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Tree care is one of the most important investments you can make in your property. If properly maintained, a healthy tree increases in value as it ages, adding to your property value, beautifying your neighborhood, purifying the air, and saving energy by providing shade in the summer and a windbreak during harsh Iowa winters.

Trees have the best opportunity to stay healthy when they are provided with regular maintenance. An effective maintenance program, including regular inspections and the necessary follow-up care of mulching, fertilizing, and pruning, allows our team to detect problems and correct them before they become damaging or fatal. Considering that many tree species can live as long as 200 to 300 years, a thoughtful tree program, designed by our Arborist, will ensure that your home landscape remains an investment that will offer enjoyment and value for decades to come.

Maintaining a mature landscape can be a complicated undertaking. However with a partner like Perficut, it’s never been simpler. If you are in the Des Moines area, give us a call to discuss your tree health needs today.


Every tree health plan begins with a tree inspection, during which our Arborist will inspect your trees in order to identify any changes in the trees’ health before the problem becomes too serious.  This inspection is designed to prevent or reduce the severity of diseases, insect infestation or other environmental problems.

PRUNING Pruning is the most common tree maintenance procedure next to watering and is often necessary to improve tree structure, enhance vigor or maintain safety.

Removing foliage from a tree has two distinct effects on its growth. After pruning, the growth that occurs takes place on fewer shoots, so they tend to grow longer and stronger than they would without pruning. However, removing leaves reduces photosynthesis and may reduce overall growth. Accordingly, pruning should always be performed sparingly. Excessive pruning is extremely harmful to the health of a tree because without enough leaves, a tree cannot gather and process enough sunlight to survive.

Because each cut has the potential to change the growth of a tree, no branch should be removed without a reason. Pruning mature trees requires special equipment, training and experience. Our team of arborists will perform the job safely, while determining what type of pruning is necessary to maintain or improve the health, appearance and safety of your trees.

MULCHING Tree owners often overlook that a significant aspect of tree health is the root system that remains out of sight beneath the surface. Mulching is an effective way to reduce environmental stress by providing trees with a stable root environment that is cooler and contains more moisture than surrounding soil, while preventing competition from weeds and turf. Mulch also protects the tree’s trunk by providing a buffer between the tree base and lawn mowers and trimming machines.

Perficut offers a variety of mulch layers including composted wood chips, peat moss, pine straw and other organic mulches.

FERTILIZATION Fertilization is another important aspect of mature tree care. Like all plants, trees require certain essential minerals to function and grow. However, soil conditions in our community vary greatly, making the proper selection and use of fertilizer a complex process. In some instances, soils may not contain sufficient nutrients for satisfactory growth and development, and supplementation is required. In other instances, the soil may provide everything that is needed, and supplementation will cause the tree harm.

When dealing with a mature tree that provides considerable benefit and value to your landscape, it is worth the time and investment to have the soil tested for nutrient content. Our Perficut Arborist can arrange to have your soil tested at a soil testing laboratory and can give advice on application rates, timing, and the best blend of fertilizer for each of your trees and other landscape plants.

REMOVAL With proper maintenance, trees are attractive and can add considerable value to your property. Poorly maintained trees, on the other hand, can be a significant liability. Pruning or removing trees, especially large trees, is extremely dangerous work. Our climbers and arborists have the experience and equipment to properly perform the task and can make recommendations on a suitable replacement.