Tree Services

Felling

There are many reasons why it may be necessary to remove a tree from your property. Damaged or unhealthy trees may continue to decay over time, running the risk of spreading disease to other trees. Diseased trees may also have structural issues that could compromise the structural integrity, increasing the chances of it falling during stormy weather.Overgrown trees can also run the risk of severely damaging property or pose a safety risk. Roots can get into sewage or potentially run the risk of damaging the concrete around your home if planted within close proximity.Another reason that some residents choose to remove their trees is to enhance the look of their property. An overgrown or poorly maintained tree may obstruct the beautiful view from your window or may simply be an eyesore.Tree removal is a last resort. But should your tree need to be removed, Arbortech will use the proper techniques and professional equipment to ensure that your tree comes down in  absolute safety.

Stump Removal & Stump Grinding

Arbortech has the specialized equipment for stump removal in the middle of front lawns to the most difficult and remote locations.


 We have turf-friendly, specialized stump grinding machines that will grind your stump(s) anywhere from 6 -30 inches below current ground levels. When we are done, you will be left with the stump removal mulch backfilled in the hole from where the stump was removed.


Exposed surface roots may also be ground out, however there may be an additional cost.For more information about our tree service please do not hesitate to contact us 

Pruning

Pruning and trimming your trees at ideal times will help reduce the risk of permanently damaging your horticulture. The ideal time to prune most deciduous trees is in late winter or early spring before the trees begin to bud. Pruning a tree during these cooler months will also help reduce bleeding as they’re still in a dormant state. This time period is also ideal to avoid the risk of insects and fungus from spreading.Elm trees have special regulations when it comes to trimming. You can only prune your elm trees between October 1 and March 31 to avoid spreading Dutch Elm disease. If you’re not sure when the optimal time is to prune your trees, just ask one of our certified arborists and we’d be more than happy to help! 

Crown Thinning

Crown thinning is the removal of a portion of smaller/tertiary branches, usually at the outer crown, to produce a uniform density of foliage around an evenly spaced branch structure. It is usually confined to broad-leaved species. Crown thinning does not alter the overall size or shape of the tree. Material should be removed systematically throughout the tree, should not exceed the stated percentage and not more than 30% overall. Common reasons for crown thinning are to allow more light to pass through the tree, reduce wind resistance, reduce weight (but this does not necessarily reduce leverage on the structure) and is rarely a once-only operation particularly on species that are known to produce large amounts of epicormic growth.


Crown Lifting or Crown Raising

Crown lifting is the removal of the lowest branches and/or preparing of lower branches for future removal. Good practice dictates crown lifting should not normally include the removal of large branches growing directly from the trunk as this can cause large wounds which can become extensively decayed leading to further long term problems or more short term biomechanical instability. Crown lifting on older, mature trees should be avoided or restricted to secondary branches or shortening of primary branches rather than the whole removal wherever possible. Crown lifting is an effective method of increasing light transmission to areas closer to the tree or to enable access under the crown but should be restricted to less than 15% of the live crown height and leave the crown at least two thirds of the total height of the tree. Crown lifting should be specified with reference to a fixed point, e.g. ‘crown lift to give 5.5m clearance above ground level’.

Crown Reduction

The reduction in height and/or spread of the crown (the foliage bearing portions) of a tree. Crown reduction may be used to reduce mechanical stress on individual branches or the whole tree, make the tree more suited to its immediate environment or to reduce the effects of shading and light loss, etc. The final result should retain the main framework of the crown, and so a significant proportion of the leaf bearing structure, and leave a similar, although smaller outline, and not necessarily achieve symmetry for its own sake. Crown reduction cuts should be as small as possible and in general not exceed 100mm diameter unless there is an overriding need to do so. Reductions should be specified by actual measurements, where possible, and reflect the finished result, but may also refer to lengths of parts to be removed to aid clarity, e.g. ‘crown reduce in height by 2.0m and lateral spread by 1.0m, all round, to finished crown dimensions of 18m in height by 11m in spread (all measurements approximate.)’. Not all species are suitable for this treatment and crown reduction should not be confused with ‘topping’, an indiscriminate and harmful treatment.