Tree Trimming

Tree Trimming Service

Shortlist Beaver County Tree Service to Trim your Trees

Masters of 5 Techniques for Trimming Trees

Solving 17 Specific Tree Problems

American National Standards Institute Level

Highly Rated in West Pennsylvania

Fully Insured

Affordable and FREE Trimming Quotation

Professional tree trimming by arborist roped into a tree

Experienced Tree Trimming in Western Pennsylvania

Between the founder and senior staff of Beaver County Tree Service, we have more than 15 years of tree pruning and trimming experience. You benefit from this experience because we have a far better chance of turning the safety, health or aesthetic objectives for your tree into correct trimming action.

First Do No Harm

Fallen Tree Branch. Tree should have been trimmed before the storm.

Say you want to remove dead or dangerous limbs from your tree. Branches can fall even in all weather conditions like this one (pictured).

We’ll do this in a way that doesn’t cause damage to your property in the course of our work.

We’ll also lessen the potential harm to your tree by using reduction cuts (vs. more harmful heading cuts) wherever possible and also by agreeing a default maximum diameter of branch for trimming.

And, say, you wanted to improve the view from your home. In this case, we’ll guide you on what is able to be achieved without harming the long-term health prospects for your tree. Best practice Crown Raising work advocates a maximum of one third of your tree’s lower canopy should be removed, preferably less.

Safeguarding Your Large Trees

Arboricultural science shows that larger trees are less well able to recover from the stress of pruning cuts. Therefore, with large mature trees, the maximum proportion of the canopy removed should drop to 15-20%.

But you’ll need trained and well-managed tree workers to implement all this trimming best practice.

We Examine Trees Carefully Before Trimming

Our work starts with a careful examination of your tree, its structure, its condition, soil, roots, and growing site. We won’t pretend that trimming a tree is a magic cure for every tree ailment or disease. However, it will help with the 17 tree problems we regularly solve as summarize further down this page.

We want your tree looking great again. For that, we’ll deploy trained, expert staff to all trimming work entrusted to us.

Tree Trimming Expertise

Tree trimming diagram showing different trimming cuts.

We have a full battery of best practice trimming methodologies at our disposal. And we always adhere to American Standards ANSI A-300 Pruning Standards. This means all our trimming work is conducted to a very high standard to maximize the health, appearance, and longevity of your tree. Our resident arborist oversees all such work to ensure each cut is perfectly made.

Following ANSI national standard guidelines doesn’t make us expensive. The opposite is true, in fact. Your trees are worth considerably more to you financially and environmentally if they are in great condition.

We hope to earn your 5-star customer review when we’ve finished on your property. In this way, you are more likely to ask us back to care for your trees in future.

Employee Training

Our employees are as much a key to our success as our focus on customer care. Our staff members are encouraged to achieve certifications of their work at every opportunity. In addition, they undergo frequent skills and safety training. This is because tree works continues to be one of U.S.’ most dangerous occupations.

We also have a Drug-Free Workplace Program. This reduces the likelihood of intoxicated employees working near our customers, their property, their trees and on our equipment. It also lowers the cost of our insurances meaning we can give better value to customers in our pricing.

Fully Insured Trimming Service

Tree service businesses are not required to be bonded and licensed in The Keystone State. Nevertheless, Beaver County Tree Service chooses to offer only a fully insured tree service. This includes General Liability Cover and Workers Compensation Coverage. We want to give our customers complete peace-of-mind when we work on their land.

We recommend that you always ask your chosen tree business, even ourselves, for their valid certificates of insurance. If they are offended at all, walk away. Because if they have taken shortcuts on the right coverage what else will they take short cuts on?

The Expensive Consequences of Uninsured Work

Some legal precedents hold the land-owner responsible if a worker injures himself working on their property. The usual recourse is to the business-owner. But if they can’t or won’t pay, then the property owner can be called upon to pay for medical costs and even loss of income too.

The main shortcut a less professional firm will take is to not bother with their insurances. On the surface, this gives the customer a lower cost. However, the hidden liability could be far more costly if injuries occur on your property.

