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Forestry Mulching - Tree Service - Land Clearing

Tree Service In Fredericksburg, Stafford, and Richmond

Southern LandCare - Tree Experts serving the greater Fredericksburg and Richmond, VA areas

From Stafford,VA to Richmond, VA, our experienced arborists can handle any of your tree care needs. Tree removal, Tree Preservation, and Tree Pruning are some of the services we offer. Our consultative approach focuses on the health and beauty of your yard as a whole. From lakefront pruning at Lake Anna, VA to storm damage in Fredericksburg, we cover the Caroline, Spotsylvania, Hanover, and Stafford County areas with top quality Tree Care Services. Always safe and Damage-Free, our professional team handles your Tree Care needs promptly and with minimal impact to your land. Please contact us with any of your tree care needs!


Whether a storm came through and ruined your yard or you just noticed your maple tree looks a little overgrown, you can trust the arborists at Southern LandCare to handle your needs. Our tree care specialists will:

1. Remove dead or dying trees from your yard.

2. Clear away fallen branches after a storm.

3. Inject your trees with disease and fungus treatments.

4. Trim your trees as often as needed to prevent overgrowth.

5. Call in a crane company to remove extra-large trees or branches.

There's no project too big or too small for our tree care specialists to take on. We provide tree removal and care services for homeowners at small single-family homes all the way up to huge apartment complexes and commercial properties.

Our arborists pride themselves on being thorough and respectful. We leave every job site looking cleaner than it did before we arrived. We'll rake, blow leaves and do whatever it takes to make your space look spotless. Plus, we use as little heavy equipment as possible to minimize damage to your yard and the environment.



Don't settle for anything less than excellent tree care. Southern LandCare never cuts corners, and customer service is extremely important to our team. Our family-owned company is proud to serve Ladysmith, VA and the surrounding communities.. 

Call 804-223-3167 right now to schedule a tree removal, trim or other service in Ladysmith, Virginia.

Tree Service Definitions

After many years in the industry, we have found that our best customers are educated customers. With that being said, we have put together short list of some industry terms that you may find on your proposal. The following information is designed to help you understand exactly what should be expected from our services.   

Tree Pruning Objectives:

  • Crown Thinning or Cleaning- The selective removal of one of the following items: dead, dying, or diseased branches, weak branches and water sprouts. (sometimes referred to as sucker growth)

  • Crown Raising or Elevating- The removal of the lower branches to provide clearance from the ground or structure.

  • Crown Reduction or Shaping- To decrease the actual height or spread of a tree. (Consideration should be given to the ability of the species of the tree to sustain this type of pruning)

  • Hazardous Reduction Pruning (HRP) – To remove only branches that are decayed or declining, and are posing imminent danger. An example may be a tree with many dead branches over a park bench.

Tree Removal Objectives:

  • Tree Takedown with Stump Cut Low- This would consist of a full take down of the said tree and leaving the stump cut as low as reasonably possible without damage to our equipment. This would include the logs and chips removed from the premises unless other instructions are noted on the proposal.

  • Tree Takedown with Stump Grinding- Same as above except in this case the stump of the tree will be ground approximately 12 inches below the surface. Surface roots within 3ft of the stump will also be ground. All grinds will be backfilled into the hole where the tree used to be. There may be a mound of chips depending on the size of the stump.

  • Complete Removal with All Stump Mulch Removed- All of the above work as described, however the stump mulch will be dug out to ground level so that one could install topsoil and seed afterwards.

  • All Wood to Remain on Premises- When this is requested, all of the larger tree sections will be left on site in uncut lengths. You can request the logs to be relocated to a specific location on the property by use of our tractors. We still assume to haul and dispose of the wood chips from the job unless it is noted on the proposal.

  • Logs to be Cut to Firewood Length- When the customer opts for wood to be cut into firewood lengths, the logs will be cut into approximately 18” pieces. They will still be in round form. This does not mean split and fireplace ready. You will still have to split and season the wood.

Other Important Terms:

  • Tree Topping- Southern LandCare does not top trees. It is a frowned upon practice in the tree industry, a proven way to send a tree into decline. We will not trim the canopy of a tree more than 20% of its overall height or spread. Note: only certain species of trees can handle trimming of this magnitude.

  • Extending Surface Roots- Roots that extend more than 3 feet from the trunk of the tree and are above the ground level.

  • Hidden Elements in Trees- Hidden elements can be anything from concrete, metal hardware, to fence posts. These are items that our equipment is not designed to reasonably cut through.

  • Underground Utilities- Underground utilities are items such as septic tanks or fields, invisible dog fences, sprinkler systems, buried phone, electric, gas, or cable TV lines. It is very important that you mark these prior to commencement of work on your property.

If after reading this you still have questions about the terminology on your proposal, please do not hesitate to ask for further explanation. Our goal is to make sure you are fully satisfied with the outcome of your job.