Tree Removal

Often when trees become too large for an area, or when they are too compromised by disease, they need to be removed. Beautiful, healthy trees help increase the value of your property, but when they are overcrowded, unhealthy, or harmful to other trees, they may need to be removed.

Removing these trees can enhance the beauty of your property. Dead and dying trees are hazardous and should be removed properly and safely by a professional. We have experienced tree climbers and trained bucket truck operators on staff to perform any type of tree removal.

Because they have just grown too large for their surroundings or from the result of disease, insect infestation, storm damage or age, taking down trees efficiently is an art form. Many tree removals require qualified arborists because of their proximity to buildings, power lines, or roadways. Due to the risk and liability to people and property, it is very important that you do not attempt to remove such trees yourself.

Let us help you decide if and when trees need to be removed. When the time arrives that a large tree needs to come down, we are ready to do the work and ensure that the job is done right and at the right time of the year.

Tree Trimming and Pruning

Tree trimming is often required to keep your trees healthy and prosperous. It is an important element to your overall landscape design. Not only will having healthy trees improve the overall look and feel of your property, but mature trees, along with a manicured lawn, will often times increase your property value.

At the very least, trimming trees can help ensure that you will have the opportunity to enjoy a beautiful, scenic view from your window.

Trees Need to be Trimmed for a Variety of Reasons:

  • To remove dangerous, diseased, dead, and damaged limbs
  • Thin the canopy to allow sunlight and air circulation
  • Raise the canopy to remove obstructive branches, clear structures such as homes, garages, etc.

Rite-A-Way Tree Service can help during critical situations and has the expertise to properly prune your trees and help them thrive.

Trimming Flowering Trees is all about Timing

Most flowering trees set their blossoms the year before they bloom. Therefore, they won’t bloom if these flower buds are trimmed off the tree. The best rule is to always trim flowering trees within 3 weeks of when they finish blooming. That should prevent inadvertently removing buds containing next year’s flower show.

A few other trees that shouldn’t be trimmed at certain times of the year are listed below:

Maples: Maples trimmed at certain times of the year will “bleed” or drip from the pruning cuts. Bleeding is most likely to occur when Maples are pruned in the seasons just before and right after winter. Studies indicate that “bleeding” doesn’t hurt the tree, so it becomes more of a cosmetic issue. If you want to prune Maples without bleeding, it must be pruned when it is fully dormant in the middle of winter, or during late spring or summer when it’s in full leaf.

Dogwoods: If you trim Dogwoods in April or May, it will make them more susceptible to the dogwood borer. This insect severely damages the vascular system of the tree after boring into the trunk.

Oaks: Oaks should be not be trimmed from April through generally August, due to the prevalence of Oak Wilt disease pathogens during that time frame.

Trimming Trees in the Right Place

One of the biggest pruning mistakes is cutting off branches in the wrong place. Amateurs tend to leave too much of a stub when removing branches. Once the stub dies off, it creates an entry point for disease pathogens and destructive insects.

Unlike human beings, trees don’t regenerate tissue. While our skin replaces itself, trees grow new tissue around wounds and compartmentalizes them. Once a a tree compartmentalizes an old wound, it has a much better chance of survival.

Pruning cuts should be made just beyond the branch bark collar, without leaving a stub, but still leaving the swollen area.

Crane and Bucket Truck Services

Tree trimming and maintenance is dangerous and, if not done correctly, the health of your tree and landscaping can be compromised in the process. 

Our Bucket Truck and Crane Services enable our crews to safely provide our service while protecting your home, landscape, and trees. We will take care of your trees and keep everyone safe at every step of the process.

Our certified arborist can create a plan on what needs to be removed. Our team, with the proper equipment can effectively trim your tree to promote healthy growth and reduce the danger of dead or diseased limbs.

The Bucket Truck and it’s extended reach ensures that heavy trucks or equipment do not disturb your landscape and the root system of your tree. The Crane provides a safe way to remove the branches and large trunk sections without harming your house, or the surrounding landscape and crew.

If you need tree stump removal services and you are located in the Greater St. Louis area, including the St. Louis Metro East, you have come to the right place.

After a tree is taken down, it is important to consider removing the stump. Our tree care specialist can remove your tree stump safely and efficiently. Don’t prolong removing a tree stump as it can cause more issues than you might think.

Why you should remove tree stumps:

  • Spreading roots can threaten sidewalks or foundations.
  • Stumps take a long time to decompose
  • Prevents infestations of bees, wasps, hornets, termites, other insects, or even larger animals.
  • Prevents further spreading of diseased wood to healthy trees and shrubs.
  • Tree stumps are ugly and detract from the beauty and value of your home or business property.
  • Exposed stumps have the potential to be a safety hazard for slip and fall injury lawsuits.
  • A tree stump can damage lawn mowers. In addition, it will make mowing your yard easier, faster and safer.
  • Your yard will have a clean improved look and appear larger.

We always take away the excess stump grindings. We will not leave you stuck with a mountain of debris to deal with

Tree roots can be very deep, so please do try to hook a chain to your vehicle and try to pull it out. You could damage the vehicle by twisting its frame or even set off the air bags. Chains can also snap causing damage to the vehicle or injury to nearby property or people.

Call us today at 314-427-7325 to setup an appointment.