"God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and thousand tempest and floods. But he cannot save them from fools."
- John Muir
"Why are there trees I never walk under but large and melodious thoughts descend upon me."
- Walt Whitman
"I frequently tramped eight or ten miles through the deepest snow to keep an appointment with a beech tree. or a yellow birch. or an old acquaintance among the pines."
- Henry David Thoreau
City of Laurel
Matt Wheeler, public works
City of Forsyth
Contact Chris Purkett, tree board
City of Glendive
Contact Jack Rice, public works
City of Colstrip
Contact Tana Pippin, tree board
City of Billings
Steve Riley, City Arborist
City of Missoula
Contact Chris Boza, city forester
stump removal contracts / 500+ stumps
City of Dillon
DNRC grant / Tim Egan
City of Kalispell
Fred Bicha / city forester
canopy restoration pruning
Town of Roundup MT
Contact Linda Yount
DNRC grant/structural pruning/stump grinding
Town of Lavina
Contact Vicki Berger, Lavinia Tree Board
additional communities and clients: Livingston MT, Lewistown MT, Townsend MT, Hamilton MT,
Manhattan, Anaconda, Shelby, Scobey, Polson, Wyola
Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks,
Montana Urban Community Forestry Association
stop the torture
Many tree services practice lion's tail pruning. This is the removal of excess inner branches and foliage. Lion's tailed trees develop unsightly sucker growth. Too much open canopy will induce sun scald on the primaries. Terminal ends over react from the loss of foliage. Left over branches elongate. The plant will not develop stem taper. Structurally sound trees have well tapered stems and branches. Trees should be pruned throughout the total canopy. Outer canopy pruning is critical. Knowledge of layering helps give forth broad and outreaching canopies. Cuts should not be flush. I use razor sharp sword quality steel.
I prune by hand and NOT WITH A CHAIN SAW !!!!!!!