Billings Landscape can take help you maintain healthy existing trees and remove old, damaged, or unwanted trees and shrubs. The advantage of using a landscaper to manage your trees and shrubs is that our knowledge extends beyond simply removing the tree and grinding the stump. We know and understand trees! This is an important fact when you consider the liability and extra costs that can occur when things are done wrong. Another important asset that we offer is the ability to sometimes make all appearance of a tree completely disappear. In short, our tree service is comprehensive. It is so important to hire someone who knows trees. We still consult with more experienced arborists and outsource work on more challenging projects. The average person doesn’t understand how many important decisions go into proper tree management – especially with trimming and shaping. You can trust Billings Landscaping to provide you with solid advice and the knowledge you need to make wise decision regarding your trees.
We offer professional tree removal services in Billings, Montana. Most trees are removed and trimmed by climbing or by using a boom lift. You can learn more about tree removal here!
Since climbing is such a major part of tree removal and trimming, it makes sense to have a rock climber to do the tree climbing. You just don’t want a clumsy, overweight, middle-aged man climbing trees. Agility is very important for safety should an unpredictable thing happen while removing a tree.
We train to provide safety and intelligence when running chainsaws, hand saws, and other equipment. Our tree service personnel have the experience and resources necessary to get the job done right. Whether climbing or up on a boom, you can rest assured that our professionals will get the job done safely and correctly!
Because Tree removal is risky business, the service requires good insurance and proper safety protocol.
Tree trimming requires professional knowledge. Trees are living things that are affected by their environments. While a tree can benefit a great deal from a proper trim job, it can also be injured badly and killed. There are a lot of ways to mess up a tree! For example, cutting just the tips of of branches is usually a bad practice with trees in our area. When you trim a tree or shrub, it promotes growth. If you top off a primary leader, then 4 new stems will begin growing. The tree canopy is required for balance with its roots. If you cut off too much or do it wrong then the result will be removal. There are times when we do a heavy trim and take out some roots to maintain the balance.
It is also bad to cut off large branches from the tops of trees. If you are trying to reduce the height of a tree, then there is an aggressive pruning technique that can be used. Reducing the height of a tree is needed in many situations. A healthy tree can handle it. And it is necessary when heavy limbs threaten roofs, power lines, fences, and sheds. In such situations we use a reduction cut where we thin to a lateral branch. This crown reduction pruning technique involves cutting branches back to a lateral branch about one-third the diameter of the limb we cut off. This way the new branches will become the source of new terminal growth. The terminal growth is what helps the tree keep its foliage and shape which in turn makes the tree easier to maintain. However, while this technique is appropriate for rounded trees, it is not what we want to do for pyramidal trees like Lindens.
Thinning cuts are the preferred method for tree trimming. Thinning cuts remove the entire limb or prune one branch back to another branch.
Trees require care when trimming. Some trees can be badly damaged or killed as a result of bad trimming practices. For example, Aspen trees and Apple trees are susceptible to disease and trimming can spread it! So when we trim Aspen trees we either dip or spray the sheers in a special disinfecting solution after every cut. Another important aspect of tree trimming is to understand which limbs to cut and which to leave alone. It is important to know the objective. Is the goal to simply remove the dead limbs or are we shaping the tree to improve and strengthen it?
If proper trimming techniques are NOT used, the result is likely to be what we call tree topping, tipping, heading, or rounding over. Topping is basically where you cut off so much leafage that the tree begins to starve. The main leads that reach the top of the sky shouldn’t be cut unless you are ready to accelerate the necessity for removal. Tree topping has been an issue here in Billings.
What tree topping will do is make your tree branch out like Medusa. I see this often with mature lilacs. People think hey, cut it down low. Its easier to reach and the shrub is too tall. Unfortunately it weakens and kill them. There are businesses actively doing unadvisable stuff to trees. Sometime money drives decisions. Either way, legitimate landscape professionals and certified arborists never top trees. The practice of tree topping in Billings, MT is just another reason why hiring a qualified expert is so important.
Ready to get rid of an unwanted Juniper shrub that has outgrown your bed or is half dead? In most cases we can remove all of it. If not, then we can help you find an acceptable solution.
Many of the same principals in tree trimming apply to shrubs. A common example is on topping of certain kinds of hedges that get too tall. Be careful not to top it! Remember that the shrub will adapt to what you do and different species might react differently. If in doubt, google it or give us a call. You can also contact the arborist at MSUB.
We understand that your landscape and trees are an important investment. Whatever your need, you can trust Billings Landscaping to make wise decisions to beautify your landscape and secure the future investment in your property!
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