May 14, 2023
What to Look For In A Tree Trimming Service

What to Look For In A Tree Trimming Service

Trees enhance the beauty and value of your property. They also help cool your home and break the cold winds to reduce heating costs during winter. If trees grow in your yard, you require regular trimming to improve their aesthetics and health and manage pests and diseases. Tree work is typically a highly specialized and challenging job full of risks.
If you are considering tree pruning, hiring a reputable tree service company with the right expertise, experience, insurance, and equipment is crucial to get the job done efficiently and safely. This blog discusses what you should consider when hiring a tree trimming service.

Insurance and license

Due to the inherent risk of tree care, a reputable service should be well-insured and bonded. The right company should carry liability insurance cover for damage that can be done to your property. The service should also carry workers’ compensation insurance to cover any injuries their employees may sustain while working on your property. The insurance gives you the peace of mind you won’t pay any costs from your pocket should there be injuries or damage to your property. You should also ensure the tree care company you hire meets all the licensing requirements for tree trimming and removal in your locality. Using a licensed tree service is the law in most states.


How long the service has been in business determines its level of experience. The longer the company has been in service, the greater its reputation and reliability. Make sure your potential tree care company is at least five years old. Pop-up businesses searching for quick money eventually fail because they don’t provide the quality services that homeowners require. To avoid being scammed by unseasoned companies, determine how long a tree service has been in business.

Company credentials

Apart from licenses and insurance, trustworthy tree companies should have credentials listed on their website. Credentials include special training and certifications the company has. Some of the critical credentials to look for include:

  • Climber Safety Certified
  • AED and CPR trained
  • Powerline Aerial Rescue Certified
  • International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified

Company reputation

One of the best ways to identify a professional tree trimming service is to research its reputation in your community. If the company you are hiring has satisfied clients, they will be more than willing to vouch for them through testimonials and reviews. Reviews on social media and other platforms give you a good insight into how the company runs its business. Check the company’s online reviews to ensure no significant complaints or disputes.

Type of workforce

You should also find out whether the company you intend to hire works with subcontractors or in-house staff. Working with subcontractors is a widespread practice in most in-home services. Leveraging a network of subcontractors allows the service to expand its offerings with minimal costs. However, there are several drawbacks to using subcontractors that you should pay attention to. Subcontractors will not be liable if your property gets damaged during the tree care work. It is also more challenging for your contractor to enforce quality standards that guarantee value for your money.

Equipment to be deployed

A seasoned company has invested in top-notch tools and equipment to handle any tree service job. The exemplary tree trimming service should have its equipment OSHA certified to minimize risks of damage and injuries. Apart from essential equipment such as cranes, they should have proper protective gear, including gloves, hats and vests, ear plugs, and glasses.

Cleanup process

After the trimming exercise, you want your yard left as clean as before the work. Be sure to ask about the cleanup exercise before signing any work contract so the company can plan. The cleanup details should be included in your quote and the contract. This way, both parties will know what they are responsible for. Some companies are willing to mulch limbs or stack wood for free.


When hiring a tree removal service for your property, ensure they will provide a detailed written estimate of all charges. Determine whether they charge one big flat rate or piece for piece. Compare their pricing with other companies and the average rates in your locality. Top-level tree services offer free estimates that prevent surprise fees and charges in the future. Once you get the estimate, review their charges.


As mentioned earlier, tree care operations can be dangerous. The risk of getting injured by falling branches and malfunctioning equipment is inherent. Besides, tree limbs that fall during pruning can damage your property. These risks increase substantially if an inexperienced or unqualified workforce performs the operations. Ensure the company you are hiring meets the following requirements related to safety:

  • ISA certified arborists
  • Strict implementation of industry safety standards
  • Trained to use and handle equipment

Benefits of trimming your trees

You will need a tree trimming service if the tree is sick, damaged, or looks bushy and unkempt. The following are a few reasons why trimming is necessary for tree health:

  • Removes dead branches: Dead branches can prevent the growth of healthy components. Pruning is a great way to strengthen the roots and encourage the growth of newer branches.
  • Disease management: Trimming helps remove parts that have diseases and pests. This prevents the problem from spreading to healthier branches. Removing bushy branches can also help expose the tree to more sunlight and air circulation, which reduces disease incidences.
  • Encourage fruit production: Removing dead and diseased branches is an effective way to encourage fruit production if you have fruit trees in your yard. Trimming generally spurs growth which promotes fruit growth in the subsequent years.
  • Remove possible hazards: Dead branches and overgrowth pose significant risks. Decayed branches can easily fall off during extreme weather. Some branches can also grow over power lines posing risks for electrocution.

