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Maryland Roadside Tree Law

Before a roadside tree is trimmed or cared for in any way, a Tree Care Permit must be obtained from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forest Service.

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Tree Pruning to ANSI Standards

Proper pruning encourages growth, increases flower and fruit production, improves plant health and removes damaged limbs, all which give aesthetic appeal to a tree.

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In addition to permitting, planting, and maintaining tree populations, the Urban Forestry Division (UFD)’s arborists are authorized to protect the District’s trees by issuing citations that carry financial or other penalties for violations of regulations…

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Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is an Asian beetle, first detected in Michigan in 2002. It has since killed tens of millions of ash trees in southeastern Michigan alone, with tens of millions more lost in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, New York…

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Ask the Arborist “FAQ”

Yes, estimates are free.  Specialty services such as Arborist Consultations or a Certified Arborist letter, are offered by appt. for a fee.

There are many factors that contribute to how the price of your project is calculated, for instance but not limited to

  • Location of the tree
  • Size of tree 
  • Health and or condition
  • Equipment necessary to perform the work
  • Accessibility of property
  • Man power required

No, as long as we can access the property (no locked gates, pets are kept inside, etc).

Generally, most standard estimates can be returned within 24-48 hrs.  During peak times (Spring and Fall or extreme weather situations) this time frame may extend a bit due to high call volume.

Yes – please see the “contact us” section for our licensing information.

Yes, Edward Mulheron (the owner) is our ISA Arborist.

Yes, we are licensed Tree Experts.  A certificate of insurance can be provided at the request of the customer and we have Bonding capacity.

After a phone call or email inquiry we come out to calculate a proposal. We send it to you within 24-48 hours. From there, you must sign, initial and date your contract and return to our office by email or mail.

We accept personal checks or we can process a Visa or MasterCard payment.

The time of year greatly effects our lead time, this can vary so much depending on the job and season.  When you return your signed contract, we can give you a scheduling time frame.

Arborists adhering to the ANSI A300 pruning standard will not:

  • leave branch stubs
  • make unnecessary heading cuts
  • cut off the branch collar (not make a flush cut)
  • top or lion’s tail trees (stripping a branch from the inside leaving foliage just at the ends)
  • remove more than 25 percent of the foliage of a single branch
  • remove more than 25 percent of the total tree foliage in a single year
  • damage other parts of the tree during pruning
  • use wound paint
  • prune without a good reason
  • climb the tree with climbing spikes
American Elm – NEVER prune when in leaf. Pruning can be done starting in December, provided we have had 3 consecutive days or more of freezing temperatures. Pruning should stop by March 15th. Crape Myrtle – Pruning can begin when the plant has finished blooming and flowers have fallen off. My preference is to wait until tree is dormant. Pruning should stop by February 28th. Leyland Cypress – “Clipping” anytime is acceptable. “Shearing” should only be done between March 15th thru November 30th.

Yes.  We offer various fertilizations and pest management to promote health and growth.

Yes, depending on where you live.  

Are you in a community that has an HOA?

Are you within City limits?

Are you in an incorporated township?

Are you located within the Historic District?

Is the tree in a county or state owned right of way?

Do you live in Washington DC?

https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/green/trees/permits-and-concerns.html

 

Maryland Roadside Tree Law

Before Trimming or Removing a Roadside Tree

Before a roadside tree is trimmed or cared for in any way, a Tree Care Permit must be obtained from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forest Service. A roadside tree is any tree that grows all or in part within a public road right-of-way. A permit is also needed to plant a tree within the public road right-of-way.

Any work (including the removal of a tree having a permit) performed on a street tree must be done by a Licensed Tree Care Expert.

When tree care is performed on a roadside tree without a permit, a fine may be assessed or more severe actions taken by the Department of Natural Resources.

Your neighbors have a duty not to trespass on your property, and this may include overhanging tree branches or other plants extending from the neighbor’s property onto your property. However, it may be difficult to persuade a court to order your neighbor to cut back a tree or other plant, unless you can show that the overgrowth is harming you or your property.

You may cut a branch, vine, or root of a neighbor’s tree or other plant that extends onto your property, but only back to the neighbor’s property line. You may not enter your neighbor’s property to trim or remove a tree or other plant without first getting your neighbor’s consent. If you wish to trim or cut down a tree that is close to a public road, you may need to apply to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources for a permit (form available here). You should also check with your county and municipality to see whether they have other requirements you must follow in order to trim or remove a roadside tree.

If it falls in your yard, it’s your responsibility. Regardless of where the limbs/tree originates from. Same goes if your neighbor’s tree falls on your house.

Yes, we do. Stump grinding is a separate service and is not included in the tree removal pricing.

Please see our stump grinding section of our website.

If you wish to remove the stump for aesthetic purposes, or if you wish to resurrect that area back to grass, grinding to a level of 6” is sufficient to achieve that. We can also add topsoil, or seed and straw as well.

If you wish to plant anything in the same location where the stump was, grinding deeply, will be necessary.

No, we do not.

Industry Related Sites

Angie List

Best Pick Report

Blue Book

Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Better Business

Service Areas

Montgomery County

Washington, DC

Northern VA

Prince Georges Co.

Commercial & Municipal Clients:

Town of Somerset

Blessed Sacrament

The Carleton

The Elizabeth

The Village of Friendship Heights