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HAZARDOUS TREE REMOVAL: (919) 968-9469 Perry Tree Service has specialized in Hazardous Tree Removal Since 1993; (Trees over houses etc.) Tree pruning, removal etc. is DANGEROUS! Be sure to hire a professional who's insured and ask for referrals!

TREE TRIMMING/PRUNING PERRY TREE SERVICE 919-968-9469: Proper pruning can keep your trees healthy, safe and maximize their beauty. When done professionally, weight and "sail" (see "We Don't Top No Trees...," below) are reduced without harming the tree. Weight and "sail" reduction can also extend a trees life by leaving it less top heavy and catching less wind--making it less likely to break or uproot.

DEAD BRANCHES/LIMBS Call Mark @ Perry Tree 919-968-9469 :(Removal of dead and broken limbs, especially in hardwoods, where they're very fragile and heavy).

YARD CLEAN-UP & JUNGLE-TAMING : (The clean up of wooded, natural areas and overgrown landscapes. Usually includes removal of vines, thorny bramble, dead/dying trees, undesirable saplings, fallen trees etc.)

STORM DAMAGE/STORM CLEAN-UP: (Often, as we all know too well, there is damage caused and left behind by storms. Perry Tree Service does everything from the removal of trees from roofs {with a crane if necessary}, all the way through 'til the last bits of debris are hauled away and the paved areas are blown clean. Often, we then repair landscapes and plant new trees.)

*PET/CAT RESCUE: If your CAT is treed, I, personally, will come to its rescue. I do charge cat owners for this, but, I rescue stranded feral cats voluntarily for The APS & ASPCA. In dozens of such operations, I've never lost one. Two have jumped, both were unharmed. Updated 12/1/16: This past Summer I went to rescue a treed cat. She (Fuzzy) was about thirty feet up a sweet gum tree. I put my gear on and went up. THE PROBLEM (#1): Fuzzy had onlt been up there a couple hours. It was hot (mid 90s) and her human begged me to come even though I told her most cats are not cooperative until they've been up a few days (this is a very difficult reality, especially for people -like myself)-for whom pets are family. Human said she'd camp at the foot of the tree if it took a month (I told her they all come down on their own eventually if not rescued), She wasn't having that. In addition, her husband was in the emergency room, unrelated. I acquiesced. So...I'm climbing up the tree with two pillow cases, one inside the other to prevent Fuzzy from slashing through. And, just as I had warned Human, Fuzzy began to climb higher. The tree was only fifty-eight feet tall and 8' in diameter at the base. Fuzzy went so high that I was spiked into a two-and-a-half inch stalk. She was just out of reach. It was hot and the tree pliable, so I decided I'd come down' leave my climbing line in the tree, base tie one end and pull the tree-top over to ground level and rescue Fuzzy. Well, Fuzzy was about a foot from Human when I heard the loud snap. The tree broke, Fuzzy went flying and broker her leg in two places. I found out today that she, after several surgeries, is 100% recovered. The moral of the story: listen to a man who's done two dozen successful extractions and wait a few days (at least three) before attempting a rescue. She was my 24th rescue and Human is grateful to me even though I felt horrible, Human is calling it a successful rescue. -Mark Master Climber, Master Rigger, Hazardous tree removal veteran and go-to-guy for other tree services when they have one they can't handle. 919-968-9469 is the number for the phone I keep in my pocket.

TREE REMOVAL Call Perry Tree Service 919-968-9468 : We've removed trees other co.'s have passed on because of degree of risk and/or difficulty. We've also saved clients thousands by climbing trees to remove where others have "needed" a crane. This isn't to say we don't bring in a crane when absolutely necessary; especially when a tree falls on a house!   

Veteran and Teacher Discounts

After you receive your estimate from Perry Tree Service, let me or the estimator know that you're a teacher or veteran and get 10% taken off that quote. (Merle Haggard fans too!)


No true professional tree man, woman, or company practices or even advertises tree topping. It often kills the tree (see photo at l.) and puts its survival at risk! TOPPED trees suffer shock from several things;

1) STARVATION: Proper pruning practices remove about a quarter to a third of the tree's crown (canopy) allowing into your yard more sunlight and reducing leaf clean-up in the fall without harming the tree. It also shores the tree up against wind by reducing its "sail." This leaves behind enough greenery for the tree to synthesize sufficient food (photosynthesis). TOPPING removes so much of the tree that it can't photosynthesize enough food and unbalances the tree-to-root ratio (too many cookies-not enough milk or vice/versa.)

2) SHOCK: The tree's canopy shades its bark. Topping exposes bark to direct sunlight, often scalding it. In its struggle to survive it will produce suckers all over the exposed limbs. Ugly.

3) INSECTS & FUNGI: Cuts made mid-limb are difficult for the tree to compartmentalize (grow protective callus). This leaves it vulnerable to wood-rotting fungi and insect infestation.

4) WEAK LIMBS: The suckers sprouting from a truncated limb grow in from just beneath the bark at the cambium. This means the heart of the sucker (twig/sprout) is not attached to the heartwood of the truncated limb. It's simply not in the tree's original DNA blueprint to have a sucker sprout there! This means that sucker's gonna be WEAK! (And dangerous). (And numerous) (And UGLY). (See below).

5) RAPID "RE"GROWTH: Usually the objective(s) when topping trees is/are to control height, growth and reduce all those dang leaves in Autumn. But, alas, topping has the exact opposite effect: What results are ugly, straight and straight-up-growing weak, WEAK, I say, and far more numerous limbs AND their leaves, growing as high or higher than before topping and this "re"growth can occur in two or three years!. (Retire your rake 'n' buy a $700 music-making leaf- blower!) Did I mention how a topped tree is UGLY?

6) DEATH: Some trees can take it, others die. Beech trees are a good example of almost certain death when topped. But, I've seen mighty oaks, around since The Civil War die from topping can happen to almost any tree. (Well, maybe not certain maples-but it's possible).

7) U G L Y N E S S !! : A topped tree is a disfigured tree. UGLY! Just can't overstate this point!

8) LONG-RUN COSTS: Topping a tree may be cheap at first, but it'll get you in the not-so-long run: Removing it when it dies. Other trees and shrubs dying from shock and needing replacement. Reduced property value (EVEN IF IT'S YOUR NEIGHBOR'S TREE, TOPPING IT CAN REDUCE YOUR PROPERTY VALUE!), both while the poor ugly thing dies, and then when the tree (that may have been the reason you moved there in the first place) has been, at considerable expense, removed. TOPPED TREES ARE UGLY, UGLY, UGLY!

IF YOU'VE READ THE ABOVE YOU SHOULD NOW BE ABLE TO SPOT THESE ABOMINATIONS A MILE AWAY! Call a pro and please don't top your beautiful trees!

(I will be posting images of topped trees in the weeks/months to come as I learn how to use this new-fangled contraption. Meanwhile, give us a call for a free evaluation/estimate, thanks. Mark.)

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