22Jun 2017

Summer is here, and your large trees are in full growth. As aesthetic as these trees may be though, they do come with their share of cautions. Of course, any kind of green-scaping takes a lot of maintenance and work, especially when huge gusts of wind, rains, storms, or changing seasons are involved.

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What about worst case circumstances though? What about those lumbering, massive trees in your yard that could cause some serious damage?

Have you noticed that any trees on your property are starting to look dead, decaying or worn out? The greatest threat to your home and your property at this point may be some of the trees surrounding your home. They may look great and add a nice visual touch to your property, but these same trees could be a major threat to your home, vehicles, or property.


10 Signs You Need Dangerous Tree Removal Service

Let’s look at some of the key factors that may indicate whether or not you need to call a dangerous tree removal service as soon as possible.


1. The Tree Is Clearly Dead

If you have large trees on your property that are clearly dead, it’s time to call a professional tree removal service. Whether the tree has been dead for a few weeks, a few months, or several years now, the longer the tree sits, the more dangerous it is going to become to you and your home. If your trees aren’t blooming but are starting to look decayed, it’s time to call someone.


2. Branches Intertwine or Rub Together

Branches that intertwine or rub together are another major indicator that it is time to call a tree service. The entire tree may not need to be removed, but the constant rubbing of branches together can open up the tree to diseases, infections, and insects, causing it to decay.


3. Hanging Dead Branches

Hanging, dead tree branches can spell disaster for you, your home, vehicles, or property. Have you noticed any hanging dead branches around your home? If you have, it’s time to get them removed before they cause serious damage.


4. Branches Over the Roof

Another tell-tale sign that you may need to call a dangerous tree removal specialist is if you have some branches hanging over your roof. Tree removal service companies regularly receive calls about massive branches that have fallen on houses and need to be removed immediately. Don’t be the next victim of a tree branch falling on your house. A fallen tree branch can easily cause thousands of dollars worth of damage to your home.


5. Heavy Soil at the Base of the Trunk

Heavy soil around the base of the tree trunk can actually be a sign that the tree is not deeply and totally rooted in the ground. If that’s the case, it won’t take a lot of force to uproot the tree and cause it to fall. A strong gust of wind or a powerful storm will yank the tree out of the ground and onto your house or car.


6. Fungi Growing at the Base of the Tree

Any fungi or mushrooms growing on your trees is a good sign that your tree may have a disease or is in decay. If you aren’t sure if a tree with fungus could be a risk to your home, call a specialist for a home visit to see if they can properly diagnose the situation.


7. Cavities or Openings Forming in the Tree

Large cavities or holes in a tree should be within the falling distance of that tree. Holes and openings can be a sign of decay, insect, or critter infestation, and may make the tree extremely prone to crumbling or falling.


8. Small Twigs that Don’t Have Buds in Season

If you once had beautiful blooms and buds on your trees, but they don’t seem to bloom anymore, you may want to call a dangerous tree removal specialist. Trees that don’t bloom can be a sign that they are dead or dying, so it’s best to get a specialist to look at it to see if you need to have it removed.


9. Proximity to Your Home and Vehicles

Even if you have a tree in your yard or on your property that is apparently healthy, it stay may be in a location that can cause problems. Analyze the location of trees in proximity to your home, patio, deck, pool, and where you park your vehicles. If the tree is within falling range, you may want to consider it a dangerous tree that needs removing.


10. Weather and Proximity to Power Lines

Weather and proximity that trees are to power lines is another major factor in considering if trees should be removed or not. Power lines that are downed by fallen trees can be a major hazard for you, your family, and your entire neighborhood. Weather is another major threat to your home and the trees around it. If you are living in an area that is prone to hurricanes, strong winds, or tornadic activity, you may want to minimize the number of trees around your home.


Identifying The Threat

If you have any doubts about the trees on your property, contact a professional dangerous tree removal service immediately. For more information, call Precision Trees Service here.


