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Complete Tree Care

Trees are a valuable asset on any property. Let us protect and care for your investments with our technical expertise, exceptional customer service and focus on safety. With the most International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborists in the state of Iowa and more than 85 years of experience in tree care services, Wright Outdoor is the clear choice for tree care in Central Iowa.

Our tree care experts are trained to spot problems such as disease or insect-infested trees, and dead or weak limbs. We follow stringent guidelines and adhere to standards set by the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) and ISA. Wright Outdoor is also proud to be the first TCIA accredited company in Iowa.

From planting to removals, we can care for your trees through their entire life cycle. We offer pruning and maintenance, consultation, insect and disease control, removal and stump grinding, planting, storm cleanup, and weather and animal protection services.

Why Choose a Certified Arborist?

There are so many lawn and tree care companies out there, how can you know who will provide the best care for your trees? Hiring someone to care for your trees should not be taken lightly. Proper tree care can lead to substantial returns on your home or business investment. But if your trees are in the wrong hands, consequences can be dangerous.

That is why hiring an ISA Certified Arborist is the right choice. Arborists specialize in the care of trees. They are trained and equipped in the science of planting, caring for, and maintaining trees. And most importantly, they are trained to work safely in trees. Basic knowledge of proper tree care helps tree companies understand the quality of care necessary for the health of their clients’ trees. Hiring a Wright Outdoor Solutions ISA Certified Arborist is vital to ensuring your trees are in the best hands possible.

At Wright Outdoor Solutions, we are proud of our strong commitment to safety. Among all of our core values, safety is at the forefront of our business. We strive to work safely every day for ourselves, our company and our clients.

Pruning & Maintenance

Pruning is an essential part of good healthcare for trees and other plants. Pruning discourages diseases, pest infestations and storm damage. It also enhances the appearance of your trees and promotes proper growing.

Our crews follow the American National Standard Institute standards for safety, pruning and maintenance. These standards are supported by the Tree Care Industry Association and International Society of Arboriculture.

Our pruning services include:

Crown Cleaning – selective removal of watersprouts or one or more branches that are dead, dying, diseased or weak

Crown Thinning – selective removal of branches to increase light penetration and air movement or reduce weight

Crown Raising – removal of lower branches to provide clearance

Crown Reduction or Shaping – decreasing the height or spread of a tree

Vista Pruning – selective thinning of framework limbs or specific areas of the crown to allow for improved views

Crown Restoration – improving the structure, form and appearance of trees that have been topped, severely headed, vandalized or suffered storm damage

Insect & Disease Control 

Trees and other plants are vulnerable to a variety of attacks from insects and diseases. Without early detection and proper treatment, in many cases these problems can eventually lead to premature death.

Common Diseases

Chlorosis

Chlorosis most commonly affects river birch, pin oak and maple trees, turning their leaves yellow. Left untreated, chlorosis can eventually kill your tree. Wright Outdoor Solutions can protect your trees with trunk injections in the fall.

Bur Oak Blight

Bur oak blight attacks only bur oaks, and although not fatal in the short term, left untreated, it can eventually kill your tree. Symptoms include browning leaves in July and August. Leaves will often stay attached to the branches throughout the fall and winter months, infecting the new leaf crop in the spring. Our International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborists can apply treatment in May or June to protect your bur oaks.

Apple Scab

Apple scab is a fungus that infects crabapple trees, resulting in yellow leaves and defoliation by early summer. Wright Outdoor can apply preventive spray in the spring to safeguard your crabapples.

Common Insect Infestations

Emerald Ash Borer

The Emerald Ash Borer, commonly known as EAB, is an exotic green beetle that wreaks havoc on ash trees. While the adult beetle causes little harm, only nibbling on foliage, the larvae cause considerable damage because they feed on the inner bark. While the process can take several years, EAB has killed millions of ash trees across the country by disrupting their ability to carry water and essential nutrients.

Homeowners can have Wright Outdoor remove their ash trees or inject a chemical treatment that may prevent the trees from an EAB infestation. Click here to read more about EAB.


Pine Bark Adelglids

White Pines are susceptible to a pine bark adelgid, an insect that is found throughout North America and Europe, wherever white pines grow. The insect, though small and dark, is covered by waxy strands. A tree infected by pine bark adelgids will be off-color with a thin canopy. These pests suck the sap from the tree leaving it weak. Because their populations multiple at an incredible rate, one female in the first generation could lead to 8 million at the end of the season. Using a chemical treatment for up to two years should keep your white pines healthy.

Japanese Beetles

Japanese beetles have been known to eat the foliage, fruits and flowers off more than 300 plants and trees. While the Japanese beetle won’t kill your trees, it will defoliate them, making them appear dead. Japanese beetles also pose a risk to your lawn, as their larvae (white grubs) feed on and destroy the roots of plants, especially turf grass. Wright Outdoor can perform soil injections to stop these insects before they destroy your lawn, plants and trees.

