Our soils are formulated to support long lasting, sustainable and beautiful landscapes here in Texas. We mix these soil versions for sale:

  • Enriched Topsoil
  • Garden
  • 4-way Mix
  • Custom Blend Soils

We have the materials, equipment, testing facilities and horticulture background to make any custom blended soil for any unique job.

Visit our soil page to learn more.

Contact us for custom blended soil for any unique job.

A surveys goal is to provide useful information on trees so that property owners can make informed, educated decisions regarding their landscape. They often include physical measurements of the trees.

Urban Soil’s experienced, and certified arborists are able to create detailed tree surveys that include identification, and also assess the general health and structure of the tree.

Professional tree care can mitigate the development of root problems. Here at Urban Soil, we value environmental safety, your trees and your neighbors. We specialize in the removal of trees or branches away from powerlines to prevent utility line damage and root mitigation from septic tanks, sewer lines, sidewalks, roads or other problem areas.

Contact us for more information or a free quote today!

At Urban Soil, our team is experienced with tree damage and repairing tree wounds. All wounds are unique and if the damage is significant enough it will affect the overall health of the tree. If the damage is minimal or the tree is young it is more likely to heal quickly. Severe wounds in older trees can require specialized treatment.

Types of Tree Damage:

  • Damaged Tree Bark – it’s crucial to create a bark barrier to protect the tree from disease and pests
  • Damaged Roots – common in construction zones or installing sprinklers. If damage is widespread, it will shorten lifespan or kill the tree
  • Broken Branches or Limbs – it’s possible they may need to be removed due to severe weather, power lines or other accidents
  • Trunk Wounds – depend on the severity and will require treatment

Our arborists will help you assess the damage and create a customized plan for you and your tree.

tree care by professionals

Urban Soil arborists are certified by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). The ISA certification program ensures arborists are trained in all aspects of arboriculture. Certified arborists are required to have a minimum of three years of full-time experience in arboriculture or a degree in related fields. Candidates must pass a rigorous exam and maintain their certification through continuing education every year. Our ISA Certified Arborists here at Urban Soil are trained and experienced so when we show up to your home or work site, you know you’ll get the best in tree care.

ISA Certified Arborist Badge

we offer free estimates

We offer free estimates for the work we do. Not sure what you need? Let’s talk. While some items are best done immediately, other tasks can wait. We’ll let you know the best way to achieve your goals and stay within budget.