Tree Services in Houston

When the time comes to invest in reputable tree services, Houston’s Houston Arbor Care Tree Service is here to serve you. We’re the tree care professionals who trim overhanging branches, remove hazardous trees from your property, and ensure your thriving trees are in top condition.

Request our valued tree maintenance services whenever you’re in need. You can reach us at (281) 599-8733 to schedule a consultation.

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Houston Arbor Care Tree Service’s Full Suite of Tree Care Services

When it comes to maintaining the health and aesthetics of your trees, our tree care services make all the difference. Our arborists beautify your property while also eliminating any tree-related safety hazards. Below is an overview of our extensive array of tree services:

Tree Trimming Services

Pruning and trimming are essential components of tree care, promoting healthy growth, improving aesthetics, and reducing the risk of property damage from overhanging branches. Whether for aesthetic purposes or hazard mitigation, our skilled arborists utilize industry-best practices to deliver precision trimming services tailored to your specific needs and preferences.

Some of our tree trimming methods include:

  • Crown thinning
  • Crowning raising
  • Crown reduction
  • Deadwooding
  • Selective pruning
  • ...and more

How Often Should You Get Your Trees Trimmed?

As a general rule of thumb, most mature trees should be trimmed every three to five years. Younger trees may require more frequent trimming every one to two years to establish proper structure and form.

These aren't hard and fast rules, though. Fruit trees typically need annual trimming for optimal fruit production. Fast-growing species like willows, poplars, and silver maples may require trimming every two to three years to control growth. Trees in high-traffic areas or near buildings should be trimmed more regularly to manage size and remove hazards.

To know the best maintenance schedule for your trees, our arborists will conduct a comprehensive assessment of your trees.

What Time of the Year Is Best to Trim Trees?

The most beneficial time to trim trees is during their dormant season when no leaves are present. For most tree species, dormant season falls in the second half of the winter or early spring before buds break. Trimming during dormancy minimizes stress and sap flow from pruning cuts.

Some trees, like maples, birches, and walnuts, should be trimmed from summer through early fall to avoid bleeding issues. We generally advise avoiding major trimming from spring through early summer when trees are expending energy to produce new growth.

What Is Tree Crown Thinning?

Crown thinning is a pruning technique that selectively removes branches from the outer canopy to increase light penetration and airflow throughout a tree's crown. Thinning reduces the density of interior branches and carefully spaces out the canopy without altering the tree's overall size or form.

This pruning method helps mitigate certain defects, such as codominant stems, crossed branches, or poor structure. Crown thinning can also reduce wind resistance and weight on heavy limbs. It's a preferred practice over excessive interior pruning, which sometimes creates unhealthy voids.

Tree Planting

As advocates for environmental stewardship, we also specialize in tree planting services to enhance the beauty and sustainability of your landscape. Whether you’re looking to add shade, increase property value, or contribute to local ecosystems, our experts can assist you in selecting the right species, location, and planting techniques for optimal growth and longevity.

The Importance of Fertilizer for New Trees

Newly planted trees require adequate fertilization to take root and achieve healthy growth. Transplanting causes considerable root loss during the process, so fertilizer temporarily compensates for reduced nutrient uptake while new roots develop.

An appropriate starter fertilizer provides essential nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Proper fertilization, which comes in both granular and liquid formulations, gets new trees off to a vigorous start and helps them withstand stresses.

Fertilizing trees during the planting phase and for two to three years after helps trees quickly regenerate robust root systems and become self-sufficient.

What Is Soil Amendment for Trees?

Soil amendment refers to adding health-promoting materials like manure, compost, or other organic matter to improve soil quality around trees. Urban and disturbed soils are often compacted, drained of nutrients, and lacking in organic matter needed for root growth.

Amending soil can increase moisture retention, aeration, drainage, and nutrient availability for healthier trees. However, the right amendment type and application rate depend on the tree species and existing soil composition. Consulting our tree specialists will ensure proper soil preparation and amendment are correctly done.