08Jun 2017

Summer is just around the corner! As you look out at the plants that adorn your home, you may be concerned that they are in need of a good pruning. 

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Summer Pruning: 5 Tips for Pruning Your Plants

Wondering if you have the time, knowledge, experience and energy to do the job yourself? Pruning in summer may not be practical for your schedule with summer vacation, work, and activities with the kids occupying your time.

What do you do? Do you invest the time necessary to gain the required knowledge to know which plants to prune during summer? When do you prune and how do you do it properly? Should you just entrust the job of summer pruning to a reliable professional? Here are some pruning basics to help you decide.


1. Know Your Deciduous Plant and Shrubs

A deciduous shrub sheds its leaves annually. Pruning deciduous plants when there are leaves present is not harmful to the plant, and can in fact make it easier to determine what branches are dead and need to go. Here are some common varieties found in the Pacific Northwest:

  • Ocean Spray: A large shrub or small tree that does well in full sun and part shade. It blooms during summer.
  • Sword Fern: This evergreen fern is best planted in groups. It is the only Pacific Northwest fern that can handle a lot of sun and dry conditions.
  • Saskatoon: Considered a large shrub or a small tree, it does well in full sun and partial shade. It has lovely flowers and the colors peak in fall. Be careful not to accidentally clip them if pruning.
  • Mock Orange: A large shrub or small tree, it has a fragrant early summer bloom and makes a good informal hedge.


2. Recognize Coniferous Evergreen Shrubs and Trees

Coniferous shrubs and trees bear cones and evergreen leaves that can be pruned without detrimental consequences any time of the year. Coniferous plants are numerous in our area; here are a few of the varieties you might find in the Pacific Northwest:

  • Red Flowering Currant: A large shrub tolerant of dry conditions, it does well in both full sun and partial shade.
  • Salmonberry: This medium-sized shrub is sparsely thorned and is tolerant of seasonal wet weather. Does well in either full sun or full shade.
  • Western Trillium: One of the most widespread varieties of conifers, this small shrub is a herbaceous perennial that tolerates wet conditions along with partial shade and full sun.
  • Vine Maple: This large shrub/small tree attracts birds for nesting. Tolerant of wet conditions, it needs part sun and shade to flourish.
  • Stream Violet: This herbaceous perennial is the largest native violet to our area. It likes moist soil, partial sun, and full shade.
  • Dull Oregon Grape: An evergreen shrub that tolerates wet weather, it makes for good ground cover. The fruits of this shrub are edible if you invest the time required to harvest them.


3. Beautify Summer Flowering Shrubs

Flowering shrubs begin to develop buds during spring, and blossom throughout the summer months. They can be safely pruned after they bloom. Here are a few of the varieties that do well in the Pacific Northwest:

  • Bluebeard:  With their sky blue colors, these short and aromatic woody shrubs look great during summer. Does well in full sun or partial shade. Prune back 50 percent in fall.
  • Pacific Ninebark: This native Pacific Northwest shrub can grow to be rather large if not pruned back. Its white flowers stand out in woodland gardens.
  • Rockrose: Though this species is not related to roses, the flowers – ranging in color from white and yellow to purple, pink and red – bloom during the entire summer.
  • Butterfly Bush: Butterflies are partial to this purple, flowered shrub that likes full sun. Prune off the dead flower heads to facilitate repeat blooming. Prune back to 30 percent to keep it just right year after year.


4. Fruit Trees

Lest we forget, Pacific Northwest fruit trees can benefit from summer pruning, although experts typically prune them during winter months. Apples, cherries, plums, peaches and pears do well when pruned in the summer, especially if you want to restrict the size of the tree. Pruning is relatively easy as well – if a branch is too long, cut it back.


5. Professional Pruning

If your busy lifestyle leaves no time for you to undertake a summer pruning project, then consider contacting a professional pruning service.

Our professional pruning services at Precision Tree include a free onsite consultation at your home to discuss the shrubs and trees you wish for us to prune. We use sharp and well-maintained hand-clippers, handheld trimmers, and pole saws to give your landscape the well-groomed and aesthetically pleasing look you desire.


