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Frequently Asked Questions About Tree Maintenance and Our Services

Our courteous representatives are always available to consult with you on your property’s tree service needs. We proudly offer residential, commercial, and municipal services to customers throughout the Metro East 24 hours a day, seven days a week, year-round. For over 25 years, we’ve provided tree trimming and pruning, tree removal, storm damage repair, lot and land clearing, stump grinding, and crane work. We utilize the latest equipment and years of industry knowledge and experience to complete every job, no matter what size safely. Additionally, we are insurance claim specialists, so we’re the ones to call when severe storms devastate your property. Our arborists are available for 24-hour emergency services, as well. Contact us today to discover what we can do for your property!

In the meantime, here are a few frequently asked questions that we’ve come across over the years.

Why should I plant and keep trees on my property?

The benefits that your property will see from one or more trees depend on various aspects. The size of your property, your landscaping goals and dreams, and your budget often shape the number of trees you can have and where you can place them. A-Unlimited Tree Service recommends keeping any healthy trees that are not a hazard to your home or property.

When should I get my tree pruned?

Winter is the dormant season for trees in Illinois and is the best time for tree pruning. The exception to this is spring-blooming trees, which should be trimmed shortly after blooming. Oak trees should only be trimmed in the period between November and the end of March to avoid spreading Oak Wilt.

How much does an estimate cost?

Our estimates are absolutely free! Let us take a look at your trees and property and tell you what we can do!

Do you offer tree crown reduction services?

We do perform reduction and thinning of trees in order to keep tress at your desired height and prevent unnecessary stress and sprouting out in the future.

For tree pruning, do you use spikes?

We do not use spikes in any of our trimming work. They cause the trees needless stress and damage. Instead, we utilize rope climbing techniques that cause no harm to the trees in any way.

Do your services include wood and debris hauling?

Unless we are specifically requested to leave wood or debris, our estimates always include the removal of everything from the ground up. Only the stump will remain unless you ask for the removal of that as well.

What is the best tree for shade/flowers/color/ease of care/etc.?

Our recommendations always include hardwood trees. Oaks, maples, and sycamores are beautiful and can grow to be 60’ tall. These trees will require consideration as to the size of your property, the location you’re considering for the tree, and the surrounding foliage.

How old is my tree?

Externally, it is difficult to determine the age of a tree. However, if you cut a limb off, you can count the internal rings and find out. Each ring accounts for one year of growth. Softer wood trees typically grow faster and are less dense. For example, a large cottonwood tree may only be half as old as an oak or maple that is half its size.

How do I know if my tree needs to be pruned or is about to fall?

Generally, if your tree is leaning to one side or has a top filled with dead limbs, we suggest calling one of our experts immediately to determine what damage exists and the possible solutions. In other instances, you may notice a few tree limbs over your roof or some power lines. These tree limbs are usually the time when trimming or pruning is needed to prevent any future damage to your property.

What happens if my property is damaged during your services?

While it is rare, sometimes accidents can happen. If something goes wrong on our watch, our first priority is to notify you of the incident and work towards a resolution. Reasons like this are why we are a fully licensed and insured company. Your complete satisfaction is our goal! We’ll make sure you’re pleased with our service and our solutions!

If you need to remove a tree, will my property be protected?

In every job we undertake, safety is our number one concern. Through our experience and equipment, we always strive to plan our removal process with the protection of your property in mind. Whether utilizing a crane or laying down protective lawn mats, we’ll leave your site in pristine condition!

Do I need to be at home during your work?

You don’t need to be home during our tree services; however, you are welcome to do whatever makes you most comfortable – watching us work, or stepping out to leave us to it!

If I need multiple services, will they all be done at the same time?

Usually, trimmings and removals will occur on the same appointment, while stump grinding would be set up for another time. This later date is to give time for the identification and marking of underground utilities to further ensure your property’s safety.

What kind of a guarantee do you offer?

We’re a professional company that only accepts payment and considers the job complete when we met your expectations. We’ll do everything within our power to ensure that you are pleased with your service and your new yard.

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What can I do to protect my trees?

The trees on your property are going to be the most resilient landscape element and won’t need as much care as any shrubs or flowers you’ll plant. However, that doesn’t mean that they don’t need any maintenance or upkeep. Trees are most vulnerable to high winds, disease, root system damage, and other specific ailments. A few protection techniques you can employ to keep your trees healthy include:

  • Tree Cabling and Bracing – This will ensure that your trees grow in a way to protect its structural integrity.
  • Trimming and Pruning – Influence the tree's growth direction through trimming while clearing dead branches and allowing new growth.
  • Root Structures – Knowing how extensive your tree's roots are will help prevent damage from digging or other construction projects.
  • Regular Mulching – A regular inch or two of mulch will help deter weeds and maintain soil moisture for your tree.