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Waukesha Tree Service Delivers Exceptional Tree Care

Pruning and maintenanceProlong the life of your trees by choosing a certified arborist for your tree maintenance: Russ’s Tree Service. We know when and how to best prune a tree at the branches or roots. Pruning at the wrong time can leave trees exposed to insect or fungal infection. Cutting at the wrong spot can cause the tree to waste nutrients. And pruning in wet conditions can lead to the spread of mold. Hire our local arborists to handle all the details of pruning for you so your trees stay healthy.

Our Wisconsin tree service professionals offer expert, affordably priced tree pruning and tree trimming maintenance services. We know when and how to best prune each type of tree. We not only keep trees healthy, we spare you the often hazardous work that can cause injury if not done properly and with specialized equipment.

Common Reasons to Prune a Tree

  • Remove damaged or diseased branches
  • Give the tree or bush a shape
  • Stop branches from overlapping
  • Remove lower branches that are getting in the way
  • Reduce the height of the tree
  • Thin the crown of the tree for better air circulation and more vigorous growth

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Root Pruning in Wisconsin

Roots growing up out of the ground around the base of a tree not only look bad, they can be so invasive that they start killing off the grass in your law and making it impossible to mow without hitting the lawnmower blade on the roots. This is when many homeowners look into root pruning.

Tree roots growing above groundCan you cut out above-ground tree roots without harming the tree? Unfortunately, there’s no iron-clad guarantee that pruning roots won’t hurt (or even kill) a tree. For this reason, we generally recommend root pruning only when the roots are so close to a nearby structure (foundation wall, for instance) as to cause damage. It’s also a good idea to have a certified arborist do the pruning, or at least get some input from one.

We take a conservative approach to pruning tree roots by not pruning any root more than 2” in diameter. Doing so can compromise a tree’s ability to take in water and nutrients. We avoid removing roots close to the trunk of the tree, since these are part of the tree’s supporting structure. We also won’t prune out more than 20% of above-ground roots at a time, and we allow the tree 2 to 3 years to recover before doing any further pruning. This approach has worked well, although it's obviously not the quick fix many homeowners are seeking. Still, it's better to proceed cautiously than to risk losing a tree.

When is the best time of year for root pruning?

As with branch pruning, the best time to cut tree roots is in the winter or early spring, when the tree’s growth cycle is on hold. This allows the tree some time to recover before the next growing season.

Certified Arborists on Staff, Experienced Tree Care Pros on Every Job

One of the many benefits of having certified arborists on staff is being able to spot potentially serious tree issues when there's still time to do something to save the tree.

When we're called to a job to trim or prune a tree, we always take a good look at all the trees on the property. If we see anything requiring attention, we'll let you know. Not because we want you to spend more money--because we don't want you to lose a tree (which is usually more expensive than taking care of it).

Affordable Tree Care for Homes and Businesses Throughout Southeast Wisconsin

You shouldn't have to take a huge financial hit for caring for your trees. At Russ's Tree Service, we offer exceptional service at competitive pricing. Allow us to give your trees the care they deserve, at a fair price. Get in touch with us today to request a free estimate: (414) 422-9298.

Contact the tree service Waukesha and surrounding regions turn to most for exceptional pruning and maintenance.

Russ’s Tree Service provides tree trimming, pruning and tree care services to residential and commercial properties throughout southeastern Wisconsin, including Milwaukee, Waukesha, Brookfield, Racine, Kenosha, West Allis, Union Grove and Muskego.


  • Big Bend
  • Brookfield
  • Burlington
  • Caledonia
  • Elm Grove
  • Franklin
  • Franksville
  • Genesee
  • Genesee Depot
  • Greendale
  • Greenfield
  • Hales Corners
  • Kansasville
  • Kenosha