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8028 Pecue LnBaton Rouge, LA 70809
From Business: Mike's Tree Service, Inc. has served the Baton Rouge and surrounding areas for 38 years. Mike Englerth, owner, is a Baton Rouge native and licensed arborist with …
10003 Barringer Foreman RdBaton Rouge, LA 70809
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2920 Myrtle AveBaton Rouge, LA 70806
After Hurricane Gustav, I called LeBlanc Tree to give me an estimate. They returned my call promptly and came the next day to give me a quote. The…
When a tree falls in your front yard -- what are your options for getting rid of it?
Trimming and removing trees can be dangerous, if not deadly. Learn how to stay safe and when to call a professional.
Since the price of tree removal and trimming services can vary widely, it can be difficult to find an affordable tree service. Lea…
Great experience! He's a man of his word, has a great crew and I definitely look forward to working with him again!
Don Decell and Carl Babin run a professional operation that meets every requirement for doing sometimes difficult tree work. Their work is timely, coordinated, and impressively efficient. Without wasted effort the crew works steadily and safely, completing the task in minimum time. Their work is not finished until meticulous cleanup. I have employed Mr. D's several times to my complete satisfaction. Well done to them!John Bres
If you need to have a tree removed from your yard, Mr. D’s Tree Service is definitely the right company to do your job correctly for a fair price. We had an enormous (40+ foot) River Birch tree which needed to be removed as it grew too large for being next to our house (about 6’). We obtained a couple of estimates for our job and employed Mr. D’s based upon a prior positive experience with this company ~ 15 years ago, and we could not have been happier with our repeat decision! The owner of the company, Don Decell, showed up with his crew and they went to work like a well-oiled machine! It was a pleasure to watch this efficient and knowledgeable team as they worked together to cut our large tree down landing it safely away from our house and fence. The crew then descended upon the fallen tree quickly cutting it up and hauling off the limbs (and using a bobcat to carry out the trunk pieces) to the waiting chipper and dump truck parked in our driveway. The stump grinder came out next and the operator quickly reduced the stump to a pile of wood chips and mulch for our garden bed. The yard was raked and the driveway swept clean. The entire process was amazing to watch and took them less than an hour and a half! (They even removed the trunk of a Sago Palm and ground its stump up for us while they were there.) Mr. Decell told us they like to leave a yard clean without any trace that they had been there, and that’s what they did. He obviously takes pride in doing his job well, and you as the customer will reap the benefits!
Kelvin Robins is a no good dirty crook. He has stolen money and time from me. He has been stealing from people for a while and knows his way around the system to take from innocent, hard working people. Do not hire him for a job or rent to him. If he does show up and offer services or needs a place to rent, report him to the court so he cannot continue to con the people of Baton Rouge.
Don't look any further if you are looking for a tree service company! This company does an excellent and professional job. They removed several large trees from my back yard including grinding the stumps. David Bennett, manager and licensed arborist, provided excellent information and advice on several plant and tree issues we had. They showed up on time, have the right equipment, and left the yard clean with no debris or ruts. Highly recommend!
Don't look any further if you are looking for a tree service company!! This company does a great job. I had several large trees in my backyard that needed to be removed. They did an excellent job, very professional, and the yard was thoroughly cleaned when they left. No ruts in the yard and they use the right equipment for the job. David Bennett, manager, who is an arborist, provided excellent advise and information about other issues that I had concerning other plants and trees. Price was very reasonable - and they showed up when they said they would. Highly recommend.
i needed a couple of stumps removed and an old flower bed to be uprooted. I already cut the trees myself and pulled up the bed but needed the root system removed.Mike came out and took a look. He quoted $800 to do the job. When he came out, he had nothing but a chain saw, a rake and a rope. When he couldn't pull the stump out, he began cutting the other trees shorter to make busy while the stump man showed up.The stump man was evidently subcontracted but I didn't know this. He did a great job and I was sure the job would be completed so I wrote Mike the check for $800. He charged Mike $200 and went about his way. Mike began to load up and leave after doing virtually nothing. He explained that the ground was too wet to level out and would come back the next day. I asked specifically about the roots being pulled out and he said he would come with his skid steer and level it out. the job is still incomplete and it's been over a month now. I would not recommend this company.
Mr. Tony and his incredible crew of men were very professional and prompt .. Cut tree down same day ( same day service) it was wonderful! Team work ! Very reasonable priced and excellent work .. Would highly recommend the Tree Experts! Thanks for everything Mr Tony!
Awesome service, very professional
Excellent service. Very professional and got the job done quickly.
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: