Severe Weather Preparedness

Severe weather events can occur at any time and impact your trees and property. In our Southeastern United States region, these events tend to become more frequent during this season. Such storms pose potential dangers and can have devastating effects on communities and their tree population. Trees play a vital role in our ecosystem, and our goal is to consistently maintain the urban canopy. While it’s impossible to completely eliminate the risk associated with trees, steps can be taken to reduce it to a level that aligns with your personal comfort.

We’ve outlined some precautionary measures you can consider taking before a significant weather event to prepare for potential tree-related emergencies.

  1. Observe how your trees respond during typical wind conditions.
    Monitoring your trees closely is crucial since you have a front-row view of their behavior on your property. Your familiarity with your trees’ normal behavior is unmatched. Compare the movement of your trees to similar ones in the vicinity. For example, pine trees often sway and bend during strong winds. If you notice a pine tree that remains rigid and inflexible, it’s advisable to conduct a closer inspection.
  2. Avoid making significant alterations to your tree’s wind load just before a weather event.
    Trees acclimate to their surroundings, and sudden changes can disrupt this balance. If you remove all trees from your property except for one just before a major weather event, that lone tree may become more vulnerable to failure. It’s essential to consider the impact of modifications on your tree’s ability to withstand changing conditions.

  1. Ensure your trees receive proper care during the scorching summer months preceding hurricane season.
    By mulching and watering them during the dry season, your trees become better equipped to handle the saturated soils that come with heavy rainfall in the rainy season.
  2. Prioritize the removal of dead or dying branches before storms strike.
    Dead branches are prone to falling, especially in severe weather conditions. Addressing them proactively reduces the risk of them causing damage to your property, such as falling on your roof, fence, or car.
  3. Be prepared by knowing your insurance information and the appropriate contacts in case of emergencies.
    During emergencies, your home may become inaccessible or your documents unavailable. In such situations, your first call should be to your insurance company. They can provide guidance on how to handle the situation and often recommend reputable tree care companies.
  4. Act promptly and avoid delaying.
    Tree service providers are in high demand during and after storms. The sooner you make the call, the quicker the response can be. Keep in mind that each company has a limited capacity for work, so if you require assistance, it’s advisable not to wait. After consulting with your insurance provider, your second call should be to a certified arborist.
  5. Lastly, nurture your trees with regular care.
    We strongly recommend scheduling an annual visit from your arborist. With a consistent appointment, your arborist can identify potential issues that may have gone unnoticed, recommend plant healthcare treatments, prevent future problems, and ensure your trees remain vibrant and healthy.
 As you watch the weather forecast, we hope that you and your family stay safe and healthy during the storm season. In the unfortunate event that your property sustains damage, please know that we are here to provide assistance.

Arborist Consultation – What to Expect?

What can you expect during your arborist consultation?

Our office frequently receives calls regarding tree removal or the inspection of worrisome trees from our clients. When reaching out to a tree company, the expectation is for the person you contact to provide a quote for tree removal. However, contacting an arborist offers a greater wealth of information due to the extensive education and experience required to attain certification as an arborist. While they can certainly offer a quote for tree removal a skilled arborist goes beyond merely discussing the cost involved. They provide a much more comprehensive experience, offering valuable insights and expertise.

The arborist may mention alternatives to the service you are asking for.

There may be solutions that help retain the urban canopy. If the tree can be maintained in a manner that reduces the overall risk to a comfortable level, your arborist may discuss pruning options or other alternatives that can help prolong the life of your tree. Trees that are diseased or have insect activity may have other alternative options besides removal. Our plant healthcare team can treat a variety of common tree ailments that improve the overall health of the tree and help mature trees live longer.

The arborist may comment on other trees on your property.

Our arborists are trained to recognize signs and symptoms that trees may need extra attention. This can often include things that are not visible to the untrained eye. Or it simply may be that a homeowner’s attention is focused on the dead tree next to the house instead of the dead limb over the driveway. Either way, do not be surprised if the arborist notices other trees on your property that need attention. They simply provide information for the benefit of your trees and property.

How long does a consultation last?

We set aside an hour for your arborist to meet with you and discuss the trees on your property. This hour is your time to ask any questions that you may have. Most consultations do not take that long, however it greatly depends on the number of trees on your property, the size of your property, and how many questions that you have.

What if it takes longer?

Do you have multiple acres with trees that need a great amount of attention and care? A tree that needs closer inspection or something in writing? Please mention that before we visit your property. We are happy to schedule extra time and provide additional recommendations, however we only allocate an hour to most properties. Our initial consultation is complimentary in most cases, however there are situations that require a fee. If you require a written report, would like to have a consultation for tree identification on a large property, or need the information for purposes of purchasing a house, we may request a fee, however this will always be made clear before we provide the service.

What if I just want the quote for removing a tree – I don’t want anything else?

Certainly! If you simply desire a quote for tree removal without any additional information, that’s perfectly okay! Just inform us that you’re solely interested in discussing the specific tree removal, and we’ll fully respect your boundaries and time constraints. Your needs and preferences are important to us, and we’re here to accommodate them in the most convenient way possible.

Is it okay to call with questions afterwards?

Absolutely! Feel free to reach out with any questions or inquiries you may have. We highly value open communication and strive to establish enduring relationships with our clients. Building trust is paramount to us, so if our service ever falls short of expectations, we are committed to going the extra mile to rectify it. Our existing clients hold a special place in our priorities, and we are always here to assist you whenever the need arises. Your designated arborist will even provide you with their personal cell phone number, allowing you to contact them directly or reach out to our office with any concerns that may arise. We welcome your feedback and are eager to ensure your satisfaction with our services.


Summer Tree Care Tips

As the summer season arrives, it is crucial to pay attention to the well-being of your trees. Trees provide shade, beauty, and numerous environmental benefits, and by implementing proper care practices, you can ensure their health and longevity. We hope to provide you with some valuable tips to help you take care of your trees during the summer months, ensuring they thrive and remain resilient.

Adequate Watering:

Charlie is cutting english ivy vines around the base of a tree. This is one of our summer tree care tips.
Charlie is seen here cutting vines from around the base of the tree. Now is a great time to cut vines that could potentially cause damage to your trees by stealing vital resources that your trees need, especially during the hot summer months. English ivy can kill trees. Find out more about English Ivy in this article. 

Watering is vital for the survival and growth of trees, especially during the hot summer months when the soil tends to dry out quickly. It is critical during this time to ensure your trees receive sufficient water to maintain their health. Deep watering is preferred over shallow watering as it encourages the roots to grow deeper into the soil. Apply water slowly and directly to the soil, allowing it to penetrate the root zone. Watering in the early morning or late afternoon helps minimize water loss due to evaporation.


Applying a layer of organic mulch around the base of your trees is an excellent way to conserve moisture, suppress weed growth, and regulate soil temperature. Mulch acts as an insulating layer, preventing water loss from the soil due to evaporation. Apply a 2-4 inch layer of mulch, ensuring it does not touch the trunk of the tree. Mulch materials like wood chips, shredded bark, or compost are ideal choices.

Summer is an opportune time to assess the health and structure of your trees. If you choose to prune during the summer months, it’s important to prune selectively, avoiding excessive removal of green foliage as it provides shade and helps protect the tree from sunburn, and is critical to photosynthesis providing the necessary food for survival. Consult a certified arborist if you are unsure about the pruning techniques or if your trees require extensive pruning.

Pest and Disease Management:

Summer is when various pests and diseases thrive, posing a threat to the health of your trees. Inspect your trees regularly for signs of infestation, such as discolored leaves, chewed foliage, or unusual growth patterns. Early detection can prevent the spread of pests and diseases. Consult an arborist for appropriate pest and disease control measures tailored to your specific tree species.

Summer tree care tip, don't forget to water your trees.
Summer tree care tip, don’t forget to water your trees. Low and slow.

Protection from Extreme Heat:

Intense summer heat can stress trees, leading to sunscald, wilting, or even death. Provide shade to young or delicate trees by using shade cloth or temporary covers during the hottest parts of the day. Avoid excessive pruning during the summer, as it can expose the tree to direct sunlight. Regularly inspect your trees for signs of sunburn, such as cracked or peeling bark, and take appropriate measures to protect them.


Applying appropriate fertilizers during the summer can provide essential nutrients to your trees and promote their growth and vitality. However, it is important to understand the specific nutritional requirements of your trees and avoid over-fertilization, which can lead to nutrient imbalances and environmental damage. Consult an arborist to determine the appropriate fertilizer and application rates for your tree species.

Taking care of your trees during the summer season is crucial for their health and overall well-being. By following these essential tips, you can ensure that your trees receive the necessary care and attention they require. Adequate watering, mulching, pruning, pest and disease management, protection from extreme heat, and appropriate fertilization will go a long way in maintaining the beauty, shade, and environmental benefits that trees provide. Remember, healthy trees not only enhance your landscape but also contribute to the overall health of our planet.

Tree Removal — Why Hire an Arborist

Trees are an essential part of any landscape, providing shade, beauty, and even a habitat for birds and other wildlife. However, sometimes it may become necessary to remove a tree. Whether it’s due to storm damage, disease, or simply because the tree is too close to a house or power line, removing a tree can be a dangerous task. This is why it’s important to call an arborist to remove your tree.

Arborists are professionals who specialize in tree care and maintenance. They have the expertise and knowledge necessary to safely remove trees without causing damage to surrounding structures or property. Arborists are trained in the art of tree removal and have the tools and equipment necessary to do the job safely and efficiently.

