Tree and Stump Removal

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Tree and Stump Removal

At First Choice Tree Care, our goal is, and always will be, to provide tree care services that keep trees safe, healthy, and beautiful. However, there are instances where tree and stump removal is your best or only option. We take great pride in our professional ability to remove trees safely and efficiently.

At First Choice Tree Care, our arborists are trained and experienced in tree climbing and rigging techniques that are specific to removing trees. In most situations, we do not need to drive a truck into your yard in order to remove a tree.

When should you consider removing your tree?

Tree removal is the most hazardous aspect of arboriculture. Each year, thousands of people are injured or killed while removing trees. Learning the techniques involved in safe tree removal takes a high degree of training and experience. Put your trust in our fully insured Wisconsin experts to work safely and efficiently in all aspects of tree removal.

It is our practice to perform an expert consultation before any tree removal. The following are instances where we are likely to recommend removal.

Milwaukee & Wausau Area Tree and Stump Removal
  • Safety: Hazardous trees with extensive trunk decay or roots that have been severely damaged either mechanically or by diseases.
  • Declining Health: Dead or dying trees.
  • Storm Damage: Instances where major storm damage has left the tree beyond repair or caused it to become hazardous.
  • Nuisance: The tree has become a nuisance with the unusual or excessive dropping of seeds, sap, or branches or is an attractant to insects, such as boxelder bugs.
  • Construction: Tree removal to create space for new construction or home additions.
  • Landscape Renovations: In cases where major landscape renovations will either damage trees or because a tree is not well matched for its location. Tree removal can open vistas or views of the surrounding landscape. Removal can also eliminate competition for light and space for remaining plants to better grow and thrive.

Of course, this list is just the beginning. Many factors play a role in tree removal that we are happy to help you weigh and consider.

Stump Grinding

As part of the tree removal process, the stump will typically be left as close to the ground as possible. If desired, our ISA Certified Arborists can provide the removal of the stump. Stump removal can be challenging, back-breaking work, but it may be necessary if the stump obstructs the landscape or is simply an eyesore. We can handle the entire job – from notifying the utility locating service to repairing the site and seeding grass after removing the stump. Stump grinding performed by our tree experts is the easiest and safest way to handle this work. At First Choice Tree Care, we use self-propelled walk-beside stump grinding machines that tread lightly on the yard. In most situations we do not need to drive a truck into your yard to remove a stump.

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Can I do this myself?

We do not recommend tree removal by home owners. Knowing how to run a chainsaw is only a tiny part of knowing how to safely remove a tree! Our ISA Certified Arborists have the track record and experience necessary to take down many different types of trees in a multitude of situations. Not only can an arborist safely remove a tree, but our Wisconsin experts also have the equipment to properly remove branches and wood that would be a much bigger mess on the ground than it was up in the air. Trust us; we do this every day.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Arborists are trained professionals that are knowledgeable and equipped to provide proper tree care. They are specially trained to provide a variety of services to maintain trees. ISA Certified Arborists are individuals who have achieved a level of knowledge in the art and science of tree care through at least three years of experience and have passed a comprehensive examination. They are also required to continue their education in order to maintain their certification, ensuring their knowledge is updated on the latest arboriculture techniques. ISA Arborist Certification is a non-governmental voluntary process that operates without the mandate of law. It is an internal self-regulating device administered by the International Society of Arboriculture. Certification provides a measurable assessment of an individual's knowledge and competence required to provide proper tree care.

The type and frequency of tree care depend on the species, age, location, climate, and other factors that affect the tree's growth. The first step is to educate yourself about your trees and understand their needs. It is imperative to understand that proper tree care is a lifelong process and that planting and caring for a tree is a long-term commitment. A Certified Arborist can create a management plan to best suit the needs of each individual tree in your landscape.

Topping is the indiscriminate cutting of tree branches to stubs or lateral branches that are not large enough to assume the terminal role. Other names for topping include "heading," "tipping," "hat-racking," and "rounding over." Topping is perhaps the most harmful tree pruning practice known. It is usually done to reduce the size of a tree. Often, homeowners top their trees because they feel that they have become too large for their property and are a hazard. However, topping will make a tree more hazardous in the long term and is very harmful to the health of a tree. No educated arborist would ever "top" a tree. "Pollarding," often confused with topping, is an ornamental style of pruning popular in Europe, which involves annual trimming of the new shoots.

Mulches are organic materials placed over the soil surface to maintain moisture. Mulching is extremely beneficial to trees. It can reduce water loss from soil, minimize weed competition, and improve soil structure. Properly applied, mulch gives landscapes a healthy dose of benefits for your trees.

As soon as you notice any abnormality in your tree's appearance, you should begin a careful examination of the problem. Insects and diseases can threaten a tree's health. You should contact a Certified Arborist for assistance immediately. By identifying the specific symptoms of damage and understanding the causes, they will be able to diagnose the problem and recommend appropriate actions for treatment.

Trees are essential to our world, offering a wide range of environmental benefits. However, trees become hazardous liabilities if they fall and injure people or damage property. Proper, constant maintenance will help prevent and identify when a tree becomes dangerous. Evaluating the seriousness of a tree's condition is best done by a Tree Risk Assessment Qualified (TRAQ) Arborist.

One of the best websites for consumer tree care information is For personalized service and detailed information pertaining to your trees, it is best to contact an ISA Certified Arborist to schedule a consultation. For a nominal fee, a Certified Arborist can provide you with a wealth of information, including tree identification, proper pruning, insect and disease problems, and soil nutrition.

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