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.

21Jul 2016

dangerous trees pruning

Thank goodness for trees! They keep the air clean, healthy and enrich the environment. Not only this, but they also help to dampen noise pollution and provide us with natural beauty that we can look upon for ages to come.

But did you know that there are telltale signs of diseased and dangerous trees in the Greater Seattle area that can do more harm than good on your property?

If there are trees on your property that are damaged, diseased, or poorly maintained, they can do long-term damage to your health and property. Here is how you can identify such problems in your yard.

Tree Cracks/Splits

Often when the weather is colder, trees will expand and contract. Causing various cracks to form on the trees branches or trunk and to the root. Keep an eye on your trees when you notice the temperature fluctuate.

  • Vertical cracks – look out for 2 cracks on either side of the tree because sometimes it can mean there is root breakage.
  • Cracks going into the ground – if you can see a crack that goes into the ground from the tree, it’s time to take a closer look. This can occur because of lightning or the rotting of the inside of the tree trunk. This type of weakness may cause the tree to split in half.

Dead Wood

Though the name is somewhat self-explanatory, dead wood is what occurs on a branch or part of a tree that has died. Because of the soft and brittle nature of this wood, it can make the tree very unpredictable.

Here is how you can identify dead wood:

  • Change in foliage appearance: if you notice that there are some branches that are leafless while the rest are full and healthy looking, that could be an indicator of dead wood.
  • Bark on the ground: If there is bark that’s fallen on the ground and you notice that no new bark is replacing itself on the tree, that’s because there may be some dead wood beneath.
  • Fungus: if mushrooms or fungus starts sprouting, that might be an indicator that the wood is dead or at risk.
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Damaged or diseased trees may need to be removed entirely.

Multiple Trunks

Often times, multiple trunks are not a problem but if they are connected weakly then there could be cause for concern. If the connection is weak then the tree has more of a chance of breaking because they produce too many layers of bark or crack more easily.

Take a look at the shape of the connections. Does it look more like a “V” shape or a “U” shape? If it’s more like a “U” then you’ve got a strong connection. If it’s like a “V” then there is more of a chance of it splitting down the middle at that point.

Tree Boring Insects

There are certain kinds of insects that will nest inside trees and their larvae feed on the living tissues. The damage they cause can be ultimately devastating to the health and life of the tree. They weaken the overall structure and branches, causing them to break and fall.

What to look for:

Small holes: if you can see tiny holes puncturing the tree trunk in a symmetrical shape, you may have tree borers. Sometimes they have a sawdust type substance around the area and falling on the ground below called frass that is easy to look out for.

Girdled trees: This is when a strip of bark is missing and seems to have been stripped from the entire circumference of the tree. This is very problematic to the safety of the tree because it’s where the tree spreads its nutrients.

It’s important to note that tree borers are attracted to trees that have already been damaged, so if you see some of the small holes or girdling and can catch it quick enough, it may stop the spreading of infestation.

What to do next:

If diseased or damaged trees are a problem in your yard, reach out to a professional for an assessment. Many of these problems can be fixed with pruning and cleaning up the area. For greater damage, sometimes the tree will have to be removed. In either case, a professional opinion is needed. Call us or fill out our form for a free consultation.


18Mar 2016

The birds are chirping, the grass is green, and the cherry blossom trees are beginning to bloom. Just as spring cleaning keeps a home happy, springtime tree pruning keeps a yard healthy year-round!

Pruning services are particularly beneficial in the early part of spring, as they have a strong influence over how well a tree will bloom and flourish in the coming year. To ensure that you have a lush, polished yard all year round, we want to share a little information about tree pruning services and the importance of having it done professionally.

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Large Tree Pruning

Do you have trees on your property that have been there since the beginning of time? Or at least, ever since you’ve lived in your home?

If you’ve got large, adult trees on your property, there’s a good chance that they don’t often see the tree pruning services they so rightly deserve. When a large tree is neglected, it not only becomes unsightly and overgrown, but it also poses a hazard to your home.

As 2015 was a record-shattering year for weather-related incidents, it’s become even more imperative to make sure your home is protected from falling tree branches or, worse, entire trees.

Our Everett tree care company can help you get an early jump on diagnosing the health of the large trees on your property, and minimize any risk that your home may face in the event of another large storm in 2016.

Common Mistakes of DIY Pruning

Depending on the size of the tree and the industriousness of the property owner, many folks will venture out into the yard to handle the spring pruning on their own.

While these seasoned veterans may have pruned their share of rhododendrons, they aren’t often versed on the intricacies of tree care services on the large oak, fir, and maples in their yards. Here’s a few of the most common pitfalls in a DIY tree pruning job.

Over-pruning: It is generally recommended to never prune more than 15-20% of a mature tree’s foliage at once. Over-pruning the tree can deprive it of essential nutrients and hamper the tree’s ability to feed itself, thus weakening its structure over time. Contact an Everett tree care company to have a professional help assess how much foliage should be removed.

Topping: Topping a tree is the act of cutting away large sections at the top of the tree’s crown or leafing branches. This results in new branches growing in their place that end up competing with each other and causing unsightly, clustered growth. A professional tree pruning service will ensure that the tree’s appearance improves after pruning, not the opposite.

