3 Important Questions To Ask Before Hiring A Tree Removal Company

Posted on: 30 October 2019

Do you have a tree that needs to come down as soon as possible? Are you worried that it's going to fall and damage your home? Whether due to insects, disease, or simply old age, even the biggest trees will die eventually. When that happens, you're going to need to have the tree taken down so that it is no longer a hazard. Although some people attempt to do the removal themselves, you probably already know that an improper removal can be just as dangerous as letting the tree fall naturally. So in order to get your tree taken down, you need to find the right people for the job. A few questions that you should be asking include the following.

Do you have a certified arborist working for you?

When your tree is already dead, there's not much that an arborist can do. But unless you know exactly what killed this tree, you should make sure that it's not something that's going to spread to any nearby trees. Before the tree removal process begins, you may want to have the arborist look at the tree and tell you whether or not it's something to be concerned about. Once you get the okay from the arborist, then you can cut down the tree.

How long will this process take?

How long it'll take to dismantle a given tree is going to depend on things like location, tree species, and the equipment being worked with. Sometimes, the tree removal process will be extremely quick because the company is able to use a cherry picker to access the topmost branches. Other times, someone physically has to climb up the tree to be able to remove the limbs so that the tree can be taken apart from the top down. It's good to know ahead of time whether the process will take just a few hours or if it'll take the whole day.

What is included in the quote?

Besides the actual cutting down of your tree, there are a number of other things that might be included in a tree removal quote. For instance, part of the cost might be for shredding the branches and carting away the leftover wood. Depending on the type of tree, it doesn't always make sense to pay this cost; you may want to only pay for the tree itself to be cut down. Even if you don't have a fire pit or a fireplace yourself, there are likely people nearby who do and who will jump at the chance to get some firewood for free. You might even get some carpenters or woodworkers who are interested in the wood if you post a classified ad online.

For more information, contact a local tree removal service.


Keeping Your Trees Healthy

About a year ago, I realized that our front trees were starting to look a little funny. Some of the leaves were wilted, but we weren't anywhere near autumn. The bark on the trunk also seemed to be rotting away, which was frustrating and disappointing. Fortunately, a friend of mine told me to call a professional arborist for help. He came out, inspected the trees, and injected some special pesticides into the trunk. Within a few months, they started to look a lot better. Our arborist also trimmed our trees to reduce the weight load on the branches and to improve their shape. Check out this blog for information about tree trimming.