ISA Certified Arborist Member, ISA
Member, Tree Care Industry Association Member, ISA Western Chapter



Tree trimming is often a preventative solution to more costly problems in the future. In fact, each cut has the potential to change the growth of a tree, no branch should be removed without a reason. Removing leaves reduces photosynthesis and may reduce overall growth. Understanding how a particular tree responds to pruning is essential when selecting branches for removal.

Generally careful trimming can allow 30-50% more light into a given area. Raising the skirt of a tree, that is selecting lower branches for removal, can also have a dramatic impact on light levels.

There are times when, due to a tree's placement or condition, it becomes necessary to decrease its size. The proper method for this is known as Crown Reduction. It is NOT synonymous with tree topping. Topping is one of the most destructive things that can be done to a tree. It increases the chance of insect infestation and disease, its exponentially increases the overall risk of the tree. Tree topping is also antitheses to proper size control. Most trees will replace their lost height in a third of the time it took to reach it in the first lace. Some trees grow up to ten feet a year after having been topped. Crown reduction on the other hand trains a tree to maintain a certain stature. Cuts are made to viable laterals and the tree continues to grow normally.

Tree pruning requires special equipment, training, and experience. If the tree pruning work requires climbing, the use of a chain or hand saw, or the removal of large limb then using safety equipment, such as a climbing saddle, lanyard, and ropes is a MUST. Our climbing certified arborists can provide a variety of services to assist in performing the safely and reducing damage to your property and risk of personal injuries. They also are able to determine which type of tree pruning is necessary to maintain or improve the health, appearance, and safety of your tree(s).


Hazardous Removals

We remove all sizes and quantities of trees using methods similar to trimming trees. Our experienced tree cutters and climbers can rope tree branches and logs away from any obstacle under a tree. Our professionals are among the best in close quarter tree removal. We chip all the brush and haul all the wood away. All products are 100% recycled. Cleanup is accomplished by raking and air blowing thoroughly.


Fire-Hazard Reduction

Ladder fuels advance the spread of fire from one source to another. The key to effective fuel reduction is to space trees and shrubs far enough apart so that a fire will not have a logical path of advancement. Remember, ladder fuel reduction also accomplishes real estate value enhancement and is a good way to clean up a large subdivision prior to initial lot sales.


Tree Preservation

Large, mature trees are becoming scarce. Truly ancient specimens are extremely rare. It is in our best interests as caretakers of the land to do our utmost to prevent needless tree removal. To accomplish, this urban trees require well planned, consistent maintenance. The sooner such a program can be implemented the greater the chances are for a tree's long term survival.



Cabling is performed as a preventative safety measure. Trees that are damaged or that have the potential for causing damage by splitting or falling are often to help reduce the risk of further damage. Cabling can also be used to help stabilize a multi-trunked tree.



With a Bandit 1000 chipper--capable of chipping 12-inch diameter log--Sierra Tree Care is well equipped to handle all of your chipping needs. Ask about our free wood chips.


Stump Grinding

Left to nature, it can take 20 years or more for a stump to decompose and return back to soil. As a result, that unattractive tree stump could be in your way for a long time, creating a hazard or just a nuisance to work around.

Once a tree has been removed, we can grind out the stump immediately. This area can then be restored to lawn, a plant bed, or the location of a replacement tree without having to wait for nature to take its course. No unsightly rotting stump, no sink-hole waiting to happen, toxic chemicals which can be harmful to you or your pets.

Stump grinding is a cost effective way to permanently remove the stump and make the area safe and attractive again.