Contact Us

Precision Tree Service provides professional tree services to the Snohomish and Skagit County areas along with places surrounding Seattle. Give us a call at (888) 741-5020, or fill out our online contact form today.

30May 2017

Keeping trees and their surroundings healthy and appealing needs both brainpower and muscle in terms of planning and procedures. Trees need occasional specialized attention from professionals to allow them to reach their full potential. In order to maintain the appeal of your trees and the safety of what surrounds them, it’s important to have only professionals who are careful and knowledgeable care for your trees.

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Finding A Local Tree Service Company

When considering which tree professionals to hire, go local and work with a business that is familiar with the local trees. Here are four things to look for so that you can feel more confident about which tree company to choose.


1. Passionately Local

Some tree service companies are focused exclusively on the bottom line. These companies are only concerned with doing the minimum necessary work at the maximum possible profit.

If they’re successful at doing that, it quickly translates into expansion, economies of scale and other business worries. However, this expansion draws their attention away from what is most important.

There’s a better way.

A good local tree service focuses on the quality of its work and specializes in doing a great job in a more limited area, building a company’s reputation with loyal customers. The employees and managers at local companies have to put food on their tables, too. But for them, it’s actually about something literally more grounded than greenbacks – it’s about the trees and shrubs.

A great tree service isn’t about just cutting through trunks as fast as possible. It’s about keeping the whole tree healthy so that you don’t have to cut it down. A great tree service isn’t just about pulling up a stump. Your tree is about how that stump removal service affects the surrounding landscape. It’s about planning to leave things looking better than they were before. Local focus means better quality.


2. Deeply Involved in the Community

Serious tree service professionals don’t just cut down or move trees. They remember that they are still part of a community that helps them at every turn.

Whether they grew up here or out of town, tree care pros live, work, learn, and shop with the rest of the community. Just like the trees themselves, they depend on a healthy ecosystem to be happy and whole.

Tree service professionals give back to the community in times of distress, and often sponsor youth sports teams in the calmer days of summer. Everyone in the company has an interest in being a part of a strong community, and they live for it.


3. Comprehensive and Professional Workers

Right along with that passion and community spirit, trustworthy local tree service companies never skip important details. They do their work efficiently but refuse to take shortcuts or only do half a job.

Once they agree to take on a job, they correctly see it through to the end. They consider every aspect of a tree or stump removal situation, but aren’t slow and don’t overcharge. A company you can trust goes above and beyond when it comes to caring for its customers. A great tree service treats you well, and the people there answer your questions.


4. Transparent, Straightforward and Responsible Work

A local tree service company that you can trust unhesitatingly demonstrates that it deserves your business. They provide a work contract that absolves you, the customer, of any liability for work accidents or property damage that may occur.

A good local tree service company presents its qualifications. The team working on your trees should include certified professional arborists, and everyone on the team should have the skills to perform their particular role.

A local tree service company presents a thorough estimate of all anticipated costs for the entire project and possible additional expenses. Project managers let you know immediately if problems come up that could increase costs, and will even do what they can to save you money.


Contact a Local Tree Service Company

Here at Precision Tree Service, we know what it means to be a truly local tree removal service. Call on us, and we’ll show you that we mean what we say. Contact us today!

04May 2017

Spring is here, and as the rain falls on the Pacific Northwest, flowers and trees start to blossom. Maybe you’ve looked around your yard recently and found too much blossoming!

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Trees, shrubs, and roses experience a major growth spurt each spring. Should you prune them to be healthy, or does pruning roses in spring cause damage? Pruning is hard enough to fit into your busy schedule and even harder if you’re not sure what to cut and what to leave alone. If you’re looking to do some pruning this spring, consider these tips.


Rose Pruning

Pruning roses in spring every year is a must. Pruning rose bushes removes dead and diseased branches and shapes the plant properly. Shrub roses are very susceptible to fungus and other diseases, so clean your shears first in a bleach-water solution of equal parts. Pruning roses in spring can happen as early as late winter or as late as when the first buds start to show.

