We got our maple tree trimmed on Monday. When my husband was getting quotes, he felt really comfortable with one of the guys he talked with. He asked if it would be possible to get a discount for doing some of the work himself. The trimmer said that he could give us up to $100 off the quoted price if we did all the groundwork. So when the trimmer arrived, my husband donned his bicycle/unicycle helmet and hung out under the tree for three hours. While the guy climbed around 35 feet up in our tree, looking as comfortable as a monkey up there, my husband spent the whole time picking up the branches as they fell, and piling them behind the truck. When everything was trimmed, the guy got in the back of the truck with a chainsaw and my husband handed every branch into the truck to him. All in all, he spent about three hours working, got a great workout, and felt like he had contributed to how great our tree looks now. After our discount, we paid $245 to have the tree trimmed, which was by far the best price we got from anyone. The guy who did it has been a tree pruner since 1983 – he was really knowledgable, and we’re thrilled with the job he did.
We’re really glad we got the tree pruned. It looks so much healthier now, with all the dead branches gone and the ones that had been all droopy cut back so that they’re looking perky again. It looks like a new tree. It’ll be stronger and healthier since we did this, and when you only have two trees, you gotta baby them a bit!