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21 Nov 2022
Tree Trimming vs. Tree Pruning

Tree Trimming vs. Tree Pruning — What’s the Difference?

When you’re a homeowner that cares for your yard, most likely you’ve thought about tree trimming and tree pruning before. Both are great services throughout the landscaping industry. The differences are minute, though. Pruning is used for the removal inessential branches. Trimming, however, encourages healthy growth. Both services are performed at different times of the year, using extremely different types of equipment, to offer a healthier and better aesthetic landscape. Understanding their differences, though, is vital.

Tree Trimming

Tree trimming encourages trees, shrubs, and hedges to grow in a healthy way. Frequently, commercial client’s trim trees making their property more appealing to potential clients. An improved appearance usually means more visitors.

Is Trimming Healthy for Trees?

Whereas trimming is nourishing when done properly, the removal of too much plant material can be detrimental your trees and/or shrubs. When you remove more than twenty percent of the foliage in one trimming period, it’s been said that you risk injuring your plants. Nevertheless, in most situations, the plant is going to be fine following it recovering.

Arborists generally concentrate on removing greener shoots, which helps promote overall healthier growth. Along with growth, trimming also enhances the appearance of the tree itself.

Tree Pruning

Pruning is not only limited to the maintenance of trees. The term is usually related to the removal of inessential branches and from time to time possibly roots. These branches and roots could be dead and need to be removed from the tree.

Sometimes, branches grow the wrong way. They grow near electrical utility wires or structures. Pruning helps keep unnecessary growth under control.

Is Pruning Healthy for Trees?

Routine pruning is required for the overall health and appearance of your tree(s). Pruning encourages new growth. It also improves air circulation and sunlight penetration, resulting in healthier plants that are more resistant to insects and disease. Without pruning, trees can appear unattractive with dead or unhealthy branches, resulting in even more severe issues like pest infestation and rot.

Tree Trimming and Tree Pruning Equipment Used

Regarding pruning, shears are usually the tool of choice– lopping-shears or hand-shears. These shears are normally strong enough for cutting through thinner branches. For thicker branches, a saw might be needed.

For trimming, trimming shears, and saws are used to provide effective results and overall healthier growth.

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18 Aug 2022

Stump Grinding Cost 2022

Stump Grinding Cost

It’s about time you had your diseased ash tree cut down –– but now it’s just a stump making your landscaping look horrible. How much is grinding down your stump going to cost?

Stump grinding costs range from $158 and $450, with most homeowners dishing out an average of $304 in 2022. A significantly large stump could have you paying as much as $533.

A lot of factors can impact the overall cost, such as the size of the stump, project completion timeline, and stump type. And whereas you may want to go the DIY stump grinding route to save a couple of bucks, it could be cheaper, and safer, to hire a professional in a lot of cases.

How Much Does Stump Grinding Cost?

  • Typical Price Range: $158 to $450
  • National Average Cost: $304
  • Extreme High End: $533

These national averages could help you anticipate how much grinding down your tree stump is going to cost you. Don’t forget that factors such as soil conditions, number of stumps, and hourly rates are going to impact your final bill.

Cost Estimate by Stump Size

Many companies bill for stump grinding based on the stump’s diameter. The average cost ranges from $2 to $3.50 each inch.

If your tree service company bills $3 each inch, and your stump has a 20-inch diameter, that would amount to about $60. Nevertheless, a lot of companies have a minimum charge of $100 for covering travel expenses and other costs.

Other Factors That Impact Cost

Whereas the size of the stump usually plays a big part in your final bill, there are a plethora of other factors that can impact the cost. The number of stumps you need grinding down, the time it takes to finish the project, and removal of the leftover debris all can increase the cost.

Stump Type

Hardwoods like oak or ash are typically more dense than softwoods like ponderosa pine and palm, making them difficult to grind.

Some tree care professionals might bill a flat stump grinding fee for each inch, irrespective of the type of wood. Other professionals might increase their rates when they find a certain stump difficult to grind.

When your stumps are hardwoods and the professional you hire charges by the hour, costs are going to increase if the challenging stump type increases labor time.


A lot of tree service companies provide a reduced rate when you have one or more stump to grind. They are going to usually bill full price for your first stump and then around $35 to $63 per each added stump.

Own a considerable piece of land teeming with tree stumps that require grinding? Hiring a professional that bills by the hour rather than per stump might be the most budget-friendly option. On average, tree care professionals are going to bill $150 each hour for stump grinding.

When you only need to grind a couple stumps, an hourly pay rate might not be ideal.

Completion Time

Difficult stump grinding projects might increase the labor time. Factor’s such as the stump’s location, landscape, or the soil’s condition may impact the professional’s capability to work within the expected time period. Many professionals might bill their hourly rate when cases such as these delay their work.


