Types of tree trimming and pruning:

Raising the canopy

This type of tree trimming is where only the lower limbs on a tree are removed. This is the most popular type of pruning.

Crown or Canopy Cleaning

This type of tree trimming is removing only unhealthy branches. This is part of routine tree maintenance, all dead and diseased limbs are removed, limbs to close together or with attachment point to close together are removed.

Crown or Canopy Thinning

In crown thinning the first step is to perform crown cleaning and then go on to remove more branches with a focus on increasing aesthetics, improving light penetration, improving air flow, improving visibility or a combination of the above. It is not recommended to remove more than 25% of the trees foliage producing limbs in one year.

Crown or Canopy Reduction

Canopy reduction occurs where a tree has outgrown its environment and cannot continue to grow upward. This is most often due to interference with overhead utility lines and is best done as part of a maintenance program where a small portion is removed each year. (always less than 25%).

Tipping or Topping

Topping is like canopy reduction except the reduction is often removal of near 100% of the foliage producing limbs. Tipping or topping is the last resource before complete tree removal. Not all trees can withstand this type of pruning. Here in Georgia, there is one type of tree that does respond well to topping and it is our most requested tree to prune…The Bradford Pear. Bradford pear trees require a lot of pruning. This site has info on how to prune and maintain young Bradford pear trees. Bradford pear trees grow rapidly with a thick canopy to a height up to 50’ with a spread up to 35’. People turn to a professional tree service when their Bradford pear has gotten out of control. If you have a Bradford pear that is 35’ tall we can get it down to around 28’ or so with a crown reduction and canopy thinning. This canopy thinning will help prevent the tree from splitting in a wind storm but it does not guarantee it. When people find out this more selective pruning approach can only reduce the canopy by 20-25% and costs significantly more than topping the Bradford pear or even complete tree removal they usually ask us to top the Bradford pear. After a little hand waiving and coaching about the repercussions of tree topping we agree to do it because we recognize our customer is our boss. Trees that have been tipped or topped can benefit from a canopy thinning a few years after being topped due to the prolific growth of sprouts and suckers.

When to prune:

The best time to prune most trees is late winter or early. Basically after winter’s worst but before they put on new growth, this is critical because if you wait until ornamental trees break dormancy and begin to bud before you prune them you will be cutting off some of this years blooms. For that reason many people recommend pruning ornamental trees immediately after they bloom. However, pruning outside the recommended time frame increases sap loss and the risk of infection.

Making correct pruning cuts

There are two things to remember when trimming larger limbs that require using a saw instead of a lopper. The first is where to cut and the second is how to cut. Where to cut involves not leaving a nub and not flush cutting into the branch collar. Where the branch joins the tree in most types of tree there will be a noticeable collar.

Lot Clearing

Tree Removal for Site Prep – We can typically perform lot clearing jobs in a lower impact more professional manner and more cost effective manner than most grading contractors. We can cut trees and then grind the stumps at a better price than using a bulldozer to push the trees over and then having to haul the stumps off. Our process eliminates the trees and stumps without making a mess of your property.

If you need root balls removed we can dig them out easily once we have ground the core of the stump out. Also we chip the trees on site and can leave chips to use for stabilizing the soil at the completion of the project. Our lower impact removal process will save you money on erosion control measures like silt fence and straw as well as reduced job cost. Call us for a free estimate today (678) 880-0000

Emergency Tree Service

Quality Tree Service is happy to offer 24 hour emergency tree service. When trees fall on a house it is often during rain storms and often happens after standard business hours. At Quality Tree Service we understand the importance of quickly getting the tree off your house so the roof can be stabilized and tarped. We have multiple full time estimators for prompt service. We can also tarp your roof for you immediately after removing the tree if needed.
From simple fallen tree removal from your driveway to heavy crane hazardous tree removal service Quality Tree Service is happy to help with your emergency tree removal and storm damage clean up needs.

