Able Tree Services – Far More Than Tree Trimming!

Of course we trim trees. And we do it exceptionally well! However, at Able Tree Service, we provide a wide variety of tree care services, far beyond the scope of “just” trimming. See the page below for details about all the following categories of tree services we provide. (And if you have a need that you do not find on our site, please contact us and we will do our best to meet your needs or refer you to the proper provider.)

Tree Trimming and Pruning

Able Tree Service offers Missoula tree trimming and pruning services that are a step above the rest. Anyone can take a trimming or pruning tool to a tree, but that doesn’t mean it’s done right. At Able, we use our combined 70+ years of experience to give your trees the trimming and pruning they need, but with the expertise and TLC they deserve.


Tree Trimming

Our certified arborists will climb your tree and expertly trim it in accordance with ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) standards. Keep in mind that if you have specific trimming needs, we will be happy to discuss these with you.

Fruit Tree Pruning

It is recommended that fruit tree pruning begins with a first stage rehabilitation pruning in the winter months. Proper pruning over a specified period of time will ensure fruit production. We can apply an organic non-toxic mineral oil spray and provide an organic product for Codling Moth.

Technical Removals

Technical Removals are one of our specialties:  backyards, tight spaces, and trees overhanging structures.  Our exceptional tree climbers will carefully rig your tree down to avoid any damage to your property.

Tree, Limb and Debris Removal

We will remove fallen limbs caused by storms or requested pruning, cutting, or tree removal. One option is to chip the debris and remove it. Another is to provide you with the resulting mulch to spread around your trees and plants which helps promote healthy soil conditions.

Stump Grinding

Once the tree is removed, we cut the stump as low to the ground as possible, then use a stump grinder to grind it out to a depth of 8 inches below grade. Our stump grinder is small enough to fit in even the tighest backyards, and light enough to not scar your turf! If necessary, we use a product to prevent suckering and regrowth.

Chemical Applications

Do you have insect problems on your trees? Do your trees drip or weep sticky substances on your lawn, car, or patio furniture? At Able Tree Service, we have many products that can cure your insect problems and also protect trees from future issues! We also offer various discounts for consecutive applications. Call today to speak with our ISA Certified Arborists about starting an application program!

Insecticide Injections

Are your trees weeping? Dripping? Do you have a sticky residue on your patio furniture, your car, or exterior windows? These problems can all be solved by applying a specific insecticide to your trees. We use a soil injection method to apply our insecticides, which means that more product gets to your trees, and there is no spray drift or runoff to worry about. By injecting the product directly into the root zone of your tree, we assure that more product goes where it belongs, and all with less waste.

Dormant Oil

Worried about pesticides? Would you like to keep your property pesticide free? Able Tree Service also offers an all organic dormant oil spray! Dormant oils have been used for decades to control insects and fungi on  fruit trees, but only recently have we begun using oils that can be applied year round without the risk of harming foliage. By spraying trees with dormant oil, we can ‘suffocate’ insects and fungi, instead of relying on a chemical reaction to poison them. We also offer discounts for consecutive applications, so you can have pest free trees year round!


Spinosad is a natural substance made by soil bacterium.  It prevents the codling moth from infecting your apples.  We spray the fruit trees when enough degree days have accumulated.  The first spray is usually applied in June and will require 2 additional sprays during the growing season.

Emergency Insect Applications

Have an important barbecue or picnic in your backyard soon and want to make sure your trees are insect free? We also have many products and application techniques to kill insects in 48 hours.Call today for more information!

Plant Health Care

Feeding and watering trees is the best way to keep them healthy and prevent future issues. Just like any other organism, trees can fight off infection and pest infestation much easier when they are in a healthy state. By applying a slow-release drought formula fertilizer to your trees, you can assure that they will remain healthy and happy throughout the growing season. All you need is one annual treatment for year round fertilization!

For those who really want their trees to flourish and prosper, we also offer our Soil Therapy Program. By injecting the product into the root zone of the tree at 400 pounds per square inch, we create beneficial air spaces in compacted soil. This air space improves the movement of oxygen into the root which is essential for all life activities in the soil. Included in the injected liquid are beneficial symbiotic fungi (ectomycorrhizal {Pt} and endomycorrhizal ), and bacteria (nitrogen fixing, phosphorus solubizing, and growth promoting). For best results we recommend three consecutive annual treatments.

Pine Beetle Sprays

While you don’t hear a lot about mountain pine beetle these days, they are still active in the Missoula area. By spraying your pine early in the spring, we can protect your trees from being attacked by this pest, and save your landscape, and more importantly, save you the expense of costly removals! Protect your high value landscape trees by calling our Certified Chemical Applicators for an estimate on a pine beetle spray application today!

Other Tree Care Services

Able Tree Services offers just about any tree care service you can imagine. If there’s something you need that you don’t find on our website, please let us know. We may be able to help. If not, we’ll be happy to refer you to other service providers we trust and recommend.

Following are other tree care services that Able Tree Service offers:

Cabling & Bracing

Cabling and bracing will reduce the risk of tree failure as a result of structural weakness, storm damage, mechanical injury, rubbing, or the weight of long heavy limbs. We will fit your tree with a dynamic cabling system.

Tree Appraisals

Trees add monetary value to your property. We measure the circumference of your trees, determine the species, and evaluate the trees’ location and condition. We determine aesthetic and shade value of your trees based on the “Guide for Plant Appraisal, 9th Edition,” developed by the “Council of Tree and Landscape Appraiser,” and published by the International Society of Arboriculture.

Tree Inventory

We provide our clients with very detailed free estimates so we can keep track of their trees’ progress. When our head arborist visits your property, he/she will measure your trees, determine the species, and its location on your property. We then store this information in our customized database for comparative future assessments.

Emergency Tree Service

Emergency Tree Services

Safety is our primary concern. If you suspect a tree has become unsafe, or you have storm damage such as hanging limbs, branches that have fallen on a roof, car or are blocking traffic, please contact us immediately. Able Tree Service will get there as soon as possible to assess the damage, take action, and ensure your safety.