Don’t be shocked if your landscaping runs up your bill. Why? Since rocks, slopes, and inclines can make a stump grinding project challenging.

If your soil conditions are rocky, professionals take a chance of damaging or degrading their equipment when they grind your stump(s). Many professional stump grinders might bill an additional fee when the soil type creates a threat to their equipment.

As previously mentioned, difficult landscaping can hinder a tree professional’s work, making them bill their average hourly rate of $150 each hour. Slopes, inclines, and difficult accessibility can all turn stump grinding into a longer project.

Debris Removal

Following the stump being ground, the indentation left in your property is full of mulch. You might want to leave the mulch there for keeping the hole filled, or you might wish to use the mulch for your flower bed or landscaping.

When you want the mulch taken out, it’s going to be extra cost. Nearly all tree services companies don’t include detritus removal with stump grinding.

Detritus removal costs usually are around $2 to $4 each inch of the stump. Many companies might bill a flat fee for detritus removal, despite the size of the stump.

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06 Apr 2017
How To Choose A Tree Service

How To Choose a Tree Service

Being in this business for more than eight years, I have some of an insider’s perspective of the tree care industry. Besides our own little tree business being a success, we have been a climber for around twenty different companies. There are some that have said “we bounce.” We are sort of mercenary tree guys. I have had a great opportunity to travel and have gained my experience in climbing while in Arizona, Hawaii, and California. While Arizona has many huge trees, Hawaii and California have a lot more of them.

The following are some thoughts about choosing a tree company:

However, I would first like to clear-up the myth regarding ‘Certified Arborist’. I am also a Certified Arborist, and I take a bit of pride in that. However, it doesn’t mean much when it is merely a code word for a ‘salesman’. The lion has his share of tree work, which is accomplished without anyone being a Certified Arborist. Somebody may argue that the person with the clipboard, in this case, “the arborist,” who has had some training regarding the “non-arborist,” which is allowing them to produce a better product. However, this is not usually the case, and what’s more, difficult to verify. Furthermore, they may not have ever had any training. Of course, the end result is beneficial to having a Certified Arborist around during the time the job is being performed. Whether or not a company has a Certified Arborist does not matter if they are not made available to the customers.

The main point here is on whether or not a salesman (arborist) can speak in the same language as the non-arborist does. In some instances, the language barrier among the English and Spanish speaking is very devastating.

I can speak Spanish, but it is still difficult for me to communicate the technical details which are critical for safe tree work. I am on the side of the workers who speak Spanish on this issue for they would be the ones to get hurt when their training is not up to par. There should also be English speaking workers.

Picking up a phone book and deciding on calling a tree service just because they have an advertisement that is large and colorful could have hidden risks involved. In fact, most companies with strong ethics and good customer satisfaction will hardly ever advertise. This does not mean to rule out the larger ads, just to be certain they include more significant criteria that is used in which one tree service you decide on. The Better Business Bureau has been traditionally known as a resource for customers to find out if a business has a good or bad reputation, in fact, there is one member of the tree service that I am aware of that has shown up at the Better Business Bureau to have had 39 complaints in only the last 36 months. Now that is a lot of service calls, however, our company shows “0 complaints.”

Of course, there are many other companies that also have an excellent track record. At this time, the best available resource for consumers is and Yelp. I also think that it is currently or temporarily free for you to join. They provide a ton of information regarding local services and service providers, which range from roofers to computer repair and tree services. Anyone that is lacking in ethics will not be able to outwit Yelp or easily, and they are able to catch anyone who tries and make you pay dearly.

Here is where I am to take the time to cover hard sells

Everyone feels that car salesmen can be pushy. Should you invite someone into your home and they begin pressuring you to make a decision now, to sign now, and “we are only able to do this for you if it happens now,” this gives you the moral obligation to show them to your front door. In other words, never support a business which is only concerned is with their best interest. Do not rush when choosing a salesman (arborist), and when you find one that is concerned with your interests, never let’em go.

By listing the following steps, I will be recapping this essay:

  1. The estimates that you get need to be from the International Society of Arboriculture for an certified Arborist.
  2. Make certain that a Certified Arborist has been the one who has trained the one’s to perform work or you.
  3. Be certain that the Certified Arborist is able to communicate efficiently with the other workers.
  4. Take time to search with,, and Yelp.

This type of research should not have to be performed often. Once you locate a company that you like, hang on to them.

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06 Apr 2017

How To Show Your Trees You Love Them

This happens to be an article that will outline some of the best ways that you can keep your trees growing, happy and healthy.