Lopping: Not to be confused with topping, lopping occurs when a cut is made on the tree anywhere other than the union or the node. If you’re unfamiliar with the definition of these terms, you may not want to be performing your own tree care services. Lopping results in an uneven balance for the tree and can complicate its growth and stability further down the road.

Flush cutting: Flush cutting is a traditional practice of pruning trees that involves cutting the branch below the collar, flush with the supporting branch or trunk. Professional tree pruning services have evolved past this technique, as it often results in uneven bark thickness and leaves the tree exposed to invasion by fungus, pests, and disease. Our tree care company will use only the most effective, safe techniques in pruning your trees.

Professional Service

Avoid pruning mishaps and mistakes this year and make sure that your yard is looking its best. Utilizing our experienced Everett tree care company will guarantee that your yard looks beautiful and your leafy friends are healthy for years to come. Give us a call today and we’ll help transform your backyard into the epitome of Spring.

21Jan 2016

Homeowners in the Pacific Northwest are well acquainted with winter flooding. Positioned between the Puget Sound and Cascades Mountains, our beloved Seattle area is the definition of temperate, and as a result, we see rain when other regions might see snow. If we’re hit by a rain storm during the winter, harmful floods will most likely follow. While some flood damage is obvious (think water in the basement) other damage, particularly in the yard, is less apparent.

Flood damage to shrubbery and trees is extremely common. If you have trees on your property, large or small, having them inspected after a flood is vital. Flood waters can erode the soil, compromise root systems, and so much more than puts your home at risk of a tree falling and causing further damage. Here are a few ways floods can hurt the integrity of your trees, and whether or not you should consider emergency tree removal.


Root Damage

When the ground around a tree is flooding, it often results in a reduction of root growth. After all, with the soil so saturated with water, the roots don’t need to reach far for moisture. This is common with trees that already live in an area with water closer to the surface: a shallow water table results in shallow root systems. When your property floods, the trees will become less reliant on root growth to find water and within seven days, your trees will experience root growth loss.

As flooding causes a loss of growth in root systems, the health and extent of the roots will also decline. Fungi will attack the roots and ultimately weaken the entire tree. All things considered, it is advised to get your yard and greenery inspected after flooding. If the damage is extensive, emergency tree removal may be necessary to avoid further damage to your home and property in the future.  

Poor Soil Conditions

Flood waters harm your soil in several ways. First, there’s the risk of erosion, especially if your property is situated on a hill or near a creek. Flood water will drill away at any soil it can, wearing it back and exposing any root systems growing within. Without access to nutrients, not to mention an anchor to the ground, trees will die and eventually fall.

Another way flooding can hurt soil conditions is by reducing aeration. Simply put, the flood water moves into pores that previously held gases. Because oxygen moves more freely through a gas interface than water (by several thousand times), water clogging those pores will inhibit your trees’ growth and health. Throw in harmful bacteria, reduced chemical activity, and dispersing of clay particles—all effects of flooding on soil—and you find your trees at great risk during flooding. Professional tree inspection is recommended as soon as the flooding subsides.


Tree Toppling

You don’t need an inspection to know if a tree topples in your yard. However, winter storms often knock over trees that are weak, old, or have shallow root systems. If it’s not the flood water doing the toppling, high wind gusts can just as easily do the trick.

Whatever the final cause, you may experience a tree falling completely over, possibly onto your house. At this point, the most important call you can make is to an emergency tree removal company. Attempting to move a fallen tree can be extremely dangerous; you run the risk of causing further damage, personal injury, and more. At Precision Tree Service, our experienced team of professionals will analyze the tree in question and plot the best course of action, avoiding any unnecessary risk, damage, or time.

Growth Problems

Finally, keep in mind that if you trees survive the flood, they are still at risk of long-term growth issues. Since the water eroded and shifted the soil, demanding quick growth from the tree’s roots to adapt to the new soil conditions. Some trees are unable to adapt as quickly as others, and they are more likely to die within the next two to three years.

Tree Removal Services

Precision Tree Service provides same-day emergency tree removals, as well as inspections and consultations to help you make the final decision. A dying tree is a dangerous tree, and our team of experts can help keep your family and home safe. If you have experienced a tree falling over, we will remove it efficiently and carefully, without putting your home in any more danger of damage. Contact us today for more information!

03Sep 2015

Recent windstorms left thousands of Seattle homes and businesses without power. Not only did these storms damage homes, properties, power lines, and commercial buildings, but they also took a serious toll on Seattle trees. Several fallen trees and large, heavy limbs were responsible for felling power lines and damaging homes throughout the area.


Following a raging windstorm, it is important that homeowners know how to properly assess and care for their damaged trees. Here is a simple, three-step guide for how to analyze and restore your trees after a Seattle windstorm.

1. Stay Safe

Safety should also be a home owner’s top priority after a windstorm. Trees or limbs may have been blown into delicate and dangerous positions against power lines or homes. Blocked road access and downed power lines pose unavoidable threats, so it is important that families stay clear of any areas with potential dangers.