60 Days Interest FREE:

Unlike some tree companies who demand payment at time of service Quality Tree Service will give you up to 60 days interest free on insurance claims so you have time to collect payment from the insurance company rather than having to pay out of pocket.

Grading, Landscaping and Sod Installation

Quality Tree Service offers bobcat work with track mounted skid steers. We are happy to operate by the hour or give you a fixed bid. Our operators are capable of performing final grades ready for seed or sod.

For turn key landscaping and grading jobs we carry Black, Dark Brown and Red Dye Colored Mulch. We also carry our own line of products and can provide wholesale prices on Composted Topsoil, Fill Dirt, and Ultrafine mulch and Screened Natural Chip Mulch.

Underbrush Mowing and Forestry Mowing

Brush Mowers and Forestry Mowers are attachments for a skid steer that are much more productive in thick underbrush than a bush hog and tractor. Our brush mower attachment is the most cost effective way to handle large areas overgrown with tall grass, weeds, vines, small trees, briars, kudzu, and other underbrush. Having operated both brush mowers and forestry mowers we have found the most cost effective way to handle an overgrown job is to use a brush mower to remove all debris and saplings under 5” diameter and follow through with traditional tree service equipment like chainsaws, grapple loaders and commercial chippers to remove large trees. Using the correct tools for the job allows us to handle tree removal and land clearing jobs of all sizes quickly, safely and affordably. Don’t hire an overpriced forestry mower to do the job. We can do the job affordably and professionally using our skid steer mounted brush mower in conjunction with a commercial tree chipper and stump grinder.

So why would you want to remove a tree anyway?

As a tree service, tree removal is a lot of what we do. We love our job but we always want to remove trees for the right reasons. Below is a list of the most common reasons.

3-D (Dead, Dying, Diseased):

One of the most popular reasons for tree removal is that the tree is dead, dying, and diseased. This is also the most justifiable reason to for tree removal. The tree is dead or near death and needs to be removed before it becomes a hazard to people and structures around it (See Liability Issues below)

Storm Damaged or Injured Trees:

Sometimes storm damage may just be a broken limb that doesn’t compromise the tree but it is good idea to have any tree that has lost a large limb inspected by a tree professional who can do a risk assessment on the tree to make sure more limbs aren’t injured and waiting to fall. We provide this service for free. Injured trees are more likely to fail/fall but injuries don’t always necessitate tree removal. We and most true tree service professionals offer free inspections.

Tree outgrows it’s area:

Trees close to a house is a real “catch 22” situation. On the one hand the shade that trees provide lowers cooling costs in the summer and provides a buffer from winter wind. On the other hand the reduction in sunlight can contribute to mold and rotten wood causing maintenance costs to increase (this is covered in more detail in the maintenance section below). Trees to close to houses can also allow unwanted pests like squirrels and mice to enter the attic. A client of ours had us remove some trees touching his house because a family of squirrels had gotten in his attic and trampled his insulation and chewed electrical wires. He spent a lot of money having someone trap and remove the squirrels, repair the holes they chewed in the roof eaves, and then had to re-insulate and rewire the attic. In cases where limbs are actually in contact with the house the constant swaying of the trees can lead to damaged shingles or siding.

Sometimes when a tree is too close to a house we can simply trim or prune the tree limbs away from the house but if many limbs need to be removed it can cause th tree to no longer be aesthetically pleasing. In that case it may be better to remove the tree and plant another more compact growing tree or simply choose a more suitable location.

Tree roots cause a problem:

Unfortunately tree roots sometimes clog up your septic system, or they can crack your driveway, sidewalk, pool or foundation. Since there is no way to stop this other than tree removal it is always best to do some research or consult a landscape professional when choosing a location for trees around a house or driveway. Often people fail to understand the mature growth size of a tree before they plant it or they just plan to sell the house before it reaches maturity leaving the next owner to have to pay a professional tree service to remove the tree.
Impact on surrounding landscape:

