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Tree Trimming


Bay Arborist Tom Arrington

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A tree can be a valuable asset to a residential home , business, or municipality. They can supply environmental beauty, cooling shade, soil supporting roots, air cleansing, increased property values, and habitats for wildlife. Statistics have also shown that trees can increase business traffic and reduce violence. On the other side of the coin a tree can also be so overgrown as to affect the safety of a structure, road, or open area. A tree can be a nuisance by dropping fruit, seeds, or dead branches. Roots can be a serious threat to sidewalks, foundations, or underground utilities. Some trees reach a point in their life where tree removal is a necessity.

Oak Tree in restaurant setting

Oak Tree in restaurant setting

Oak Tree fallen on house needs tree removal

Oak Tree fallen on house











Tree removal is a tough decision. It is important to look ahead to envision what a trees growth will look like in five, ten and twenty years. Can the surrounding environment meet the growth needs of that species? Is the tree healthy enough or is decay already starting to set in? Are the roots starting to raise the surface area? Is the lean of the tree increasing over time? These are tough questions to answer. Sometimes the best remedy is to remove a tree and start over with the right specie planted in an area that will support a long life.

Stump Grinding
We are professional tree stump removers with plenty of experience removing stumps with specialist stump removal equipment. Although tree stumps can be left in the ground after felling, this can lead to problems with suckering where new shoots arise from the trunk and roots. Dead stumps can play host to root diseases which can spread to other plants and trees in the garden and prove be very difficult to eradicate. The most effective way of completely removing a stump is by using a stump grinder.

Estimate – call Tom (510)734-7123

Grinding Redwood stump after tree removal

Grinding Redwood stump after tree removal

Finishing off a Maple tree removal

Finishing off a Maple

ve tree that has grown up in an area untouched by man has the ability to prune itself by dropping unwanted branches/leaves/fruit/nuts/etc.  The decomposing matter in the soil supplies the needed food for the tree to continue its life.  Unfortunately this process is not true in an urban landscape.  Fallen material from a tree can pose a hazardous situation and cleanup is generally needed.

Tree trimming in an urban landscape, if done correctly, can improve the tree vitality, appearance, and preserve structural integrity.  Improper trimming results in poor tree vitality, unsightly appearance, and hazardous structural integrity.

Reasons for tree trimming are to remove dead branches, to remove crowded or crossing limbs that may create future structural problems, to eliminate hazards, and to slow growth rate by removing foliage.  Trees can also be trimmed to reduce wind resistance or to increase light penetration.

Before and after tree trim

Before and after tree trim

The best time to trim depends on the desired results. To maximize growth, trim just before the period of rapid growth in early spring. To minimize growth, trim after the growth flush is complete for the season. Flowering can be reduced or enhanced by pruning at the correct time for certain species. Fruit trees can be trimmed before or after bloom to enhance or limit fruit production.

Proper structural tree trimming of young trees will develop into structurally sound trees that should require little corrective pruning as they mature. A tree that will be large at maturity should have a sturdy, tapered trunk, with well-spaced branches smaller in diameter than the trunk.

Estimate – call Tom (510) 734-7123