Tree Trimming and Removal

Ground Tech provides tree pruning, trimming, and removal services. Pruning your trees on a regular basis keeps them healthy and beautiful. The tree trimming method differs depending on the species of tree and the desired shape of the tree.

  • Do you need more light to fall on your lawn so that your grass can grow? If so, your trees may need to be elevated and thinned.
  • Are large tree limbs growing over your house? We can prune the trees back or remove them so that they do not interfere with your house or structure.
  • Do your trees need general clean-up? We can prune dead, hazardous and crossing tree limbs to ensure your trees grow strong and healthy.

Our team members will be happy to walk your property and discuss short and long term tree pruning and trimming programs.

Crown Cleaning:

Cleaning a tree’s crown consists of pruning dead and diseased limbs, excess branches, and crossing or rubbing limbs out of a tree’s canopy. Each tree may require more or less work depending on variables such as proximity of the tree to resources, location, and tree species. An arborist can assess which branches of a tree need to be trimmed.

Prune Deadwood & Diseased Limbs:

Removing the deadwood out of a tree’s canopy is the most common technique of tree pruning. Pruning out dead and diseased limbs is good for the overall health of the tree. Diseased limbs are cut to eliminate further damage to the tree’s live branch structure and deadwood is removed primarily for safety reasons.

Crown Thinning:

Thinning interior crossing or rubbing limbs and sucker growth is a common practice. Thinning helps reduce wind resistance, thus reducing the chances of a wind storm taking out your tree. This practice also increases sunlight for the grass in the canopy’s shadows.

Crown Raising:

Elevating the lower limbs on a tree is necessary when limbs are encroaching on a structure, hang low over a sidewalk, road or grass. Crown raising increases the clearance from the ground to the lowest remaining foliage by trimming away the lower branches. It is important to take a holistic approach; you have to keep in mind what the tree will look like after the low limbs are cut away to ensure a balanced look.


Shaping involves trimming the entire circumference of the canopy to create a nice symmetrical shape. This method is commonly performed using pole clips or shears. This technique is common on Little Leaf Linden, Bradford Pear, Holly, and small trees. Once you begin pruning to achieve a certain look for your landscape, the trees will require pruning every couple of years or more frequently depending on the species.

Clearing Limbs Away from a Structure:

Are the squirrels keeping you up at night, or are the branches rubbing against your house? Clearing tree limbs away from homes and structures is a common task. The proper way to cut branches is back to the nearest lateral limb just outside the branch collar. When clearing limbs away from a structure it is important to cut back enough to eliminate the hazard or nuisance but keep the structural integrity of the tree.

Crown Reduction:

Crown Reducing is a method of minimizing a tree’s height and width by a certain percentage or footage. This technique is not a recommended pruning method, unless there is a hazard, i.e. a dead or dying tree. Crown Reduction is usually performed on a tree that is victim to storm damage, leaning toward a structure, or a tree that has outgrown an area. Drop Crotch pruning is an acceptable method that achieves crown reduction by cutting the longest terminal branch on a limb, and leaving the shorter ones on that same branch.

Vista Pruning:

Vista pruning provides better visibility of local scenery by selecting limbs that are obstructing the view. This method could be to achieve a more favorable view of the lake or better visibility of traffic when entering or exiting a driveway. Vista pruning is applicable in many situations. Only select limbs should be taken and it is best to consult a professional to determine if any cuts will harm the tree.

Natures Cut:

A natures cut involves taking the top or canopy out of a tree due to safety concerns. Generally large dead or dying trees that are in close proximity to a structure or in a well trafficked area are candidates for a natures cut. A 20-25’ spar is left standing to provide habitat for wildlife. The spar left standing should be left at a height that is less than the total distance to a structure or trafficked area to prevent a hazard. Typically, a tree that is a candidate for a natures cut is usually in a wood line or out of the way.

Tree Removal:

Ground Tech also specializes in removing trees entirely. Tree removal can be a hazardous job in the hands of an amateur, especially trees that are close to your home. Ground Tech has years of experience removing trees from delicate or seemingly inaccessible places. Our estimators can discuss with you the safest method for removing a tree and give you a free written proposal with specifications and price.

Our team members pride themselves on working together and coordinating moves and cuts to bring a tree down without damage to your home or landscape. The clean-up crews ensure that your property and service area will be neat throughout the entire job and upon completion. We haul everything away, or leave the wood for you to split. Our estimators can give you several options.

Stump Grinding:

Ground Tech provides tree and stump removal for any sized tree. We offer to include the removal of the stump when we initially cut the tree down or offer to schedule the removal of the stump at a later date. Our top of the line stump grinding machines remove any unsightly stump from anywhere on your property.

Ground Tech owns different sized machines to handle stumps that; are extremely large in size, are located on a sloped hill, or a stump that is wedged in a narrow surrounding. We can leave the stump chips in a pile for you to re-use as mulch, or haul them away.

Let the estimator know your plans for the area and we can suggest a couple options. Customers’ intentions for the removal of the stump determine the specifications for how the stump will be removed. This includes how wide and deep to grind the tree stump roots. If a customer intends to re-plant, such as flowers, shrubs, bushes, or another tree, the tree stump roots will need to be completely removed.