First, cut away dead or dying branches. Then cut away all branches smaller than a half-inch diameter, clipping as close to the main cane as you can. Finally, cut back at least one-third, and as much as one-half, of the top new growth to shape the plants. Don’t cut into the woodier, thicker canes when you are pruning the top.

Climbing roses need more gentle pruning in fall or winter when the plant is dormant. You only want to prune the side shoots of a climbing rose to gradually build up a strong plant framework. Pruning roses in spring only happens with regards to rose bushes.


Flowering Plants, Trees and Shrubs

Spring is definitely not the time to prune a spring-flowering tree or shrub that hasn’t bloomed yet. Overzealous snipping may drastically reduce your springtime display. Only start snipping after the flowering cycle has finished. If you have a shrub, like a forsythia, that bloomed out of last season’s growth (e.g. you didn’t cut the plant back in winter), you can cut these plants back immediately after flowering.

Less hardy plants for our region, like lavender and rosemary, need the top growth for winter protection. Once spring arrives, you can cut that off for new spring growth.

Flowering patterns vary according to the species. In general, you should prune these types of trees and shrubs in the late summer or fall, ensuring you don’t damage or remove any flowering buds. Use the same rule for a summer-flowering tree as these trees develop their buds in the spring. There are a few exceptions, like fuchsia, that you can cut back considerably in spring to encourage explosive flowers in summer.

Prune woody plants, like hydrangeas, before the wake up in the spring. Only prune new growth, as pruning old growth reduces summertime flowers.


Fruit-Bearing Trees

Fruit trees are a unique type of flowering tree with special considerations. Prune fruit trees when they are dormant, i.e. not flowering and not bearing fruit. In our area, that means pruning them from November to March. Fruit trees yield the best fruit production if you prune them annually.

If your fruit trees have sucker branches or upright water sprouts, those interfere with a tree’s ability to produce large fruits. Remove these types of branches before they grow longer than 12 inches. If you have sap trees like a sugar maple, these trees have a very strong spring sap flow, so don’t prune until later in the year.



When considering pruning evergreen trees or shrubs in spring, use its hardiness indicator as a guide. Plants that are marginally hardy for our area, such as broadleaf evergreens, magnolias and certain oaks, might face damage due too cold if pruned in the spring. These trees might suffer from too much exposure to spring dips in temperature, so it’s best to wait until warmer months for pruning. Feel free to prune coniferous evergreens, like pines and spruce, at any time of the year.


Deciduous Plants

The best time to prune deciduous plants, or plants that lie dormant in winter after losing leaves, is when they are without leaves or buds. Don’t worry if you missed the pruning window. If the plants contain new growth and leaves, you can prune once again in the June-July timeframe.


Professional Pruning

Pruning can be perplexing and time consuming, so consider leaving it to the professionals at Precision Tree Service. Our employees are very knowledgeable about successful pruning for every shrub and tree in Washington. We can make your property burst forth with curb appeal with perfect spring tree maintenance and pruning.

Don’t worry if you’ve gone crazy cutting your plants unnecessarily. We can correct any improper pruning that may have been done on your plants. We’ll have them back to healthy living in no time!  Contact us to get a free estimate or submit a contact form.

03Apr 2017

The Pacific Northwest is known for its vast landscape of evergreen trees. With an abundance of trees comes an abundance of tree trimming, and trees in Washington are no different when it comes to maintenance. Now that spring has arrived, you may have noticed your trees are unkempt and unhealthy – not an ideal state for your tree or your property. To keep up on your tree maintenance, you probably need a tree service company to help you care for your trees and keep them healthy.

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Hiring the Best Tree Removal Service

Are you looking for the best tree removal service in Washington, but don’t know what questions to ask? If you need to find a quality tree service and are looking for the right company, consider these six tips before hiring a tree removal service this spring.

