Most arborists and tree companies would rather save trees than remove trees, but the fact is that trees are living organisms and at some point a tree will die and tree removal will be necessary. Most tree service companies are equipped with the proper equipment and professional arborists to safely remove trees and this is often the best time to find a local tree service. Depending on the size and location of the tree, tree removal can be quite dangerous and requires skills, equipment, and experience that most do-it-yourself homeowners don’t possess. If you have a large tree to remove hiring arborists to do the work is almost certainly your best option.
There are several factors to consider when you need to find a tree care service to help you with a tree removal. This is small list of questions to ask before hiring a tree service to remove a tree:
* Does the tree service have liability and workman’s compensation insurance? Most insurance companies will temporarily list you on the tree company’s insurance policy if the tree service is going to be doing work for you.
* If the tree removal is in a tight location or it is necessary to remove a large tree ask if the tree service has experience with trees of this size, or removing trees in restricted locations.
* Will the tree service provide a written proposal detailing what is included?
* Will the tree service be hauling away the brush and the wood, or just cutting down the tree?
* Is stump grinding included in the tree removal proposal?
* Will the tree service contact local utility companies, cable companies, and phone companies to make sure there are no wires or gas lines if stump grinding is going to be done?
* Will the cost for the tree removal be less if the tree company leaves the wood?
* If the tree company leaves the wood how long will the pieces of wood be?
* If the tree company grinds the stump will they leave the grindings or does the tree service haul them away?
* Will heavy equipment need to be driven across lawn or landscape areas? Make sure to let the tree service know if there are underground obstacles such as irrigation systems, electric wires for landscape lighting, septic drain fields, etc.
* Will the tree service repair any divots in the lawn or ruts in the lawn?
* Can the tree service recommend a replacement tree or refer you to a landscape company to plant another tree to replace the tree that is being removed?
This is not a complete list of questions that could be asked before finding a tree removal company and individual circumstances may dictate much more detailed questions.
If you are contemplating removing a tree near a road, especially if the tree is between the street and sidewalk, you should check with city, village, or township officials. Many municipalities have tree ordinances that may restrict tree removal from municipal right-of-ways. Tree ordinance enforcement and penalties can vary from town to town, but one phone call could save you a big headache. On the other hand, some towns offer free tree replacement, or have programs where you can get a replacement tree at reduced cost.
It can be difficult to consider removing a tree if it is a focal point in the landscape, or if it is a large tree that needs to be removed. Sometimes tree removal is necessary because the tree is potentially hazardous. In situations where safety may be a factor it is usually a good have an experienced arborist or a Certified Arborist inspect the tree. An experienced arborist has probably inspected hundreds or thousands of trees like yours and can offer a professional and balanced opinion and possible options for you to consider.