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Tree Removals
Removal of dead, dying and defective trees is a necessary part of landscape management. Such trees must be removed to protect people and property. CTE, Inc. can remove any sized tree safely and efficiently. We take special care when working on your property and insure that all safety precautions are taken.

Large, dangerous trees may require the use of our 28-ton crane. Our crews have safely removed thousands of trees using this kind of equipment. Specialized equipment operated by skilled crews insures a faster, safer and less expensive alternative to manual removal.

Our customers are consistently amazed at our expertise and efficiency. We look forward to the opportunity to showcase our skills for you.
 
 
 
Our new F750 Ford (left) equipped with a 325hp Cummins diesel can now haul a payload of 30 cubic yards of wood chips. Our 28-ton National Crane( shown right) can remove 20,000lbs of tree sections and logs.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stump Removal
Grinding of stumps to facilitate replanting or restoring your lawn.

CTE, Inc. can remove any sized stump or major surface roots from your yard. Our compact grinders can access your yard through a standard 36” gate to allow access to hard-to-reach backyard stumps.

We usually grind down to a depth of 8 to 10”, enough to install top soil and seed. We can grind lower if you are replanting a tree in the exact same location. Normally we leave the resulting mulch, however for an extra charge we can remove the mulch, put in top soil and seed to re-establish your lawn faster.

Keep in mind that rotting and decaying stumps can attract wood-loving insects, including termites, carpenter ants and earwigs
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Crane Jobs
Use of cranes in the tree service industry is making our profession safer and more efficient and therefore less expensive.

CTE, Inc. excels in the use of cranes whether it is removal of large, hazardous trees or removing just one limb hanging over your home. We know how to protect your property from neglectful damage. Our experience with all aspects of crane work is second-to-none.

For your convenience, we can work directly with your insurance company if you should have a claim. You are assured of a quick response by the professionals at CTE, Inc
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pruning and Trimming
CTE, Inc. can keep your trees healthy, invigorated and beautiful using selective pruning. Pruning is a very technical endeavor that must be performed by experienced and highly trained personnel familiar with your species of tree. Pruning by amateurs can result in disease and insect infestation, damaged limbs, the tree being permanently unbalanced, and irrevocable damage. All of these symptoms can lead to stress on the tree and invite disease and insect infestation.

The proper pruning of a tree is indeed tree surgery and requires a certain level of expertise, knowledge and applied skills.

Included in the pruning process is "thinning." Thinning is the selective removal of watershoots also known as suckers, which if left can suck up vital nutrients meant for structural limbs. Suckers shoot up along the trunk area and along the base parts of limbs.

Deadwood is also removed during the pruning process to reduce the hazard of falling limbs, and the chance of rot and decay -- enemies of trees, but very attractive to wood-boring insects. If trees are not maintained properly, a hazardous condition could develop and go unnoticed. Trees should be periodically pruned and inspected by a qualified arborist who can advise you of any conditions he observes.

If limbs grow too close to or over your house, or you need more ground clearance, we can elevate the tree -- that is remove lower limbs, or parts of limbs, to provide clearance over and around structures, antennas plants, etc.
Maintenance pruning also includes the removal of interfering, crisscrossing, or rubbing limbs to open up or thin the tree to allow necessary light to enter into the interior of the tree. Another strong advantage of proper pruning is that strong, damaging gusts of wind will pass through the tree instead of getting caught up in the tree and breaking up limbs.
The National Arborists Association currently identifies several classes of pruning. The most common is a Class 2 medium pruning.

Topping of trees is not recommended because the process is harmful to the tree and in many cases can lead directly to disease, insect infestation, and the death of the tree.

Call CTE, Inc. today for a thorough and complete analysis of your trees -- there is no charge or obligation. When you sign up to have the work done, our skilled and courteous crews will enhance the characteristic beauty of your trees.
 
 
 
Insect and Disease Diagnosis
Insects and disease can become serious threats to your tree’s health. After a careful analysis we can make a reasonable diagnosis of the problem and select the most effective treatment. Our three decades of experience with local pests and diseases allow us to determine the best course of action or treatment for your tree. CTE Inc. takes great pride in identifying and prescribing treatments for an array of tree problems.

