About Hayes Tree, LLC

Ed Hayes Tree Specialist

Ed Hayes is a Plant Pathologist and Entomologist by education and training with more than 40 years of experience, (or since 1976 when working on a master’s degree at Virginia Tech he and co-workers, spent the summer traveling throughout western Virginia diagnosing insect and disease problems for Virginia Christmas tree growers). Ed earned a Bachelors degree in Forest Management and a Master’s in Plant Pathology from Virginia Tech (1976).

His experience includes; initial short assignments with Virginia Extension Service (Chesapeake and Luray, Virginia), and the Virginia Division of Forestry (Henrico Country, Sandstone, Virginia, 1977-78). For 31 years he was one of the 4-5 Regional Forest Health Specialists for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry. During this time the working group over saw the protection 16 million acres of public commercial forestland and authored hundreds of publications and newsletters over those years recognized throughout the Lake Sates and nationally. Ed has been a commercial arborist since 2010, running two private companies; Hayes Tree, LLc and Safetrees, LLc, as sole Owner/Operator/President and Chief Cook.

As a private commercial arborist Ed specializes in diagnostics and treatments. Examples include bacterial leaf scorch, verticillium wilt Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) treatments, Oak Wilt and Dutch Elm-Disease treatments, fungicide sprays for apple scab (crab apple trees), spruce needle cast and other leaf diseases and mature tree care, fertilization and growth regulation.

In the field of Tree Risk Assessment, Ed is recognized worldwide for his expertise and experience. Since 1988 Ed has conducted well over a 100 Tree Risk Assessment Workshops for arborists and other tree care professionals across the US, Canada, Australia, and the England. He is the author and publisher of the popular worldwide field guide for Arborists and homeowners “Evaluating Tree Defects” with over 11,000 copies in circulation worldwide. The field guide is now in its revised second edition. See www.safetrees.com.

Recognition: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry Award of Excellence June 1998.

Membership: He has been an ISA Certified Arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture since 2000.

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