Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What should I look for in a Tree Service company?
When you are looking for tree services, quality, reliability and experience are three key factors to explore. Maltby has over 60 years of experience in the industry and provides the full range of services from tree pruning and removal to landscapes / hardscapes and stump grinding. Natural Tree and Lawn Care and Forest Floor are two divisions of Maltby and Company that provide plant and lawn health care and recycling services for communities throughout New England. Utilizing third party reporting agencies such as The Better Business Bureau and “Angie’s List” and seeking input from your local Town Tree Warden or Forester can be helpful tools when searching for a professional company. Look for professional certifications and licenses and, most importantly, experience and reputation. It is also important to look for a company with an active and aggressive safety program. Maltby employees are trained in safety and employ the most up to date safety technology. Our employees are trained and licensed to look for and treat for pests and diseases It is very important that any tree company you choose to do business with have all the correct insurance in place and should be available to answer your questions about any of these issues.
Q: What is the best time to prune?
Anytime between late fall and early spring is best for tree trimming or pruning. Talk to your local arborist about pruning before spring blooms emerge. Typically a tree's pruning cycle is 3 to 5 years, but type, size and health play a role in the cycle that will work best for your tree.
Our best suggestion is to contact our office if you are unsure and would like to have your tree assessed.
Q: How can I be sure my tree needs removed?
Decay-producing fungi, such as mushrooms, growing at the base of the trunk.
Chipped or peeling bark and cracks in the trunk.
Cavities in the trunk or large scaffold branches.
Dead or hanging branches in the upper crown.
Fine twigs without living buds near the ends of branches.
Ultimately we suggest a consultation with a member of our team if you believe you have a tree that is in need of attenton, to ensure the best decision is reached to save, or remove the tree.