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         Frequently Asked Questions and Answers 

Are trees a good investment?

  • Yes - better than the stock market! Trees add value to your property, not only in cash value but also, they are aesthetically pleasing and can help keep your house shaded and cool in the hot summer months.

What kind of tree should I plant in my yard?

  • The right tree in the right place. Consider the location you want to plant before you decide on the species, and then consult our specialists for confirmation and/or suggestions.

How do I plant a tree?

What can I do to give my new tree a good start?

  • Water and mulch are two of the best things for new trees. Root stimulants can also be used in this process. Consider consulting our specialists!

Why do trees change color?

  • A combination of factors – shorter fall days and cooler nights cause trees to stop producing chlorophyll (green) and allows the true colors of the leaves to be seen.

How can I get grass to grow underneath my tree?

  • Trees and turf have different water requirements. If you gave grass underneath a tree all the water it needs, you could kill the tree due to over watering. Trees with lawn/turf do best when surrounded by mulch.

My tree was damaged in a storm. Can I save it?

  • Maybe; it depends on the age of the tree and the extent of the damage. The best thing is to not make matters worse by pruning it incorrectly and consulting a specialist or professional.

Is it safe for a homeowner to stand on a ladder and run a chain saw?

  • Basically, no – you should call in a professional such as Bug Off Pest Control and Tree Service.

Should I use tree wound paint after I make a pruning cut?

  • No, tree wound paint has no benefit to the tree, and could inhibit the tree’s recovery from the pruning wounds.

My tree is too big for me to prune myself; how can I find a good tree service?

  • Call Bug Off Pest Control and Tree Service at 406-363-1932

The roots of my tree keep coming up in my yard and I run over them with the lawnmower. Can I do anything about this?

  • While you can remove small roots, be careful not to injure the tree.  Better yet, make a bigger mulch circle.

I think that tree roots have broken into my sewer line.  What should I do?

  • Roots will most certainly take advantage of any existing break, crack, or separation in a line of sewer pipe, but they can’t initiate a break. The problem is with your pipes, not the tree. You might try a copper sulfate treatment, but better yet call Bug Off Pest Control and Tree Service at 406-363-1932

My tree looks sick, what can I do?

  • Call Bug Off Pest Control and Tree Service for a Tree Health Consultation with our Specialist at 406-363-1932

There is construction going on near my trees, should I be concerned?

  • Yes – it is important to protect tree roots. At Bug Off Pest Control and Tree Service we have the tools and means of mitigating damage to trees due to construction. A consultation with our specialist before any construction starts is highly advised.

How do I prune fruit trees?

  • Fruit tree pruning involves using different techniques than you would usually use on landscape trees, in order to encourage fruit production and make it easier to pick. Fruit Tree Pruning is one of the most technical trimmings you will come across, its best to
    have someone with experience or a professional help you with this endeavor. Give us a call at Bug Off Pest Control and Tree Service and we can help you out!

The utility company pruned the trees on my street, and now they look ugly – is there a better solution?

  • We enjoy the benefits of trees, but we also need safe reliable delivery of electricity. Your utility company has a tough job making trees and utility lines co-exist.  While they should prune to correct standards, some trees under powerlines really are better off being removed and replaced with a better tree.

What do I do if I think my tree might be hazardous?

  • Trees need care, and if left uncared for, they can become liabilities instead of assets. If your tree has significant structural issues, you will want to contact Bug Off Pest Control and Tree Service to get a hazard tree assessment from our specialists.

Have more questions about our services?

  • Please contact the main office at (406) 363-1932


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