For families with large trees or tree limbs that are threatening their homes or properties an emergency tree removal service can be contacted to safely and quickly remove the tree.

2. Assess the Damage

Trees and shrubs can experience tremendous and serious damage after a windstorm. To enable these plants to recover, it is important that property owners identify and document the injuries. By taking notes and snapping photographs of damaged areas, inspectors can identify the severity of an injury and the proper course of action.

If there is damage to the main trunk of the tree, or major limbs have broken off, it is likely that the tree will not be able to recover. The larger the wound, the lower the chances of the tree’s survival and recovery. Ideally, the tree should have retained about 50% of the crown’s branches and leaves. This will help the tree to restore itself and repair any damaged limbs.


3. Take Action

Depending on whether the not the tree is salvageable, there are different steps that can be taken to either encourage its recovery or remove it from the property.


For trees that have experienced too many serious injuries, it is possible that parts of the tree can be sold or salvaged. Large limbs, broken main stems, and other parts of the tree might have buyers that would help make the cost of losing the tree less significant. If it is not the appropriate size or type, it should still be removed immediately. Prompt action to remove an unsalvageable tree can help to prevent disease and pest infestations in the dead tree.


Special care and tree maintenance must be provided to protect your injured trees from exposure to insects, invasive species, or disease. If limbs are broken and hanging from the tree, they must quickly be removed. Main sections of the tree that are split or broken can be bolted and held together to encourage healing. Wound dressings and pruning paints are also available to cover exposed sections of the tree and prevent decay.

Pruning, trimming, and restoring trees require specific training, special equipment, and extensive caution. Our Seattle tree care and removal services can assist you in analyzing and pruning any injured trees on your property.

At Precision Tree Services, we provide tree removal in Mount Vernon and throughout Snohomish and Skagit County. We provide a variety of tree services, including emergency tree care, tree pruning services, tree crown reduction, tree cabling, and more. To learn more, feel free to contact us by giving us a call, or filling out our contact form.

24Aug 2015

Maintaining the health and condition of your evergreen trees and shrubs is actually more important than you might think. If not properly pruned and cared for, your plants can grow to be eye-sores on your property rather than beautiful additions.

To prevent this from happen, Skagit County and Snohomish County property owners must first understand why pruning has such a significant impact on the growth and longevity of the evergreen plans in their garden or property.


1. Why Prune Evergreens

If you have a living evergreen, it’s going to grow in any direction it likes. Pruning is the process of directing and encouraging growth in specific desired areas or directions. Evergreens can quickly become very large and overgrown with spots of sparse foliage. Most shrubs or trees that grow like this tend to appear disorganized, untended, and quite ugly. Pruning your evergreens is the first step toward enhancing your Snohomish property’s appearance and ensuring the health of your plants.

2. How To Prune Evergreen Trees and Shrubs

Pruning is the process of cutting or trimming away certain parts of your shrub or tree that are dead or undesirable. By removing branches that have been injured from disease, infestation, animals, or storms, property owners will help to keep them healthy and encourage future growth.

Many Snohomish County homeowners go about pruning willy-nilly, without paying careful attention to growth patterns. This causes the plant to grow in a funny shape with sparse foliage. Selective pruning gives you the ability to control the shape and size of your tree or plant while maintaining dense and well-proportioned foliage.

Evergreen Trees

There are many specific steps involved in pruning and maintaining evergreen trees. For pruning trees, it is important to remove any branches that are rubbing together or that are competing for dominance. These conflicting branches cause wood to split, threatening the health of the tree. Removing water sprouts and suckers from the limbs and base of the tree will conserve the tree’s energy and encourage growth in more desirable areas.

Evergreen Shrubs

The process of learning how to prune and maintain shrubs is actually quite simple. Shrubs need to be clipped and pruned every year to direct and encourage growth. If foliage is allowed to grow too thick, air and sunlight cannot reach the center of the plant, encouraging disease and pest presences near the trunk. Pruning also helps to direct the shape and size of the plant so that it gives your property a natural and wholesome appearance.


3. When To Prune Evergreen Shrubs and Trees

It is best to prune evergreen shrubs in early summer as this is the time that plant energy is at its peak. This increased energy allows the new growth enough time to mature and heal before the cold weather and dormancy arrive.  If pruned too late in the year, there is the risk that the new evergreen growth will be stunted or damaged.

4. Removing Evergreen Shrubs and Trees

If a tree or shrub on your property is dead, diseased, or damaged beyond restoration, it can be removed at any time of year. This project should actually be completed as as soon as possible. Dead or damaged plants plants or trees are no longer of any value or benefit to your property, and diseased plants can encourage the spread of insects to other plants. A professional tree removal service is recommended for most tree removal projects.

For projects that require extensive labor and equipment, it sometimes better to simply call in the professionals. At Precision Tree Services, we offer a variety of tree care services, including evergreen tree trimming, evergreen shrub pruning, and even tree removal and stump grinding throughout Snohomish County and Skagit County. For more information, contact us by giving us a call, or filling out our contact form.