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501-664-3800 | 221 West 2nd Street, Suite 634 | Little Rock, AR 72201

Q.  When I am researching for tree service, what should I look for in a company?
A.  Safety should be among the top priorities your tree service company has, along with a proven track record for customer service. Tree trimming and removal brings with it inherent dangers, so choosing a company that puts safety first is important. In doing your research, you should also look for a tree care company with certified arborists on staff so you know your tree’s health is being handled by someone who has the experience and know-how you depend on. Additionally, your tree service company should be licensed and insured. When you hire David’s Tree Service, we fit all of the criteria above.

Q.  What does an estimate cost, and how long will it take to receive one?
A.  At David’s Tree Service, we aim to send free estimates to our customers within a day of your call. In the event of a large storm and a higher volume of calls, our estimates may take longer to send back. We let all customers know when they can expect their estimate when they call. Contact us at (501) 664-3800 for help with your free estimate today!

Q. What do you charge to trim or remove a tree?
A. The cost of trimming a tree or removing a tree depends on many factors, such as tree size and the amount of trimming you need completed, so every situation is different. Your landscaping and yard setup also is a factor that contributes to the amount of time and the equipment we need to get the job done. For instance, if your tree is on a slope or in a confined space, work in these areas may take more time. However, don’t be discouraged – our estimates are always free and you are under no obligation. We are competitively priced with other tree service companies in the Little Rock area and welcome any questions you may have about our services.

Q. When the job is done, do you haul away debris such as limbs and branches?
A. Yes, we haul away debris after trimming and tree removal unless you decide you would like to use the wood for firewood. In that case, we can cut up the trunk and limbs for you. When the work is done, you can expect us to clean up like no other tree company, leaving nothing behind. If you hire David’s Tree Service for stump grinding, your wood chips make excellent mulch for your flower beds or compost pile, or you can rake the leftover wood chips out and let them decompose naturally.

Q. What payment methods are available at David’s Tree Service?
A. We accept many methods of payment, including cash, checks, and debit and credit cards. We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover.

Q. What discounts do you offer?
A. We offer discounts for seniors and military (both active duty and veterans).

Q. When you trim trees, do you climb them with spiked shoes?
A. Unless a tree is being removed, it is not recommended a tree care professional climbs it using spikes. Thanks to our equipment, however, our team of tree care technicians does not typically climb trees for trimming or removal, improving safety for all involved.

Q. Do you offer tree topping services?
A. We do not advocate for tree topping as part of our tree care services. When tree topping occurs, it encourages unhealthy growth patterns and may lead to weak branches. Trees that outgrow their space are better removed than topped and can always be replaced with a tree that better fits the space based on its size and growth habit.

Q. What’s a certified arborist?
A. A certified arborist is a professional that has had at least three years of full-time experience in the tree care industry. The training to become certified involves passing a comprehensive arboriculture exam.

Q. Why should I hire certified arborists to take care of the trees on my property?
A. Certified arborists are specially trained with the knowledge and expertise necessary for the proper care of trees. Arboriculture is an extensive and complex study and only those that have certifications can make the best judgments on the care of your tree. From tree trimming to recommendations for overall plant health, a certified arborist is the only one fit for the job.

Q. What’s the value of having a tree on my property?
A. Having one or multiple trees on your property can increase your home’s value by up to 25%. There is a sense of comfort and relaxation when individuals see mature trees adorning a home’s lawn. This is why you should protect the health of your trees to maintain this investment in the beauty of your property for years to come.

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Q. What are the common hazards that affect trees?
A. There are two main types of hazards to trees: environmental and man-made.

Environmental hazards include:

  • Extreme weather conditions
  • Disease
  • Insects and other pests
  • Pollution

Man-made hazards include:

  • Soil compaction
  • Nearby construction

Whatever problem your tree encounters, then the certified arborists at David’s Tree Service can properly treat it to restore your tree to its original beauty!

Q. What is the difference between pruning and trimming?
A. Pruning is removing unnecessary branches and roots to promote the health of your tree. Trimming is cutting pieces of your tree to enhance its appearance in both symmetry and thicker foliage.

Q. How often do I need to trim or prune my trees?
A. Unless a tree outgrows the space it is in or there is a concern it will damage roofs or power lines, tree trimming is not done that often. Tree maintenance is excellent to enhance its appearance, which may mean the tree does not need to be trimmed again for some time. However, it is always a good idea to prune them by removing dead or damaged branches a few times a year, as they can become hazardous to your property and encourages a healthy growth pattern in the trees crown.

Q. What season is the best for trimming or pruning trees?
A. The best season for trimming or pruning your trees are in the winter when they are not actively growing, so therefore easier to reach. Spring can also work, but be aware that some trees work better at this time than others.

Fall is not as ideal as winter or spring, but if you are preparing your landscaping for the extreme weather that comes with winter, then exceptions are made.

Q. Does the whole tree need to be removed if it has dead branches?
A. Not necessarily. Some situations could call for it but generally, all you need to do is prune the tree, removing the dead branches. If you can do this as soon as possible, there is still a chance that the branch may grow back.

Q. How do I know if my tree is in poor health?
A. Signs that your tree is in poor health

  • Dead and brittle wood
  • Crack or cankers in the bark
  • Growing decay such as mold or mushrooms
  • Unusual or uneven growth pattern

If your tree is showing any of these signs, call David’s Tree Service to diagnose and treat the problem!

Q. Why do I need to remove my tree stumps?
Not only are tree stumps an eyesore, they can disrupt your landscaping plans. Also, if the tree was removed because of disease, then it still has the danger of infecting the other plants in your yard.

Periodic tree pruning eliminates safety hazards while promoting safe and healthy growth patterns to enhance your tree’s beauty.

Removal of dead or unstable trees close to buildings is crucial for protecting safety and avoiding property damage and liability.

Get rid of unsightly tree stumps that get in the way of mowing and landscaping with quick, environmentally-friendly stump grinding.