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Services

At Don's Tree Service, we help individuals and businesses look beyond presentable with our top of the line tree services. Since starting out, we’ve taken on a variety of projects, always providing personalized attention to ensure precision and satisfaction with all of our work. Take a look at our recent projects and get in touch today to start your own.

Tree Pruning

For your trees to remain healthy, you should get them pruned by a professionals. Your trees will continue to blossom safely and look great. Pruning a tree should not be just done by anyone.

Tree Feeding

Trees should be fertilized in October, or in April as soon as the frost leaves the ground.  By fertilizing in the fall, some of the nutrients will have a chance to be absorbed by the roots and will already be in the ground when the roots resume functioning in the spring. The roots are below the ground and continue growing and absorbing nutrients long after the leaves fall, often into December, and begin work again in the spring before the leaves return.  The tree must absorb nutrients and water to enable the leaves to resume growth. Don’s Trees Service along with its certified arborist will make sure your trees are properly evaluated and feed the proper nutrients.

Tree Removal: Before

The tree will need to be cut down using the appropriate technique and equipment and the debris removed. Some tree limbs may require using roping techniques to lower the limb to the ground or also incorporating the use of a crane.
All limbs are safely on the ground there may be a need for the ground guys to further reduce them into manageable sizes. At this point the smaller limbs are ran through a wood chipper and blown into a chip truck to later be hauled away and dumped at a mulch processing mill. You may request to have the wood chips or logs dumped on your property for your own personal use.

Tree Removal: After

Once the tree work as been completed and the debris removed, you have the option of stump grinding the remaining tree stump. As the tree no longer causes a safety concern, this is a cosmetic decision to decide if you want a stump on your property or not. Most stumps will take several years to rot. Typically stump grinding will not take place on the same day as your tree removal as it requires separate equipment to be brought to the job site. Once a stump is ground out you may level off your yard with fresh soil and seed or sod the area.
When all is finished, we put your yard back together and blow off your walk and driveway leaving your property how we found it.

Stump Grinding

After a tree has been removed, and no longer causes a safety concern, stump grinding is a cosmetic decision to decide if you want a stump on your property or not. Most stumps will take several years to rot. Typically stump grinding will not take place on the same day as your tree removal as it requires separate equipment to be brought to the job site. Once a stump is ground out you may level off your yard with fresh soil and seed or sod the area.
When all is finished, we put your yard back together and blow off your walk and driveway leaving your property how we found it.

Insect/Disease Diagnosis

If you worried that a tree on your property might be diseased or dying, then you are smart to be concerned.  You need to watch out for falling trees during windstorms. There are warning signs for common tree diseases that you should look for. First determine if your tree needs help. If you notice any of these issues, contact us Don’s Trees to schedule an inspection.


Cracked

Cracked Tree due to tree disease. Discolored leaves, Is it losing leaves prematurely vs. other trees of the same species, soft spots, fungi, open wounds or rot.


The twig test

To check for unapparent tree death, perform a simple twig test. Break off a twig and see what it looks like on the inside. As long as the tissue is green the tree is still living, but if it’s dark and brittle, that twig is dead. If you find one dead twig, check other twigs and branches to determine whether the entire tree is lost.


Clean it up

After performing the twig test, if you discover healthy tissue it’s critical that you cleanly prune the branches you have broken off as improper wounds will attract more diseases and pests. If you’ve found a mixture of dead and healthy branches, you’ll need to remove the dead wood as soon as possible. When working with mature trees, it’s recommended that you call a professional as we have the knowledge needed to effectively heal and remove them.


Old age

Some trees just live longer than others. For example, various ornamental fruit tree species (like flowering cherries) may only live to be twenty-five or thirty years old, while Douglas firs and Giant Sequoias can live for hundreds of years. If you suspect that one of your trees is reaching the end of it’s golden years, call Inexpensive Tree Care for a possible removal. Don’t wait for it to fall and cause thousands of dollars in damage or life! Call Don’s to remove it for you.


Common tree diseases

There’s a fungus common in many areas. It’s called anthracnose, it loves wet weather, and its spores are easily spread by wind. When attacking trees, the fungus can cause leaf discoloration and defoliation, especially if the tree is stressed by something else like pests or poor pruning. Other tree species like oak, sycamore, dogwood, and Japanese maple are also susceptible to anthracnose. It’s just one of hundreds of pathogens and pests that could potentially harm your trees. For an accurate diagnosis, it’s best to consult a tree care professional.

