Frequently Asked Questions About Clean Cut’s Services

Here are some of our customers’ most common questions about tree clearing services, tree maintenance, tree removal and more.

When should I consider tree removal?

Although tree removal is a last resort, there are circumstances when it is necessary. One of our arborists can help decide whether or not a tree should be removed. Our professional crews have the skills and equipment to safely and efficiently remove trees.

Removal is recommended when the tree:

  • Is dead or dying.
  • Is considered irreparably hazardous.
  • Is causing an obstruction that is impossible to correct through pruning.
  • Is crowding and causing harm to other trees.
  • Has root problems.
  • Is to be replaced by a more suitable specimen.
  • Should be removed to allow for new construction.

The safety of you and your family is our primary concern. If you suspect a tree has become unsafe, or if you are in a full-blown emergency, please call us right away. Our staff will quickly and professionally handle even the most technically challenging removals.

What season is best for tree service?

We work year-round! In summer (the growing season of a tree), it is easiest to evaluate the health of the tree and do minor trimming or thinning. However, during the months of November through March (a tree’s dormant stage), it is the best time for the health of the tree to do the heavier pruning. Keep in mind that with no leaves on the tree, we have better visibility when working along roads. Our job is also made easier during this time, not only because there are no leaves, but also due to things like your flowers or lawn not needing to be avoided in order to be preserved.

Does Clean Cut Tree Service do pruning?

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.

Do I need fertilization and mulch?

Yes. The best time to apply fertilizers is during the dormant season (usually November through March). The second best time is during the spring and early summer months (April through June). In general, trees are not fertilized between July and the first hard freeze. Fertilizing in the late summer or fall will cause the tree to push out a flush of new growth, making it susceptible to frost damage and dieback.

Mulching promotes tree growth by reducing environmental stress and providing a stable root environment that is cooler in the summer and insulating to the soil during the winter months. Mulched soil contains more moisture than the surrounding soil. Apply the mulch uniformly between two and three inches thick and extending as far as possible away from the tree. Mulching immediately against the trunk can cause collar rot. Always mulch one to two inches away from the tree’s trunk.

Make sure you do deep, less frequent watering which is better than frequent, shallow watering. This promotes deep root growth. The best time to water is during the morning hours, because water is lost through evaporation in the afternoon. Avoid watering at night as this increases the likelihood of fungal infection. Water the area directly below and surrounding the tree rather than the leaves. Leaves can take in water, but the main uptake of water and nutrients is through the roots.

Click here for more information about our varieties of mulch and mulch delivery.

What is stump grinding?

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.

Can I keep the firewood from trees you cut down?

Yes. If you prefer, we can cut, split, and stack your cut tree. Ask us about pricing for these and other services we offer. We also have firewood available for delivery.

Do you do lot clearing?

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.).

Do I need to be home when the estimate is given?

No. If you are not home when the estimate is given, Clean Cut Tree Service will leave a card in your mailbox or front door letting you know that we had visited the property. You will receive a written estimate for requested and/or suggested tree work via e-mail or fax, whichever you prefer. If further dialog is needed, you will receive a follow-up call.

Once you approve of the estimated cost of work, give our office a call and we will put your job on our schedule. If there are various price options listed on your estimate, be sure to specify which one(s) you have selected.

Call us today for a FREE no obligation consultation. We are confident that once you compare our quality, reputation, credentials, and fair pricing, you will choose Clean Cut for all of your future tree needs.

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