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  • Trunk or Stem = The main part of the tree from the stump to the canopy.
  • Tree Canopy = The foliage portion of a tree made up of leaves or needles.

Not more than 1/3 of a tree’s canopy should be removed in a single growing season.

– It is frequently necessary to trim a wildly overgrown tree (a tree that needs to have more than 1/3 of its canopy removed) in stages over a few growing seasons to bring it back into alignment.

– A possible exception is when a tree poses a danger and the owner wishes to remove a larger portion due to its possible impact with people or property. The possible loss of the tree is
preferable to the loss of a home or living being.


  • Class “C” Trim: Raise the canopy to the designated height. This may include removing a couple of errant branches.

– Final canopy height is determined by the tree size: in general, Small Trees (3’ to4’), Medium Trees (6’) Large Trees may be (6’ to 20’).

– The final actual canopy height is impacted by the tree type, size and proximity to buildings and obstacles.

– Evergreens sometimes simply need to have their canopy’s raised a few inches to keep the branches out of the dirt.

  • Class “B” Trim: Class “C”, plus remove diseased, rubbing, or crossing branches and suckers from the inside of the tree. This includes the main trunk or stem and a few feet out on the main branches to 2/3’s of the tree height or a designated height based on tree size, type and budget parameters.

  • Class “A” Interior Trim: removing diseased, rubbing or crossing branches and suckers from the inside of the tree. This includes the main trunk or stem as well as the branches and limbs 5” diameter and larger.

  • Class “A” Exterior/Interior trim: Class “A” interior trim plus shaping the entire outside of the tree as well. This is typically performed on ornamentals, fruit trees as well as almost any small and mid-sized trees to shape and train them for a long and healthy life.
  • Building Protection: Removing branches to clear the building’s walls and roof.

– Small trees 2’ to 3’ off the side of the building and 3’ to 5’ off the roof

– Large Trees 3’ to 5’ off the side of the building and 5’ to 8’ off the roof

– Final determination is made based on tree size, type, health and its proximity to the building.

Dead Wooding: Removing dead branches in a tree. This is performed both for aesthetics as well as to remove the danger of a limb impacting a person, pet or building. This is usually designated by a branch diameter size such as, limbs 4” diameter (DI) and larger and is associate with a height. Typically the “Class” height is used but in rare cases a different height may be chosen. The actual branch size and height of dead wooding is determined by the tree size and type as well as the owner’s budget.

Tree Trimming Available in Hartland, Howell, Brighton, Pinckney, & Hamburg

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We care about the health of your trees because we care about you. Tree health provides safety, for you and your family. Why take the risk?

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Stump grinding can be dangerous and we recommend that it be performed by professionals. At Martin Tree Service we have competent and knowledgeable tree experts who keep in mind the safety of our employees and your property. Rest assured that the care of your property and belongings are important to us. With our safety guidelines and innovative removal systems, our first priority is safe tree stump grinding.

Our tree experts are trained in safety and tree care and can assist you in any questions you may have. Our employees can provide tips to improve the health of your trees and shrubs. They can also share instruction for identifying risks to your landscape.

We provide a free estimate and look forward to assisting you in tree service needs. With a mind towards tree health, at Martin Tree Service we want to improve your view.

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