Tree Trimming Fort Myers


Why on earth bother trimming your trees professionally?


Because your trees are more valuable than you think. The US Forest Service asserts that fully grown tees can raise the worth of your home by around ten per cent. So a tree-less property appraised at, say, $350,000 could be worth $385,000 with some nice, grown trees planted around it. This is supported by the claim from the Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers that every mature tree is valued at between $1,000 to $10,000.

We say that the range variance in the Council’s figures is due to an individual tree’s condition. Moneysense agrees and confirm that a trees' ability to enhance property value depends largely on how well they're maintained. We extrapolate from this that a neglected and/or badly trimmed tree will detract from a property’s maximum possible worth. Tree Top Pros can help you maximize the value of your property in at least 3 ways:

Firstly, by informing you how you can trim your small trees yourself the right way and safely – see the relevant sections later on this page.

Secondly, by offering a professional and affordable trimming service for your larger trees that complies to ANSI A300 -2017 Pruning standards. We explain this service on this page.

Thirdly, by informing you regularly how you can take care of your trees yourself. A little attention to your trees health and well-being will go a long way. To make the most of your efforts, we suggest that you follow our monthly Tree Care Diary which is accessible at the bottom of this page, absolutely FREE of charge.

Venn Diagram comparing tree trimming with tree pruning

Trimming Definition

Tree trimming is usually a timely practice in reaction to a hazard brought on by a tree or substantial shrubbery. As an example, a tree must be cut back when a limb blocks a street or right of way. Where tree branches remain in danger of wrecking real estate, they ought to be cut down and also be extracted. Regular trimming is also required if the owner believes that the general shape of their tree really needs enhancing for visual purposes.

Pruning Definition

It is comparable and yet slightly different to pruning. Tree pruning is really a lot more of a prepared, intentional practice calling for surgical incisions on specific months of the calendar year and only at certain places on the tree for the purpose of maximizing the tree's health or fruitfulness. In reality, however, the 2 words are employed reciprocally. We show you how to prune your trees yourself if you follow our monthly Tree care Diary.

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When a professional trim for your tree is overdue

If these situations arise with your tree, you should call Tree Top Pros straight away:

  • Your tree is swaying way too close to electricity high-voltage lines
  • Tree boughs are dangling near to or even touching the roof or walls of your property
  • You want to have a more desirable or different shape for your tree
  • Your next-door neighbor is grumbling that your tree is looming over his garden
  • There are lifeless branches swaying off your tree
  • Your trees haven't been actually trimmed in memory
  • Your tree is literally excessively massive to trim in the absence of a ladder or even climbing hardware

Get in touch with us and speak to a certified arborist to take a look at your trimming project. Our experts might visit supposing that there's an especially big tree requiring attention or perhaps there are a number of trees concerned.

So that our customers are always in the driving seat, we'll present you a TOTALLY FREE, reasonable estimate of charges with regard to the requested task well before any service starts.

If any of these listed situations apply to you, then we suggest you take action soon with some prophylactic trimming. This will solve your predicament and help you to avoid a more expensive tree removal job in the near future.

How to trim a tree without killing it

You may be tempted to trim a tree yourself. Assuming that you have a small-sized tree, it may well be feasible IF:

- you own the necessary tools
- have a little bit of practical knowledge
- own safety wearable’s and
- your tree is sufficiently small that the work doesn't involve a step ladder.

It's a massive conceit to try and condense decades of learning as well as practice into a few paragraphs. But, hey, we’ll try anyway. A number of the typical trimming slips we notice and what to avoid are laid out beneath within these tips:

  1. A stub is allowed to remain just where the limb has been removed. Such stubs will allow decay because trees cannot repair these properly. Rather, cut near to the primary branch and without touching the 'collar' which is the (sometimes) raised area joining a spur to a larger ‘mother’ branch.
  2. Neither trim too far from the main branch nor too close. Cutting flush to the main branch will damage the collar area hindering the tree’s efforts to heal over the wound. Flush cuts can foster rot leading to a weakness in the primary branch.
  3. Cuts are too inclined to the direction of the branch and also larger than needed. Your trimming snip should be clean and you should attempt to get the smallest-sized cut face feasible. In any other case, the wound is going to repair over more sluggishly, involving more energy which the tree could use in other parts of the tree.
  4. Trees are often cut back far too dramatically. This practice is usually called lion-tailing, hatting, hat-racking, topping etc. Whatever the handle, the practice will stimulate the tree into pushing out weak, fleshy growth supposing that it doesn't destroy the tree. Come the next storm, those weak branches will be quick to fall. This effectively negates the intended purpose of the original savage trim. Consequently, we recommend that you trim back no more than one fifth to one quarter from each live branch and from the total tree canopy within any one year. This trimming advice, all these tips actually, are fully compliant with ANSI A300 standards.
  5. The tree is excessively large to trim down. Inexperienced folks climbing up sizable trees can and does result in a high possibility of personal injury and also property breakage below and around the tree. Just don't do it - get in touch with the professionals.
man up ladder working on his own trees

How to trim a large tree without killing yourself

Simply say no! Call up Tree Top Pros as a safe alternative. Cutting a big tree entails climbing equipment or even rolling out tracked, hydraulic bucket rigs. There's certainly a substantial risk of tumbling off normal domestic ladders leading to a primary reason for backyard traumas and worse. The limbs of large trees are obviously much larger as well as heavier. They have the ability to knock out any climbing hardware and can and do wreck the ladder that is carrying you up high in your tree. This is actually the 2nd area of high risk and it really is not justifiable.


How to trim trees which are small

With practice as well as a few tips directly from a trained and certified arborist, you can trim trees on your own for your small-sized specimens. Our company mentions some of the essentials including top pruning methods within our post here and inside our February Tree Care Diaries. Our experts describe the highest length of commonly available trimming tools that approximates to 30 feet when added to the reach of an adult human. Any tree taller than this height is going to involve unsafe ladders and our staff does not advise that you employ these in a tree when it comes to your own personal health and safety. We've noticed and know about too many mishaps. The moment that you think of trimming, contact our district arborist and she will show you effective ways to prune ... or even how to trim better.

Tree Trimming Permit

A lot of city districts demand that you hold a pruning permit well before work starts on your tree, particularly in the event that it is located within a commercial or industrial locality or even found in a shared community space. Many counties go a step further and demand a before and after trimming check. Although Lee County is not one of those counties, our company knows the rules and procedures in your local community and is able to guide you appropriately.

The city of Fort Myers falls within Lee County of-course. What is less well known is Lee County’s enthusiasm to protect native and protected trees, in particular. For example, they are firm advocates of trimming companies acting responsibly. They outlaw excessive tree pruning such as hat racking, balling, poodle tailing and lion-tailing of trees, particularly on development sites in the county. In fact, they wrote out to all us tree contractors in 2008 promising more vigorous enforcement action and penalties against the abuse of trees.

Tree Top Pros supports responsible trimming of trees which is why we adhere to ANSI A300 American Standards.



Phone us right now for all your tree service requests. We can move, remove or improve your trees as well as providing an excellent tree trimming service.

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Tree Top Pros

Fort Myers, FL

(239) 829-5279




Communities We Serve within Fort Myers

33916, 33901, 33905, 33907, 33913, 33966, 33919, 33971, 33912, 33900, 33903, 33908, 33917, 33967, 33990, 33965, 33902, 33906, 33911, 33994.


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