Tree Removal

Why Remove a Tree from Your Property?

We remove trees for many reasons. Property owners often want to remove a tree when it is:

  • Sick with disease or pest infestation. Removal helps prevent sickness spreading to healthy trees.
  • Dead or dying. Creates a safety hazard for people, animals, buildings, or other trees.
  • Structurally unsafe. Think large hollows, open cracks, large branch failures.
  • Unattractive or "in the way." We may or may not agree with you here. 

Pruning vs. Removal

Our preference is to prune trees instead of removing them whenever it is safe to do so. If your tree is in good health,  we will explain some viable alternatives to removal if we think we can solve meet your goals be other means. Trees take a long time to grow, and we are not shy about advocating for their health and well-being. We are really happy to discuss alternatives to removing a tree if we think we can meet your goals by other means.

Things to Think About When Considering a Removal

When considering a tree removal, we suggest making a list of pros and cons if you are having a hard time deciding. You might be surprised how many benefits your tree provides, such as:

  • Shade lowers your cooling costs and reduces your sunburns.
  • Increases the property value of your home or business.
  • Absorbs and processes pollutants in the air and ground water
  • Creates oxygen (no simple task!).
  • Provides essential habitat for animals and insects.
  • Promotes psychological health and happiness.
  • Provides beautiful colors via flowers or leaves at some point in the year.

Please  contact us if you have questions regarding tree removal.  We would be happy to provide references of past clients who decided to keep their tree over removal.  Once the decision is made its impossible to undo and large trees take decades to develop.

If Possible, Wait Until Winter

We encourage customers with large trees that are not an immediate danger to structures or people to consider waiting until winter for tree removal. Frozen ground reduces lawn damage from the felling of the trunk and larger branches and yard compaction from the mini track loader we use to move large logs. If winter removal is not possible, don't worry; we can deploy plywood and used tires (as turf protection) to minimize yard damage during the growing season, but the extra time and care can often add to your quoted price. 

We Cut Down Trees and Remove Them Safely

We remove trees in controlled manners in order to protect surrounding structures, gardens and lawns. By utilizing specialized gear (ropes, pulleys, saws) and techniques, we can lower branches safely and efficiently. We have been doing this for a long time, and you can have complete confidence in our approach to tree removals.

After Y0ur Tree is Down, Consider Tree Recycling

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So what should you do with all the great wood after your tree is cut down? One great option is to work with the great folks at Wisconsin Urban Wood to give your tree a second life as something beautiful and/or useful. WUW will help connect you or your urban timber with local artisans and craftspeople who specialize at rendering magic from raw trees.  See our post on Tree Recycling for information on your options.

We remove large branches and lower them to the ground with ropes to minimize damage to buildings and other trees.

We remove large branches and lower them to the ground with ropes to minimize damage to buildings and other trees.

Brent disconnects a large branch in preparation to haul it to the chipper.

Brent disconnects a large branch in preparation to haul it to the chipper.

Cameron has removed all the branches from this tree and is beginning to take down the main trunk.

Cameron has removed all the branches from this tree and is beginning to take down the main trunk.

Mark lowers a large trunk piece via rope and pulley system.

Mark lowers a large trunk piece via rope and pulley system.

Mark notches the large trunk, in preparation for felling the tree.

Mark notches the large trunk, in preparation for felling the tree.


Stump Removal

In most cases, stump removal is the next step once the final cut is made on tree removals. This requires a stump grinder to actually grind the stump into small wood chips. This process usually leaves a sizable mound of wood chips and soil, an awesome bed mulch or garden bed additive.

We quote stump removals for the grinding only, not subsequent debris removal and adding soil. If you would like the debris hauled away and the hole filled with soil please let us know; we will be happy to quote you a price for the entire process, not just the actually grinding.