Tree Care and Removal
Cabling and bracing – Many times an older tree develops cracks at a branching point. Cabling can often salvage such trees, giving them an extended lifetime while providing a safe environment for the homeowner.
Clearance pruning – We prune branches away from houses and roofs to avoid structural damage. This also provides good structural and chimney ventilation from rain or snow. Branches are cleared away from utility wires so they will not rub or fall onto wires during winter storms. Low branches over lawns, driveways and walkways are cut to allow unimpeded passage of pedestrians or vehicles.
Consulting – We offer a full range of consulting services, including evaluations, plant health care, suggested replanting materials, which trees to prune and when. Consulting is especially important for anyone who plans to build a new home: we recommend meeting with an arborist before siting of the house, to ensure that no valuable trees are damaged during construction. As arborists, we can be an advocate for your trees, before heavy construction equipment imperils the tree’s roots and trunk. A tree’s roots can spread up to two feet for every inch of trunk diameter, so it is crucial that protective barriers be placed around the trees that you want to preserve. Because roots are sensitive to soil grade, it is critical that soil not be added to – or removed from – the base of the tree.
Firewood / Wood Chips – All of the wood products from tree pruning and removal are recycled. We deliver seasoned, split hardwood, in full or half cords, throughout upper Middlesex County and the surrounding area. Truckloads of wood chips can be delivered at no charge, or we can leave you the chips created by work done on your own trees.
Pruning – With trees, structural soundness and health often are two very different issues. A tree can look like the healthiest tree on the street, while having a severely rotten or hollow trunk. Such a tree is not obvious to the casual observer. Trees located near people, pets or valuable property are the most deserving of safety inspections.
Removing damaged branches – We occasionally have to remove a tree or a portion of a tree that has been girdled by ropes or wires. We recommend NEVER wrapping rope, wire or cable around any living part of a tree. A tree must expand in circumference if it is to continue to grow, and anything wrapped around it will gradually cut into the bark and cut off the tree’s ability to absorb water and nutrients.
Root excavation – Sometimes, because of soil compaction or barriers such as rocks, sidewalks or other paving, a tree (especially maples) will develop one or more girdling roots. These roots prevent normal expansion of the tree’s trunk, and must be removed. Both situations can be remedied by expert root excavation.
Safety pruning – We will remove dead branches over 2 inches in diameter. Branches this size and larger can fall and badly injure a person or pet walking underneath. In safety pruning, we remove unsafe branches and branches that have developed or might develop structural defects.
Satellite transmission – Trees often grow into the path of a satellite dish signal, causing interference. Proper pruning may allow you to keep your tree, and permit the satellite dish to receive its signal too.
Size reduction – Selectively pruning at the right time can control a tree’s size and form without damaging the overall health of the tree. This is especially helpful when trees have been planted close to buildings or garden areas.
Structural training – Proactive, structural pruning of young trees can eliminate the need for costly, possibly dangerous pruning later on. Most tree failures are caused by splitting between leaders; proper pruning early on can eliminate one or more leaders.
Ornamental pruning – Specimen trees, whether evergreen or deciduous, can be pruned to highlight their distinctive shape in your landscape.
Thinning – We can show you how to let in more light to gardens, allowing other trees and shrubs to attain their proper height.
Tree Care Tips
Diagnosis before treatment is essential. Treatments may include:
- pruning out damaged or diseased foliage and branches
- use of tree formula fertilizer and Mycorrhizal fungi inoculant
- fungicide treatments for Anthracnose, Diplodia Tip Blight, Pine Needlecasts, Fire Blight, etc.
- injecting for Bronze Birch Borer, Birch Leafminer, Tulip Scale
- spraying for Hemlock Wooly Adelgid, Spruce Needleminer, Pine Sawfly, Arborvitae Leafminer
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Tree cutting and removal – A tree that is dead should be cut down, especially if it creates a hazard for people or animals that walk under it. The Allan’s Tree Service crew is trained to use the most efficient techniques, whether the tree can be reached with our bucket truck, or needs to be climbed. We will specify in our written proposal whether we will remove the wood, or cut it up and leave it for you to use as firewood.
Viewscape pruning – Sometimes the only thing wrong with a landscape is there is too much of it. Selective pruning or even removal of a tree or two can improve the overall appearance of your property.