All About Us





Trees, trees, trees.
All around us.
Without trees all worlds die.
Let's work to save those we have
and plant more
to provide a more balanced nature.


In 1966, 52 years ago, we did our first tree pruning job.


We have grown to a service area of 9 counties. ​


In that early time frame no license was required. It was a gamble and still is to find a knowledgeable tree man. Only a person’s thoughts with multiple opinions determined their tree service results, some unfounded in reality and still imbedded in some present operations. With some companies you have no idea of what the finished product will be.



In about 1966, as a background learning process, I was searching for information in state and out of state university tree research departments. I made a request asking for all their information on tree care, health issues and general information. A short time later I received two large boxes of material, shocked to receive such volume, and assumed some intern just unloaded all their research on me.


This was years of university research covering most aspects of tree care. It was a good information start for me. I credit this research as a basis for a knowledgeable beginning in tree care. This pointed me in the right direction in tree care avoiding bad habits originating from old ideas and to the present. Much was learned over those fifty plus years and today my customers benefit from the process of over 52,000 on site written tree consultations seeing most issues first hand, some seldom heard of.


SKIPPING FORWARD OVER FIFTY YEARS AND WHAT WAS LEARNED AND ACCOMPLISHED AS OF TODAY ....


“WE ARE YOUR BEST CHOICE IN TREE CARE” ​
On our tree pruning and tree removal operations, the owner is present on job site and does not delegate this important process to others.


My employees have worked for me for a minimum of fourteen years each. We make proper pruning cuts, leaving no stubs, and paint them. We remove all job debris. We prefer pruning trees using a more natural approach without stripping the inside of trees as many still do. It is against pruning rules to strip the inside of trees leaving only the so called manicured look, which is very harmful to trees. If you see any tree that appears stripped, the tree man who pruned them does not know proper pruning procedures. The higher the leaf count remaining on a tree after pruning the healthier the tree, as leaves process the energy to grow. ​


On consultations we may find trees in a distressed situation. (See more info in our Tree Topics section.) ​


Basically we treat for several issues, such as new construction problems with trees in wells and too much dirt fill over root zones. All lots have to be graded for drainage with dirt fill usually being removed from the higher grade to a lower grade, by scraping over areas where the feeder roots are located.


Over time this root damage will leave your trees in a declining or dying condition. We can usually remedy this issue if you call me near the time of damage. ​ The building contractor cuts limbs from trees to make an area for the house to be located. These are usually improperly cut leaving broken, unpainted stubs. The landscapers come in and replace the removed dirt fill with cheap clay-like soil. The lawn irrigation company then installs the irrigation system by using a dirt trencher to dig trenches around your already damaged tree roots. This cuts the roots from trees usually four to six feet distance from trunk, removing over half the feeder and support roots. Trees and their roots may sustain long-term damage. Most likely, they will die soon or decline in the following years when less damaged trees also develop issues. Trees in new construction areas need help and we provide that. ​


Sometimes there are many surface roots with some interfering with foundations, while other surface roots are being scraped by lawn mowers. We devised a process to alleviate this. When removing problem roots we always use a tree injection treatment for health and a fungicide injection. To the present, I have not seen any instability or decrease in the health of the trees.


YOU NEED OUR SERVICE ​

Tree removals are done in a professional manner. For some trees we use our long reach, heavy lift bucket truck to assist with taller trees in dangerous, complex situations. On some jobs we are unable to get a bucket lift truck to the tree, so we use a tree climbing crew using what is called “rope and saddle” which covers removing trees without mechanical assistance. Tree work is difficult, but once you learn the process it becomes a common experience. ​


SPLIT TREE TRUNKS WHERE THEY CAN BE REATTACHED AND PERMANENTLY REPAIRED ​ ​

We consider this one of our specialties. The largest was a 5 feet and 6 inches trunk diameter white oak tree near Mexia, Texas. Three tree companies from the Dallas area could not do the job. The homeowner just retired as a Gulf Oil engineer and bought this land to build his house on next to this giant oak. At eight feet above ground, the tree became a double trunk and split in half separating several inches. We brought both sides back together and installed three, six foot long bolts through the trunk. Twenty years later, we went back and checked the tree’s condition and took pictures. It was prospering well. One picture was of my wife and the more recent owner of property standing along side it. We have done many of these successfully with no failures. (more info on web pages). NOTE: Once we bolt and/or cable split tree trunks back together they will not come apart if they are repairable we can do it. We have a great testimonial from a very happy customer on putting her four foot diameter oak tree back together after others had attempted but failed to do so. This was in Cimmaron Hills on Hwy 29 in Georgetown. This tree had a large trunk which split and separated a few inches in four locations. These are more challenging. ​


Many tree companies use high pressure sprayers to reach the tops of your trees for insects and other issues. It is illegal for your sprayed chemicals to trespass onto your neighbors’ property. It is called chemical trespass. Micro tree trunk injections were developed in 1955 and use a small 11/64 inch size, (less than 1/8 inch) diameter injection ports into your lower tree trunk. This treatment kills all insects on leaves or borers under the bark of tree, is effective in ALL weather conditions, and does not contaminate your yard as chemicals are injected directly into the tree trunk. This is much safer than using high pressure sprayed insecticides that trespass to your neighbors’ yard and onto children's toys. While tree spraying chemicals may last 3-5 days, trunk insect-borer injections can last for months. ​


A NOTE OF WARNING: When the yard services spray your yards for insects or weeds, they will tell you it will be safe if you stay off grass until it dries. When it dries only the water has been removed. The residual chemical is still there and just as dangerous. If your yard is sprayed this way, keep children, those with allergy issues and pets off the yard for about a week. This is a purposeful lack of communication from the applicator about ‘reentry time rule” safety issues and consistently occurs. If your dog must go out onto the yard, it would be best to rinse off his lower legs and paws afterwards.


I am an ISA Certified Arborist, we have Commercial Liability Insurance, are Bonded, have Workers’ Compensation insurance and are accredited BBB members. We give you a copy of all our insurance certificates when we give you a consultation. The workers comp. premium is determined by annual payroll of the total tree crew. If someone in a tree crew does not have a S.S number and is paid in cash, the entire crew will not be covered by Workers Comp. This usually happens with migrant laborers. If an injury or death should occur they would then void the Workers Comp. contract for fraud as the correct premium, which includes all the employees pay, was not paid. The property owner is usually then responsible for financial cost of injuries and medical treatment, including disability or death.


I believe customers should be informed about issues that could affect them financially. Always have a copy of Workers Comp certificate in your possession before allowing a job to begin.


Don Williams,

Owner, Big Country Trees