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Why should I hire Certified Arborists for tree pruning services?

The main reasons include:
  • Clearing low branches that obstruct view lines and grass growth
  • Forming trees into aesthetically pleasing shapes
  • Eliminating diseased or damaged branches
  • Allowing room for new growth
  • Reducing potential for storm damage
  • Cutting back growth hazards near the premises

Tree pruning is always necessary to maintain a safe and beautiful landscape

It is important to remember that when removing unwanted or diseased branches from your trees, care should be taken to protect the trunk(s). A strong trunk and primary limbs are very important to the health and longevity of the trees on your property.

Additionally, choosing the right cut during the tree trimming process is important to maintain the health of the tree. Trimming tree branches should always be done properly by cutting on the branch side of a node.

\ You should begin the tree pruning, or tree trimming, process when your trees are approximately one year old. After this time, proper tree trimming can enhance the overall beauty, health, safety and value of your property investment.

If you spot damage that simply won't go away, don't hesitate! It's time to call a tree care expert. The sooner a correct diagnosis is made, the less damage your trees will endure and the chances for recovery are much improved. Longhorn Arboricultural Services can diagnose and then provide a treatment plan for your trees and shrubs. Click here for more information on Longhorn Arboricultural Services.

We understand that even well cared for trees can sometimes succumb to tree disease, insect damage and poor planting techniques. Diagnosis and treatment require an educated and experienced arborist. To become an arborist the state of Texas requires you take formal training at an accredited university and pass a state administered examination. Only a state licensed arborist and Longhorn employee will ever diagnose or perform work on your trees.

Types of Tree Fungus and Tree Diseases
  • Sooty mold
  • Black leaf spot
  • Oak leaf spot
  • Tar spot
  • White mold
  • Brown spot needle blight
  • Cristulariella leaf spot
  • Diplodia tip blight
  • Hypoxylon Canker
  • Leaf blister
  • Maple anthracnose
  • Oak leaf blister
  • Lophodermium needle cast
  • Oak powdery mildew
  • Phyllosticta leaf spot
  • Sycamore anthracnose
  • And many more!

Signs that tree removal could be necessary to maintain the health of your property
  • Mushrooms or fungus growing along the roots or trunk
  • Upper part of the tree that is over 50% dead
  • Hollowing or rotting out of the trunk of the tree
  • Leaning is more pronounced than in the past
If you have noticed any of this happening on your property, it's likely that you have a tree that may need to be removed.

Why Stump Grinding is needed

Eliminating front or backyard stumps can give you additional landscaping areas and reduces the possibility of insect infestations. Our process also allows you to pick a nearby spot to replant a tree if you wish, as long as it isn't in the exact spot of the newly removed stump.

  • Are there dead or broken branches?
  • Do the limbs seem too long and heavy?
  • Are limbs hitting buildings or structures?
  • Is there a potential hazard in your tree?
Crown Thinning, Crown Raising, and /or Crown Reduction are terms used in the proper pruning of your trees. Hazard pruning may also include the installation of cables and braces to help prevent against tree failure. A hazard assessment is critical to understanding potential liabilities that may be present.

Storms or excessive trunk growth can cause trees to split or crack resulting in possible damage to property and life. Trees in this situation need to be remedied immediately.

  • Is the tree losing leaves?
  • Are there insects or "sticky sap" on the leaves?
  • Are the leaves yellowing?
  • Are there brown spots or holes on the leaves?
Many of these issues could be related to insects or disease being present on your trees. Too much water or too little water can also cause a tree to be stressed. Stressed trees are more susceptible to "insect or disease" attack. Longhorn's certified arborist can identify the specific tree problem and recommend a prescription to improve tree health and longevity.

  • Are there holes in the bark?
  • Are there cracks or splits in the trunk?
Many insects enter a tree's system by boring into the tree's bark and trunk causing irreparable damage. This is a sign of stress and the need to consult with Longhorn's certified arborist in order to prescribe the proper treatment plan.

Root Crown
  • Has your tree been planted too deep?
  • Has your tree had fill built up around it?
  • Is the base being sprayed by irrigation?

Has there been recent construction activity under the tree canopy?

The majority of tree roots are only 18" deep. Construction, compaction, landscaping and irrigation can have detrimental effects on a trees health. "Tree Preservation" prior to any disturbance around a trees root system is necessary to insure the longevity and health of the tree.

Roots / Soil
  • Do you have poor soil conditions?
  • Are your trees suffocating from a lack of oxygen and poor drainage?
Are your trees suffocating from a lack of oxygen and poor drainage? Soil and root conditions are the most important areas of a trees health and most tree problems are due to poor soil conditions and improper root development. Longhorns's Tree PROGRAM insures that your trees are receiving the natural microorganisms', humates, and oxygen they need to survive in the "urban environment".