This spring during a windy day with strong bursts, I noticed the ground lifting slightly at the base of the large spruce tree in our tiny backyard.
I contacted two local contractors for estimates, hoping to keep the tree. Both were knowledgeable and provided similar pricing quotes. Anson the owner was very knowledgeable explaining spruce bud worm, and the importance of the underground root structure & health.
He recommended topping the tree by about 8 feet but assured me he could prune the top decently to keep a good shape. This to reduce the height & wind resistance, along with clearing all deadwood and strategically pruning with goal of improving the tree’s health and lessening the wind load.
A couple weeks latter their team (Eric & another worker) arrived on time to prepare. Anson showed up a bit latter and did the job. Climbing the tree, clearing dead wood on the way up, pruning away some branches, and cleanly took about 8’ off the top. It was surprising how much old wood and other crap came down.
Great guys and very professional. My only regret was not having them reshape the top a bit better. But Anson was a long way up, and it was cold up there, so I deferred to their judgement. I didn’t want to keep him up there any longer than necessary.
Overall though I am pleased with the work and would definitely recommend this company.