Tree Service

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.

Tree Removal

tree service billingsOur professional tree removal services are managed by trained experts. Our tree removal experts are experienced with trees that grow in Billings, Montana. Our experience includes years of working full time removing trees here in Billings. 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 talented 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.

Solid experience is also needed to safely and intelligently run 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!

Lastly, it should probably go without saying, but you also want to make sure that whomever is removing or trimming your trees is properly insured to do the work.

Tree Trimming

Tree trimming requires professional knowledge. Trees are living things that are very much affected by their environments. While a tree can benefit a great deal from a proper trim job, it can also be very much hurt by a bad trim. There are actually a lot of ways to mess up a tree! For example, cutting just the tips of of branches is a bad practice. When you trim a tree or shrub, it promotes growth so that when you trim a tip, 4 or more new stems will grow.

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 should be a good reason to do so. There is an aggressive pruning technique that can be used in many situations, especially when heavy limbs are a problem or there is storm damage or if power lines are in the way. 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. In fact the only time you would do it is if there are multiple leaders (which would make the tree fork and thusly you’d want to remove one so the other becomes a strong dominant lead).

Thinning cuts are the preferred method for tree trimming. Thinning cuts remove the entire limb or prune one branch back to another branch.

When it comes to trimming trees, we have the knowledge needed to do the job right. Most people don’t know it, but 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?

Tree Topping

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Tree Topping
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. Tree topping has been and issue here in Billings and it seems that the people doing it just don’t know any better.

Tree topping is bad. Tree topping makes your tree branch out like Medusa’s head which is ugly and requires constant trimming. Topping trees weakens trees and makes them susceptible to insects and disease. The fact is that some tree services out there are topping trees. Some are doing other 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.

Shrub Removal

Ready to get rid of an unwanted Juniper shrub that has outgrown your bed or is half dead? Most tree services will simply cut it off and grind the stump, but then you are left with an unusable area of bed. Since the shrub was likely planted in the most desirable place, it would be nice to replant in the same location. In many cases, our experienced crew can employ techniques to completely remove the shrub and roots! If not, we can help you find an acceptable solution. And best of all, you can rest assured that the end product will be finished so that your landscape looks nice and complete.

Shrub Trimming

Many people don’t think much about it, but many of the same principals in tree trimming apply to shrubs. A common example is on topping of hedges that get too tall. We see this a lot with mature lilacs. Someone will top the shrubs to shorten them, and then 4-6 stems form from the cut location, and since the major foliage that was feeding the roots of the shrub where removed, the shrub kills off the hacked leader and directs its resources elsewhere. Then you are left with an ugly Hydra shrub instead of a beautiful lilac!

We understand that landscaping is an 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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