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17 Tree Problems Solved Through Trimming

Norway maple tree leaf infected with powdery mildew
Norway Maple Tree Infected with Powdery Mildew

If any of the following 17 tree problems describe your tree, then there’s a good chance we can remedy it with our expert tree trimming services:

  1. Storms are Coming and Could Blow Down Tree
  2. Yard Has Too Much Shade and Needs Brightening
  3. Potentially Dangerous/ Decayed Limbs Threaten Property
  4. Tree Growing Too Close Towards Overhead Power Lines or Telephone Lines
  5. Lopsided Look To Tree
  6. Old Tree Lacks Vigor and In Decline
  7. Misshapen by Storm
  8. Butchered by Semi-Lethal Topping Cuts
  9. Fear of Harm To People or Property From Damaged Tree After Storm
  10. Crown is Too Dense/Thick
  11. Canopy Contains Dead, Hanging, Damaged or Rubbing Branches
  12. Low-hanging Limbs Blocking View
  13. Low-Hanging Branches Scraping on Buildings
  14. Hanging Tree Branch Stopping People of Vehicles From Passing Safely
  15. Powdery Mildew infection on Tree
  16. Septoria Leaf Spot (fungus) on Tree
  17. Blister Rust on White Pine Trees

5 Tree Trimming Techniques For Specific Tree Problems

The 5 main trimming service methodologies that we use are:

  • Crown Thinning
  • Crown Cleaning
  • Crown Restoration
  • Crown Reduction and
  • Crown Raising

Each approach solves a specific subset of the 17 above-mentioned tree problems as follows:

Tree Problems 1.

– Gloomy garden needs brightening up
– Storms are coming and could blow down tree
– Powdery Mildew infection on tree
– Septoria Leaf Spot (fungus) on tree

Solution 1.

Crown Thinning

  • Reduce no more than 10% to 25% of the tree’s live branches and foliage by volume to ensure continued health
  • Branches targeted for removal ideally no more than 2 inches in diameter
  • Also removes dead, crossing, and secondary branches

Tree Problems 2.

– Gloomy garden needs brightening up
– Storms are coming and could blow down tree
– Powdery Mildew infection on tree
– Septoria Leaf Spot (fungus) on tree

Solution 2.

Crown Reduction

  • Reducing height of the tree by carefully removing specific branches
  • Reduces the weight at the end of branches
  • Cut certain branches back to next lateral growth
  • Used to balance tree canopy size if trunk/roots suffer mechanical or disease damage.

Tree Problems 3.

– Tree misshapen by storm or tornado
– Tree butchered by ludicrous topping cuts
– High potential of hazard to property or people from damaged but standing tree after storm

Solution 3.

*Crown Restoration

  • Remedial pruning conducted over time.
  • Corrects trees misshapen by storms, improper trimming or topping.
  • Gradually restores tree back to good health and a more pleasing appearance.
  • Go-to technique to repair a tree after an ice storm

Tree Problems 4.

– Crowded tree crown too dense
– Tree canopy contains dead, hanging, damaged or rubbing branches

Solution 4.

Crown Cleaning

  • Systematic removal of tree limbs in these conditions:
    • dead
    • dangerous
    • weak and dying
    • damaged
    • crossing with others
    • rubbing against others

Tree Problems 5.

– Tree’s branches hanging too low for:
a). people to pass
b). vehicles to pass
c). aesthetic view/ line of sight
– Low-hanging branches scraping on buildings
– Blister Rust on White Pine Trees

Solution 5.

Crown Raising

  • Improving clearance beneath the tree’s canopy by trimming away branches below a specific height (aka Crown Elevation).
  • Tree experts will take a maximum of one third of the lower canopy when crown lifting and leave at least two thirds of living upper canopy

N.B. *Crown Restoration – explained in this fact sheet authored by University of Florida:

Trimming’s Not An Easy Game

It’s more complicated than the over-simplified description of the 5 trimming techniques above. You see each tree species responds differently to the same type of cut. And the response varies according to the age of the tree too. This is where experience counts. The countless variables are hard to juggle unless you have the years in the trees that we have.

Sad, miserable looking topped trees.

Our experience and approach benefits homeowners. For example, tree cutting disasters like these doomed, topped trees (pictured) are avoided. They’ll be dead in less than 7 years leading to an unnecessary tree removal service.

