Professional Tree & Landscaping Service

Frequently Ask Questions

Removal would likely be required if the tree is a hazard – persons or property would be in danger if it falls or limbs disengage – and it has been determined it is damaged or diseased beyond repair. An inspection should be performed by a professional to determine whether removal is the solution. Pruning, fertilization and watering often improve the health of a tree and reduce the need for removal.

Using a proper fertilizer supplements the nutrients trees lose with leaf removal in urban settings but otherwise absorb in a natural, forest setting. It also improves the appearance and condition of trees, including their abilities to better withstand pests.

  1. Mow high, keeping grass about 3 inches tall. This will shade and cool the soil and reduce weeds. Crabgrass is not found in the shade.
  2. Follow proper mowing intervals and remove no more than 1/3 of the blade height with a single mowing. As cool season grasses attempt summer dormancy, mowing one or two times per month may be sufficient. Additional mowing (particularly at a low height) is unnecessary and may stress the turf.
  3. Watch for and hand pick straggler crabgrass plants when they are small. Do not allow mature plants to produce seed. In particular, check areas near heat sources such as driveways, sidewalks, curbs, and those with southern exposures.
  4. Provide sufficient fertilizer at correct intervals to encourage the densest possible stand of turf to resist weed encroachment.
  5. Water as necessary to relieve drought stress.

You can help maintain your tree’s health by removing dead, diseased and broken branches. It makes it safer for your family and property. Pruning also can be done for aesthetic reasons, including letting more light onto your property or improving a view. Pruning during the dormant season is ideal because it reveals branch structure and less brush is generated.

Start the first cut on the underside of the limb a foot or so from the parent branch or trunk. Make a complete second cut slightly further out on the top side of the limb. This will allow it to drop smoothly and avoids tearing the bark.

Finally, make a clean cut to remove the remaining stub of the branch. When making this final cut, smoothly do it outside of the branch bark ridge and the evident collar – not flush to the parent branch or trunk. This allows for proper healing.

For help cutting very large limbs or those high in your tree, contact us. Contact your power company for tree work near power lines.