Elm Trees

Pruning Elm trees in the Portland metro area is only open between October 15th and April 15th. The reason Elm trees are regulated is due to Dutch Elm Disease. Dutch Elm Disease involves Elm Bark Beetles that burrow into the trees causing the trees to die over time.

Removal or pruning a tree that has Dutch Elm Disease involves extra precautionary measures to insure the disease does not spread. The dates that Elm pruning and removal are open is in correlation with dormancy. The disease can also spread from an infected tree to a healthy tree by means of their roots. If a healthy tree is within 25-50 feet of an infected tree a root graft should be placed to help eliminate transferring from occurring.

Rich’s Tree Service, Inc. has years of experience handling Dutch Elm Disease. We properly sanitize all our tools that may come in contact with the disease and properly dispose of the wood to eliminate the risk of exposure. All of these steps are important to help eliminate the transfer of the disease.

Tree Service Reviews

Thanks to our great customers that have sent us their feedback on how we are doing we can conclude that we offer excellent tree service. Being in business for 25 years proves that we have the knowledge and professionalism to keep our customers happy. Here are a few examples of what our customers are saying:

“Very professional and easy to work with.” –Brent P.

“We needed two 30-40 foot Curly Willow trees removed from our tight backyard. This gardener is very impressed with their work and would recommend and use them again.” –Mickey S.

“For over 8 years I’ve been blessed to be in knowledgeable care of Rich’s Arborists. If you value integrity, exceptional customer service, superior knowledge and honest rates, I highly recommend Rich and his team.” –Lori M.

“I want to thank your office for understanding my concern when scheduling our job. Everything is blooming and I was worried about the sap and being too late to prune. Thanks again for working us in.”-Barbara M.

We are happy to know that we have satisfied our customers tree service needs. It’s always great hearing from our customers how much they loved our service.

Cities we Service

Rich’s Tree Service, Inc. has been serving the Portland and surrounding areas since 1989. Being in business for 25 years proves experience, knowledge and customer satisfaction. At times we may travel outside of the Portland Metro areas. We have traveled to the coast and down to California for work.

Here is a list of the most common cities we service:

Aloha -Ariel -Battle Ground -Beavercreek -Beaverton
-Boring -Brightwood -Camas -Canby -Cascade Locks
-Clackamas -Corbett -Cornelius -Damascus -Durham -Eagle Creek
-Estacada -Fairview -Forest Grove -Gaston -Gladstone -Gresham
-Happy Valley -Hillsboro -Hood River -King City -Lake Oswego
-Maywood Park -McMinnville -Milwaukie -Mulino -Newberg
-North Plains -Oak Grove -Oregon City -Rhododendron
-Ridgefield -Sandy -Sellwood -Sherwood -St. Helens -St. Paul
-Tigard -Troutdale -Tualatin -Vancouver -Warren -Washougal
-Welches -West Linn -Wilsonville -Wood Village -Woodland -Zig Zag

Tree removal using a crane!

There are certain circumstances that require Rich’s Tree Service to use a crane to remove a tree. Typically a tree that requires crane removal will be located on a steep slope, tight location, or close to buildings. We have the experience to acknowledge when a tree must be removed by utilizing a crane. If a homeowner or business decided to remove a tree without using a crane when it was needed disaster could arise. Here is a recent removal we did using a crane: http://youtu.be/1u8o940AHvk

Tree removals involving a crane are not cheap, but are necessary to complete jobs without causing damage. If you are looking to have your tree removed and it is located on a slope, tight location, or near buildings it is important to hire a tree company that has a lot of experience. Although the cost to use a crane is expensive just imagine the cost and headache that could occur if the tree ended up falling on your neighbor’s house if it wasn’t dealt with properly.

We have been in business for over 25 years, and that’s the amount of experience you want when you hire a tree care professional.

Winter Storm Damage on Trees in Portland

As we just experienced, February can bring unexpected rain, cold temperatures, and storms to the Portland area. Due to the amount of snow and freezing rain our trees suffered. Many trees have broken limbs.

A combination of rain, cold temperatures and storms can contribute to flooding. Especially toward the end of the month when temperatures typically start rising while we start preparing for early spring.

Flooding can cause damage to our landscaping. It can alter the soil causing trees and shrubs to be less stable due to root damage. In severe cases it can cause a tree or shrub to fall, especially if flooding is combined with wind. Tolerance of flood damage depends on the age of the tree, and if the tree is dormant or not. Flooding is more detrimental during growing season than dormancy.

