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I called Glen’s Tree Service for a quote to remove a very large tree that had been uprooted in a rain and wind storm. The tree was being precariously supported by a neighbor’s tree and was threatening the neighbor’s home and a building on my property. I had consulted other companies and each expressed the need for heavy equipment and voiced concern about the inaccessibility to the property. Glen needed only a few minutes to evaluate the situation before explaining to me in detail the procedure he would follow to remove the tree while avoiding property damage. Eliminating the use of large equipment allowed him to quote me a price lower that the competitors. Glen and five crew members showed up at 7:30 a.m.as promised, worked rapidly but with great care and caution, and finished the job in an hour less than the time anticipated. My sleepless night prior to the tree removal was all for naught thanks to the knowledge and expertise of Glen and his crew.
So glad I found a local hard working guy running a good crew. Not only did they come out when promised with a fair price, they stayed and tried to complete all of the work in a huge storm that was rolling through. They stayed on site trying to wait it out and then finished the job after the storm had passed. Had one stump left over that didn't get ground because of the ground being so wet and they said they would come back just as soon as they could once it dried out a little. In my heart i knew they would be back but in my head, i thought once they had the check, they would be gone and I would be on here blasting them. Not even the case. Stump was found this week as promised and all is well. One huge tree gone, two oaks thinned out and canopy raised and 3 stumps ground. AWEOME work. Thank you Glen for keeping your word and showing me a handshake still means something!
Steve Jones came out to my home and looked at all of the trees around my home. While I knew I wanted to clean up and remove several trees, Mr. Jones talked with me about tree health and proper care, not just removal. After our discussion, he noted other trees that he felt were important to take care of now (one tree in our backyard had a tire around it from a previous owner that was killing the tree, unbeknown to me). Due to his professional manner and knowledge, my wife and I decided to include some of these other trees into the job. We came home expecting a change, but had no idea just how much better our home looked. Even several neighbors came out and told us how good the house looked and how professional Mr. Jones and his team worked. My wife and I have already discussed other projects with Steve Jones.
Jimmy Ferrell is the type of person that I enjoy doing business with. He is honest, reasonable, efficient, trustworthy, neat, clean, and very concerned with customer satisfaction. I called him to come over and give me an estimate on limb removal from one, large tree. His estimate was very fair and I accepted it on the spot. He returned a couple days later, as promised, and performed the work. Upon completion he left the scene neater than it was when he arrived. Great job of clean up. I called him back a couple of days later as there was one more limb that I wanted him to remove and he returned and took care of it at no charge. To summarize, quality work at a very reasonable price.
Mr. Kenneth Griffin and his workers acted as a team to cut down and remove from by back yard a large tree that was becoming dangerous. They worked quickly with each individual knowing exactly what he was supposed to do as part of the team. They cleaned up the debris at the end of the job so that the back yard looked even better than before they started. They moved lawn furniture that might have been in the way and then replaced whatever they moved. They took precautions to not damage nearby plants or any part of the rear of the house. Mr. Griffin was easy to work with and the price was reasonable. I would certainly use Griffin Tree Service again next time I have a tree to remove.
Very happy with the work Glen’s Tree Service did yesterday. I had several trees that needed dead limbs removed and others that were on my neighbor’s house. Plus, he cut down a couple of small trees. His crew moved things in my yard that could get damaged and moved them back when they were done. Cleaned up after all the work including all the acorns on my driveway. He was very knowledgeable and professional and gave me advice on how to care for one of my trees that wasn't getting enough water. I would recommend this tree service to everyone!
Had a tree leaning over our house. Called a tree service and they did not show up. Called another tree service and they said that it would be too dangerous for them to take it down. Called Glen's Tree Service and Glen showed up within an hour and reassured us that he would get it taken care of. He was able to remove the tree without damaging our house, and charged us a fair price. I normally do not recommend products or services, but I would highly recommend Glen's Tree Service. Thank you Glen for making my house safe to live in.
