Sky High Tree Removal

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Recently, a woman contacted us at Sky High Tree Removal because she had read the service page on our website about the discount for removing trees before they start budding in Spring.

We sent our arborist to her property, and the arborist identified the trees as bigleaf maples. These bigleaf maples had grown too close together for years. Because they grew too close to each other, they started to do something that loggers refer to as “school marming,” which is when trees try to grow into one another.

Though fascinating, “school marming” can lead to many issues that compromise tree health. When trees are that close together, moisture from rain and snow is trapped in places of the trees for long periods of time. This moisture promotes fungus growth and general decay known as “core rot.”

In the case of these two bigleaf maples, they were labeled as “aged-out maples” by the arborist, meaning they were experiencing some of the issues caused by “school marming” and needed to be removed.

We recommended they be removed before they had a chance to fall, especially because they were near fences and houses. We brought in a lift and other special equipment to take them down safely and efficiently.

Because we were able to remove these trees before they budded, we gave the client a discount!

If you have trees that you think might be “school marming” and are at risk of decay, consider having us remove them. If we remove them before they bud, you’ll get a discount!

Call us 253-797-3621.

We’ve all seen those cute pictures of dogs jumping into the piles of raked leaves, and we’ve all quietly thought to ourselves that so much work just went to waste. While dogs in leaf piles are picturesque anywhere else, we all know that leaves don’t make themselves into pretty little piles here in the Seattle area. The leaves here are too wet and sloppy to make into any sort of pile that we will let our dogs jump into for a photo-op just so that later we’ll have to rake them all over again.

If you’re sick of cleaning up those nasty, wet leaves from your deciduous trees, you should consider having us cut the trees down before they make a mess in Spring.

Some deciduous trees that will make the biggest messes include maples, cottonwoods, and alders. If you schedule for us to cut down this type of tree before they bud and bloom, we will discount the fee because we will have less mess to clean up and as such can get the job done more quickly.

Call us at 253.797.3621 or email us at

The winter season is setting in. The temperature drops and the wind picks up. Before you know it, it’s snowing and the real storm begins. With all the heavy rain, snow and ice, there is real danger of property damage. Trees are particularly vulnerable because of the saturated ground during these windy, snowy, and icy months .

When it comes to understanding your risks of storm-related tree damage, an assessment is always a good first step. As you and a professional walk around your lot, here are some things to look for:

Note: If a professional suggests topping one or more of your trees when they are assessing your lot, please take a moment to read our topping article “To Top or Not to Top” before making any decisions.While preventative pruning and thinning can reduce the likelihood of tree fall related storm damage, the only real way to assure there will be no damage is tree removal. You are always welcome to call us after the storm for emergency tree removal, but it is our desire to help you before damage occurs. Call us at 253.797.3621 to schedule a free quote.


Learn how view enhancement can help build the value of your home or commercial property.

A great view adds value to a home or commercial property. Sometimes that view is blocked by brush and trees.

View enhancement is the process of responsible tree thinning and removing unwanted vegetation to restore the view of a beautiful valley, river, lake, mountain, or cityscape.

The tree care professionals at Sky High Tree Removal have years of experience in responsible urban forestry, including the process of restoring beautiful views on commercial and private properties.

Call us 253.797.3621 or complete our online form when you are ready for property restoration. We will work to restore your view.

Learn how we help trees to stand strong even in severe windstorms and weather.

The Pacific Northwest provides the perfect environment for rapid tree growth.

Evergreen trees grow so much that the upper limbs and branches will have profuse bunches of needles that act as sails. In strong winds the trunk and main limbs are not strong enough to sustain the force that gets caught in the upper foliage. The limbs then crack, break, fall, and damage buildings and structures on their way to the ground.

Windsailing is the process of strategically shortening or removing limbs and branches so that the wind can pass through the trees more efficiently. It also entails removing duff (dead debris) held by the branches within the tree. This responsible tree thinning helps the trees to stay standing strong even through severe weather.

An added benefit of selectively thinning tree tops in this way is that it reduces the chance of limbs breaking under the weight of snow and ice. This is especially important at higher elevations where snow and ice build up is more likely.

Most wooded areas in need of windsailing should be professionally cared for at least once every five years.

