How Stump Grinding Can Benefit Your Garden

More often than not, tree felling requires cutting a tree back to the stump. You’ll need different equipment to remove the stump entirely. At EPDS Tree Services, we offer stump grinding and removal services to help you completely get rid of the tree and its roots. It will benefit your garden.

Tree stump removal doesn’t just improve the look of your garden but has a variety of other benefits. From reducing hazards to minimising pests, below are the top reasons to remove a tree stump.


Tree stumps tend to be an ideal spot for a range of pests such as beetles and other wood-boring insects to breed. The infestation will get worse as your tree stump starts to decay, and eventually, pests will move on to other parts of your garden or even your home where they can cause much damage. It’s best to remove your tree stump right away if you notice insects on it.


Tree stumps can be hazardous for various reasons. The biggest reason being the risk of people tripping or falling over them. If they have sharp pieces of bark sticking out, it can be hazardous to children touching it and pose a real risk if someone were to fall on it.


Often, people leave tree stumps because they give off a natural forest vibe but once they start to rot, they look unsightly. If you don’t use tree stumps as a feature in your garden, they might look out of place and odd.


Tree stumps often restrict how you can use your lawn area. You might have a perfect spot for seating, but your tree stump is inconveniently positioned in the middle. In which case, it would be better to remove it, so you can use your lawn efficiently and create more space.

For more information or if you require our tree felling services in Pretoria, call us today!


4 Times When Saving a Tree Isn’t Possible and What to Do About It

If a tree on your property doesn’t look well, it might be sick or dying. Some signs include sparse leaf cover, brittle wood, fungus growth, damaged trunks and tree bends or tilts. Very often it is possible to save the tree and nurse it back to health. But sometimes a tree simply can’t be saved and needs to be removed as soon as possible. Below are four reasons you might need to remove a tree in your yard:

Root Rot

You can tell that your tree’s roots are rotting when dips and holes appear on your lawn. This is a major problem! Mushrooms tend to grow over the lifeless roots as they decompose for fuel.


Your tree might be slowly dying if you see fungus (mushrooms) growing at the bottom of your tree. Moss is not a problem and covers many healthy trees. But, if you start to notice accelerated growth of trunk fungus or along the root paths, your tree is battling to stay alive.

Losing Branches

Another sign that your tree is having a hard time is when it starts to shed large branches. It’s trying to redirect energy to the healthy parts by dropping large, dead parts. It can be dangerous and cause damage to your property or vehicles.

A Dying Trunk

Your tree trunk will quickly reveal the tree’s overall health. If the trunk is cracked, the bark is falling off, or it sounds hollow, your tree is quickly dying. The tree trunk is vital to its health and support. If your tree trunk is weak, it can lead to sudden collapse.

EPDS Tree Services offers tree felling Pretoria and handles tree assessment, pruning and tree removal. If you have a tree that you suspect isn’t in good health, get in touch with the team today.

Is Tree Trimming Really Necessary? and How Often Should I Do It

You might be wondering if there’s a difference between tree trimming and tree pruning, and there is. When you remove the loose, infected or dead branches or stems from a tree, it’s called pruning. Trimming, on the other hand, is when you cut back overgrowth. Both of these are necessary!

If you have a healthy tree, you’ll think of trimming along the same lines as getting a haircut. It’s purely for maintenance purposes — to improve the beauty of your tree and to ensure healthy growth.

How often do you need to trim a tree? It would depend on the type of tree as well as the health, size and age. As a rule of thumb, young trees need to be trimmed every two years, while mature trees can be trimmed every 3 to 4 years. Fruit trees should be trimmed/pruned every year, while certain evergreen trees can go five years without needing a trim.

Benefits of Regular Tree Trimming/Pruning

  • Maintain the natural shape and beauty of the tree
  • Increase the size and quantity of fruit on a fruit tree
  • Allow a young tree to mature into a large, strong tree
  • Increase the airflow through the tree
  • Reduce the weight of a dense canopy
  • Allow more sunlight to get through the tree
  • Provide more food and water by eliminating excessive branches
  • Protect your property by cutting branches away from structures
  • Discard weak branches
  • Extend the health and life of your tree

At EPDS Tree Services, our certified arborists will help determine the best trimming schedule for your trees. If your trees need pruning or trimming, feel free to give us a call on 078 918 5744, and we will gladly schedule an appointment to discuss all of the possible options for the optimal health of your tree. Get in touch today!


4 Things You Should Do When a Tree Collapses on Your Home

Nothing prepares you for a storm that damages everything in its way. And we’ve seen a few of them in recent years. It is all too common for trees to collapse on a property, leaving the property owner or renter in distress.

If you’ve just been hit with the devastation of a fallen tree, don’t panic. We’re here to help. This is exactly what you should do:

Make sure no one is hurt

If a family member or pet is hurt, the first step is to call the ambulance and get them to a hospital or vet. If everyone is ok, get out of the house as quickly and safely as possible. If no one was home at the time of the accident, do not attempt to go into the house.

Take photos

If you have homeowners insurance, taking photos will help support your claim from the insurance company. Take photos or a video while the tree is still on your property so there are no questions about whether the claim is valid or not.