When we bought our house in late 2012, Glen and his crew trimmed our three large trees which had been neglected for a long time. During the recent storms, a limb broke on one of our trees and was dangling over our roof. Another tree service stopped by and said they would cut it down, plus trim all the other trees for $1k. I called Glen and he got the limb cut down but said the other trees did not need trimming. I appreciate his honesty and not trying to fleece us with unnecessary work. Good, professional and prompt service.
Sanders Tree service removed 3 trees in a very difficult back yard, and trimmed up 8 other trees. Every tree was around 50-60 foot high. They were awesome. They worked hard, supervised well (mr Sanders on site entire time) and the clean up was amazing. It was like they were never there. They did everything to keep my yard untouched and it all looks amazing. We still have 1 more big girl tree to come down in late fall.....they are the only ones to touch any trees in my yard. Thanks so much. Only tree service to use in this area.
We've used Glen twice recently and couldn't be happier with the service and price. He and his crew showed up exactly when they said they would.He thoroughly explained what he was going to do and educated us about our trees. He did exactly what we discussed and did it neatly and perfectly. Our trees look great and you couldn't even tell they had been there because the cleanup was perfect. They even stacked our wood into our wood pile for us. Glen's prices are very reasonable and we won't use anyone else in the future.
Finding the right arborists for the job is just like hiring any other professional tradespeople, such as plumbers or electricians. You want trustworthy people who know what they are doing, especially since they are working on or around your home - the most expensive piece of property you own.
Don't hire the first person who claims to be a professional, but only has a chainsaw and a flatbed pickup truck.
What Kind of Work Do You Need Done?
Before you search for an arborist, make sure you know what kind of work needs completing. Do your trees need a simple trim of their leaves and branches, or do you require a more serious task, such as sawing low-hanging branches that could cause damage to your house if a severe storm occurs?
Once you know the extent of the work you need completed, make a list of tree service providers in your area. If you know you have low-hanging branches that could prove to be problematic, it's smart to find an arborist sooner rather than later. Many tree service providers get a a lot of business after storms hit, so you could be waiting for a while if you delay in calling a professional.
You have a better chance of getting a good deal on trimming or tree removal if you get any necessary work done in the winter, as opposed to busy seasons like spring and summer.
Look for Reviews and Ask for Recommendations
Start your search for a tree service by looking at the online reviews of any companies in your area. Remember your family, friends and neighbors are also trusted sources of information, so ask them if they can recommend a tree service to you. Ask them what kind of jobs the arborist performed, how much they charged and if they were pleased with the results.
Are They Certified Arborists?
Not all tree service companies feature certified arborists. If you have trees you want to keep and care for, you need a full-fledged arborist for the job. Ask the company to verify qualifications and credentials before you sign or agree to anything.
Hiring a certified arborist gives you more options. In case you decide you don't want trees chopped down, ask if there's anything he or she can do to spare any sickly trees you might have.
Remember that the landscape of your yard either adds or subtracts to the value of your home, so upkeep of your trees is very important if you want good home equity.
Ask for Proof of Insurance
Before hiring a company, you need to know it's carrying enough insurance to cover any damage done to your property or any injuries that could result from the work done on your home.
Make sure you verify the tree service is insured and for the proper amount.
Request a Walkthrough
Don't sign a contract for the work until the arborist walks you through the details of the job and explains the kind of work he or she will be doing, how long it may take and what kind of equipment will be used.
While doing a walkthrough, ask how debris will be disposed of. Will the service be responsible for clean-up? It could be you want the tree converted into mulch or firewood. If so, make sure you and the arborist are both on the same page before you make a hiring decision.
This is also a great time to ask about the service's qualifications. Ask for a list of references you can contact regarding the quality of the service's work, as well as the tyeps of jobs it has performed in the past.
Compare Estimates and Average Costs
It's always smart to request estimates for jobs from several companies before making a decision. Obtain a written bid for any work.
