Why hire an arborist?

Arborists specialize in the care of individual trees

At Begoon Tree Service, we are knowledgeable about the needs of trees; we are trained and equipped to provide proper care, an investment that can lead to substantial returns. Well cared-for trees are attractive and can add considerable value to your property. Poorly maintained trees can be a significant liability. Pruning or removing trees, especially large trees, can be dangerous work. Tree work should be done only by those trained and equipped to work safely in trees.

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What is a Certified Arborist?

We are trained in the art and science of planting, caring for, and maintaining individual trees. With over 30 years of experience, we specialize in the professional and modern care of trees. We offer pruning, careful removals, cabling and stump grinding services.

Learn why topping is a crime against nature

In the video below, you can see us removing an oak that is over 100 years old. This careful removal was important to the property owner. Our endeavor was to remove the tree without damaging anything in the vicinity.


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Services we provide

  1. Pruning — We review your trees to determine the type of pruning necessary to maintain or improve the health, appearance, and safety of trees.
    • Crown cleaning
    • Crown restoration
    • Structural pruning
    • Vista pruning
  2. Cabling and Bracing — Tree cabling and bracing is the installation of flexible steel strand cables and braces in trees to reduce stress damage from high winds, the weight of ice or snow and heavy foliage.
  3. Tree & Stump Removal — Some trees can't be saved or need to be removed because of location. Our team carefully removes trees and debris from your property. Stump grinding services are also available.
  4. Consultation Services — Let's discuss your needs.

Photo credit: Ed and Tracy Begoon

About Begoon Tree Service

What Makes Us Different

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Begoon Tree Service is proud to be Harrisonburg and Rockingham's premier tree service company. Our service area extends to Augusta County and includes Waynesboro and Page County. We pride ourselves on taking care of you — the customer — from start to finish. From an initial phone call to the day we leave your property!

Locally Owned & Operated - Begoon Tree Service was founded in 1987 by Ed Begoon, a certified arborist (ISA #MA-4229A). We have over 30 years of experience working in the arborculture industry. He specializes in fine pruning and professional tree care. We are horticulturists, experienced in the modern care of trees.

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Customer Service - Our customers are the lifeline of our business. We work with you throughout your entire project and are in communication with you.

Property Care - We treat your home like our home, taking careful consideration for your house, fencing, and other structures that may impact your tree service. We clean up every job site after we're done and leave your yard just as clean (or cleaner) than when we arrived!

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A Crime Against Nature

by Eddie Begoon, ISA Certified Arborist

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Topping, dehorning, rounding over, hat-racking, heading back … all terms for the same thing, tree mutilation, and if done by a 'professional arborist' it’s malpractice!

Topping is the act of removing the whole top of a tree and large lateral limbs leaving nothing but stubs. This is often done with the hope of mitigating the hazard of a tree that has gotten too large for its site and poses a threat to the property around it.

That being said, now let’s take a short walk through tree biology to see what happens in the tree’s world after topping.

What appears to be a method of rejuvenation because of the prolific suckering after topping is actually the poor tree going into survival mode! Trees produce their energy through the process known as photosynthesis which requires leaf surface. Topping removes most of the leaves and causes the tree to use its 'savings account' of stored energy to activate adventitious buds so they can produce new leaves to get its system back up and running again. Huge drain on the trees 'bank account'!

When these buds break dormancy and form suckers they grow very fast developing weak wood and because of the upright growth habit, are poorly attached to the tree. So the tree regains its original size quickly, the crown is then made up of very weak new branches that are poorly attached. The fast growth and weak branch attachment makes the tree a storm damage magnet but there’s more to the story.

Trees being the smart critters they are have developed the ability to 'compartmentalize' a wound. Through this process, they put up four barriers or walls to limit the spread of decay. Some parts of the tree will compartmentalize better than others and the stubs left from topping are probably the weakest, almost always resulting in decay! Now, a few years after topping we have a rapidly growing 'new crown' that is made up of weak wood which is poorly attached to a rotting stub. Have I talked you out of topping your tree yet?

