Wisconsin Tree Trimming & Pruning Service

Why Hire A Professional Tree Trimmer & Pruner if You Can Do It Yourself?

Many SE Wisconsin property owners are on a tight budget and don’t want to spend extra money to have a few branches trimmed. We get it. Money doesn’t grow on trees. But when it comes to trimming heavy branches or cutting off dead limbs, it is always safest to hire a professional due to powerline and tree height hazards. We also 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.

Licensed, Insured & Experienced Wisconsin Arborists

Let our tree service and tree removal company take on the hazardous work of tree trimming on your property. Our experienced tree removal professionals go to great heights to trim and prune hard to reach branches. Our Wisconsin tree service professionals offer expert, affordably priced branch pruning and tree trimming maintenance services. We know when and how to best prune each type of tree or when a just trim is needed. We not only keep trees healthy, we spare you the often hazardous work that can cause injury if not done properly and with specialized trimming equipment.

Fully licensed and insured, Russ’s Tree Service certified arborists have been serving residential and commercial properties in the greater Milwaukee area, including Racine, Waukesha, Brookfield and Muskego, for over 20 years.

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5 Good Reasons To Think Twice About Trimming Your Tree Yourself

1.  Power Line Safety: Avoid a Shock

Trees are often in close proximity to power lines. Two dangerous situations we’ve seen with DIY tree cutters are the removed branch falling on the power line or the trimmer making contact. Both situations can damage the line, cutting your property (and neighborhood) off from power. And when a telescoping saw blade trimmer comes into contact with a power line it can result in the holder being electrocuted. Our professionals know how to safely work around electrical lines and use specialized equipment to prevent accidental electrocution.

2.  Tree Height Hazards: Don't Climb a Tree You're Cutting

Another common scenario occurs when someone climbs up into a tree without a ladder to reach a branch that needs to be trimmed. The climber may think the limb is safe to stand on, unaware of or inside the tree. With the tree unable to support the extra weight, the damaged branch may break off and cause the climber to fall. The last thing you want is to be 10 or 15 feet up in the air when you hear a branch give way.

3. Chainsaws and Handsaws: The Wrong Tool Can Be Deadly

It’s one thing to use a chainsaw or a handsaw to prune from the ground, it’s another when you’re twenty feet up in the air. The potential for serious injury goes up dramatically the higher you go. Not only do you have the possibility of a cut limb falling on you or someone below, there’s also the potential for the saw to buck and hit you or a helper. And if that’s not enough to make you think twice, consider the risk of falling with a chainsaw or a handsaw in your hand. Accidental amputations are unfortunately common injuries from tree cutting.

4.  Heavy, Falling Branches: Trees Crush Homes, Cars and Humans

It’s not easy to know just where a tree branch is going to fall, especially when it’s rarely ever a straight shot to the ground. Besides the risk of a falling branch damaging other branches below it as it falls to the ground, there’s also the risk of falling where you don’t expect it to fall—like on a roof, a car or, worse yet, a person. Even branches that are only a few inches in diameter can be tricky to cut, sometimes unexpectedly springing back toward the person cutting.

5.  Amateurish Results: Long-Term Tree Damage

There’s a bit of an art to trimming a tree. You really need to have a strong sense of proportion while working right in the middle of a tree. Cut too many branches out of one side and the tree will look lopsided. Don’t round the top of the tree evenly and it will look misshapen. Of course, if the tree is only 6 or 7 feet tall, you can probably do a perfectly good job of trimming and pruning yourself. Anything bigger and you’re, quite literally, in over your head.

Turf-Friendly Tree Trimming Equipment

Our team brings a wealth of Wisconsin tree care knowledge and experience to every job, along with specialized machinery. We don’t bring dollar store hedge clippers to remove branches; we bring Effer Knuckleboom cranes, Gehl Loaders and other turf-friendly tree removal equipment. Perfect example: the LEO, a portable, lawn-friendly aerial lift able to fit in tight spaces.

With our specialized equipment and decades of experience, no tree is too big for our tree care professionals to handle.

Professional Tree Pruning

Common Reasons to Prune a Tree

  • Remove damaged or diseased branches
  • Give the tree or bush a shape
  • Stop branches from overlapping
  • Protect branches from ice damage
  • 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

Root Pruning in Wisconsin

Roots growing 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 lawn and making it impossible to mow without hitting the lawnmower blade on the roots. This is when many homeowners look into root pruning.

Can 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 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 branch and 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.

Getting your trees trimmed before winter starts can minimize ice damage. Snow can weigh down weak branches until they break. Winterize your trees by getting pruning and trimming done before the snows start this winter.

Request a Free Estimate for Tree Trimming and Pruning

Russ's Tree Service is known for fair pricing on all our tree services. Let us provide you a free, no obligation estimate for tree trimming or tree pruning on your property. You can contact us at the link below, or call us at 414-422-9298.

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