Frequently Asked Questions

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What should I look for in a tree company?

When you are looking for tree services, quality, reliability, and experience are three key factors to explore. The Community Tree Service company has over 25 years of experience in the industry and provides the full range of services from tree pruning and removal to lot clearing and stump grinding. Look for professional experience and reputation. It is also important to look for a company with an active role in the community. Our company trains people who need a second chance in life with new life skills. We have a high-quality safety program. It is very important that any tree company you choose to do business with have all the correct insurances in place and should be available to answer your questions about any issues.

When should I consider Tree Removal?

Keep Your Property Safe by Removing Dying or Weakened Trees. Like all living things, trees have a life expectancy and are susceptible to disease and decay. As they weaken, they can become hazardous and affect the safety of your living areas and health of nearby plants.

Here are some reasons to consider tree removal:

  • Tree is dead, dying, or hazardous
  • Tree is structurally unsound due to insects or disease
  • Tree has a negative effect on more desirable plantings
  • Interference with new construction
  • Root system undermines other structures

The safe removal of trees can require the use of special equipment. Our professional staff is ready to address your tree removal needs. Experienced and professional crews will remove your trees safely, efficiently and without damage to your property.

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Why Should You Care About Pruning Your Trees?

Trees and shrubs are a lot like people; they tend to thrive when given care and attention.

Proper pruning techniques include the removal of misshapen, damaged or dead limbs. Rubbing branches, vertical stems, water shoots and inward growing branches are typically removed to maintain health, shape and safety. Each species of tree has its own natural look and shape that good pruning should maintain. Proper pruning allows for air flow to minimize damage from wind and weather. Naturally occurring deadwood must be removed for safety.

Trees need to be pruned for a number of reasons including: safety, aesthetics and tree health. Broken or dead branches can be dangerous if they fall – oftentimes without warning, even on a calm day! If a tree’s branches grow too big for the tree or are too close to your roof or chimney, they need to be pruned and cleared to prevent them from damaging your home. From an aesthetic perspective, pruning can help make a tree look better or provide you with a better view of your property or horizon.

Yes. Routine pruning improves the health of trees, restores shape, and prolongs their life. The removal of weakened, dead, diseased, or insect-infected branches that might snap during heavy winds or ice storms is beneficial in preventing storm damage. Pruning reduces the chance of breaking limbs by decreasing a tree’s wind resistance, enabling it to move with the wind.

Pruning large shade trees by homeowners should be limited to the branches that can be easily reached from the ground. Large tree pruning is a job that should be left to trained and experienced professionals because it can require climbing and the use of dangerous equipment like heavy saws, chain saws, and cherry-pickers. Personal safety should never be compromised when pruning a tree.

Using improper pruning techniques can expose a tree to disease and can leave it in poor health or even dead. Flush-cutting a tree limb or leaving stubs may lead to decay and slow healing of pruning wounds.

When Does Stump Grinding & Removal Make Sense?

Tree stumps are unsightly side effects of tree removal and can house pests or insects during decay.

Grind the stump 4-6” below grade and backfill with resulting woodchips. Stumps can be ground to 4” to 6” below grade using special equipment.  The resulting woodchips and soil are backfilled into the grinding hole; this is the easiest and most cost-effective solution for stumps.  Our crews can remove the stump grinding debris and completely restore the site with high quality topsoil and seed for an additional cost.

Mechanically remove the stump and restore the hole with new topsoil. Completely excavating a stump will allow you to reclaim the beauty and use of that area, allowing for new grass, trees or plantings. This is usually done when construction is planned for the site as it can be a somewhat costly and intricate process.

Whether you are seeking to preserve the aesthetic value of your outdoor home or looking to prevent pests, our team is well equipped to meet your stump grinding and removal needs.

Stump grinding or stump removal is a technique performed by a specialized machine and a professional operator to remove the tree stump, as well as the roots, 8-20 inches below grade. This procedure is typically performed on the same day as tree removal.

Here are some reasons why stump grinding should be done:

  • Stump grinding or stump removal will help prevent sink holes.
  • Manual removal of a large tree stump is costly, extremely dangerous, and time consuming.
  • It creates natural mulch for your landscape use.
  • Stump grinding removes the stump below grade level.

The cutting teeth of the grinder are designed to cut and pulverize wood and soil into a wood chip and soil mixture.

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Yes. Cleaning up your property or lot, especially adjacent to neighboring property, is certainly a considerate thing to do. Clearing an overgrown lot also makes the property far more appealing to you and your neighbors. Additionally, a well-kept lot keeps rodents and other vermin from taking up residence.

Our lot clearing services will de-clutter your property so you can see what you have under all of the buckthorn or brush thickets. Our process of clearing lots leaves unobstructed property that builders tend to appreciate.

Regardless of the brush and tree thickness, we are capable of grinding our way into the property, leaving behind a mixture of mulch and sawdust, which will serve as a soil enhancement on most properties (of course, we can remove the byproducts if desired.).