Contact S&P Tree Service for all your tree care needs

If you are a homeowner, you understand the need to keep the overall aesthetics of your trees in top-notch shape. At S&P Tree Service, we understand trimming can make the difference between a tree that poses risks and one that looks healthy and well-kept. Our licensed and insured arborists leverage their vast experience and top-notch tools to improve the aesthetics, health, and appearance of every plant in your yard through regular trimming. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

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Top Reasons You May Need Tree Removal Service

Top Reasons You May Need Tree Removal Service

Trees provide shade and beauty to landscapes, and they can even enhance a home’s property value. Sometimes, however, it becomes necessary to remove them from the landscape. If they become severely diseased or die, for instance, they should be removed. If they suffer severe storm damage or the property owner needs the land for something else, removal may be required. If you need a tree removed for any reason, you need a company that specializes in removing trees. S&P Tree Service features tree care services, including removals, tree trimming, and tree preservation solutions. There are lots of reasons why you may want to schedule a removal. We’ll explore the top reasons here.

Dead Tree

If your tree is dead, it can be a property liability. Our tree removal service routinely removes dead trees for customers. Though they may appear stable, dead trees are going through decay. They are deteriorating–and some may deteriorate faster than others. Dead trees are at risk of falling. Their limbs may fall off during high winds, or the tree may topple onto homes or other property features during a powerful storm.

A dead tree is at significant risk for damaging property features or injuring people and animals. Often, it’s obvious when a tree is dead, especially if it’s in an advanced state of decay, but property owners may not always recognize the early signs of death. If you are unsure about the condition of your property trees, you can rely on us to assess them. We feature certified arborists who are tree experts. They can evaluate your tree to provide a report of its condition. If it’s dead, we can schedule our tree removal service.

Advanced Disease

There are many types of tree diseases. As trees age, they can become more vulnerable to disease. Some pathogens are so deadly that even in the early stages, they can cause trees to become sick or unstable quickly. Other diseases can spread quickly, threatening the health of the rest of the landscape and other trees on the property.

Again, property owners might not know the early signs of tree disease. If you notice any unusual changes in your tree, let our arborists check them out. Very often, if we can catch a disease early, we can save the trees with our tree preservation solutions. In any case, we can identify the sickness and recommend the ideal steps.

Storm Damage

Storm damage can cause immense harm to trees. If your tree is struck by lightning or is damaged by powerful storm winds, it may become vulnerable to disease and even be killed outright. Our arborists can inspect your tree to gauge the damage. Often, trees can be saved with preservation steps. However, you may opt for our tree removal service, especially if the tree is beyond saving.

Too Close to the House

Another common reason that customers opt for the removal of trees is when they’re growing too close to the home and its foundation. Tree roots can disturb the foundation by disturbing the soil. Tree roots can also infiltrate sewer lines, causing significant problems for the home’s plumbing system.

When a tree is close to a house, it can become a nuisance in other ways. Its leaves can fill gutters. Limbs or large branches can fall on the home’s roof. Additionally, the tree can bridge the home’s roof for pests. These may be reasons enough for some property owners to opt for removals.


Messy trees require a lot of upkeep. Sometimes homeowners remove trees because they’re messy and need lots of maintenance. Sap might get onto cars or the home. If you have a messy tree, we can remove the tree and recommend a replacement that requires much less care.

Tree Is Too Large

A large tree may offer too much shade to a property, affecting the health of other landscape plants and the lawn. Although tree trimming can help to trim the canopy, some people may want to remove the tree entirely in order to transform their shady landscape into a sunny one. With more sunlight, other plants, like grass are more likely to thrive.

Structural Issues

Some trees have problematic structural issues, like a V-shaped or U-shaped trunk. These trees are more vulnerable to instability and falling. Cracks in the trunk or a twisted trunk can also impact the tree’s structure. Trees with structural problems pose risks for the property–and the home.

Other Plans for the Property

Another common reason people choose to remove trees is because they have other plans for the property, and the tree is in the way. They may want to build or expand their patio. They might want to construct a swimming pool or some other type of construction. Trees may need to be removed before property owners can develop their land.

Experienced Tree Company for Tree Removals

Our company has years of experience with tree removal service. No matter the reason, we can remove trees safely and efficiently. We rely on cranes as well as traditional methods of felling trees. We have experienced crews, crane operators, and tree climbers on our team. When you contact us for removal, we’ll visit your property to evaluate the tree and develop a removal plan. We’ll decide which method of removal is the safest. Tall trees or trees in hard-to-access spaces are good candidates for crane removals. We’ll advise you during our initial visit. Then, we’ll tackle the removal from start to finish.