Call the insurance company

Depending on your insurer, they may ask you to get several quotes for repairs or send out a claim adjuster to inspect the damage. Once the claim is approved, you can go ahead and start the repairs.

Call emergency tree removal services

Emergency tree removal contractors are available 24/7 and can come and assess the damage. They can give you a quote for removal to supply to your insurer or start to remove the tree right away as safely as possible.

Losing a tree isn’t great and the best thing you can do is to replace it. For reliable and affordable emergency tree removal services in Pretoria, get in touch with EPDS Tree Services for a free quote. Call us today!

Why You Should Get of Tree Stumps and How to Do It Safely

Trees make your landscape beautiful, provides shade, increase property value and improve air quality. That said, dead trees aren’t something to look at and should be removed right away. They spread diseases to surrounding plants and attract pests. A dead tree will quickly lose its branches, damaging your property or injuring people in its way.

Cutting down a tree and removing the debris from your property is quick and easy. However, you can run into some difficulties with a tree stump that is left behind. Tree stumps might look harmless, but they can pose a safety hazard if left on your property. Here’s why:

Reduced Property Value

Leaving a tree stump without any practical use will make your yard look untidy and reduce the value of your property.

Safety Hazard

Visitors can potentially trip and cause injuries. You could end up facing a costly lawsuit.

Spread Disease

Tree stumps invite undesired guests such as termites, carpenter ants and other wood-boring insects. Once infected, other healthy trees will be at risk too. Even worse, these pests might cause structural damage to your home.

Takes Up Space

Landscape enthusiasts consider areas with big tree stumps dead space. If you remove it, you free up some valuable space where you can set up a picnic table or playground for your kids. You could even plant a tree.

Complicates Gardening Chores

A tree stump makes mowing and weeding tasks more difficult and could cause damage to your lawnmower.

Damage Your Property

Tree roots don’t stop growing after you cut down a tree. They can grow and spread into pipes, causing them to burst, contaminating your water supply and flood your property.

How to Remove a Tree Stump

There are many DIY stump removal tutorials available online. But the safest, most effective way to remove a tree stump is to hire a professional that can do it for you.

At EPDS Tree Services, we offer affordable, safe stump removal services in Pretoria. Get in touch for a free quote today!

How to Safely Remove a Tree

Trees are always a great addition to any space. They add natural beauty and shade to residential backyards and public landscapes. Sadly, trees are susceptible to diseases and insect infestations that can cause significant damage to them. The forces of mother nature — heavy rains, wind or hail — can make them vulnerable to structural damage.

It is possible for professional arborists to nurse a sick tree back to health, to save it or decrease the damage. However, sometimes when a tree has endured too much injury, it can’t be saved and needs to be removed. Irreversible damage can cause the tree to be unstable and on the brink of collapsing. It can pose a threat to your safety and that of your property.

Professional tree fellers will take the following steps to ensure the safe removal of your tree:

Planning and preparation: A thorough survey of the area will give us the necessary insight on which tools to bring along, and to determine the felling direction.

Using the right tools: A professional tree feller will know which tool to use depending on the type and size of the tree.

Check for diseases: It is essential to check for any signs of diseases, as it could interfere with the direction the tree will fall.

Reliable and Affordable Tree Felling in Pretoria

When tree felling or removal is required, it is best to hire professionals for the job. At EPDS Tree Services, we employ technicians who are familiar with a variety of tree species. They specialise in every aspect of tree maintenance and removal and can offer expert advice on all tree types. We adhere to all the required safety standards, and our work is fully insured.

If you need to remove a tree on your property, don’t try and do it yourself. Tree removal is dangerous and a job better left to professionals. Get in touch with the team at EPDS Tree Services for safe tree removal services in Pretoria and surrounding areas. Call us today!

How Do You Know If a Tree Needs to Be Removed

Trees are awesome! They clean the air, produce shade and privacy to humans, provide habitats and food for wildlife and reduce noise pollution in urban areas. On top of that, they look gorgeous!

Sometimes, however, trees can also pose a safety hazard if it is damaged, infected or dead. Emergency tree removal should always be done by a professional to ensure the right steps are taken to minimise the risk.

Common Reasons to Remove a Tree

Sadly, we can’t always save a tree. Below are some of the most common reasons why it might be necessary to call a tree felling contractor.

Irreversible Damage

Severe storms can cause serious damage to trees. Storm damage can include stem, branch or root failure, crown twist, or even blowing over completely. In which case, you will need emergency tree removal.

Signs of Infection

Deep splits in the bark, soft crumbly wood, fungi, discoloured leaves, feeding galleries and emergence holes are all signs that your tree is infected and need to be removed quickly.

Hollow or Rotted Inside

If a third of the tree is hollow or rotted inside, it has been seriously compromised and needs to be removed as soon as possible.

Compromising the Structure of Your Home

Large trees should be at least six metres away from a building to ensure the roots don’t wreak havoc on the structure of your property.


Affordable Emergency Tree Removal Pretoria

Emergency tree removal in Pretoria doesn’t have to set you back financially. You can trust the licenced and qualified team at EPDS Tree Services to remove your trees fast and efficiently without breaking the bank. Our rates are super competitive to ensure complete customer satisfaction.

Don’t pay more than you have to for emergency tree removal. Get in touch with EPDS for a free quote. Call us today!