Services in

Services Offered

Tree Services


Tree Removal

The removal of one or more trees on your property. When you hire O'Brien Family Tree Service to take down a tree in your yard, you can rest assured that it will be done in a professional, safe, and timely manner. The job site will always be left just as neatly as it was found.

Crane Services & Land Clearing

We employ cranes to remove large trees, as well as to safely remove trees from hard to reach or critical areas around your property.

The removal of many trees or shrubs on your property to increase the size and feel of your yard or to make room for an addition.

Stump Grinding

The final step in the removal of your tree. We will efficiently grind your stump well below grade. Once the stump has been ground out, the mulch that is produced is then raked back into the hole to create a mound. The mound will settle back into the ground over time, (this can take a few years). If you plan to plant another tree or shrub near by, you will have to have these grindings removed. This service is not included in the price of the stump grinding.


  • Pruning and thinning are methods to "clean" the look of a tree, instead of removing it. Reasons to choose pruneing include:
  • To promote colorful bark and stems. The most attractive quality of some trees is their bark. Removing lower limbs, (elevating) helps show off the bark on trees, such as the River Birch and Paperbark Maple. Elevating is also convenient when a trees lower limbs are too low for you to walk or mow under them.
  • To direct growth. Two limbs may grow so close that they rub against each other causing a wound. Pruning can easily correct this condition and direct new growth where you want it to go.
  • To increase vigor. Regular pruning encourages the growth of new branches that will resist insects and diseases better than old branches.
  • To control size. Pruning every couple of years prevents a tree from becoming too big. Minimal pruning by Thinning out suckers and cleaning out dead wood is best because small, selective cuts gently guide the tree to grow in the form and to the size you want without having to perform “surgery.” - Never "Top and Shape" your tree.


A limited service we provide, on a first come, first served basis. Please contact us for current firewood prices and to check availability.

Styling & Hedging

The gradual pruning of snow ball bushes and spirals, done with snips or sheers. For best results styling should be done annually.



When a tree is thinned of excess growth, its interior is opened up to light and air, which helps it to grow better and resist foliar diseases related to poor air condition, such as powdery mildew, anthachose, and leaf spot. Thinning does not destroy the natural shape of the tree; topping does.

Top and Shape

Topping involves heading branches to random stubs or small lateral branches rather than to a main branch or to the trunk of the tree. The problems topping causes are numerous: decaying stubs, sunburn from lack of leaves, water sprouts instead of healthy new growth, and stress from the loss of so much tissue. Heading cuts activate numerous latent buds. This results in multiple weak shoots growing below each cut. Because these shoots grow quickly, the tree soon needs pruning again. You can improve topped trees by removing some of the water sprouts, but it will never be the same.