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May 23, 2024

Everett Tree Service, a Gunnison Company, with Historic Tree Removal

Raleigh, North Carolina, May 22, 2024 - Today marks a significant moment in the history of downtown Raleigh as the towering presence of a historic oak tree in Nash Square has gracefully come down. This monumental task was expertly executed by Everett Tree Service, a division of Gunnison Company, underscoring the city's trust in their dedicated partner. Nash Square, nestled in the heart of Raleigh, has long been cherished as a symbol of natural beauty and heritage. The oak tree, a living testament to the city's rich history, stood as a silent witness to the passage of time and the evolution of Raleigh.

Historic White-Oak - Nash Square

In accordance with the city's commitment to preserving its green spaces while ensuring public safety, the decision to remove the tree was made with careful consideration. The task required not only precision but also a deep understanding of the tree's significance to the community. Everett Tree Service, renowned for its expertise in arboriculture and commitment to excellence, was entrusted with this delicate operation. With their years of experience and unwavering dedication to their craft, the team at Everett Tree Service approached the task with the utmost care and professionalism.

"We are honored to have been chosen by the city of Raleigh for this important project," said Brian Ziegler, Vice President of Residential Tree Services at Gunnison Company. "Preserving the legacy of this historic oak tree while ensuring the safety of the community has been our top priority throughout this process."

The removal of the oak tree from Nash Square represents a new chapter in the ongoing story of Raleigh's urban landscape. As the city continues to grow and evolve, partnerships like the one between Raleigh and Everett Tree Service will play a crucial role in preserving the natural beauty and heritage that make this city so special.

For more information about Everett Tree Service or Gunnison Companies and their commitment to excellence in arboriculture, please visit www.everetttreeservice.com.

Contact: Katie Falanga
Commercial Excellence, Gunnison Companies
Email: kfalanga@gunnisoncompany.com

About Everett Tree Service:
Everett Tree Service, a division of Gunnison Company, is a leading provider of arboriculture services in the Raleigh area. With a focus on excellence and a commitment to environmental stewardship, Everett Tree Service has earned a reputation for delivering exceptional results on every project.


Unlocking the Secrets of Dormant Season Tree Pruning: A Guide by Everett Tree Service

As the vibrant colors of autumn fade away and winter settles in, your trees may seem to enter a state of hibernation. However, this dormant season is the perfect time to give your trees the care they need to thrive come spring. This guide illuminates the benefits and techniques of dormant season tree pruning, helping you ensure the health and beauty of your landscape.

Why Dormant Season Pruning Matters:

Optimal Healing: During the dormant season, trees are in a state of rest, allowing wounds from pruning to heal more efficiently. This minimizes the risk of diseases and pests infiltrating fresh cuts.

Enhanced Vigor: By strategically pruning branches while the tree is dormant, you stimulate new growth in the spring. This results in healthier, more vigorous trees that can withstand environmental stresses.

Improved Structure: Dormant season pruning provides an opportunity to address and correct structural issues within the tree. Removing weak or crossing branches enhances the overall stability and form of the tree.

Disease Prevention: Pruning in the dormant season reduces the likelihood of disease transmission, as many pathogens are less active during winter. This proactive approach helps safeguard your trees against potential infections.

Steps to Successful Dormant Season Tree Pruning:

Inspect Your Trees:

Evaluate the overall health of your trees.

Identify dead, damaged, or diseased branches that need removal.

Strategic Branch Removal:

Prioritize the removal of hazardous or weak branches.

Cut back branches that interfere with structures or power lines.

Thinning for Airflow:

Create a more open canopy by thinning crowded branches.

This enhances airflow, reducing the risk of fungal infections.

Addressing Structural Issues:

Correct any crossing or competing branches.

Establish a strong central leader for optimal tree structure.

Pruning Techniques:

Use proper pruning techniques to make clean cuts.

Avoid excessive pruning, as it can stress the tree.

Mulching and Fertilization:

Apply a layer of mulch around the base of the tree to conserve moisture.

Consider fertilization to support new growth in the upcoming season.

Call your Arborist:

If you are unsure if your trees need pruning, or where to begin, call your arborist. Your arborist is an expert on the health and wellness of your trees and can make thoughtful recommendations that can reduce the potential risk for storm damage or breaking limbs, and minimize the need for costly tree removal.


Dormant season tree pruning is a crucial component of year-round tree care that pays dividends in the spring. By partnering with Everett Tree Service, you ensure that your trees receive the expert attention they deserve during this critical period. Trust our experienced arborists to unlock the full potential of your landscape, promoting the health, beauty, and longevity of your cherished trees. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with your arborist to discuss your trees.

October 10, 2023

What is Soil Care?

Healthy soil plays a pivotal role in supporting the growth of thriving plants and trees. While it might appear straightforward, it's worthwhile to delve deeper into the concept of "healthy soil." When we examine undisturbed forest soils, we discover a model for optimal soil conditions:

  1. Texture and Organic Content: In forest environments, healthy soil typically possesses a soft texture and contains a substantial amount of organic matter.
  2. Nutrient Enrichment: It is abundant in essential nutrients, encompassing both macro and micronutrients, with an optimal pH range typically between 5.5 and 6.5.
  3. Microbial Activity: Healthy forest soils teem with beneficial microbes and fungi, fostering a thriving ecosystem.

