The most common questions that come up throughout the tree service process.
When is the best time to prune a tree?
Conifers can be pruned any time of the year, 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 easily visualize the structure of the tree, 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 incl.ude safety, health and aesthetics. In addition, 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 specifically manufactured to grind a stump and it's root flare into a mulch like fiber. Typically they penetrate 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 around it anymore
How much does it cost to prune or cut down a tree?
This is the number one question we hear as a tree care company: cost. It is impossible to price a tree pruning or take down over the phone without viewing the tree first. 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?
Usually one to three days. We can often look at your work even if you are not home. If you prefer to meet with us in person, we can set up a time that meets your schedule.