1. Check for a Work Contract

The best tree service companies will give you a work contract to verify that you are not liable for on-the-job accidents, damage to property, or injuries that may occur during the course of the tree removal. If the tree service company fails to provide either of these, you are at a great risk. Avoid trusting the company with your tree’s removal or your property – it could cost you a lot by the time the job is complete.

2. Research the Tree Service’s Credentials and Certifications

When you seek out a doctor, do you want a doctor who is trained in medicine? Of course you do! In the same manner, the best quality tree service provider has a certification as an arborist. Every worker for the service should have the skills needed to remove the trees safely and effectively. Make certain that the company will handle your tree removal with competence and care.

Inquire if the company has references from past customers. The best tree service business gladly shares its satisfied client contacts with you. Those satisfied customers will tell you how great the tree removal service is! If you have a different experience, pick a different company.

3. Examine the Plan for Tree Trimming or Removal

Once you have assessed your tree removal or tree trimming needs, you need to understand and agree with the tree service provider’s plan. Determine if the methods fit with your property and your need. For example, the company may plan to use heavy equipment that could cause damage to your lawn. Determine if that is acceptable to you or if they offer a collateral damage policy. A collateral damage policy recoups your costs for a damaged yard or other property.

Another consideration is how the best tree removal service in Washington cleans up during and after the job. Does the company have a plan to clear and clean at every stage of the process? The last thing you want is a tree removal service that leaves equipment and materials strewn about your yard.

4. Receive an Itemized and Detailed Estimate

You can get estimates from many different companies to help you decide which one is the best option financially for your tree removal or trimming. However, you will notice that some service providers choose not to include detailed estimates. The best tree removal service includes information about the amount of time the project will take, a description of what is included along every step of the service, and the total cost. This is the only way that you can accurately compare costs between companies. Avoid businesses that do not give you details about the job’s costs.

5. Determine If You Are Dealing With Professional People

When you meet the representatives of the tree service business, what is your first impression? If it is not a good one, you may want to consider choosing another tree removal service.

Check the company’s website. Is it up-to-date with credible information? Does the company have customer service representatives who treat you with respect and answer all of your questions? These are some of the important questions you need to ask when considering the professionalism of a tree removal service. Know that the best tree service providers have polished websites and professional staffers to answer all of your questions.

6. Look for Service After the Sale

Springtime is the best time to give trees the care that they need. You may not always need a tree removal, but the best tree service company can conduct a tree inspection to ensure your remaining trees are in healthy condition. An unhealthy tree can die and fall onto your home, vehicle, or even your neighbor’s house, which is why you want to check the health of your trees every year.

The best tree service inspection checks for wounds and disease in the roots. Professionals look at the tree’s color to see if it is ideal and if the wood is healthy. In addition to inspection, here are some spring tree care tips to help you maintain a healthy tree:

  • Look for dead branches. You may need to prune your tree, but never cut in excess of 25 percent of the foliage off at any one time.
  • Add some mulch. Mulch helps trees retain moisture and adds curb appeal. Mulching holds in soil’s moisture, minimizes weeds and helps to prevent mower damage. It also preserves organic matter in the soil.
  • Fertilize your tree. The right fertilizer can help your tree flourish, and a trained arborist will give you advice on the best fertilizer to use.
  • Irrigate your tree. Trees need water. The best tree service can advise you if your tree is not getting enough water.

Tree Service in Washington

Do you need a tree removal service in Washington? Precision Tree Service provides quality tree care at competitive rates. Count on us for your regular tree maintenance, as well as emergency removal services. Contact us to get a free estimate or submit a contact form. We will get back to you in a timely manner!

12Oct 2016

View Enhancement

Are there trees or branches getting in the way or your million dollar view of the Puget Sound? Most properties in the Pacific Northwest enjoy a beautiful view of mountains, rivers, or the Sound, no matter where you are located. But sometimes our lush forests can get a little bit too lush and begin blocking our views.