Bag Worms

Bag worms are commonly found on spruce, arborvitae and fir trees, but they can attack any species. These pinecone-shaped insects can destroy significant amounts of foliage and kill smaller trees. Our tree experts can spray trees when bagworms are present to end their infestation.

While these diseases and insects are most common to Central Iowa, your trees and other plants may also suffer from other rare or new diseases and insect infestations. Early detection is critical to prolong the life and health of your trees and other plants, and many treatments can only be applied within a small one to two month window, so it is important to schedule a consultation as soon as possible if you think your trees or other plants are suffering from these issues.

Consultation

The benefits that trees provide are endless. They add shade, beauty and value to your home, making them an asset to your property. Help keep your trees healthy and prevent possible diseases and insect infestations by scheduling a consultation with one of our International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborists.

Annual Consultations

Just like your yearly physical, your trees and plants also benefit from regular, preventive check-ups. Our arborists can look for signs of damage, such as premature leaf drop, yellowing or browning leaves, and other early indicators of insect and disease damage, and provide recommendations for treatment.

Building Consultations

Our arborists can suggest replacement options and help you choose trees that are best suited for and most compatible with those now growing on your property. We will also work with builders, contractors and developers to create a plan to protect existing trees.

Valuation Consultations

We can provide tree valuations to assess the dollar value of your trees for tax purposes or insurance claims, or provide a survey of your existing plantings, noting the age, condition, suitability and longevity prospects of your existing trees.

Removal & Stump Grinding

If you have a tree that is unsightly, dead or incompatible with your landscape, contact Wright Outdoor Solutions for removal services. We will safely and efficiently remove your unwanted trees and grind the stumps. We will also recycle the waste into mulch. Our crews are highly trained in industry safety practices and will clean up any debris left behind from the removal or stump grinding.

Planting

Once you’ve selected the perfect tree to complement your landscape at our garden center, trust its planting and care to the experts at Wright Outdoor Solutions. With the most International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborists on staff and years of experience, our staff can deliver your tree and plant it for you.

Proper planting develops strong root systems from the start, ensuring a healthy and long life for your tree.

Storm Cleanup

While Mother Nature is unpredictable, you can count on Wright Outdoor Solutions. Our team of International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborists will prune broken and damaged limbs and clean up any storm debris left in your yard. From ice to wind storms, we’re on call 24/7, and with the most crews in the state, we’re prepared to handle any storm, no matter the size.

Our ISA Certified Arborists can also prepare your trees for storm season by pruning away at-risk branches that have become weak or died. By being proactive and preparing your trees, you can significantly reduce your risk of storm damage.

Weather & Animal Protection

Mother Nature can take a toll on your landscape, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything to stop it! Harsh weather and wildlife can mean environmental damage to your trees and shrubs, especially in the winter. Let Wright Outdoor install protection from harsh weather conditions and wildlife to ensure your landscape will be healthy and attractive when spring comes.

Weather Protection

Because Iowa’s weather is unpredictable and swings from one extreme to the next, Mother Nature is often responsible for damage to your landscape. During the winter season, added stress is put on your trees and shrubs; frigid temperatures, heavy snow, ice storms and strong winds can threaten their health.

It’s important to cover shrubs with burlap wraps to protect them from frost. The fabric protects the shrub from wind, reducing its effect on leaves, and also stops the snow and ice from accumulating. Wright Outdoor’s team of experts can check your property and wrap all necessary trees, shrubs and other plants with burlap to keep them looking and feeling their best.

We can also winterize your evergreens with an anti-desiccant spray that will keep them from drying out. This spray is organic and biodegradable and will add a protective wax coating to the tops and undersides of the leaves to lock in moisture and slow the process of water loss and winter damage.

Animal Protection

To help protect your landscape and avoid injury to your trees and shrubs by wildlife, Wright Outdoor can install deer fencing, tree guards and repellents to deter rabbits and deer from damaging your landscape.

Male deer rub against trees and shrubs to remove velvet from their new antlers, to build up neck muscle for fighting other males or to leave their scent and mark their territory. Rabbits damage trees by girdling, or completely removing strips of bark, from trunks and branches. They may de-bark a tree as high as they can reach on their hind legs. Both animals also cause damage when they search trees and shrubs for food in the winter months. Installing fencing and guards and applying repellent will keep the animals at bay and your investments protected.

While weather and animal damage can be avoided with wraps and sprays, there are other ways you can minimize winter damage:

  • Select hardy species of trees and shrubs that will withstand elements
  • Water trees and shrubs during dry periods until the ground freezes
  • Use mulch to conserve soil moisture and insulate the ground from freezing temperatures

Stop by our garden center or give our plant experts a call at 515.987.0800. We can help you choose the best plants for your landscape and help them make it through the toughest winters and deter even the most stubborn animals.