Call us at 253.797.3621 or complete our online form to have us evaluate your trees. We will develop a plan that will restore your property’s natural beauty and safeguard against tree breakage and damage.

Recently the team went to a home where the owner stated that a tree limb was blocking light to his garden. The team inspected the area and found that in addition to the tree limb issue, there was another tree on the lot that needed to be removed because it was dead. Plus, it was pointed out that removal of the one limb would not be enough to fix the light issue for the garden. The whole tree needed to come down. The team recommended removal of the dead tree and the whole living tree that was blocking light to the garden area. The owner approved. The work was performed. And the owner was thrilled to learn that there would be no cost to him because the one living tree was healthy enough, tall enough, and of the right quality to be sold as export logs. If you have an issue with getting light onto your property due to tall timbers, contact us to schedule a site visit. We will help you find a solution. Note: Typically it takes four log trucks filled with 28 logs each to result in no charge to the property owner/manager.
2019 has been a banner year! Our owner, Joshua Wilke, met an amazing woman with three beautiful daughters and asked her to marry him. The wedding was lovely and the family has been busy transitioning to a new chapter of life. Business has been good. Staff have circled around the business and family to keep everything moving forward. Clients have been wonderful. We are so thankful, words simply aren’t enough. May your Thanksgiving season be as blessed!

To begin, the practice of tree topping is when the top of the tree and the branches on it are cut off to make the tree’s height more manageable.

Whether you knew it or not, tree topping is a controversial topic.

In the 1970s and 1980s, it was common to top trees. In the 1990s to the 2000s, there was a movement that focused on preservation of trees that discouraged tree topping.

Now, you’re probably wondering why it matters whether or not tree topping is practiced. The reason why it matters is if a tree has been topped in the past, that puts it at a high risk of splitting and falling. Once a tree is topped, it can continue growing into two or more tree tops at the point where it was topped and later it is likely to split when any one of these new tops becomes too heavy.

Because of this risk, we don’t encourage topping a tree that has never been topped before. However, if you have a tree that has been topped before, it is likely to pose a danger to your property. We recommend that you have us retop the tree or completely remove it before one or more tree tops splits and drops.

If you were considering topping a tree on your property because its height has become unmanageable, we ask that you reconsider and think about the possibility of having us use the method of wind sailing instead. wind sailing is an alternative method to topping that includes the thinning of the branches in a specific manner, resulting in a much safer tree.

To learn more about tree topping and wind sailing, go to

If you’re ready for us to care for a tree that has been topped before or a tree that needs work done other than topping, give us a call at 253-797-3621 or complete our free quote form.

Are you tired of raking up piles of leaves in your yard every year?

We know you have better things to do with your time than spending hours upon hours raking every Fall. So, we understand if you’re ready for the trouble making trees in your yard to come down.

Thankfully, we specialize in taking down trees to eliminate big leaf mess!

Deciduous trees like Big Leaf Maple, Cottonwoods, Alders or Oaks are some of the biggest culprits for outdoor clutter. If you have one of these or any other trees that are causing you strife, give us a call at 253-797-3621 or complete our free quote form and we’ll determine how we can best help you!

Worried about the tree being too close to your house to take down safely? No need! We practice urban logging, so your property will be safe while we’re taking the tree down.

When it comes to your home and your business, you want nothing but the highest quality of people. At Sky High Tree Removal, the list of quality people is unending. Stacy, our project administrator, oversees and performs the administrative office support for our team. Corresponding with customers and contractors, she’s responsible for answering the phone, scheduling appointments, reporting, developing procedures and invoicing clients.

Considering that Stacy is one of our newer hires, she started in April 2019, she has really grown to appreciate and embody our core values. Being a single mother, putting herself and her children through college, and working full-time, Stacy has found that her resilience, kindness, and patience serve her well in her new position. Stacy works closely with the Wilke family and the Sky High Tree Removal team; she loves the family atmosphere. She is a firm believer that relationship building is an essential part of any interaction, making it her goal to connect with customers not just professionally but personally.

When Stacy is not in the office, she’s likely spending quality time with her family, traveling, or cooking. She is excited to be a part of Sky High Tree Removal’s team and desires to see business blossom.

Needing tree care, give Sky High Tree Removal a call at 253-797-3621. Stacy is one of our incredible team members, and we can’t wait to introduce the rest of our team!