Frequently Asked Tree Care Questions
When is the best time to prune a tree?
Conifers are pruned year round, but pruning during the dormant season may minimize sap and resin flow from cut branches.
Hardwood trees and shrubs without showy flowers should be pruned in the dormant season to maximize wound closure, reduce the chance of spreading disease, and to discourage sap flow.
Trees and shrubs that flower in early spring such as dogwood should be pruned immediately after flowering.
Trees and shrubs that flower in the summer and fall should be pruned during their dormant season.
Dead branches can be removed any time of year.
Why should I prune my trees?
The main reasons for pruning ornamental and shade trees include safety, tree health, and aesthetics. Proper pruning can be used to stimulate fruit production and increase the value of timber.
Pruning for safety involves removing branches that could fall and cause injury or property damage.
Pruning for health involves removing diseased or insect-infested wood, thinning the crown to increase airflow and reduce some pest problems.
Pruning can best be used to encourage trees to develop strong structures and reduce the likelihood of damage during severe weather.
Why should I have my tree stumps ground?
A stump grinder is a machine that has a cutter wheel manufactured to grind a stump and it’s root flare into a mulch like fiber. Typically a grinder penetrates about 8″ below grade. The most obvious benefits to stump grinding are:
Aesthetics- stumps are unsightly
Utilization- removing a stump will allow you to use that space again
Safety- no more tripping over the stump
Maintenance- you won’t have to mow and edge it anymore
How much does it cost to prune or cut down a tree?
Every tree and location is different and the cost to prune or remove a tree is based on various factors. Just give us a call for a free estimate!
How long does it take to get an estimate?
In most cases, we can provide an estimate within a few hours. More complex projects require us to visit your property.