Storm Damage

Storm events such as tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, hurricanes, and ice can considerably impact trees, your home, auto, you and your loved ones physically. Below are some of the impacts caused by hurricanes, tornados, or storm events and information to assist homeowners:


Wind

Storm Damage

Wind is often the first sign of a hurricane approaching. Leaves and branches may be stripped off and entire trees may be twisted, broken or uprooted altogether. Some trees are more susceptible to wind damage than others. Trees with healthy root systems have better chances of survival. However, if remaining trees survive one storm, and another hurricane encompasses the same area in a short period of time, those remaining trees are considered stressed and may not make it through subsequent storms. Hurricanes can also produce tornadoes with winds measuring more than 200 mph. Trees may be completely debarked by small, flying debris or downed altogether. In either case, these trees will need to be removed.


Lightning

Hurricanes also are typically accompanied by thunderstorms and lightning.. Because of their height, trees are a prime target for lightning. However, damage caused by lightning varies greatly. The damage may be minimal if the electricity is conducted along the outside of the tree. In this case, blown off bark and scarring will be apparent. The damage may extend to a more serious condition known as trunk shatter. In this event, lightning charge penetrates into the tree's trunk, turning moisture into steam and causing the tree to explode. The most commonly struck trees are oaks, elms, poplars and pines. These trees typically are found in most yards.


Flooding

After hurricanes strike, many low-lying communities are impacted by short-term flooding. Flooding has been known to damage trees by loosening and/or removing the soil that supports root systems. In areas that have been flooded for extended periods of time, trees can suffer from the accumulation of organic toxins in the soil and the reduced flow of oxygen to the roots. Various characteristics of a tree, including height, age and species, along with environmental factors like season, temperature and flood water duration, affect a tree's flood tolerance. The typical warning sign of flood damage in trees is curling and wilting of the leaves, followed by chlorosis (pale-colored leaves that have lost chlorophyll). Chlorosis is generally followed by leaf browning and ultimately, leaf loss.


Ice

Ice storms are caused by rain that supercools or freezes as it passes through below-freezing air. These ice coatings can grow to be several inches thick in various places. The weight of the ice, combined with any wind or outside forces, breaks the trees’ branches. Normally, the taller and older a tree, the more susceptible it is to ice damage because older trees have larger crowns, more internal decay, and less limb and trunk flexibility. The severity of the ice damage depends on ice load and resistance of the trees determined by their physical characteristics - wood strength, elasticity and growth form, and on condition of the growing environment. In general, trees with brittle and weak wood, fine branches, and greater canopy surface, such as pine trees which retain their needles, are more likely to suffer ice damage. Some trees that have a high ice storm survival rates include: yellow birch, American hornbeam, beech and oak.


Info courtesy: Georgia Forestry Commission

Hurricane Inspection

Property damage can also be a result of falling trees and flying landscape debris. The key to minimizing your risk against property damage is storm preparedness.


Pruning is Vital to Hurricane Damage Prevention

A strong, deep-rooted tree may not fall during a storm, but weak limbs in the canopy may. Broken, dead and damaged limbs can be torn from trees during a storm and turned into dangerous projectiles.


Regular pruning done by a professional over the course of the tree’s life can create a sturdy, well-spaced framework of healthy branches with an open canopy that allows wind to flow freely through. Contact Don’s Tree Service for early for prevention of costly damages.

Tree Preservation

Clean air: Trees produce oxygen, intercept airborne particulates, and reduce smog, enhancing a community's respiratory health.


The City of Houston Tree and Shrub Ordinance provides standards for planting trees and shrubs and installing landscaping buffers.


The ordinance further protects Houston’s greenery by offering incentives to property owners who preserve and care for existing trees on private properties.


Based on a property’s size, the ordinance establishes minimum planting requirements for street trees, parking lot trees, shrubs and landscape buffers. These requirements ensure that Houston will have aesthetically pleasing developments and enhanced greenspace, making it a better place to live.


Contact Don’s Tree Service to help preserve your trees.

Root Management

Roots serve as the nutrient transfer system for a tree and help establish a strong foundation. Keep the root system healthy with appropriate water, regular checkups on the soil’s health and by providing plenty of room to grow. When roots grow under sidewalks, driveways and other hardscapes, this can cause problems for pedestrians and valued landscape features. -info from TCIA

Don's Trees can help you with your roots issues and stop costly continued damage.