Tree Trimming & Removal

If you’re in need of tree service in the mid-Missouri area, the expert team at Arthur Ratliff has you covered. Whether you need tree removal, pruning or anything in between, our team is led by two certified arborists who bear the extensive skills and experience necessary for any job.
If you’re just curious about the health of your trees, our certified arborists can help. We’ll schedule an appointment whenever is most convenient for you.

Why do trees need to be serviced?
Just like going to the doctor for routine checkups, trees need to be regularly evaluated for their health as well. There are numerous external factors that can affect the health of your trees, such as drought, disease, invasive species, pests or improper planting that may lead to unhealthy trees. Getting ahead of the issue before your tree needs to be removed requires immediate action, but diagnosing the problem can be difficult.


Why is professional tree care important?
Simply stated, professional tree care is important to improve the health, longevity, and overall aesthetic of your trees. However, a lot of tree care services can be dangerous for untrained individuals. Especially when it comes to more mature trees, excessive height requires considerable training and protection in order to provide adequate and safe care. In addition, mature jobs can be risky due to variables such as electrical wires, wildlife, nearby fences, buildings or homes. Having professional tree care done right the first time can save you money and a lot of hassle down the road. At Arthur Ratliff, we strive to bring efficiency, convenience and safety to every project.


What are the benefits of pruning/trimming?
Trimming/pruning your trees can enhance the beauty of your landscape, in turn improving property value. According to the USDA Forest Service, healthy, mature trees add an average of 10 percent to a homeowner’s property value.
Tree trimming/pruning also removes dead wood, in turn minimizing carpenter ants may infest dead branches and become pests. In addition, tree trimming prevents limbs from rubbing up against each other which can ultimately lead to infection.
Another great reason to have your trees trimmed? Safety. Trees that are properly maintained are significantly less likely to drop branches during storms and windy weather. Additional benefits include:

  • Improved growth and air circulation by thinning the crown
  • Tree height reduction (depending on case)
  • The removal of obstructing lower branches
  • Shaping a tree differently for a more appealing aesthetic


What makes Arthur Ratliff Tree & Stump Removal different from the rest?
When trimming trees, it’s not uncommon for people to trim branches at the wrong place. But at Arthur Ratliff Tree & Stump Removal, we have certified arborists on staff — our team takes great care to ensure your tree is trimmed properly to avoid insects and other diseases.