Snow Plowing

At Rich’s Tree Service we mainly focus on trees. We also work on shrubs and hedges when needed. Now that we are in the middle of winter we may see a few snow flurries here in the Portland metro area. At times we may even see a lot of snow.

If a winter storm brings us a lot of snow, snow plowing might be needed. Snow plowing is a service Rich’s Tree Service can perform. Typically we will perform snow plowing for businesses or large areas when needed.  Along with snow plowing emergency tree service might be needed and we can help with that too.

Effects of Ice on Trees

Winter weather can strike us with wind, snow, rain, and ice at any time in the Northwest. Typically when we get snow or ice that hits the Valley floor all of Portland seems to go out of service. We will sit at home glued to our televisions with anticipation of what this storm will bring and how it’s affecting the different areas of our community.

Ice can be very harsh on trees. During the winter months the trees are dormant and very brittle. If a storm brings ice then damage to the tree or your property can occur. It is important not to try and remove the ice from the tree. In doing so you may cause more damage to the tree. Pruning in the fall can help reduce any injury due to a storm.

After a storm hits there are a few things you can look at to see if a tree service professional is needed: Was the tree healthy prior to the storm?

Has any portion of the crown been lost?

Are there any broken limbs or branches?

Are there any cracks in the wood?

Is the tree leaning?


Hiring a Certified Arborist to come evaluate your trees can help assess the damage a storm incurred on a tree.

Emergency Tree Service

We are in the middle of winter storm season and that can lead to major cleanup at times. All of Portland can be put on hold if Mother Nature decides to hit us with harsh wind, snow, ice, or rain. If the storm is harsh enough damage to your trees could be a result.


If you find yourself in an emergency tree situation Rich’s Tree Service can help. We have 24/7 emergency tree service. It is important to hire a tree company that is qualified and has the experience to handle these situations. Most of the time they can be very dangerous and experience is a must.


It is always advised to have your trees evaluated before storm season hits to prevent any damage from occurring. Our crews work in all weather conditions and times of the day or night. Emergency tree service does come with a higher cost, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.


Contact our office at 503-465-2133 for emergency tree service. If it is after our normal business hours follow the instructions on our greeting on how to request an emergency crew.

Tree Service Reviews and Ratings

At Rich’s Tree Service we take pride in our customer service. We have received the Angie’s List Super Service award annually since 2009. Along with receiving the award we have continuously received an “A” rating throughout the years. We also have many satisfied commercial and residential customers, and our BBB rating has also stayed at an overall “A” rating.

Here are a few of our customer testimonials:

“Very professional and easy to work with” –Brent (removed his 120’ dead Douglas Fir tree)

“We needed two 30-40’ Curly Willow trees removed from our tight backyard. This gardener is very impressed with their work and would recommend and use them again” –Mickey

“For over 8 years I’ve been blessed to be in the knowledgeable care of Rich’s arborists. If you value integrity, exceptional customer service, superior knowledge and honest rates, I highly recommend Rich and his team.” –Lori

We have a list of commercial and residential references available upon request. We highly encourage customers to review tree service company reviews and their experience before hiring.

Storm Preparation for Trees

A winter storm can strike at any time and it is important to be prepared for what might be headed our way. Here are key points our certified arborists recommend addressing with your trees.

What to look for:

-Homes that were built within the last five years.

-Trees scattered on property that was recently cleared.

-Areas with poor soil.

-Trees with included bark.

-Lopsided tree tops.

-Cracks or decay in tree bark.

-Trees that haven’t been pruned recently.


Wind and ice hit trees in the Portland area the hardest. Wind can cause damage by blowing over a tree, breaking branches, and breaking a portion of the tree off. Ice can damage a tree by causing the branches to break and weakening included bark. It is important to have your trees assessed by a certified arborist to prevent damage occurring to your trees. Annual pruning and maintenance will also help reduce the risk of damage that may possibly occur.

If we experience a major storm does hit and you need help call Rich’s Tree Service. We offer emergency tree service and our crews work around the clock when necessary. If you believe you have an emergency tree situation call our office at 503-465-2133, from there you will be prompted to follow the steps on the recording to dispatch a crew if it is after our normal business hours.

Owner and Certified Arborist Rich Gillum, of Rich’s Tree Service, Inc., has been serving the Portland Metro areas for over 24 years. We are a licensed, bonded, and insured tree care company that specializes in pruning, preservation, and removal. Customers can read our reviews on Angie’s List, The BBB, Facebook and ask for a list of commercial and residential references to learn more about our superior service.