Due to their size trees can dominate smaller plants. Homeowners should choose bushes or shrubs that can tolerate the competition for sunlight and wather or they have to live with a landscape not performing at it’s full potential. Grass that isn’t performing well under a tree can be helped by increasing water and fertilizer but some grasses only do well in full sunlight. While it may be cheaper to remore the tree, if you love the tree you might want to consult QualityTree Service’s about changing to a different kind of grass to save the tree.
Impact on home value:

While the right tree in the right location can increase a homes value the wrong tree can hurt home values. Often we can improve the curb appeal of a house in the woods by raising the tree canopy which is simply removing the lower limbs blocking the view of the house from the road. Unfortunately sometimes to improve the curb appeal we have to resort to tree removal.
Additions or Renovations:

Sometimes two things cannot occupy the same spot. Such is the case of a tree and your new garage, home expansion, driveway, etc. Usually in these cases tree removal is the only option and if you are feeling down about removing your favorite tree you can always plant another one. Even if it doesn’t mature in our lifetime our kids or someone else’s kids may enjoy it.

Peace of Mind:

We often remove trees because some people lay awake on stormy nights because of a particular tree or tree’s that rock in the wind and looms over the house. Unfortunately the only way to insure a tree doesn’t fall on the house is to remove all large trees within striking distance. It can be costly to remove a lot of trees near your house and sometimes this alleviates the fear but leaves some regret. Often fears can be calmed by having a tree service professional inspect the trees to make sure none of them have any defects that would make them a higher than normal threat. If a tree needs to be removed you don’t need to beat yourself up for being a tree killer. Simply plant a new native tree at a better location on your property and you are doing your part to renew the growth cycle. If you don’t have room on your property but still want to make a contribution you can make a donation to http://www.plantit2020.org they plant a tree for every dollar donated and you can even specify the location by US State or country. Cut a tree in your yard and have a couple planted in a non-harvest location within your same state or even choose to replant rainforests in Africa and Latin America.

Tree Care and Fertilization

Quality Tree Service, can help you care for and maintain your trees. Our estimators can provide assistance with distressed, diseased or dying trees.

Most unhealthy trees can be solved with mulch, fertilizer and water. Even when pesticides are used they should be used in conjunction with proper mulching, fertilizer and watering.


Mulch insulates the roots near the surface helping to provide a buffer from heat and cold temperatures. Most roots responsible for nutrient and water uptake are less than 6” deep. Mulch helps the soil retain water to keep the roots moist. By mulching we eliminate grass and weeds that compete with trees for water and nutrients. Mulching adds nutrients to the soil as the mulch breaks down into compost. Mulching prevents soil compaction which increases aeration and mulching prevents lawn mower damage to surface roots. Mulch should be installed 2-4” deep around the tree but should not contact the actual trunk of the tree. See our products page for discount pricing on mulch products.


A balanced fertilizer blend such as 10-10-10 is good choice for trees with poor leaf color during the growing season. For example yellow leaves are common and normal in early fall but yellow leaves or failure to put out complete foliage in the summer months can indicate a nutrient deficiency. We use a premium slow release UF blend. A combination of a 10-10-10 fertilizer treatment along with mulching and a good soaking will fix most problems.. When trees are mulched they can be fertilized with broadcast surface treatment. When trees have grass over the root system a more costly deep root fertilization is required.


In times of drought we recommend laying out a soaker hose in the drip line of the tree and allowing thesoaker hose to run for 8-12 hours to simulate a long deep rain. Do not put a soaker hose near the base of the tree on mature established trees. It is best out near the drip line of the tree. In established mature trees the roots near the base are stabilizer roots to support the tree not to feed the tree.


As listed above Mulch, Fertilizer and Water will usually keep trees healthy and healthy trees are more resistant to pests. In the instance where pest infestation has already begun it may be necessary to use Pesticides. Pesticides can be injected directly into the bark to control pests like Adelgids, Borers, Aphids, Japanese Beetles, Pine Bark Beetles, Psyllids and more. Our direct injection pesticide treatments protect for two years and are a better alternative to spraying where overspray contaminates ground water. Our targeted injections go directly into the cambium of the tree.