Arborists can assess the tree and provide guidance on how to safely remove it. They can determine the best course of action, taking into account the size and condition of the tree, the surrounding landscape, and any obstacles that may be present. Arborists can also identify any potential hazards that may be present, such as power lines, and take steps to ensure the safety of everyone involved in the removal process.

Multiple cranes remove tree from building
Multiple cranes remove tree from building


Tree removal can be a dangerous task, especially if you are not experienced or do not have the proper equipment. Trees can be heavy, and if they fall in the wrong direction, they can cause serious injury or damage to property. Arborists have the experience and training necessary to safely remove trees without causing harm.

Arborists are equipped with the proper safety gear, including hard hats, eye and ear protection, and gloves. They also have the necessary tools, such as chainsaws and ropes, to safely remove the tree. Arborists also know how to properly use these tools to minimize the risk of injury or damage to property.
Proper Equipment

Tree removal requires specialized equipment that most homeowners do not have on hand. Arborists have access to the proper equipment necessary to safely remove trees, including ropes, cranes, and bucket trucks. This equipment allows arborists to remove trees quickly and efficiently while minimizing the risk of injury or damage to property.

If you attempt to remove a tree on your own, you may not have the proper equipment necessary to do the job safely. This can result in injury or damage to property, which can be costly to repair.


Arborists are required to carry liability insurance, which protects you in case of any damage or injury that occurs during the removal process. If you attempt to remove a tree on your own and cause damage to property or injury to yourself or someone else, you will be responsible for the cost of repairs or medical bills.

When you hire an arborist, you can rest assured that they are fully insured and that any damage or injury that occurs during the removal process will be covered by their insurance.

Save Time and Money

While it may seem like removing a tree on your own is a cost-effective solution, it can actually end up costing you more time and money in the long run. If you do not have the proper equipment or expertise, you may end up causing damage to property or injuring yourself or someone else. This can result in costly repairs or medical bills.

By hiring an arborist, you can save time and money by having the tree removed safely and efficiently. Arborists can also provide guidance on how to dispose of the tree properly, which can save you time and money in the long run.

Removing a tree can be a dangerous and difficult task. While it may be tempting to attempt to remove the tree on your own, it’s important to consider the risks involved.

Seeking Experienced Tree Climbers

Tree ClimberEverett Tree Service is looking for experienced tree climbers in the Raleigh area. Applicants must show the ability to manually remove and prune trees using up-to-date techniques. Experience working with a crane is a plus. We pay $25-45/hour based on skill level and experience. We offer health insurance, paid vacation days, and retirement plans after the first year. All current positions are in Raleigh, NC; relocation assistance may be available for the right person.

Established in 2001, Everett Tree Service is a fast-growing family business providing high-quality tree services including commercial and residential crane work, removals, pruning, stump grinding, arborist consultations, and plant healthcare throughout the Triangle. Come work with our state-of-the-art equipment and see what we are all about!

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    All current positions are in Raleigh, NC; relocation assistance may be available for the right person.

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    Everett Tree Service Showcased by The News&Observer

    The News&Observer recently published an article profiling a day in the life of Hurricane Florence clean up for the hard working employees of Everett Tree Service. We are humbled to be a part of the recovery, and grateful for the opportunity to help families whose homes have been damaged by trees in the hurricane.

    If you are anyone you know has a property with tree damage, contact us for a free estimate for tree removal service.

    Umberto Castillo peeks out from a tangle of limbs as he assesses how to get a fallen pine of the roof of a house in north Raleigh on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018.
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    Everett Tree Service Pitches in to help Warmth for Wake

    Each month, Everett Tree Service hosts two charity days at our location. Each month one of these charity days is dedicated to Warmth for Wake, an outreach program sponsored by Wake County that provides wood for low income residents to heat their homes during the cold months of October through March. Everett provides the material, equipment and location and volunteers come out to help cut, chop, stack and transport the wood. We are always looking for more volunteers so if you are interested, please contact Warmth for Wake through their website!

    In the photos below, you will see owner Jimmy Everett, arborist Andrew Wharton and Gus Wharton volunteering their time to help out!

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    Everett Tree Service Acquires Local Company and Expands Service Offerings

    We are excited to announce that we recently acquired a local arborist company, Acorn Arborist Group, and are proudly expanding our service offerings as a result! We now offer complete and comprehensive plant health care. This includes pruning, spraying, fertilizing, consulting and more. With these new services, you will have more options than ever before to keep your landscaping looking beautiful throughout the year. Customers have come to expect consistent results and fair prices from Everett and now they will receive a wider variety of services that get the job done! Continue reading Everett Tree Service Acquires Local Company and Expands Service Offerings