Below you can find a number of common pests and diseases that may affect your trees:
 
INSECTS

Some insects can cause injury and damage to trees and shrubs. By defoliating trees or sucking their sap, insects can retard plant growth. By boring into the trunk and branches, they interfere with sap flow and weaken the tree structure. Insects may also carry some plant diseases. In many cases, however, the insect problem is secondary to problems brought on by a stress disorder or pathogen.

It is important to remember that many insects are beneficial rather than destructive. They help with pollination or act as predators of more harmful species. Therefore, killing all insects without regard to their kind and function can actually be detrimental to tree and shrub health.

Insects may be divided into three categories according to their method of feeding: chewing, sucking, and boring. Insects from each group have characteristic patterns of damage that will help determine the culprit and the proper treatment.

Chewing insects eat plant tissue such as leaves, flowers, buds, and twigs. The damage by these insects is often seen by uneven or broken margins on the leaves, skeletonization of the leaves, and leaf mining. Chewing insects can be beetle adults or larvae, moth larvae (caterpillars), and many other groups of insects. The damage they cause (leaf notching, leaf mining, leaf skeletonizing, etc.) will help in identifying the pest insect.

Sucking insects insert their beak (proboscis) into the tissues of leaves, twigs, branches, flowers, or fruit and then feed on the plant’s juices. Some examples of sucking insects are aphids, mealybugs, thrips, and leafhoppers. Damage caused by these pests is often indicated by discoloration, drooping, wilting, leaf spots (stippling), honeydew, or general lack of vigor in the affected plant.

Boring insects: Boring insects are a very common problem that can go unnoticed. Often the issue is unnoticed until the damage is extensive. Early diagnosis and annual inspects can reveal these problems and in most cases, stop the damage. All pests in this category spend time feeding somewhere beneath the bark of a tree as larvae. Some borers kill twigs and leaders when adults feed or when eggs hatch into larvae that bore into the stem and develop into adults. Other borers, known as bark beetles, mate at or near the bark surface, and adults lay eggs in tunnels beneath the bark.
DISEASES

Three things are required for a disease to develop: the presence of a pathogen (the disease-causing agent), plant susceptibility to that particular pathogen and an environment suitable for disease development.

Plants vary in susceptibility to pathogens. Many disease-prevention programs focus on the use of pathogen-resistant plant varieties. Even if the pathogen is present and a susceptible plant host is available, the proper environmental conditions must be present over the correct period of time for the pathogen to infect the plant.
FERTILIZING

Maintaining a healthy tree in your landscape is inexpensive and adds to the value of your home. CTE, Inc. knows the importance of proper nourishment that tress require while growing in your yard.

Trees are not in their natural environment growing in your yard. Additional care is needed to ensure a healthy, stress-free tree. In many cases, fertilization can be the main determining factor to keep insects and disease away. Oftentimes fertilization can be the last line of defense before the tree dies. We can evaluate your trees and discuss their condition, informing you of any recommended treatments.
 
CABLING
The installation of physical supports to weak branches and stems strengthens the tree and adds stability. During thunderstorms and high winds, cabling allows the upper portions of the tree to sway in unison, thus reducing stress on the lower portions of the tree.
NON-INVASIVE CABLING
We install the Cobra non-invasive tree cabling system. Non-invasive means we do not drill holes in the tree to install steel hardware or damage the tree in any way.
Instead, the Cobra system uses a breaded nylon material and heavy duty straps secured around the limbs and branches that supply the needed support. They can also be adjusted to allow for future growth and adjustment.
Shown below is a tree I recently cabled for a customer in his beautiful Japanese Red Maple.
CONSTRUCTION CONSULTATION
It is vital that careful planning be made in advance of any construction around existing trees. The construction process can result in immediate or long-term harm to the surrounding vegetation. CTE, Inc. can play an important role in your tree conservation strategy.

  • Building Placement Consultation – locating structures and providing alternatives to minimize root disturbance.
  • Tree Preservation Plans – Identifying root zones and proposing measures to lessen construction impacts.
  • Before and After Construction – Root pruning, fertilization, and vertical mulching prior to and after construction.
  • EMERGENCY STORM SERVICE
    CTE, Inc. has performed on-site emergency tree removal from Texas to Florida to the Carolinas. We have worked numerous hurricanes for the past 15 years, helping communities rebuild in the wake of damaging storms. Our cranes and equipment are standing by for emergency situations both locally and throughout the mid-Atlantic.