However, in urban and suburban settings, trees often confront soil challenges for several reasons:

  1. Restricted Soil Space: Urban landscapes often provide limited soil volumes due to roads, buildings, sidewalks, and other obstructions. In contrast, tree roots naturally extend two to three times wider than the canopy.
  2. Topsoil Insufficiency: Many urban and suburban sites lack adequate topsoil, the nutrient-rich layer just beneath the organic layer. Instead of the tree's preferred native soil, urban tree roots often encounter heavy clay soils.
  3. Nutrient Depletion: Common landscape maintenance practices, such as leaf removal and grass clippings collection, can deplete significant nutrients from the soil each season.
  4. Root Competition: While trees generally coexist with other trees, they face tough competition from aggressive ground covers like turf grasses when sharing soil space.

So, how do we tackle these challenges? We avoid generic, one-size-fits-all fertilizers, as they are typically designed for turf grass and may not meet the specific requirements of trees. Our soil care program adopts a tailored approach and involves recurring services designed to nourish the trees year-round. Here's what you can anticipate from our program:

  1. Tailored Nutrient Applications: We provide nutrients specifically formulated for the tree species we work on. The program is adjusted based on a soil nutrient analysis conducted during our initial assessment.
  2. pH Adjustment: If necessary, we stabilize soil pH within the appropriate range for the target tree species.
  3. Phosphites: These are applied to enhance disease resistance within the plant if root rot or other diseases are suspected.
  4. Targeted Micronutrients: We address deficiencies that often limit tree health by applying micronutrients tailored to your trees' specific requirements.
  5. Soil Enhancement: We may recommend root collar excavations, mulch application, and soil decompaction to improve its structure.

Here's a step-by-step breakdown of what to expect with our soil care program:

  1. Initial Assessment: During our first visit, we apply foundational levels of macro and micro-nutrients and gather a soil sample for nutrient analysis. If root rot is suspected, we may also include phosphites.
  2. Subsequent Visits: Approximately every six months, we revisit your property with custom nutrient blends based on your soil analysis. We continue to address pH concerns and collaborate with you on drainage, mulching, and other relevant matters.

Our commitment is to ensure that your trees receive the precise care and nutrients they need to flourish in their unique environment.

June 6, 2023

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.

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. [/caption]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.Mulching: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.Fertilization: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.

March 2, 2021

Seeking Experienced Tree Climbers

Tree Climber

Everett 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!

Everett Tree Service

Phone:(919) 271-6108

Email: jimmy@everetttreeservice.com

September 11, 2023

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.

April 20, 2023

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.[caption id="attachment_1091" align="alignright" width="604"]

Multiple cranes remove tree from building

Multiple cranes remove tree from building[/caption]SafetyTree 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 EquipmentTree 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.InsuranceArborists 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 MoneyWhile 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.

September 28, 2018

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.https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article218459490.html[caption id="attachment_914" align="aligncenter" width="500"]

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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July 25, 2023

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.

February 5, 2015

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!

Warmth for Wake photo 2
Warmth for Wake photo 3
October 15, 2018

We are Hiring!

Everett Tree Service is now hiring Crane Operators, Climbers, Bobcat Operators, and Bucket Operators. We have the best new equipment, year-round work, good pay, overtime available, and opportunities for promotion.All current positions are in Raleigh, NC; relocation assistance may be available for the right person.Follow the links below to our Zip Recruiter listing for more information.

  • Experienced Tractor Trailer Driver for local routes out of Raleigh. Most roundtrips are between Raleigh and Roxboro ($70), New Bern ($125) and Southern Virginia ($90). We pay by the load and you make the money you want. Qualifications: Valid CDL-A, Clean driving record, Non-smoking, Reliable, Prefer experience operating skidsteer
  • Crane Operator- $1,000 to $1,5000 monthly. Full-time position. We are seeking certified Crane Operators for 45 and 50 ton late-model cranes. Must be able to operate a crane in a safe and professional manner including but not limited to confined spaces, near buildings, structures, and the public.
  • Climber- $15 to $25 hourly pay. Full-Time Position. We are looking for a chainsaw operator with a demonstrated ability to spike climb.
  • Bobcat Operator - $17 to $22 hourly pay. Full-Time Position. We are looking for bobcat operators to join our team. Must be able to operate bobcat in an efficient and safe manner in small confined spaces, near buildings, structures, co-workers, and the public, etc.
  • Bucket Operator- $18 to $25 hourly pay. Full-Time Position. We are looking for bucket truck operators, foreman, and arborists to join our team.

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.Everett Tree ServicePhone:(919) 271-6108Email: jimmy@everetttreeservice.com

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January 24, 2017

We are Currently Hiring for Two Tree Service Positions

Everett Tree Service has an immediate need for multiple roles in our growing company. To learn more about the positions currently available and to submit your information and/or resume using our contact form, please visit our Job Opportunities page.

  • Tree Service - Foreman/Climber/Chainsaw Operator/Bobcat Operator/Mechanic
  • Arboriculture and Urban Forestry Jobs
July 28, 2014

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!Our team has added the experience of Acorn’s founder, Andrew Wharton, who has over 20 years in the industry and is a certified arborist with the ISA, the International Society of Arboriculture! Andrew comes to us not only with experience and training but the passion for individualized attention for each and every client. He will work with customers throughout the area to provide the best service possible, from the start of the job to the finish.Jimmy Everett, owner and operator of Everett Tree Service, knows that this growth means big things for the Raleigh tree industry, as customers will really benefit from a tree company that provides all the services they need. Customers no longer have to contact and hire multiple companies, they can choose Everett Tree Service, knowing and trusting they are in good hands.