Helpful Tree Care Resources

A compilation of helpful tree care resources, where you can find everything you need to know about how to care for your trees, how to recognize risks, and when it's time to call in a professional.

Why Hire an Arborist

Learn about services that arborists provide, criteria for selecting an arborist, and the benefits of hiring an ISA Certified Arborist.

Recognizing Tree Risk

Learn to identify common tree defects that may indicate tree risk and understand how tree risk can be managed.

Insect and Disease Problems

Improve your knowledge about insects and diseases that may affect tree health and learn proper steps for diagnosis.

Mature Tree Care

Learn procedures specific to a routine maintenance program for mature tree care, including tree inspection, mulching, fertilization, pruning, and tree removal.

Avoiding Tree Damage

Possible ways in which existing trees may be damaged during a construction project and methods for planning and facilitating the prevention of tree damage.

Treatment of Trees Damaged by Construction

Addresses tree damage assessment and remedial treatments that may preserve trees damaged during construction.

Avoiding Tree & Utility Conflicts

Many factors should be considered prior to planting. Here are some helpful hints for tree planting around utilities.

New Tree Planting

Information on proper practices for planting a tree with a nine-step approach to successful planting and establishment.

Tree Related Storm Damage

Learn what to do after a storm or severe weather event to protect your trees and property.


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Proper Mulching Techniques

Mulching is one of the most beneficial practices a homeowner can use for better tree health.

Plant Health Care

Explains what plant health care means, what its implementation involves, and how trees and shrubs benefit from it.

Benefits of Trees

The benefits that trees provide from social, communal, environmental, and economic perspectives.

Pruning Mature Trees

Understand the pruning needs of mature trees and the proper pruning techniques for their care.

Palm Trees

Learn more about palms, including palm selection, planting, and maintenance guidelines.

Why Topping Trees Hurts

Learn why topping is not an acceptable pruning technique and discover recommended alternatives.

Trees and Turf

Tree and grass selection, competition among plants, maintenance practices, and special situations must all be considered when trees and turf share a landscape.


Pruning Young Trees

Proper pruning is essential in developing a tree with a strong structure and desirable form. Trees that receive the appropriate pruning measures while they are young will require less corrective pruning as they mature.

Tree Selection and Placement

Understand important issues in selecting a tree for planting, such as the tree’s intended function, location, common pests, geographic regions and hardiness zones, and considerations for best placement alternatives.


Tree Owner's Manual

A clever document on owning and caring for trees.


Laminated Root Rot

Laminated root rot of Douglas Fir is one of the most damaging root diseases in British Columbia.

What our Customers are Saying:

"Absolutely fantastic service, from quote to finish.  Matt definitely knows what he is doing. He took out a huge maple tree surrounded by house, fence, shed, and didn't hit a thing bringing it down.  Excellent work. His workers are very polite and do great work, cleaning our yard and street."

-Marilyn S., Maple Ridge

"We’ve had Give and Take Tree Service here this morning taking down some dead trees.  It’s very interesting to watch them, I highly recommend this company.  Very happy with the service and price.  Thank you to the people on Facebook who recommended them to us."

-Janice L., Maple Ridge

"The service that we got was second to none, right from the initial phone call, to getting the very reasonable free quote from Matt (very knowledgeable arborist) to the crew that was on time and did a great job including the thorough clean-up."

~Nicola Petruzzelli

"Last year, we chose Matt Dunstan of Give and Take Tree Service to remove a sick old cherry tree from our front yard, grind the stump and trim a row of cedars, over 3 other companies that we’d received quotes from. I just had a good feeling about him, and we were very happy with our choice. In fact, we were so pleased with his service that we had him back today to remove a dying maple from our back yard and grind the stump, so we could easily plant a new tree in its place. The maple was in a tight spot in our narrow flowerbed, right up against our brand new cedar fence, but I was confident in Matt’s ability to bring the tree down without any damage to surrounding trees and plants or to the fence. I would also like to mention that in addition to his expertise in bringing down trees without damage to property, he and his crew are meticulous in their cleanup, which was most appreciated. Thanks Matt, for another job well done!"

~Rory and Gayle McDonald

"Matt Dunstan is a professional, friendly and knowledgeable Arborist. We have listed him as our preferred contractor and use his services for tree removal and pruning etc. He always does a fantastic job, and always using great care with the trees he is working with and with his clients. We continue to recommend him to businesses and residents of Maple Ridge and surrounding."

~ Jooles Dub

"We needed branches cleared to get our power lines hooked back up - they came down in the windstorm. I called Matt and he had his team come out right away, even though I think they were quite busy. They did a wonderful job and the price was super reasonable. Super easy company to work with. THANKS GUYS!"

~Quinn Littke

"Matt and his crew have been here twice removing large trees from my yard. I would recommend Give and Take Tree Service to anyone. They came within a couple of days both times, were very professional, fast and leave the place spotless as if they had never been here. Excellent Company."

~Carol McMillan

"We hired Matt & his team, Patrick and Charlie, to take down a bunch of trees and shrubs in the jungle of a backyard we inherited. They did a great job clearing out the yard and trimming the trees. They guys are very professional, safety conscience, and worked very efficiently to get the job done in no time. We would so happy with their work we used them a second time and will use them again for the next shrub removal project. Thank you Matt, Patrick and Charlie!"


"We had Matt and his crew come and remove two large trees from the front of our family business in dowtown Maple Ridge. They were quick, efficient and cleaned up very well for us after they were done. No one should ever need to use anyone besides Give and Take. I would highly recommend them to anyone. Matt truly cares about what he does and the people he works for."

~Nathan Logue

"We had Matt and his crew take down a number of trees on our property of two days. We were very happy with his professionalism, efficiency and great communication. His crew were pleasant and hard working and the price was exactly what he quoted and very fair. We would happily use Give and Take again in the future and highly recommend them to anyone looking for this service."

~Emily Smith

"Showed up within 2.5 hrs of calling and immediately spent the afternoon taking down 4 very dangerous trees. 2 were dislodged from the recent 100+ kmh storm. They were perched against other trees ready to fall on our neighbours and ourselves house. A third one was leaning heavily towards another neighbours. The fourth was a towering 100+ ft tall dead Hemlock that somehow survived falling in the storm. Difficult task, great falling techniques, was there just when I needed the help. Thank you so much."

~Donna Haworth

"We have used Matt for a few years now and can say that he is efficient, thorough and cost effective in what he provides. Has an eagle eye for maintaining level and plumb lines when trimming large hedges that we have. Definitely a professional in his business."

~Robert Proulx

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