Tree Stump and Tree Removal

Unsightly tree stumps not only detract from the visual appeal of your landscape but can also harbor pests and pose obstacles to future landscaping projects. Our advanced equipment and skilled technicians ensure efficient and thorough stump and tree removal, including root excavation, to restore the integrity and usability of your outdoor space.

When Is Tree Stump Removal Necessary?

Stumps can be tripping hazards, especially when concealed by lawn growth, and they can also regrow new sprouts that require ongoing herbicide treatments. Therefore, removing remaining stumps is often the best course of action for safety, aesthetics, or to fully utilize a property after tree removal.

From a landscaping perspective, stumps are unsightly and prevent new plantings or construction in that area. In some cases, larger stumps may even rot and attract pests like termites or carpenter ants. Regardless of the size of the stump or its condition, grinding is often the most efficient way to prevent issues from occurring and to level the ground for new landscaping.

Tree Cabling and Bracing

Trees with weak or compromised structures can benefit from supplemental support systems such as cabling and bracing to mitigate the risk of limb failure and prolong their lifespan.

Cabling involves installing flexible steel cables or rods between branch unions to limit outward movement and share weight loads. Bracing uses rigid rods or bars to provide direct support to weak forks or cavities. These methods are sometimes used independently or together, depending on the needs of the tree.

Whether administered separately or together, cabling and bracing allow valuable trees to be preserved safely rather than removed. However, proper installation angle and cable and rod sizing are critical for effective load distribution.

Our customized solutions are designed to provide structural reinforcement while preserving the natural aesthetics of your trees, promoting safety and stability.

Offering 24/7 Emergency Tree Removal Services

Turn to our tree maintenance specialists when you’re in need of emergency tree removal services. Our team is equipped to handle tree removal and debris cleanup, minimizing risks and swiftly restoring safety to your property.

Our services are often sought for urgent tree removal due to:

  • Storm damage: High winds, heavy rains, or lightning strikes can cause trees to become unstable, leading to the risk of falling limbs or uprooting.
  • Structural instability: Trees with weakened or diseased structures may suddenly fail, posing immediate dangers to nearby structures, vehicles, or individuals.
  • Fallen trees: Trees may fall unexpectedly due to various factors such as decay, soil erosion, improper planting, blocking roadways, or causing property damage.

How Do You Remove Large Trees From Your Yard?

Large tree removal is a complex process that requires proper planning, equipment, and expertise. We often utilize bucket trucks, cranes, and chainsaws while removing a large tree to ensure each segment is carefully lowered to the ground.

The steps in removing a large tree may include:

  • Careful assessment for hazards like nearby utility lines and structures
  • Tarping or covering of nearby landscaping to protect it during removal
  • Rigging ropes and pulley installation to section off large branches
  • Dismantling of the tree from the top down, using ropes to control descent
  • Collection and responsible disposal of tree limbs, trunk, and other debris
  • Stump grinding to fully clear the area

What's the Average Cost of Large Tree Removal?

If you anticipate your trees will need to be professionally removed, you're likely curious about how the cost is determined. Tree height, diameter, and species play a major role, with taller and denser trees generally being more expensive.

Access and workspace issues, such as nearby structures or slopes, and hazards such as utility lines, can further increase costs due to additional labor, equipment, or crew requirements. Stump removal or grinding, if needed, can also be an additional charge on top of the tree removal itself.

For large or complex tree removals, we can provide you with a detailed quote to help you prepare.

How to Tell if Your Tree Is Dead

There are several signs that indicate a tree is dead or dying.

To see if your tree's health is failing, do the following:

  • Check the bark for peeling, cracking, or missing sections
  • Inspect branches for any green growth, buds, or living tissue under the bark
  • Assess the leaves and branches to see if they snap easily
  • Inspect the canopy for lack of new leaf growth or wilted, brown leaves
  • Check the main trunk for cavities, rot, fungus growth, or structural issues

Speak With Our Arborists Today

Our arborists are the reputable professionals to call when you need eco-friendly and prompt tree services. Call (281) 599-8733 to request our services.