A tree's crown acts kind of like an umbrella to shield the branches from direct rays of the sun. When that shade is suddenly removed the limbs are exposed to the harsh effects of the sun often causing sun-scald. This is when the inner bark layers are killed; the limbs start to decay and are prone to breakage. There can also be a dramatic effect on neighboring trees, shrubs, and shade-loving plants when suddenly they are taken from a shaded environment to full sun.

The upfront cost may be cheaper than proper pruning but the hidden costs of topping are from decreased property value, increased maintenance, and possibly removal once the decay has gotten bad enough to consider the tree a hazard, then the cost of planting a new tree.

Finally, the tree has lost its dignity, a disgrace to its species, and will never regain its original beauty! The best scenario is that it will die outright and be removed, sparing it from a slow, agonizing decline. The ANSI A300 pruning standards describe methods of crown reduction that are kind to the tree and will retain the natural beauty that draws us to trees in the first place.

If trees had the ability to move about, I’m sure when Captain tree topper pulled into the driveway, they would pull up roots, lay their ears back and run like the wind! Choose your arborist wisely!

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We are proud of our 5 star reputation

Begoon Tree Service - We are proud of our 5 star reputation

Grant Bodkin, May 2020

Expert service with safety and your property in mind always. Eddie started taking care of our 13 Bradford pear trees in the mid 90's. I didn't lose a limb for the next 17 years. He now takes care of the trees threatening our new home in the woods. It's nice to have a expert with such a respect for safety and our property taking care of problem trees.

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Lantz Ramm, February 2020

The best Arborist team have I ever had on my property. They are prompt, friendly, and have an overwhelming amount of tree knowledge. This team is my go to for any type of tree work also safety comes first with their crew. Keep up the great work.

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Paul Lottridge, February 2020

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My wife and I were in dire need of an extremely skilled tree service. We bought a house with massive trees growing right up and over the house. One of the biggest difficulties was that the trees were in our tiny backyard with only a narrow side yard to maneuver a bucket truck. Begoon Tree Service was able to squeeze in, no damage done, and get the job done.

It was sad to get rid of the trees but they were doing damage to the foundation and the roof. They were a safety hazard also. Begoon Tree Service also completely cleaned up the site after they were done. Our house now feels much more like a home. We are very grateful and have continued to hire them for our other tree maintenance. Thank you.

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Tim Richardson, February 2020

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We hired Begoon Tree Service on multiple occasions over the last 15 years with exceptional service every time. Eddie, Tracy, Kevin and Adam exceed every expectation. Our house is surrounded by large honey Locusts that have prickly nail clusters on the bark. The Begoons elegantly removed a few of the trees without a trace of being there. Not a single yard divot left nor a single twig hit the house.

A couple of years ago, one of the bigger trees I was sure was a goner was delicately pruned and is now more vibrant than ever. Eddie and Tracy helped select two native trees to replace some that were removed and were professional enough not to laugh when my daughter named them both Elsa. They offered her smiles and words of encouragement.

Price for the Begoon's work was more than fair for the caliber of service; five stars is under rating their craftsmanship, the scale should go to ten for Begoon Tree Service.

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Thomas Jenkins, February 2020

My wife and I have been using Begoon Tree Service to maintain the large walnuts trees that surround our house for the past 20 years. They run a safe professional business and leave our house without a sign that they were even in the yard. If you want tree service done right I would talk with Eddie and Tracy!

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Don Blume, December 2019

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My wife and I live on some wooded acres just a few feet from National Forest land. We first commissioned work from Begoon Tree Service in 2014 not long after moving into our house. Over a span of the next 5 years, we contracted with them three additional times – two projects were planned and one was an emergency job dealing with a wind-storm damaged tree. Each and every time the advice we received was based on scientific knowledge coupled with years of relevant experience. The estimates of both time and expense later proved to be accurate. The work itself was thorough - carefully planned and efficiently executed. The results were exactly as predicted with no surprises. The clean-up was complete. The Begoon’s and their employees have shown themselves to be conscientious and dedicated professionals. They are hard-working and honest individuals that are respectful of not only us, the property owners, but also of the wooded environment that is our home. We will, with complete confidence, continue to reach out to Begoon Tree Service whenever we find ourselves in need of arborist services.

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