Tree Trimming and Removal FAQs

Tree trimming and removal can be confusing for many people. For that reason, we have put together a few frequently asked questions we get from our customers.

Is there an ideal time to schedule a tree trimming service?

Pruning can be performed at any time of year, but there are certain considerations to take into account. To determine the best approach, please contact us and we will give you a free estimate. The types of pruning services we provide are: 

  • Clearance Pruning – creating distance between buildings, sidewalks, other plants, etc.
  • Structural Pruning – preparing a tree for long life
  • Ornamental Pruning – removing undesirable growth to ensure plant vigor

How do I decide to prune versus remove my tree?

Making the decision to remove a tree, big or small, can be difficult. Choosing an ISA Certified Arborist to assist you is the first, most important step to take. Here are some of the points we take into consideration in our free consultations.

  • Can my tree be saved by pruning?
  • Will pruning create more issues later in the life of the tree?
  • Will tree trimming solve my issue?
  • What will the maintenance cost over the life of the tree versus the cost of removing the tree?
  • Is the safety of people and property at risk?
  • Can the tree be made safe given the surrounding environment? 

Is there an ideal time to remove my tree?

Unless your tree is imminently hazardous, it can be beneficial to your landscape to choose a time that minimizes the impact on the surrounding area. For example, waiting until late summer or early fall could ensure that the ground is firm and valuable plants in the surrounding area can be protected. However, we do carry a wide range of resources to ensure we can get the job done smoothly, quickly, and safely, regardless of any environmental challenges that may exist during any given time of year.

Is it possible to leave the firewood on my property?

Yes. Our crews will chip everything that we can, and if requested, we can cut the larger diameter wood into fuel-burning lengths that you will be able to split into firewood later. We do not do the splitting of the rounds.

Yes. Our crews will chip everything that we can, and if requested, we can leave firewood behind in 15-16″ fuel-burning lengths. Keep in mind, however, that with larger diameter trees, these rounds can easily weigh hundreds of pounds.

Is it possible to leave the firewood on my property?

Yes. Our crews will chip everything that we can, and if requested, we can cut the larger diameter wood into fuel-burning lengths that you will be able to split into firewood later. We do not do the splitting of the rounds.

What does “final cleanup” include with my tree removal?

With “final cleanup,” we will chip, haul and remove all branches and wood from the tree or trees that we service on your property. We will rake and blow the entire work area, including the roof if affected. 

What if I have a septic tank, irrigation, or water lines on my property?

If there is any underground equipment near or in the way of access to your tree, please let our estimator know. Every site requires a unique approach, and your information helps us provide the right equipment for the job.

What does “final cleanup” include with my tree removal?

With “final cleanup,” we will chip, haul and remove all branches and wood from the tree or trees that we service on your property. We will rake and blow the entire work area, including the roof if affected. 

What if I have a septic tank, irrigation, or water lines on my property?

If there is any underground equipment near or in the way of access to your tree, please let our estimator know. Every site requires a unique approach, and your information helps us provide the right equipment for the job.

Will there be a stump left after the removal of my tree?

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Yes. The height of the stump is determined by the size of the tree removed. Generally speaking, smaller trees under 24″ in diameter may result in a 6″ stump above the soil line; trees between 24 and 36″ in diameter may result in an 8-12″ stump above the soil line; large trees beyond 36″ in diameter will have even taller stumps. Cummings Tree Service will work with you to meet your stump removal needs.

What are my payment options?

Cummings Tree Service will send your invoice via email upon completion of the project. If requested, a hard copy can be sent via mail. We accept checks or money orders by mail. We do have a credit card option for a 3% fee. If you would like this option, please let us know once you have received your invoice and we can send you the link to pay. Unfortunately, we are unable to take credit cards over the phone at this time.

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