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Tree Preservation Actions

Root Collar Excavation

This clip demonstrates the usefulness and effectiveness of using compressor powered supersonic air tools to remove and excavate compacted soil from around tree root collars which is in fact the most important part of the critical root zone. This is the most important part of evaluation to give you an accurate representation of the causes and stages of overall tree health.

Aeration & Decompaction

This clip demonstrates the practice of aeration and decompaction of the critical root zones as defined by the diameter at breast height of each subject tree. This allows for proper, efficient decomposition of organic matter that speeds topsoil activity. It is one of the most important functions of mulch skirts to be aerated and readily accept water and supplemental nutrients available.


The presence of topsoil skirts around any large, fast growing subject area is paramount in ensuring the prolonged health and longevity. It regulates moisture content and provides environments for beneficial organisms to populate and contribute to the overall premium health of a tree.

Biostimulant Drench

This clip demonstrates the first step in the liquid biostimulant treatment drench/foliar spray to increase bio-transpiration and the instant benefits available from organic, naturally derived nutrients that mimic all the benefits of environmentally derived micro organisms that promote tree and plant health.

Inoculation & Population Regulation

This clip shows the variety of additional supplements that can be applied to trees to address issues involving health, infestation, seasonal afflictions as well as a host of other conditions that can be treated after the initial excavation and evaluation has been completed and the budget established.

Time, Place & Space

This clip is dedicated to the planning and maintenance considerations when planting, pruning and designing outdoor living spaces. This includes practices of arborists such as spiking trees to be removed and class A spikeleless climbing to prune, shape and perform aerial inspections for the trees you want to keep.

Keeping It Knew Green Since 1989

Jesse and BarryWelcome! We are a family owned business that operated a full service tree company that cleaned and cleared lake and golf course lots in the Carolinas from 1989 - 2003. We used Knew Green techniques to be environmentally responsive by recycling all debris on site by chipping debris, grinding stumps and putting all the organic resource material right back on the land from which it came. No hauling!

This started The Big Shift from conventional expensive actions, where all depends on you and your actions, to the known science of cheaper, well proven green actions. Knew Green. These have been condensed into 6 Tree Preservation Actions that have over the last 7 years since 2003 become the Cheap To Keep Trees Guarantee using a 10 step protocol mainly against the Bad 3 Tree Risks that virtually every homeowner has present in designed ecosystems.

The Big Shift continues by shifting the responsibility for tree, bush, and turf care over to the plants themselves using a select group of the powers of nature to balance the homeowner’s landscape decisions with the choices, goals, and budget of the family health, wealth, safety, and security. The Cheap To Keep Trees Guarantee shifts as much of the physical sweat equity over to the homeowners to save money and get a better result with less money expenses out of pocket. These 6 Tree Preservation Actions have become a balancing act of the Big 4 - Water, Air, Nutrients, & Energy – of your designed outdoor living spaces with your designed indoor living spaces inside your home. One must support the other. Your Designed Ecosystem will be cheap to keep as this balance is achieved using the Knew Green techniques – many proven for hundreds of years and in common use all over the world. Our clients are 90% residential homeowners and 10% commercial business’ / homeowner’s associations.

ServicingServicingThroughout our 22 years of service the family team has learned the rules you make determine the savings you take resulting in Knew Green home values, rebuilding last values that until the 2007 crash of home values, accounted for 60% of the average family’s net worth. The Cheap To Keep Trees Guarantee is a low risk method for you to begin to recapture these lost values according to a plan and a budget you control in cooperation with experienced professionals.

Answers From the Experts

Browse a list of topics below and search the Frequently Asked Questions section to give you ideas on submitting a question or comment of your own to us in the space provided.

Elements of your Designed Ecosystem

  • Hazard Assessment
  • Risk Management
  • Cost & Benefit of Trees
  • Tree Inventory Control
  • Soil Decompaction & Aeration
  • Bio-stimulant Feeding
  • Topsoil Application
  • Pruning
  • Leaning / Border Trees
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Tree Selection
  • Tree Planting & Establishment
  • Pre-Construction Planning
  • Avoiding Damage During Construction
  • Post Construction Tree
    Preservation Actions

  • Watering Requirements
  • Composting / Recycling
  • Plant Biology
  • Natural Area Selection
  • Seasonal Maintenance
  • Total Landscape Management
  • Entire Tree Evaluation

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I choose someone to work with me on my trees?

A: Most professionals will claim to be “experts” but an Arborist that is Certified will be able to approach situations with a more comprehensive approach without costly guesswork.

Q: Why should I consult with a Certified Arborist?

A: Certified Arborists have extensive experience in the field and have been tested by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) to receive their certification.

Q: What is the best time of year to plant a tree?

A: Any season is acceptable, but the summer season has exceptionally high maintenance requirements such as watering schedules and topsoil application.

Q: How can I tell if a tree is healthy?

A: The most significant indicators are vibrant leaf color, low soil compaction around the roots, and ample moisture in the topsoil.

Q: What are some signs that my tree is under stress / at risk?

A: Deformed / discolored leaves, defects in the trunk, insect infestation, heavy pedestrian / mechanical traffic, construction encroachment, and environmental incidents like storm damage and prolonged drought.

Q: How do I select a tree for planting?

A: Look for symmetrical branch structure, flaring where the stem meets the soil, and if the season allows, healthy, vibrant leaves.

Q: What can I do to protect my trees?

A: Most of the Tree Preservation Actions featured throughout our website can be  completed by the homeowner after instruction from our Arborists on staff.

Q: How do I know which trees deserve top priority?

A: A combination of the trees that are the largest as well as the ones closest to your house come first with shade / focal trees next followed by trees on the outer edges that impact neighbors and high traffic areas.

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O. Barry Crabtree

O. Barry Crabtree
ISA Certified Arborist
SO #2809A

Jesse L. Crabtree

Jesse L. Crabtree
Field Technician

Fifth Element Protocol, LLC

5394 S. NC Hwy. 16

Maiden, NC 28650

(704) 564-0965


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Fifth Element Protocol, LLC
5394 S. NC Hwy. 16
Maiden, NC 28650
(704) 564-0965