What goes into having tree services performed?
This question really depends on the size and scope of the project. As you can imagine bigger trees mean more labor and that is the most expensive part of this tree services equation.
How much does tree work cost? Whether you are getting free estimates for tree removal, pruning, trimming (yes there is a difference), or stump grinding, you want the cheapest price for the most service. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Cheap is a reflection of quality. There are many shortcuts that a sub par
tree service may perform to save time and collect money as fast as they can.
I would like to give an understanding of the differences of tree trimming vs. pruning. Trimming is removing usually small sections of a tree, shrub, or hedge to maintain its size or make it "look" good. This option is a quick fix and can lead to structural and health issues over time.
Pruning requires more skill and knowledge to remove dead, diseased and growth that is insignificant to a healthy long lived tree. A well pruned tree is less likely to fail or get damaged by storms, high winds, and heavy snow. Pruning can also stimulate development of fruit or flowers. A greater knowledge of a tree species and biology is needed to determine the select branches to be removed. Certified arborists are career oriented individuals that train and learn the best practices in the industry and genuinely care for trees providing insight and educated options to clients.
Be aware that pruning should also only be done at certain times of the year and sometimes this timing will determine if atree is infected with disease.
A tree should never be topped. The immediate result of topping is an abundance of growth that are fast growing and unstable. There are alternatives to topping such as crown reduction and structure pruning (mostly performed on young trees). Another bad practice of tree work deals with the method used to prune. Tools like tree climbing spikes / spurs / gaffs, these attach to tree climbers boots and cut into the tree allowing them to climb as if climbing a ladder.
These are intended to be used on trees being removed only. The vital tissue of the tree is damaged and opens the tree to decay and disease. Keep in mind if you receive a free estimate for tree pruning and one is much lower or half the cost, the cheaper service probably doesn’t plan on working on the entire tree and /or using climbing spikes to save time.
In Saint Paul contact Ivan’s Tree Services. Ivan’s Tree Services have over 15 years of experience with tree trimming, tree removal brush removal and stump grinding. If you want the job done right at a fair price contact Ivan’s Tree Services.