Call us if you have unwanted trees on your property. They need to be removed or evaluated to determine their state of health.

Our tree care company has a reputation for its expertise and experience. We also provide stump grinding, so after your tree’s removal, we can get rid of the stump too. Call S&P Tree Service to schedule a visit.

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Why You Need to Hire an Emergency Tree Service

Why You Need to Hire an Emergency Tree Service

When you have a tree problem that needs immediate attention, you need a professional tree care service that specializes in tree removals as well as tree care solutions. S&P Tree Service is a leading tree care company. It never pays to hire an inexperienced contractor or to tackle serious tree issues yourself. Let tree experts handle your property’s tree emergencies. Here’s why you should consider calling in the pros when you need tree care fast.

Safety Training and Processes

It’s essential to hire a professional emergency tree service like ours because we prioritize safety. We’ve developed safety protocols designed to protect tree crews, property, and, of course, other people and their pets. We have years of experience trimming, caring for, and removing trees safely. Our crew members are trained to use power tools and other equipment safely. Whether removing trees or performing services, we use safe processes to ensure a successful project outcome.

Licensed and Insured

It’s never wise to hire an unlicensed contractor to perform dangerous work on your property. Your homeowner’s insurance company won’t like it. If an unlicensed provider gets hurt while working on your property or damages your property, your homeowner’s insurance carrier might not provide coverage.

Our company is licensed and insured. We provide emergency tree service and have a reputation throughout the region for our experience and expertise. Our company features certified arborists and trained crane operators, and tree care crews. Rely on us when you need professional contractors to manage your tree-care problems.

Experienced Staff

Our arborists and crews have experience with all kinds of tree care jobs. We trim trees, remove trees, and provide tree preservation services. Because we do this type of work day in and day out, we know the types of trees growing in our region. We’re experienced in dealing with regional tree pests and tree diseases. When you contact us to inspect your trees, you can tap into our vast knowledge base. We can evaluate your emergency to quickly develop a plan to care for or remove your tree.

The Right Equipment for the Job

Our company invests in top-of-the-line equipment and tools to serve our customers. We maintain tree cranes because they’re often the best way to remove large or hard-to-access trees. Since we own our equipment, we don’t need to rent it. That means that our crews are comfortable using our equipment. They’re not just familiar with it; they’re veritable experts with our tools and tree equipment.

Some tree contractors rent cranes to serve customers. However, renters may need to become more familiar with the equipment or how to use it properly and safely. It’s important to hire an emergency tree service that maintains its equipment and has a record of using it safely.

Protection of Property

Hiring a professional tree care service like ours for emergencies means hiring a company to protect your property as we work. Some contractors might tear up your landscape with equipment and crews as they fell a tree. We strive to leave a minimal impact. Before removing a tree, for instance, we’ll develop a plan for its removal that includes where we’ll set up our crane. We can share our plan with you and let you know if aspects of your landscape may be disturbed.

Efficient Work

Our tree care service works efficiently when caring for and removing trees. Efficient workmanship is another benefit of hiring a professional service. Our processes ensure that time management, along with safety, is prioritized. Our crews work carefully and efficiently. It can take some contractors days to take down a tree using traditional methods. However, with our efficient crews, processes, and equipment, we can typically complete work in a day.

Stump Removal

As a professional tree removal company, we also offer stump removal services. Leaving a stump in place isn’t a good idea. As the stump decays, it can attract pests to your property. It can also spread fungus and tree diseases. After removing unwanted trees from your property, we can remove the stump, leaving the space ready for you to use differently.

Support for a Healthy Landscape

When you contact us for our emergency tree service, we can inspect your emergency to determine the extent of the problem. If your tree is diseased or has severe storm damage, it may need to be removed to protect the rest of your landscape. Some tree diseases, like Dutch Elm disease are highly contagious. They can spread to your other elm trees or trees belonging to your neighbors. Our arborists can advise you about how to care for your trees and landscape properly.

Prompt Service

Because we tackle emergencies, we have equipment and crews ready to deal with all tree problems that demand immediate care. If you have a tree that’s suddenly leaning because of wind or storm damage, or if you discover your tree is infested with pests, you need fast service. A tree that’s struck by lightning or shows signs of root rot needs to be checked out right away. Sometimes storms can damage trees, leaving limbs hanging precariously. Whatever your emergency, you need a service you can rely on.

Call S&P Tree Service if you need residential or commercial tree care service fast. We handle tree emergencies.

We can send crews to tackle your emergency quickly, and with the expertise we’re known for. We’re revered for our trained arborists and experienced crews. If you need services such as tree trimming, tree removal, stump grinding, or tree preservation solutions, you can rely on us.

