Frequently Asked Questions about Tree Pruning
What is the best time of year to prune a tree?
It’s generally best to prune trees while they are dormant for the winter, but different trees have different growth cycles.
Can I thin out unhealthy trees myself?
Yes and no. If you’re just trimming or thinning a tree and the branches in question are low and easily reachable, then yes, by all means.
However, trees can be dangerous. If the part of the tree you need to have trimmed is high up or partially dead, you should use extreme caution. Without knowing the proper way to cut or thin a tree’s branches, you can inadvertently cause severe property damage or personal injury.
If a tree needs to be removed entirely, we strongly recommend calling a professional. The cons of removing a tree yourself outweigh the pros by a pretty big margin. You may think it’s less expensive, but at the end of the day, your safety is invaluable. Trees that are not removed properly can damage property and injure you and your family. Moreover, Timberland has equipment that can remove a tree and stump completely – you likely do not. Finally, our arborists can recommend trees and shrubs to replace the ones you have to remove.
How much does tree pruning cost?
Tree pruning can cost as little as $75 or as much as $1,000 per tree, depending on the size, location, number of trees, and health of the tree. If your trees have diseases or pests, it’s also advisable to take care of those during the same job, which will typically help reduce overall costs.
What are the best trees for shade, retaining soil moisture, or increasing my property value?
These are questions we often cover on our blog.
How old is my tree?
Many species of trees can live for several thousand years. While we can usually make an educated guess about the age of a tree, the only way to know for sure is to cut it down and count the rings, though we would rather just make that educated guess.
Why should I hire Timberland Tree Care to prune my trees?
We can take care of a number of different services for you:
- Restoring your view
- Increase overall tree health
- Trimming for the health of the tree
- Crown reduction
- Emergency trimming
What can you expect when you give us a call for tree trimming? First and always, a considerate, hard-working crew that is dedicated to ensuring your landscape is perfect for your and your family. Next, we’ll take a good hard look at the tree in question, and with your consultation, plan out where we’ll trim, thin and improve the tree’s health. There are a few considerations:
- Is there anything the limbs could fall on as we cut? We take a number of precautions to prevent falling limbs, but we’re always prepared. Is your home there? A dog house? A fence? We’ll work around it.
- Where are the powerlines? We want to ensure that we are well away from them both to ensure that your lights stay on and that we stay safe.
- What will look the best? Are there lots of dead limbs on one side or another? Maybe several bottom branches are making the tree appear unhealthy. We’ll take a look and shape the tree as best we can.
For higher branches, our team will either set up a tree rigging system, boom lift, or bucket lift. Then, we cut safely and lower the branches to ensure that they don’t cause damage on the way down.
High-Quality Tree Pruning in Walnut Creek and Beyond
While we’re always happy to offer tree pruning in Walnut Creek, many people still don’t know that our services are availalbe throughout Contra Costa County. Call us any time for:
We Also Handle Tree Removal
Our tree removal jobs generally start the same way as our tree trimming jobs. We’ll review the area for safety, then remove the top of the tree and work our way down. At no point do we fell the entire tree – it’s simply not safe. When the tree is down to the stump, we bring in a stump grinder, and do our best to remove as much as possible.
Visit our tree removal page or call us today to learn more.