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Tree Planting and Tree Removal

At A&J Tree, we have been handling the tree planting and tree removal needs of Santa Barbara, Montecito, and Goleta homeowners for over thirty years. We are thrilled when we pass by the homes and properties of our clients and see the trees we've planted over the years. We remember the stories and why those trees were planted and what the homeowner hoped to get from their tree investment.

Many homeowners are tempted to go online, look up some random tree planting guidelines, and handle the tree planting or removal themselves. Unfortunately, this often results in a problem for the homeowner later. Either they chose a tree that wasn't right for the climate or the location, or they chose a tree that naturally grew too fast or too tall in that location, or they simply planted it poorly and the tree didn't survive. Planting and removing trees is serious business and it should be done by trained professionals if it's to be done right.

Tree Planting Guidelines

The purchasing and planting of a tree is a lifelong investment in that tree. Just like your money investments, how well this investment grows depends heavily on a few critical factors:

  • The planting location

  • The planting technique

  • The tree care after planting

Just because you want a particular type of tree on your property doesn't mean that tree is ideal for a number of reasons and this is where working with an experienced arborist can make all the difference. We know the area. We know the climate. We know what trees work in particular situations and will meet your needs because after all, that's why you are planting a tree.

  • If you want a tree to provide shade, but you don't want a lot of seasonal cleanup we can help.

  • If you want a tree to provide privacy, but you don't want it to grow too big we can help.

  • If you want a tree that is beautiful with seasonal flowers but doesn't take a lot of water, we can help.

  • If you have a small lot but want some privacy and shade and don't know what to plant, we can help.

Getting the right tree planted well in the right location takes a delicate balance of skill and experience. Don't skip this step.

Tree Removal Guidelines

Hands-down, tree removal is the most hazardous aspect of arboriculture. Often, tree workers must remove trees that have been growing in confined spaces between houses and this requires considerable expertise. Even when the tree that needs to be removed is clear of obstructions, the sheer weight of falling limbs can be far more than the typical homeowner expects.

When you have a tree that has to be removed for one reason or another, there are many things to take into consideration, including state and city regulations for removing a tree. There are a number of reasons for this, but they all boil down to health and safety issues such as:

  • When trees are close to property or utility lines

  • When trees are very large (read heavy) or tall

  • When a tree is infested by insects or disease

  • When trees must be climbed to be safely removed

Having a professional and well-trained arborist on hand when you have to remove a tree means you'll have the expert support you need to ensure that the tree removal process doesn't cause property damage or jeopardize your own safety.

At A&J tree, we always feel that removing a tree is the last resort. If you have a tree that you suspect is in danger or not healthy, give our team a call at (805) 968-1904 and we'll evaluate what's going wrong. If we can't save your tree, we'll help you remove it safely and even help you pick a new tree to put in its place.