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Benefits of Crane Tree Removal Service Over Traditional Methods

Benefits of Crane Tree Removal Service Over Traditional Methods

Trees are undoubtedly a valuable asset to our environment and provide numerous benefits. However, there comes a time when they must be removed, such as when they become diseased, pose a threat to property or safety, or simply outgrow their space. Tree removal is a daunting task that requires specialized knowledge and equipment. For many years, traditional tree removal methods were used, such as using a chainsaw and cutting the tree down in sections. However, with modern technology, crane-assisted tree removal has become a popular alternative. In this post, we’ll discuss the benefits of crane tree removal service over traditional methods.

Increased Safety

When it comes to removing trees, safety is always a top priority. That’s why crane tree removal service has become increasingly popular over traditional methods. Trees can be safely removed using a crane without needing climbers to scale tall trees with chainsaws. The crane has a long arm and a secure clamp that grasps and removes the tree safely. This reduces the risk of accidents and minimizes the damage that can occur to surrounding structures and landscaping.

Additionally, crane operators undergo extensive training in safety measures, further ensuring the safety of the process. The safety aspect of crane-assisted tree removal is especially useful when removing trees in tight spaces, such as in a crowded parking lot or when a tree is close to a house or any other structure.

The increased safety provided by crane tree removal benefits the workers and gives peace of mind to the customers and the surrounding community. So, when it comes to removing trees, don’t take any chances – choose a crane-assisted tree removal for maximum safety and peace of mind.

More Efficient and Faster

Crane-assisted tree removal services are revolutionizing how we remove unwanted trees from our yards. Unlike traditional methods, which can be slow and cumbersome, crane tree removal is efficient. With the help of a crane, unwanted trees can be removed in a fraction of the time it would take to do so manually. Because the tree can be cut into larger sections, the removal process is much faster and smoother. The quicker turnaround time means you can get your space back to normal in no time. With crane-assisted tree removal, you can rest easy knowing that your tree removal needs will be handled quickly and efficiently.

Greater Precision

Crane-assisted tree removal uses the latest technology to ensure greater precision. For example, the crane’s arm can reach obstacles such as buildings, neighboring trees, or uneven terrain, making it possible to remove a tree without damaging other property. The operator can position the crane at the most advantageous angle and maneuver the tree exactly where it needs to go. This precision ensures the safety of nearby structures and vegetation and allows for a more efficient and cost-effective removal process. Accurate removal also means less debris removal and clean-up after the job is complete. In addition, the precision of this tree removal technique also provides the added benefit of minimizing disruption to the surrounding area, making it a popular choice for urban environments where space is limited.

Eco-Friendliness and Sustainability

As the world becomes more environmentally conscious, it’s important to consider how we approach tasks such as tree removal. Traditional methods may involve heavy machinery, chemicals, and other practices that are harmful to the environment. This is where the eco-friendliness and sustainability of crane tree removal services come in. With this method, trees are carefully removed with the help of a crane, causing minimal disturbance to the surrounding environment. This means that less damage is done to the soil and vegetation, which leads to faster recovery and regrowth of the ecosystem.

Crane-assisted tree removal also helps reduce the amount of waste produced during the process, making it a more sustainable option for tree removal. Better yet, crane services often come equipped with grinders and chippers, so the tree can be neatly processed and removed from your property without taking up valuable landfill space. At the end of the day, choosing an environmentally conscious solution like crane tree removal is a responsible choice that benefits us all.


When it comes to tree removal, accessibility is often a major concern. Accessing the tree’s location can sometimes limit traditional tree removal methods. Trees situated beside buildings, on a hillside, or in a confined space may require extra effort to remove. However, with a crane, lifting the tree and removing it from any angle and location is easy. With crane-assisted tree removal, arborists can remove any tree, regardless of location or conditions. The crane’s highly adjustable arm and maneuverability allow it to access even the most difficult locations. This accessibility means that you won’t have to worry about whether or not a tree can be removed – the crane will get it done in no time.

Hire Professional Tree Removal Services For The Best Results

Crane tree removal service offers several benefits over traditional methods. It is a safer, faster, and more efficient way to remove trees, regardless of location or complexity. Additionally, it reduces the risk of property damage, saves labor, and is environmentally friendly. If you need a tree removed from your property, consider hiring a professional service provider that uses crane-assisted methods for the best results. Not only will it save you time and money, but it will also ensure that the job is done safely and efficiently.

Need Tree Removal or Other Tree Care Services? Call Us Today!

