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Pruning is the targeted removal of individual branches. It is a necessary part of proper tree maintenance and contributes directly to the health and longevity of a tree. Trees that are properly pruned are much better able to withstand storms and disease. For most trees, pruning can be performed at any time of the year. Some common types of pruning include:

Before and after image of pruning.

Maple and Spruce removed in Mansfield; remaining Spruce trees have crowns raised

Before and after image of pruning.

Crown Thinning performed on a Tulip Poplar in Champaign

Cleaning involves the removal of tree branches that are broken, diseased, dead, or that are poorly attached to the parent limb. Addressing these hazards makes the tree safer to be around while increasing the visual appeal and value of your landscape.

Raising the crown involves the removal of selected lower branches in order to provide clearance underneath the tree. This type of also encourages upward and outward growth of the crown, especially for younger trees.

Thinning is the process by which secondary branches are removed from the crown in order to allow more light and air to filter through. Thinning helps to maintain the shape of the tree and reduces its weight.

In crown reduction, the branches are pruned back in order to reduce the height and/or width of the tree. Reduction is particularly useful for trees that are too close to buildings or that compete with other trees. Reduction is not the same as topping. We are opposed to topping trees except in very rare circumstances.

Hedge trimming
Routine trimming is important to maintain the health and shape of your hedges. If allowed to become overgrown, hedges may require several successive trimmings in order to regain their aesthetic appeal.

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Whole Tree Removal

Before and after image of tree removal.

Removal and stump grinding of a diseased
Lombardy Poplar in Champaign

Sometimes it becomes necessary to remove a tree entirely. Dead, dying, or heavily diseased trees pose a safety hazard and are not worth the risk to keep around. Homeowners may also consider removing trees that have outlived their usefulness, are affecting growth of neighboring trees and plants, or are simply in the wrong location. At Klismith Tree Service, our trained personnel are skilled at safely removing trees of any size and in any location on your property. The protection of your home and property is our top priority.

Unless the homeowner specifies otherwise, all trees are cut to ground level. The final cut to the trunk is made as close to ground level as possible to minimize the stump profile.

After the tree is cut down, we perform a thorough cleanup of the area. All of the brush is chipped and the remaining wood is loaded onto the truck. If the wood from the tree is not dead or diseased, some homeowners opt to keep it for firewood and the chips for landscaping purposes. If you decide to replant, we can also assist you with the selection and planting of the species that suits your taste and integrates with your landscape.

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Stump Removal

Chipping a stump.

Chipping White Pine brush in Urbana

Grinding out a stump.

Grinding out the stump of a Bradford Pear in Champaign

In most cases, it works well to allow tree stumps to naturally decay into the surrounding soil. Some homeowners also apply bacterial solutions to hasten the deterioration. However, if you intend to plant another tree or otherwise landscape the area, you may want to consider having the stump ground out.

Stump removal is accomplished with the help of a stump grinder. The steel teeth on the grinding wheel chew the stump into small chips. The chips can be used elsewhere in your landscaping or hauled away. Our stump grinding service includes everything from a basic grind (we prep the area and grind the stump; you perform the cleanup) to the full service (we prep and grind as well as clean up chips and backfill the hole with new soil).

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Brush Chipping

Brush plies are unsightly and provide a haven for rodents and insects. If you have accumulated brush from spring cleaning the yard or digging out after a storm, we have the professional equipment to process and remove it quickly. Alternatively, as long as the brush did not come from diseased trees and hedges, you can choose to recycle the woodchip as mulch for your landscaping.

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Tree Beehive Removal

Screening on a honeybee hive.

Screening on a honeybee hive discovered during the removal of a dead Tulip Poplar in Le Roy

Honeybees can quickly take up residence in hollowed portions of tree limbs and trunks. We have the skill and experience necessary to safely handle the removal of tree colonies. Because of the important role that honeybees play in our ecosystem, we take great care to relocate the hive to ensure that both homeowners and honeybee are well-protected.

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Emergency Services

When storms wreak havoc with your trees and hedges, we can help. We provide 24/7 emergency evaluations and service.

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