Crown restoration technique might rectify this butchery. However, these poor trees will need much attention and trimming work over time for a chance to recover.

For these reasons, we do NOT top trees.

Do you need a tree trim to bring in more sunlight or to quickly remove a hazardous branch damaged by storms or disease? If so, our licensed and insured ISA Certified Arborist can safely and efficiently deliver a premium trimming service anywhere in Beaver, Butler, Lawrence and Allegheny Counties, Pennsylvania. Use the red button to call us from your phone or use the green button to tell us more about your trimming project and we’ll call you back.

Harmful Trimming Techniques

There are ways to trim trees badly that we refuse to do. This is because they cause real harm to the tree’s health and vitality. They are:

  • hat-racking where large heading cuts remove all the tree’s foliage and all medium to small-sized branches
  • lion-tailing is an over-zealous form of crown thinning where a little foliage is left at the end of each branch
  • topping is like hat-racking

Ask any tree firm you hire whether they have ever topped a tree or hat racked a tree. If they say ‘yes’, walk away.

Local Advantage

As a family-owned, local tree care company, we many years of trimming experience in West PA, Beaver County Tree Service has the equipment, trained workforce, experience, and skills to trim any tree of any size locally. We’ll happily share our tree care advice when on site too. If you prefer to use ‘prune’ rather than ‘trim’, then we also offer a full range of 10 tree pruning services.

We are profitable because our past customers call us back and refer us to others they know.

Let us delight you too. Call us today.

Which Will You Choose? Local or National?

Perhaps you have a comparable tree trim quote from us and one from a national tree service chain. Which will you choose?

Consider that for every $100 spent with a locally owned business like ours, $70 will be re-circulated in the local economy of Beaver, Butler and Allegheny Counties. A much lower fraction will be retained locally if spent with a national chain. There are other benefits too: create more local jobs, fund more city services, invest in neighborhood improvement, and promote community development.

Local Service Is Best

With countless variables to consider when trimming a tree e.g. type of crown cut, tree species, age of tree, location etc., it really does help to know the local tree species. We list the top 20 Pennsylvania tree types that we regularly work on a little ways down this page.

Only a local tree trimmer can truly gain sufficient local experience to look after your trees well. Being able to anticipate how a tree will react to each cut is very important to us.

We have a long-term interest in protecting your trees because we want you to call us again.

Tree Trimming Cost

Our trimming invoices over the last 3 years reveal our average price range of trimming trees locally. Please note that the cost range is broad because of several factors that affect the time and effort taken when carefully pruning trees.

The range of average trimming costs for Beaver County, Butler County & Allegheny County is: Minimum $340; Max $560

Reason For Wide Trimming Cost Range

The variance is mainly due to size and condition of tree, your trimming objective (health, aesthetics, or safety) and location.  

Proximity to power lines and telephone lines and other hazards will make the job harder, longer, and more costly. However, we do provide discounts for trimming multiple trees in one visit.

Call us for a FREE quote for a more accurate number to trim your tree. Contact us by phone (red button) or complete the form on this page (green button) to get the ball rolling.

We offer FREE and FAST quotations for trimming work. They may be delivered after a phone conversation, or after a video conversation around your tree or after a visit by one of our experts.

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Best Tree Trimming Services Near Me

Our service area extends to customers in Beaver, Butler, Lawrence & Allegheny Counties in West Pennsylvania. This includes most of the northern suburbs and central areas of the City of Pittsburgh.

We Often Trim These Tree Types in West Pennsylvania

These are 20 tree types that we frequently trim for residents and business owners locally:  

  • Eastern Hemlock
  • Flowering Dogwood
  • American Beech
  • Eastern White Pine
  • Sugar Maple
  • White Ash
  • Yellow Birch
  • American Sycamore
  • Bigtooth Aspen
  • Black Cherry
  • Black Gum
  • Butternut
  • Norway Maple
  • Red Maple
  • Shagbark Hickory
  • American Elm
  • Bitternut Hickory
  • Black Oak
  • Chestnut Oak
  • Eastern Black Walnut

Our 5 Other Tree Services

These may be of interest especially if you have a number of trees that require different tree work. Clicking on any will take you to our dedicated page for each tree service:

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