Terminology We Use

Just like any other specialized trade, we often use terminology that may be unfamiliar to our customers. To ensure we’re on the same page when we make recommendations for the trees on your property, here are some common terms we use to describe our tree services.


pruning a tree upclose

Tree Pruning
When trees have had proper care early in their lives, there should be little need for structural pruning once they reach maturity. For mature trees, pruning will help maintain proper structure, form, appearance, and health.


colorful trees and bushes against house

Thin Out
The removal of branches to allow better wind penetration and air movement.


dead tree branches

Deadwood
Dead or dying limbs.


trees that have been pruned back and shaped

Prune Back (to Reduce Overall Size)
When trees become oversized or cumbersome, the best solution is reducing the overall size of the tree, rather than topping the tree. Reducing the overall size helps maintain the form and structural integrity of the tree.


tree canopy almost touching roof of house

Raise Lower Canopy
The removal of selective low limbs to provide better clearance for pedestrians, vehicles, and more light for grass to grow.


removing tree and stump and other debris

Tree Removal
Cut down, remove wood and clean-up of all debris from the process. Upon request, the wood can be cut into firewood length limbs/logs 6″ to 8″ diameter and larger for an additional charge.


low cut stump

Cut as low as possible
Cutting the trunk of the tree as close to the ground as possible leaving the stump in place.


expert arborist griding down a stump

Grind Stump
Grinding out the stump 6″ to 8″ below ground level. Surface roots not included in cost of stump grinding. Deep grinding is available for replanting for an additional charge. Surface root grinding is available for an additional charge.


filling a wheel barrow up with a pile of mulch

Remove Stump Grindings
Removal of grindings produced while grinding out a stump.


logs in fireplace

Removal Special Requests
Cut logs for firewood. Logs and limbs 6” to 8″ in diameter are cut into sections approximately 18″ in length and left in place.

Have a question? Need a quote? Get in touch with the certified arborist at Doug’s Tree Service.


  Emergency Tree Care

Has a recent storm brought down large limbs or a tree on your property?
The weight of storm-damaged trees makes them difficult and dangerous to remove on your own. Doug's Tree Service has the right equipment and an experienced crew to remove large limbs and trees safely without risking further damage to your property.

Call us for expert assistance at (717) 684-6489 throughout Lancaster and York, PA.