Tree Care

Our experienced tree care staff is dedicated to excellence and preserving and protecting your growing investments.
Bob Ray Co. Certified Arborists are highly qualified and educated in the most up to date scientifically based plant care advances.

Trimming away from the roof

Tree Care Foreman Troy Allen crown cleans a river birch in a Louisville neighborhood.

We guarantee that all tree trimming and tree pruning is done in accordance with ANSI A300 Standards. Below is a great graphic of the correct pruning techniques:


Tree Trimming/Pruning

Correct tree pruning is one of the best investments a home owner and community can make to ensure the health and increase the life of their trees. Pruning should only be done by a skilled and experienced technician with a very clear understanding of how the tree will respond to each cut. Incorrect pruning can damage and even kill valuable trees. Our average tree care specialist has over 15 years of experience.

Tree Removal

Tree Removal

Tree Removal

Healthy trees have both a financial and environmental impact. They actually increase the value of your property as well as provide energy savings and air quality benefits for both home and business owners. We are environmentally responsible and recommend removals only out of absolute necessity. We will look for any alternative before removing a tree.

Tree Preservation

Tree preservation practices, such as cabling, are performed to help a tree overcome its growth abnormalities. This is done by installing steel hardware directly into a tree, which help stabilize points of weakness, such as large cracks or decay in the trunk. When done correctly cabling can prolong the life of an otherwise hopeless tree.

Keeping streets, sidewalks, signs and street lights clear of branches, clearing underbrush and pruning trees is important in minimizing liability

Keeping streets, sidewalks, signs and street lights clear of branches, clearing underbrush and pruning trees is important in minimizing liability

Municipality/Commercial Tree Care Program

The removal of dead or dangerous trees along roadways is a priority in every community. Keeping streets, sidewalks, signs and street lights clear of branches, clearing underbrush and pruning trees is important in minimizing liability. Using our professionally trained staff crews assures adherence to the same standards used by large utility companies.

Storm Cleanup

During severe weather you can count on the Bob Ray Co., Inc for your emergency tree care services. With our fleet of specialized equipment and fully trained and safety minded staff, you can rest assured your property will be made safe and clear of all tree damage and debris. We will also use all tree preservation techniques to save damaged trees and avoid the removal of damaged trees.

Stump Removal

Grinding the stump of a removed tree.

A Bob Ray crew removes a large stump at the Big Springs Country Club.

Once a tree is cut down and removed, the question very quickly becomes “what to do with the stump?”

Once a live tree is cut down, the roots soon stop growing. In most cases, this occurs within a few days or weeks. Some tree species develop root sprouts which push out new stems from the root system. If these sprouts are allowed to grow, these shoots will produce the hormones and the carbohydrates the roots need to eventually survive. Simply mowing the sprouts as they develop will usually result in the final death of the root system within a few months. The use of the area around the stump needs to be determined because it will determine the method by which it is removed.


There are several methods of removing tree stumps. Grinding is by far the fastest, easiest and most common. Our grinding machines operate with a large flywheel equipped with cutting teeth. The operator moves the teeth over the stump, grinding it away a little at a time. Our grinding machines can grind the stump to 24 inches below the ground!

Please be aware is not practical to remove all of the roots of a tree. In most cases the main part of the stump is routed leaving only the smaller lateral roots in the ground to eventually decay. If grass is going to be planted, we will make sure the roots are at least 8 to 12 inches below the ground level. If tree replanting is planned we will go even deeper.


How to Hire a Professional Tree Service

What to avoid!

Absolutely avoid a “handyman”. An all-purpose handyman driving around a neighborhood in a pickup truck with a chainsaw is NOT a professional tree service. Do not trust him with the value of your home. Get on the web and look for:

Professional Tree Services

Tree service Louisville

Tree Removal

Tree Pruning

Do NOT hire anyone asking to be paid in advance! Hiring tree services requesting payment in advance or who want to start work without giving you an estimate in writing or better yet a contract in writing is not a professional tree service but probably someone working out of their house.

What to ask!

Ask the tree service company to lay out exactly what the tree trimming job will entail and how it will get done. If tree pruning work needs to be performed on a tree whose appearance is important to you ask if the company will climb the tree using ropes or an aerial lift rather than using climbing spikes. Spikes cause damage to the cambium of a tree.

Also ask how prepared the tree service company is to take appropriate action in the event that an accident occurs. For example, tree services pruning limbs situated directly over telephone wires ABSOLUTELY NEED experience with damaged wires. To minimize the probability of such damage in the first place, skilled tree services should carefully control the fall of limbs using ropes. Ask if this is the case.

What about the stump?? Decide in advance exactly how low you want your stump to be if the company is totally removing the tree. Stumps will be an eyesore after the clean up. Ask the tree service company about stump removal. How much and also, what method will be used.

Ask for references. Have your company provide a list of phone numbers of local clients who are satisfied with their job. Just like dealing with a plumber or electrician, don’t be afraid to ask for references from tree services.