While we firmly believe that the trees we enjoy in the Seattle area are beautiful and special, we also know that trees in the wrong places or trees that have low aesthetic value can really ruin the view. For many of us, the view is our favorite part of our property!

View improvement tree care services offer a variety of ways to clear your view of plant life. Here are some of the most common means we use to provide view enhancement for our Snohomish and Skagit County neighbors.

Tree Removal

Sometimes, the best option for improving your property view is to remove trees. Old trees, trees that have been damaged, or trees that are simply in the way can be removed entirely in order to open up your property space and allow you to finally get the view you’ve been longing for.

Tree removal for view enhancement is a common practice among homeowners. Our forests and trees grow so rapidly in the Pacific Northwest that even smaller trees that are not currently impeding the view may need to be removed.

When our crew comes to visit your property, we’ll discuss your goals. What trees do you want removed? What would you like to be able to see from your patio/deck/kitchen windows? We’ll cater our services to offer the best view possible.

Tree Pruning and ‘Windowing’

Sometimes the best way to improve your view is to retain the trees, but thin the branches. Pruning out heavy limbs that directly obstruct your view — for instance, that thick limb that hangs directly in front of your living room window — allows homeowners to keep loved trees while still getting a view of the Cascades. Pruning services can be extensive or minimal, according to the preferences of the property owner.

Another form of tree pruning is ‘windowing’. This practice removes specific and carefully selected limbs to create a ‘window’ view through the trees, keeping the upper and lower branches intact. This opens up viewing spaces, yet keeps the structural integrity of the tree intact. In fact, pruning can be very healthy for trees when done by a professional, and it can even contribute to longer life in trees. Older trees with heavy limbs can benefit from the diminished weight. For younger trees, removing the suckers (smaller branches growing from large branches) not only opens up more space in the tree, but it can also prevent the growth of hazardous limbs in later years.

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Crown Reduction

When the trees are simply getting too tall and obstructing your view with their crowns, it’s time for a crown reduction service. Crown reduction is a tricky job — do it wrong, and you’ve got a tree that looks ridiculous, and worse, has had its health severely damaged.

Crown reduction must be done very carefully in order to maintain health and a natural look for the tree. Specific branches are cut to reduce height. Side branches may also be cut to help maintain a natural appearance.

Keep in mind that, depending on the type of tree and it’s growth rate, you may need to obtain crown reduction services multiple times over the coming years. We’ll offer advice to you on how and what to trim, and whether waiting until the tree has grown higher (so that pruning and ‘windowing’ may be performed) might be the wiser choice.

Skirt Raising for View Enhancement

Sometimes your perfect view isn’t obscured by towering cedars, but rather, the low hanging branches of oaks, pine, or other trees. Rather than removing your trees entirely, we can help you get your dream view simply by removing the low-hanging branches to create a cleared space. This is a practice often used when the view of the property is of a valley, river, or other beautiful scenery that is below your home, deck, or patio.

This added height can also help smaller yards feel more open and spacious, as well as allow greater light to filter into the area. For extremely shady yards that are experiencing sparse grass growth, allowing this additional light to enter the area can help improve lawn growth.

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Enhance Your Home or Property View with Precision Tree Services

Our locally-owned company has years of experience working with multi-million dollar properties to enhance views through careful and artistic tree pruning, skirt raising, crown reduction, and tree removal.

We’ve worked with properties in Everett, Marysville, Lake Stevens, Anacortes, and the islands. Whether your view is of the mountains, the Sound, rivers, or the beautiful valleys of our area, Precision Tree Services is the tree service company you need. All of our crew members are native to this area and familiar with the types of trees prolific here, as well as the common hazards of the PNW when landscaping and operating large machinery (wet earth, erosion, mudslides, etc).

We’d love to partner with you to make your home or property even more breathtaking with our careful, artistic tree care services. Contact our team today to get a free quote or to learn more about our services.

Note: We will only cut trees that are on your property. Trees on state property, neighboring property, or that are the property of an entity other than yourself or your business cannot be pruned or removed without written and verbal consent.