At S&P Tree Service, we specialize in providing top-notch tree removal services. We use the latest crane technology to remove your trees safely and quickly. Our experienced team is equipped with the necessary tools and equipment to get any job done, big or small. We also offer other services, including pruning, trimming, and stump grinding. Contact us today for a free estimate on our services.

We look forward to seeing how we can best serve you!

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Tree Preservation vs Tree Removal Service

Tree Preservation vs Tree Removal Service

It’s not always an easy call to make–when to try to save a tree on your property vs when to have it removed. Sick trees can be treated and preserved in many cases, but a diseased tree can also be contagious to other landscape trees and may even pose a safety hazard. S&P Tree Service specializes in both tree preservation and tree removals. Our team includes certified arborists who have years of experience providing service for Texas trees. Residential and commercial customers rely on us to advise them about maintaining their landscape’s health and beauty. For the best tree care solutions in the region, choose us. The following information explores tree preservation and removal options.

Why Try to Save a Diseased Tree?

If you have a sick tree on your property, you can often hold off on scheduling tree removal service if you catch the sickness in time. As trees age, they can become increasingly susceptible to tree diseases. On the other hand, damage from pests or storms can leave a tree vulnerable to disease too.

There are a few good reasons why you might want to preserve the tree in question. For one, trees can enhance property value. A well-maintained landscape that features beautiful trees supports the value of your property. In that case, your tree is an asset. Trees also add beauty and shade to properties. Of course, some trees provide fruit and nuts–not to mention are a haven for wildlife.

Why Remove a Tree?

There are also many valid reasons why it might be preferable to order tree removal service. If you have a tree that’s quite sick, it can be a liability. Sick trees can drop limbs, and those limbs could fall on vehicles, your house or business, or even people and pets. Sick trees are at increased risk for falling over during strong winds and storms. If you have a dead tree on your property, it’s definitely important to have it removed as soon as possible. Dead trees are slowly deteriorating, but rain and wind can speed up that process, causing dead trees and their limbs to fall on structures, fences, and other property features.

Some customers contact us because they want a tree growing too close to their home or commercial property’s foundation removed. They might want to use their land for a specific purpose and need a tree or several trees taken down first. Whatever the reason, our company removes trees safely and efficiently.

When Is Tree Preservation Possible?

It’s not always possible to save a tree. Once it’s extremely ill, it’s often best to remove it. Some types of diseases like Dutch Elm disease are so contagious and deadly that even in the early stages, it may be appropriate to have the tree removed. Even so, there are many instances when tree preservation is a welcome solution.

Our company’s experienced arborists can advise customers about the best tree preservation methods for their tree’s particular issues. A tree that experienced storm damage may simply need some strategic pruning along with time to heal. A tree that’s infested with pests may be treated. Tree wounds can also be treated with pastes, ointments, and other solutions recommended by arborists.

Some trees have structural problems that may be hampering their health. In some instances, arborists might recommend cabling or staking to improve the tree’s outlook. Certain trees respond better to preservation solutions than others. Moreover, some trees simply have more value than others, making them more greatly prized by owners. Tree species that are known for structural problems or diseases might not be worth keeping.

Save or Remove a Tree?

If you’re not sure whether to preserve or schedule tree removal service, it’s best to rely on us for help. Our arborists can visit your property to inspect your tree or multiple trees if you have several. We can provide a complete report of the tree’s condition. Our training and experience helps us determine if a tree is likely to respond to preservation or not. If preservation is an option, we can provide this service for you. Our arborists can help you maintain your trees for optimum health.

Tree Removals

If tree removal service is the best option for supporting the health and safety of your landscape, we can schedule a removal date. We specialize in tree removals and have the crews and equipment needed to remove trees of any size. When we visit your property, we can determine what method of removal is best. If the tree is large or in a hard-to-access area of your property, we are likely to recommend our crane removal service. We also offer more traditional removal methods.

Trees that are in extremely poor health may require a more ‘delicate’ removal process. Diseased and dead trees may prove to be too unstable for our tree cutter/climber to access. In these situations, we may need to use a combination of techniques in order to stabilize and remove the tree. A tree that’s been struck by lightning might also be too unstable for a crane removal. Fortunately, we’re able to develop a plan that’s customized for any tree’s removal. We have a reputation for safety; we’ll remove your tree in a manner that’s safe for people and your property.

Contact S&P Tree Service if you have questions about whether to preserve or remove a tree on your property. Our tree care specialists can advise you about the best course of action.

Our tree service has a reputation throughout the region for expertise, experience, and fair pricing. We maintain our own top-of-the-line tree care/removal equipment, and we offer emergency tree care and removal solutions.

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