Frequently Asked Questions
Inquiring minds would like to know the answers to some common and maybe some not so common questions about various concrete and tree services. Whether that is when you can drive on your concrete or how to know if your tree needs a pruning, our team of certified experts provide the answers to your most pressing questions!
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How Soon Can I Walk On My Concrete?
Give your newly poured concrete a minimum of 24 hours before walking on it. Even then, be sure to avoid dragging your feet, twisting or allowing anything else (like pets or vehicles) on to the surface.
How Soon Can I Drive or Park On My Concrete?
Wait to drive or park on your fresh concrete for at least 7 days. After 7 days you can then drive or park your personal vehicle on your concrete surface. However, we recommend avoiding driving or parking your camper, boats, heavy equipment trailers or other large equipment on it for a minimum of 28 days.
If you want to drive or park heavier equipment on your concrete surface sooner than 28 days, ask your Account Manager about our signature concrete mix that allows use the next day.
Why is my concrete Cracking?
All concrete cracks. As the concrete hardens, it undergoes chemical reactions that may cause your concrete to crack. Our team installs control cuts to minimize the amount of cracking that does occur.
What Can I Do To Maintain My Concrete?
To maintain your newly poured concrete there are a few things you can do to to ensure your color or structure last for years to come. Follow the tips below on how to maintain your concrete:
- Do NOT use salt or de-icing chemicals on your concrete! This damages the surface and voids our warranty.
- Seal your concrete. Sealing your concrete can extend the life of your concrete surface, but should be resealed, depending on the sun exposure and other weather conditions, every 2-5 years.
- Clean your concrete. Removing any debris or spills as soon as possible to avoid damaging or staining your concrete surface. This is especially important in regards to leaves, oil, gasoline or other substances that can react or harm your concrete.
- If your concrete is not reinforced with rebar, be sure to limit the movement of heavier equipment such as campers, boats, or other recreational equipment.
What Does It Mean To “Cure” Concrete?
Curing of concrete is the process where the concrete mixture undergoes a chemical reaction of carefully maintained moisture and temperature conditions to achieve optimal strength and durability.
Do I need rebar reinforcement in my concrete?
Rebar is not always necessary for every concrete project, however, it does reinforce the concrete to minimize twisting, separating, cracking or pulling apart. We also recommend adding rebar whenever heavy equipment such as semi’s, RV’s, boats or trailers will frequently drive or operate on the concrete surface.
Will my concrete be slippery?
Traditional concrete is broomed to add traction, but for those who are seeking stamped or patterned decorative concrete, your concrete surface may be slightly more slippery. However, Sorenson Companies offers a no-slip sealer to minimize this risk, which we highly recommend for patios, hot tub pads or pool decks. Ask your Account Manager about our no-slip sealer today!
How long should my concrete last?
With proper foundations, rebar reinforcements and optimal care your concrete surface can last up to 30 years or more!
Can I use salt on my concrete?
You should never use salt or any de-icing chemicals on your concrete as it can damage your concrete’s surface and thus void your warranty. Instead of using salt on your concrete, use salt for traction and make sure to shovel before the snow had a chance to melt and freeze.
Tree and Plant Health Care Questions
Can I prune my trees by myself?
Depending on the location, height and how much of your tree needs pruning – you may be able to do it yourself. If any pruning requires use of a ladder or you climbing the tree, the answer is no, consult a professional.
Also, pruning isn’t just about aesthetics but about improving and maintaining the overall health of your tree. To ensure proper pruning practices that encourage your tree to grow and be healthy, consult a professional.
When is the best time to prune my trees?
The best time to evaluate the health of your trees is in summer, but the best time to actually prune your trees is during the winter months. As the trees are dormant during the colder weather and there are no insects or pests out, the risk of your newly pruned tree becoming infected or diseased is greatly reduced.
How Often should i prune my trees?
Younger trees require more frequent pruning, usually every 2-3 years, while mature or older trees only need to be pruned every 3-5 years. The location of your trees can also impact how often a prune is needed.
Why isn’t my lilac flowering?
Your lilac may not be blooming due to a lack of nutrients in the soil or due to improper or a lack of pruning. As soon as you realize your lilac is not blooming or only has a few blooms, which is usually noticeable in late spring or early summer, contact a certified Arborist for a free consultation to ensure beautiful blooms next year!
How to prepare for a tree removal?
There is not much for a home or business owner to prepare for prior to the removal of a tree from your property. However, we do recommend removing any decorations or furniture in the immediate vicinity. This includes birdhouses, yard décor, statues, etc… Our team will then utilize specialized equipment to control the removal of your tree to minimize damage and they’ll ensure a clean environment following the removal.
The tree I want removed is in a hard-to-access area, can you still remove it?
Yes! Our team is trained and has the specialized equipment necessary to remove any size tree from any location with minimal impact to your property.
How To tell if my tree is at risk for diseases or infestations?
Catching any infestations or diseases early is always best for the health of your trees and the safety of your property. Keep a lookout for any of the following symptoms to know if your tree is at risk of falling prey to disease or infestations. Schedule a free tree analysis immediately if any of these symptoms are present:
- Sawdust at the base of your tree
- Holes, cavities or cracks forming in the trunk or limbs
- loss of leaves or bark
- Yellowing of leaves
- Oozing wounds or injuries to the bark of the tree
- Heavy number of sticks surrounding the tree
How to know if my tree needs to be removed?
To determine if your tree needs to be removed, check to see if any of the following conditions apply. If you notice any, contact a certified Arborist immediately!
- Trunk is hollow
- Cracks or breaks amongst the branches
- If there are several dead, dying or broken branches or limbs
- Tree is to close to your home, deck or other structures
- A large limb overhangs across your home, garage or other structure
- If the ground near the base of the tree starts to heave or uproot, this is a sign your tree is close to falling over and needs immediate attention!
Is my tree infected with Emerald Ash Borer?
Keep an eye on your ash trees so they don’t become infested with Emerald Ash Borer. If you notice any of the following symptoms, don’t fear! Call Sorenson Companies immediately for a treatment plan to reduce the spread of Emerald Ash Borer and help protect your trees.
- Noticeable small holes in the bark of the tree. These are usually a sign of woodpeckers feeding on the Emerald Ash Borer or other insects.
- Loss of bark or flaking of bark off the tree
- Squiggly ‘S-shaped’ lines that appear in the soft flesh of the tree underneath the bark
- D-shaped holes that appear in the bark, usually in June or July, as the adult Emerald Ash Borer leave the tree after maturing
Can I prune my neighbor’s tree if it is encroaching on my property?
Yes, you can prune your neighbors tree if it is encroaching on your property and as long as it doesn’t affect the overall health of the tree. However, we always recommend having a conversations with your neighbors prior to scheduling a tree pruning service.
Have a Question?
Do you have a question about concrete, tree or plant health care services that we haven’t addressed? Please let us know and we will be happy to provide an answer!