How much you'll pay for services depends on how tall and large the tree is and what type of job is required. This is why the average cost of trimming a tree varies widely. Trimming or pruning a 30-foot tree can cost anywhere from $75 to $400, while taller species such as oaks and pines may run from $150 to almost $900.
The average cost of completely cutting down a large tree can be well over $1,000 with stump removal. The price of grinding down the tree's stump also varies. Many tree service professionals charge by the diameter, with the average price being $3 per inch.
Keep in mind that the more dangerous the job, the more it will cost to remove or even trim a tree. If the tree is located in a hard-to-reach area or if there are power lines either near it or in the way, a tree service will charge more.
With that being said, it's important to get an itemized invoice that shows how much each part of the job will cost, from the actual chopping down of the tree to the stump grinding and disposal.
A tree service professional, also known as an arborist, does much more than chop down trees and remove stumps from your front yard. As a homeowner, you likely want some greenery on your property. However, out-of-control trees and shrubbery can be hazardous to you and anyone who enters your yard. Trees can also balloon your homeowners insurance rates if a branch falls on your home, vehicle or somebody walking on your property.
Experienced tree service providers can give you insight into how to properly care for your trees and what to do if any of them are diseased. In fact, many homeowners regularly call on arborists to diagnose the health of their trees. Many times, tree service workers must fell a tree if it has contracted an ailment.
However, just keeping track of the fertilizer you use, the soil the tree is in and the amount of water the tree needs can keep some diseases at bay. This is why it's smart to hire an arborist, who can advise you on whether you can save the trees on your property or whether you should cut them down and remove them.
Arborists can also treat the tree and possibly cure it of common diseases such as canker, heart rot, root and butt rot, sooty mold, powdery mildew or verticillium wilt. Some of these ailments attack certain species of trees via the soil or roots, and if they aren't caught soon, the plant could die.
Tree service experts not only diagnose the diseases ailing your saplings, they also provide insect control if it happens that the plants are sick due to pests. Not all tree diseases are caused by fungi, bacteria and lack of water. Some bugs burrow through the bark and damage hardwood and softwood trees. Depending on the species of trees in your yard and the region of the country you live in, aphids, the infamous emerald ash borer or other pests could destroy your healthy trees. Calling an arborist sooner rather than later can help you head this problem off at the pass before you're stuck with a treeless yard.
Not only can an arborist help you ward off tree diseases and pests, he or she can also study samples of the soil on your property to determine if the ground isn't nutrient-rich enough to support vegetation.
Tree Cutting and Removal
Felling trees and mulching them into pulp is the most common job for which homeowners need arborists. However, you might need a tree service if you plan to construct a new home or if you're adding an addition to a pre-existing residence. If a tree happens to be in the way of your plans, call a service company. They can chop the offending plant down and remove the stump from your property so you can start building.
However, if you wish to protect the trees around your home from any construction work, a tree service can also help. An arborist can prune some of the branches to ensure the tree stays healthy but doesn't interfere with new construction or additions.
If a storm hits and damages your residence, a tree service professional is usually on your list of people to call for help after first responders and your insurer.
A professional service can completely remove a tree or just prune and saw off its branches if a storm damages a tree. After sawing or destroying the tree, professionals can then remove any of the dangerous debris from your yard by hauling it off.
Planting New Trees
Tree service companies don't just get rid of sickly or dead hardwood and softwood trees, they also offer their expertise and assistance if you want to plant new ones. If you want to add to the greenery in your yard but you're concerned about the right species to plant or where to put it on your property, seek the advice of an arborist.
Last but not least, tree service companies are also great places to get your wood if you happen to have a fireplace. Many tree businesses offer free delivery and stacking of hardwoods, such as maple or birch. These can make for the best firewood because they burn slowly and don't produce as much smoke as other types.
No industry is safe from hucksters and scam artists, unfortunately, and tree service providers are no exception to this rule. Do your due diligence and always ask for proof of insurance and certification before agreeing to any work. You will also want to be on the lookout for telltale signs of scams. Be cautious of any company that: