Sometimes a tree just has to be removed. It might be a safety issue or the need to clear space for construction, a landscaping project, or to get more sun on your yard or pool. Whatever the case might be, the professionals at Don's Tree Services will assess the situation and choose the most efficient method depending upon the location of the tree as well as its condition and size.
Below are a few factors considered before removing a tree:
While nature usually does a very nice job on its own, sometimes it just needs a little help to get things just right. Such is the case with trees. Left on their own, limbs can grow too close to a structure or the tree can grow too high or thick, cutting off more sun light than desired.
Ideally, tree pruning should be done on young trees to encourage healthy, strong growth. Of course, that's not always practical and that's why we use different methods to prune trees. The first step for the professionals at Don's Tree Serivce is a free inspection of your trees.
Methods of pruning and trimming
We'll advise you of the best pruning method and an honest assessment of the results you can expect. Some methods of pruning we may use include:
Elevating: Some trees have branches that are simply too low to the ground. Removing bottom branches provides clearance for walkways, lawn mowing, and provides more light for grass and shrubs.
Thinning: While shade can be terrific on a hot summer day, sometimes a tree can block too much light. Perhaps you have a pool and want more sunlight on it. We'll trim it properly to give you the light you want while still keeping the tree healthy. Thinning also allows wind to blow through the tree instead of snapping branches or toppling the tree.
Pruning: Pruning keeps your trees healthy and vibrant. How much to prune and what method will be determined by our experts once an assessment can be made for your individual property.
Crown reduction: If a tree has grown too large for its permitted space, crown reduction pruning, may be a viable alternative to removal. When done properly, it lowers the overall height. This approach is best for ornamental trees such as plum, dogwoods, cherry and pear trees which may have been planted too close to a house.
Once a tree is removed, the stump is left behind. In most cases, you'll want to grind the stump eight to twelve inches below ground level to allow for the planting of grass, shrubs, or a new tree.
If the tree was very large there may also be outer roots at or above ground level that need to be ground. This will be discussed during our initial inspection where the scope of work and the costs involved will be clearly indicated.
We also offer finishing landscape services which include removal of the stump grindings and spreading soil and seed or sod. If you'd like a replacement tree, we can do that, too.