Seattle Tree Service Q&A
At Seattle City Tree Service, we know that you have many options to get your tree care needs taken care of. And even though we’ve been providing great quality tree care to Seattle for a while now, we know it can be a challenge finding a company you feel comfortable using.
To take the guesswork out of choosing the right tree care provider, we’ve compiled some of the questions we get the most from new clients just like you. And if you don’t see the same question you have, just ask! We love to inform our customers the best that we can.
Q & A
Q: Being that everyone has a different opinion of what “tree care services” actually means, what services does Seattle City Tree Service provide?
A: While discount “tree care” companies may only offer pruning and raking services, we choose to go above and beyond for each of our customers. And they appreciate it each time we exceed their expectations! We do more for less by offering such services as:
Professional Arborist Services
Post-Storm and Vacant Lot Clean Up
Q: I want to make sure I’m getting the most value when I pay for tree service. Isn’t tree “trimming” the same as “pruning”? Are you charging me twice for the same work?
A: We would never dream of it! We charge very fair rates for a variety of different services. Although similar, and in fact identical to the untrained eye, there is a difference between “trimming” and “pruning” your trees.
Tree trimming involves cutting away the larger branches that have become overgrown. By removing weaker branches you are reducing the damage your trees can cause to your property during a storm, from an animal perching on it, or other stress-inducing events. Tree trimming is also the technique used to keep the large branches from growing too close to your roof, power lines, and other potential hazards, keeping you and your family safe.
Tree pruning involves cutting away the smaller branches closer to the limb’s crown in order to properly shape the tree and keep it growing the way you need it to. By pruning the thinner interior branches, your tree will look cleaner and grow better.
Q: While I think it’s great that you guys remove trees, do you offer tree preservation services as well?
A: Absolutely! When you use trained arborists, we always do our best to leave trees in the ground. If your tree has suffered storm damage or encountered a disease or invasive pest, we inspect the tree first to see if it can be saved. Oftentimes, with the right precision pruning, your tree can be saved by cutting away the infected or damage portions and allowing it to regrow. It may take some time, but in the end the tree remains alive and healthy!
An important step for routine tree preservation is taking preventative steps to keep your tree healthy year round. We do this through treating the tree’s roots, adding nutrient-rich mulch, or performing thatching and other soil treatment services.
Q: You call yourselves “arborists”. What does that mean? Isn’t it just a fancy way of saying “tree guy”?
A: We understand that many tree care services are performed at a cheap rate. This is usually due to the fact that these service providers are not trained arborists, and in fact, usually have no licensing, insurance, bonding, or any training at all. They usually have a truck, a ladder, and a pair of shears.
A certified arborist, on the other hand, has received extensive training and education about the science, health, and art of growing trees. Basically, when you choose an arborist over a “tree guy”, you’re getting a tree doctor. Arborists can distinguish between different species of trees, spot tree diseases, and can offer you far more treatment options than simply cutting your tree down. When the other guys want to just hack and rake, we treat your trees as our patients!
Q: We just had a heavy storm pass through last night, and now I have a tree leaning over and my yard’s a mess! What should I do?
A: When you need emergency tree care services and post-storm cleanup, look no further than Seattle City Tree Service. Our expert team of arborists will do our best to preserve your storm-damaged trees, and we’ll have your storm debris cleaned up in no time flat!
Q: I want to be sure that I’m getting the best deal, but a lot of tree care companies just tell me a price right before they get to work. How do I know if I’m getting ripped off or not?
A: We always want our customers to hire us with confidence. That’s why we offer free estimates on all of our work and we never start until you’re sure. And if you somehow do find a better deal, we’d love a chance to try and match it.
Q: Does your company only clean up yards, or do you work on commercial properties as well?
A: While other companies may only focus on residential yard work, we go wherever we are needed. From keeping your home looking freshly manicured to servicing our local small businesses right here in Seattle, we give the same great tree care to whoever needs us!
Q: I had my son clean up some trees for me this weekend, but now that he’s hacked off all these limbs, we don’t know what to do with them! Help!
A: Disposing of branches properly isn’t just good for the environment, but improper disposal could have you receiving a fine. Instead, we can bring our wood chipper over. Not only are you disposing of large branches and debris, but you’re getting a fresh batch of mulch!
Q: I know you do trees, but do you work on bushes and shrubs, too?
A: Absolutely! Whether it’s a shrub or a tree, we can prune, trim, and train any plant in your yard. We’re more than the best in tree care in Seattle; we give you the best looking plants each time.
Q: What’s the best way to get your team to service my yard?
A: We like to give our customers a few different ways to contact us to make sure there’s a method that’s convenient for them.
To try and speak directly to one of our top tree doctors, you can call us at . And if we can’t answer because we’re using the wood chipper at someone else’s home, just leave us a detailed message and we’ll be happy to return your call!
If you prefer email, you can fill out our simple Free Estimate form! With just a few lines of basic info, we can follow up with your needs and provide you a free estimate with whatever your needs are. Don’t like forms? You can email us directly at And if you “Like” Facebook, we’re there, too! Be sure to pay us a visit at https://www.facebook.com/seattlecitytreeservice.