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Tree (or trunk) injection technology is increasingly replacing seasonal spray treatments of trees while providing an invaluable ecological service in landscapes and urban zones by reducing the exposure of topically applied chemicals to the environment from spray drift. Tree injection is a more effective method of target precise application of various plant health treatments into the xylem vascular tissue of a tree with the purpose of protecting the tree from various pests, fungal or bacterial issues and/or for the correction of nutrition deficiencies.

While keeping the chemical product sealed in the tree, there’s no exposure to the environment as in spray applications, and there’s no exposure to the soil by drenching it with chemicals, another commonly used method of application. A surgically sealed septum is used to ensure the product stays in the tree and ensures against pests or pathogens entering the tree through the injection site. Depending on the type of application, injection technology can protect a tree for as long as two years. Not only is tree injection safer for the environment, it’s also a much safer for licensed applicators.

First Choice Tree Service offers tree injection services for plant health and uses Arborjet products. For more information, please call our office and ask for our Director of Plant Health Care, Garret Schumer. You can also watch the video below for more information about Arborjet and their tree injection technology.



We are pleased to announce the promotion of John Arroyo. John will advocate for First Choice Tree Service in his new Marketing/Business Development position.  John joined the company just over a year ago and almost immediately progressed into more marketing oriented tasks, where he has played a key role in shaping the new look and branding of our company.

John brings a wealth of experience to his new role with First Choice Tree Service. His previous experience in sales, and in training and development; in addition to his exceptional graphic arts experience makes him the perfect choice for this position and we excited about his new role with the company. First Choice strongly believes in the power of promoting from within, giving our employees opportunities to grow and excel.

All of us at First Choice Tree Service wish John the best of success!



It’s another windy day in Las Vegas. Ever wonder why we call our plant health customers to reschedule their service on windy days? Licensed applicators are mandated by the Nevada Department of Agriculture to strictly follow label instructions without exception on many of the chemicals used for plant health.  Most restricted use chemicals have wind guidelines to negate drifting or unwanted contamination outside the service site.

Other reasons we adhere to wind guidelines is due to the nature of the chemical. Whether it’s a fertilizer or pre-emergent application that is tinted and can stain or leave unwanted residue on homes, vehicles or outdoor furniture; or another treatment application that could put spray techs at risk, it’s best to always consider best practices on whether to spray plant health applications during wind events.

Although rescheduling applications due to wind at times inconveniences our customers, First Choice Tree Service always takes care to follow label instructions, adhere to state mandated guidelines, and do what’s best for our customers and the safety of our spray techs.



First Choice Tree Service is “GOING GREEN” by recycling approximately 99% of the “green waste” that is generated from our tree operations. We process an average of 40 tons of green waste material each day. The waste material is then processed into firewood and wood chips.

Firewood is traditionally the most common use of large branches and logs. The wood from our completed jobs is transported back to our yard where it is separated, stacked, and split for firewood. This firewood is then sold to be used to heat local homes in our communities and for outdoor activities such as camping. We even contribute firewood to worthy organizations such as local Boys and Girl Scout troops for their events.  

Other green waste is processed to produce wood chips. As wood chips decay, they release organic material back into the soil, enhancing the quality of the soil, which ultimately improves the health of the surrounding plant material. Our trained staff meticulously sorts and removes as much as possible palm, oleander and salt cedar material from our wood chips, making it safe for plants and trees; or even as ground cover, as in at local pumpkin patches/Christmas tree lots. You may have even seen or noticed our wood chips at UNLV Cooperative Extension’s orchard or at Gilcrease Orchard in North Las Vegas.           

Our firewood and wood chip products are available to local residents and businesses at our yard located at 2155 Pama Lane, Las Vegas, NV. Call our office at 702-564-1998 for pricing.



Proper pruning during the life span of a tree is important to sustain good health. However, pruning trees when they are younger reduces the amount of large limb removal as they mature. Pruning large branches on mature trees leave large wounds, increasing the tree’s vulnerability to disease and infestation. The larger the wound, the larger the surface for the introduction of disease to the tree. The smaller the wound, the faster the wound will seal and ward off infection.

A Certified Arborist will ask several questions before pruning younger trees. What is the objective? What is the reason the tree was planted in a particular spot in the first place? Was it for providing shade, noise reduction, and/or wind block? Or was it planted for fruit production, increase property value, prevent soil erosion, or improve mental or physical health in recovery? Or is the reason environmental? These questions should be addressed with property owners prior to the pruning process and communicated to the person doing the actual pruning.

Here are three major reasons trees are typically pruned:

  • HEALTH: Sanitation. Removal of dead, diseased and damaged limbs. Thinning- improve penetration of light and air.
  • APPEARANCE: Shape for aesthetic purposes, natural form and growth habit.
  • SAFETY OF PROPERTY AND PEOPLE: Storm damaged limbs, hangers or widowmakers, raising over walkways, parking, clearing lighting and cameras.

Once the reason the tree was planted is established, the arborist can approach the pruning process of a younger tree with this in mind. Pruning may proceed with first removing dead or damaged limbs, and/or cross or competing limbs. The amount of pruning and/or if to prune will be determined by the density and health of the canopy. The arborist may recommend waiting another season or two for the canopy and root system to further establish. He/she will also take care not to over prune to prevent sun scorch or deprive the tree of much needed sugars through photosynthesis.

Your arborist can advise you on the best time to start and how much pruning your young trees need to thrive and become beautiful, healthy mature trees. First Choice has five experienced Certified Arborists on staff ready to answer all of your pruning questions.


Written by Mike Cooper & Veronica Leary
Photo by UMAINE Extension