Expert tree services for Lake Oswego homes & businesses
Locally owned and operated, General Tree Services has been providing tree services to Lake Oswego and the surrounding communities since 1924. With certified arborists and a staff of trained professionals, they can handle all your tree care needs including tree, shrub and plant health care services.
With customer service as our #1 priority, we work hard to provide the absolute best value in tree-related services. As an TCIA accredited tree company, you can be sure that when you call General Tree, you’re getting professionals with years of experience under their belts.
The General Tree difference
We know there’s many tree companies out there though we believe we can offer our customers more. For example, some customers think that tree removal is their only option whereas we can often provide solutions to save the tree, which makes everyone happy.
Our management team and every single employee works hard each day to meet our goal of complete customer satisfaction. Give us a chance to show you the General Tree difference.
- 90+ years doing business in Portland
- Arboricultural experts and TCIA accredited
- Written detailed estimates by tree experts
Customized residential and commercial tree services
Every home and business is different so we modify our services to fit your needs and budget. Whether you have a commercial property that needs annual weed control or looking for landscape maintenance, we can make your life easier. Contact us today to take care of your tree, lawn and landscaping needs.
Equipped for the most complex tree removals
If you have a dead oak tree posing a hazard or a large evergreen fell on your home during one of our famous wind storms, we can safely remove it.
No matter the circumstances, having a tree removed is a big decision so we encourage our customers to ask questions so they know what to expect.
All tree removals require a skilled crew using the right equipment and tools and we come prepared to handle any situation.
From tight quarter removal to trees next to powerlines, we strictly follow our safety protocols so your family and our employees are kept safe for the entire removal.
- Climbers use tree saddles and safety lines when working above 15 feet
- Ground crew uses safety devices to control traffic and helps in lowering large limbs
- All staff wears the necessary head, eye and ear protection
- Only trained employees allowed to work within 10 feet of energized lines
Stump grinding gives you options
Once the removal is done, you’re left with the stump so grinding is the most logical choice for most homeowners. The stump will be ground down below soil level and can be filled in with wood chips to blend into your landscape or dirt so you can plant grass. Either way, once the tree is gone and we’ve cleaned up the area, no one will know you once had a tree there.
Pruning can reduce chance of storm damage
Trimming trees of dead, dying or diseased branches not only promotes healthy growth, it can also reduce the chance of storm damage. Why?
Dead or diseased limbs are weaker, which means they’re more likely to fail in high winds and may land on your car or house, causing more problems for you.
In fact, regular maintenance pruning (also called preventative pruning or tree maintenance) consists of several things that can limit breakage and decrease the chance of a tree falling during high winds.
For instance, crown cleaning and tree thinning lowers wind resistance as it allows the wind to pass through the canopy.
A good rule of thumb is that you should be able to see the sky through the leaves and if you don’t, the tree probably needs to be thinned.
Specialty pruning for everything in your yard
There’s many different types of pruning and General Tree Service has arboricultural experts who are proficient in all of them. For example, detail pruning will keep your prized maple in the front yard looking amazing while structural pruning on younger trees will ensure they grow up strong.
- Detail pruning
- Structural pruning
- Vista pruning
- Containment pruning
- Production fruit tree pruning
- Ornamental fruit tree pruning
Visit our Specialty Pruning page for more detailed information all the different kinds of pruning we offer to our customers.
The staff is knowledgeable and always a pleasure to work with. They do good work and leave the property looking totally cleaned up after routine pruning or any other work.
- Peter E.
Lake Oswego area rep
Our Lake Oswego area representative is Greg. Greg has worked in the green industry for 30 years and is an ISA certified arborist qualified in tree risk assessment.
Specializing in consulting, tree preservation and plant health care, Greg is licensed by the OSDA & WSDA in both ornamental & agricultural insect, disease & weed management, plus right of way and forestry.
Tree and shrub care
If it’s tree-related, we have the experts to do the job right.
- Tree removal
- Stump grinding
- Shade and ornamental tree pruning
- Shrub pruning
- Fruit tree pruning
- Consulting arborist
- Root zone enhancement
- Root collar excavation
- Tree and shrub fertilization
- Insect and disease control programs
Lawn care services
You’ve earned the right to relax so let us take care of your lawn.
- Weed and insect control
- Lime and moss control applications
We can tailor our services to fit your needs and budget.
- Weekly and monthly maintenance
- Seasonal cleanups
- Planting and transplanting
- Weed and brush control
- Plant Health Care
Worried about your favorite tree?
If your most beloved tree is looking worse year after year, talk to one of our consulting arborists.
They will address your tree-related concerns from ailing trees to roots cracking pavement. Visit our Consulting Arborist page to learn more.
Root zone enhancement
If you have a tree with small leaf size, crown dieback or girdling roots, you may be interested in a Root Zone Enhancement (RZE).
A RZE is part of our holistic approach to tree care that centers on the root mass-the tree’s natural delivery system for water and nutrients.
A site evaluation can determine if your tree will benefit from a RZE or other root health care. Contact us to answer questions or schedule an appointment.