Landscaping Tips: Get That Tree Removed the Right Way

Getting trees removed and trimmed is not always immediately thought of as a home improvement, but… Most homeowners have a number of trees on their property. While they usually are not causing daily problems, do you get antsy when the weatherman says High winds are in the forecast on TV? Short of clearcutting your entire yard, you MIGHT have a reason to be a bit concerned at times.  A gust of wind can drop a dead limb on your house – or even a whole tree – and NOW you’ve got a home improvement project, insurance claims, and a whole lot of aggravation. So, we suggest NOT letting these things get out of control.

So many things can be done by the average homeowner with common tools. A bow saw is great for clearing out smaller trees – or a chainsaw is even easier. A homeowner with a chainsaw can do a LOT of their own tidying up. WARNING: if you are NOT skilled in the whole area of dropping trees, do NOT use this as an experiment time when you have a tree that is pointing towards your house. While it is a matter of gravity to some degree, the direction of the tree drops can be controlled pretty decently with smart cutting and occasionally with some ropes. We suggest you stick with cutting down trees that are NOT a danger to your house unless you really do have some experience.

Overhanging limbs or limbs that are just causing problems can be taken down with limb saws – these are usually poles with a saw at the end. They can be frustrating as you are cutting something usually 10 feet or more away from you. You can’t always see what is happening and it can get tedious as you can’t put a whole lot of weight on the teeth – the cutting can be slow.  The new tech? A chainsaw blade mounted at the end of a pole. These things can be a standalone tool or even gotten as an attachment for your gas or electric trimmer.  Let’s face it – chainsaw and limb? A WHOLE lot easier than manually sawing back and forth. Minutes of sawing turn into seconds. You can make short work of trimming up a problematic tree. Just remember to take a step back and review your work before getting carried away.

Some things ARE best left to professionals

When it comes to tree removal services, there are certain tasks that are just too risky and need professional expertise to be done efficiently. Tree removal specialists understand challenges that come with working at height. They know how to deal with obstacles such as electrical wires, nearby fences and even wildlife that may pose a danger while they are at work. So it’s always important to ask the right questions, just to be sure you are hiring tree experts for the job.

Are they adequately insured?

Ask the professionals to provide you with proof of insurance. This should be an up to date document that shows they carry adequate insurance so that you are not held liable should there be any damages, injuries or accidents within your property.

Can they provide references?

It’s always nice to know how many happy customers the tree removal experts have. If they are willing to offer you contacts of their recent customers, it shows that they are proud of their work. Get in touch with a few previous customers and find out what their take was on the services rendered by the tree removal experts.

Can they provide a detailed estimate?

It’s always important to request for a written estimate before hiring a company for tree removals. It gives you an idea of how much you’ll pay for the service. Make sure you find out if everything is included in the estimate. Additional costs like getting rid of the downed tree may not be factored in.

What equipment will they use?

The kind of equipment used by tree removal experts will determine how much damage is done as well as the level of noise. Some equipment is just too powerful to be used in lawns and may end up damaging your sprinklers and other items in the nearby area. There are a number of companies in most areas that can help you and they each will have their own capabilities. They boast a hi-tech crane that has a 16,000 lbs capacity and 74 ft. reach capability.

How long will the project take?

It’s important to ask for a time estimate from the tree removal specialists. Some companies can take several days to remove a tree in your compound whereas others will take a couple of hours. It depends on the type of equipment being used as well as the obstacles present in the area.

What happens if something is damaged during tree removal?

Find out what the company policy is when they damage something in your property. Is this acceptable and fair enough? It’s important to ensure the tree service has your best interests at heart.

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