Tree Removal & Pruning
Tree removal is discouraged wherever possible in favour of trimming to control growth, unless:
- dying, damaged, unsupported or otherwise hazardous tree
- obstruction that can’t be corrected with pruning
- landscaping, construction or other factors require removal
An arborist can determine necessary pruning to improve the health, appearance, or safety of the tree or it’s surroundings.
- remove branches obstructing other trees, wires, roofs, chimneys, or other structures or pathways
- remove weak, dead, weather damaged, or broken branches to improve tree health and safety
- improve visibility of the surroundings, or shape the tree for beautification
For more information please see Tree Removal & Pruning.
Hedge trimming should be done bi-annually.
Spring – hedges are trimmed to remove the winter damage, and prepare them for their growth phase.
Late Summer / early Fall (Jul-Sept) – is the best time for a second trimming, after maximum growth, when you can shape the hedges, so they will maintain their shape during their slower rate of growth.
If you have a lot of hedges, if there is some risk involved (i.e. elevated or sloped surface), or you just want to make sure the job is properly done, you should hire a professional arborist. For large jobs, it is almost always more economical (and much faster) to hire a professional.
To read more about our hedge trimming, see Hedge Trimming.
Depending on the size of the stump, digging it out can take anywhere from a day or more to well over a week, and make quite a mess. Although it still takes time, using a stump grinder for stump removal is often the best choice.
The tree is first brought down with a bottom cut, as close as possible to the ground, in order to minimize the work for the stump grinder (6″-10″).
Normally, stumps are ground to well below the grade (8″-16″) where they are over-planted with grass. Once the stump is ground, all that remains is a pile of tiny chips.
Once the chips from the stump grinding have been removed, the surrounding grounds are levelled, and new grass replanted. If this is done early in the year, the new yard can be fully green by the end of the year.
To see more about our stump grinding, see Stump Grinding.
Cabling and Bracing
Cabling and bracing is a method by which a cable system is installed in the trees canopy to help prevent a failure of a large section of the tree. It is usually used where there is a visible defect in a tree that is considered valuable and needs to be retained. Cable systems are not a “guarantee that the tree is safe” and they do require regular inspections and maintenance.
To see more about cabling and bracing, see Cabling and Bracing.
Tree Health Care Diagnosis
Common indicators of a tree’s health include:
If a tree looks limp compared to that of similar trees around it, it could be a sign of:
- dehydration, or over-watering
- root rot
- over-exposure to above average temperatures or lighting
- poor nutrition
- bug or disease infestation
- breakage cause by impact
If a tree looks healthy, but doesn’t seem to be growing at the same rate as similar trees around it, it could be a sign of:
- lack of nutrition
- lack of sunlight
To see more about tree health care diagnosis, see Tree Health Care Diagnosis.
Seasonal Tree Care
Tree Management Plans
Burley Boys Tree Service will develop a maintenance schedule consisting of pruning, trimming, planting, removals, and other general care for your trees & hedges, conduct reviews, and advise of any recommendations to the trees on your property. Having a management plan will ensure the health, safety & appearance of your landscape for years to come.
Storm Safety for Trees
To prevent against any unwanted tree damage in the wake of a Fall wind storm.
- check for any abnormal leaning, shedding or cracks, signs of stress, rot or deadwood.
- Have regular maintenance performed on your trees for prevention & health.
Hedges should be trimmed twice a year, Fall and Spring. Take advantage of a hedge’s slower growth rate in Fall, and have them shaped to hold their form through the winter.
Our arborists can identify any damaged, dead or deformed limbs for removal, resulting in a healthier, better looking tree. Pruning trees in the early Spring will encourage new growth, and more flowers.
Planting & Replacing Trees
The best time to plant or replace trees is in early Spring, before the tree has started its growth spurt.
To read more about our seasonal tree care, see Seasonal Tree Care.
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