The first thing that needs to be understood is just how much water will be needed. To make it simpler let’s classify the trees into two categories: desert trees and everything else. In low desert environments, a desert tree like the Palo Verde or Mesquite will not really need additional water other than natural rainfall. When you first plant a desert tree, it is helpful to supplement the natural rainfall with irrigation for the first summer, as this helps them to recover from shock when being planted outside of the container. Beware of planting any desert trees into maintained, lush lawns as extremely chaotic and rapid growth can happen. I have had a client who had to have Mesquite trees trimmed 3 times a year because they were planted in her lawn area, which gets frequent shallow watering. Mesquites that are planted in a lawn area will be some of the fastest growing trees, but the rapid growth is brushy and weak.

For everything else that is not a desert tree, there will be a simple formula when it comes to planting an established tree: simply water them 2 to 3 times per month during the summer and 1 time during winter. If you will keep an eye on the tree, then you happen to notice wilted leaves then it is past time to water. Once or twice a month doesn’t really seem to be enough. It is as long as the trees are getting plenty of water each time. A really great way to water a tree is to turn your water hose on the lowest setting on an uphill part and walk away for about 4 to 6 hours. It will give enough water to soak into the ground around the tree for about 3 feet deep. This is vital as it helps to flush salts and other types of chemicals that can make poor soil, below the root level where the absorption happens. Deep watering also helps to encourage the roots to grow deeper. Roots will not grow there is barely any water, there will not be anything for them. The worth thing for a tree is daily, shallow watering like what happens to an average lawn. A tree that grows in a lawn that has constant access to shallow water is very likely to blow over during a storm because the roots are not deep enough to deal with heavy winds. Basically, the tree roots are like ropes that will anchor the heavy trunk and the canopy.

The next thing that you need to worry about is the quality of soil. There’s a myth that states that soil quality has to make up of the soil. For some cases this could be true, but just like with any case dealing with sandy soils it will not hold water. In most cases, all soil issues can be fixed with adding a magic ingredient. That is organic matter. Whenever a person takes a handful of black, rich soil and say, “this is the soil from the Gods” or something like that, what they are saying is that the dirt has a lot of decayed organic matter that will allow plants to grow really well. Good soil just doesn’t happen on accident. It is created through the constant addition of water which causes growth of microbes and the addition to organic materials which is a natural byproduct of decaying plant matter. So, if you happen to have bad soil, then you can fix it by adding some mulch and water. Another alternative or supplement to adding mulch is to plant some nitrogen fixing plants like clover, legumes or buckwheat. These are some magic bean type of plants that can absorb nitrogen from the air. Whenever they die, they are releasing nitrogen into the soil. A cheap source of organic material is that the wood chips from the tree services. Be prepared because if a tree service brings you a load of wood chips, it could be more than you expected or more than you can handle. You will need to spend Saturday hauling them into your backyard. It isn’t needed or advised to work the wood chips into the soil. Just adding 4 to 6 inches of wood chips is a great way to do it. Adding a surface layer of wood chips will be able to retain water. It is estimated that mulched trees will use less water than those trees that have their soil exposed to the air. It is amazing that when you dig under the mulch and find worms and water and even decaying matter, if the tree hasn’t been watered in a month with the Arizona heat blazing. You can be surprised at just how quickly that the mulch will disappear. There is an unproven theory that states worm castings that cover the chips are what will cause the wood chips to disappear and be added into the soil below. Whatever the reason is, you will need to reapply the wood chips yearly to get the best results.

If you can’t leave a lot of mulch on the ground, then the next best thing is to use fertilizer. There is a lot of hype about how awesome deep root fertilization is, but it doesn’t mean that shallow fertilization isn’t as effective. If the fertilizer is water soluble, which more are, then the fertilizer is carried to the roots through the water. It just makes sense that the fertilizer will dissolve in the water and then make its way to the roots. Deep root feeders are just a way to make fertilization cost effective as more trees can be fed this way instead of spreading fertilizer above ground.

The big debate of inorganic versus organic is a pretty tiring one and it is easy to admit that most people don’t feel strongly about it either way, especially when it comes to shade trees that are not producing edible fruit. Instinctually stating that organic is better and less harsh than something that comes from a pit mine, is true. Organic fertilizer has more of a variety of micronutrients and will tend to have a slow release when compared to the synthetic fertilizers which are easily available and rapidly washed out of the soil. Organic fertilizers are often what a person wants. There are not a lot of people out there that will ask for inorganic fertilizers where many people want organic and that is what they get.

The very last thing to say is that you need to keep an eye on your trees. Often times I will be asked to consult on trees that are really declining, but the change happened so slowly that the homeowner did not even notice it. A casual glace at it once a month or so can help to solve some of the issues before they get too serious. If you are noticing a lot of dead branches or notice that the leaves are turning yellow, it could be a sign that your tree needs to be fertilized or it is time to change your watering schedule.

Good Luck nursing your trees in growth.

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