What to Know About: Tree Cutting and Removal »
When a tree falls in your front yard -- what are your options for getting rid of it?
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…
Scott and his team are impressive. Their attitude and professionalism is unmet in the market today. I would recommend Scott to anyone needing tree service no matter the size. Cost was reasonable but would pay more just to have him and his crew return to do future work. I know the results would be more than I would expect.
I had a bad experience with a tree service located in Flintstone, Ga., so I was very skeptical when I chose this tree service. However, I found Scott to be very professional & hard working. I had a 85 ft tall pine tree cut & was very impressed with Scott and his workers (& I mean WORKERS). As Scott cut the limbs, the workers removed the limbs and raked the yard each time a limb was cut. I was so satisfied with the results that I had Scott return to cut a 75 ft tall hickory tree. The fee to cut the two trees was very reasonable & payment was not requested until I was completely satisfied with the results. I highly recommend this tree service company.
I had called to have them come out to cut down a tree and Tracy said he would be out first thing in the morning gave him my address and phone number. My husband waited all day for them to show up NOTHING not even a phone call thats not a way to run a business If he didnt want to do it or have time then TRACY should have said so that way I could have called someone else that would want to do it. YES it may have been one tree I need down at this time but we was thinking bout more later on but I guess one tree wasnt worth his time or effort VERY VERY disappointed would never reccomend him.
Scott & his crew are absolutely fantastic! They discuss what they're going to do from beginning to end, working safely and efficiently. They clean up after each day, with no evidence that a tree had been trimmed or removed (including sawdust, limbs or leaves). With more than reasonable rates and professional service, I would highly recommend North GA Tree Service to anyone looking for quality tree trimming.
Scott and his crew have performed two jobs for me. On both occasions they were very efficient and did a great job. He even complied with some very specific requests providing me with some valuable resources. The next time I need any type of tree service I know I will make only one call; that will be to North Georgia Tree Service! Thanks Scott for excellent service.
Called Scott and on the same day he was out to give me a quote. Even in the rain. I have two trees down and one that needed cut down. He quoted a very fair price the first round. Was nice not to be over priced. His crew and him are very friendly and great workers. They work fast and clean the yard very well, like the trees were never down. We plan on having them do more jobs in later months. If you need work done they are the ones to call.
Contacted Scott and he responded that evening. Came by next evening to look at job and give me a quote. This is not my first rodeo so no wool to be pulled over eyes. He didn't even attempt it. He told me what equipment and how he would enter and leave my property, making sure no contact would be made with water lines or septic. A little haggling and one week later he called and showed as promised on time. Work was completed with no problems and a little more added while he was here. Cleaned up and when he left you never knew he was here. Excellent job, and done with the utmost respect. Would recommend him to everyone that asked. Thank you Scott.
We contacted Scott on a Saturday afternoon, he came out that very day looked over the job, explained what he thought the best way to was cut down the trees and remove the limbs, etc., gave us a quote, and said he would be back in a couple of weeks (we were not in a hurry) to do the work. He showed up as promised and did a fantastic job. Will definitely use him again if we ever have the need.
I had a large oak tree that was becoming a danger to our house. Scott and crew did an excellent job trimming the tree and making sure nothing fell on the house. They cleaned up the roof and yard when finished. Everything looked good and we feel more safe about the tree. Good hard working people. Will use them again.
We had a huge red oak that had been damaged by disease and insects. Upon inspection of the root system, I realized it was perilously close to falling across our driveway and striking the corner of our home. Scott came out immediately and made good, sound recommendations as to safely remove the tree. He gave me a very fair quote and showed up promptly as scheduled. He and his entire team did an outstanding job removing the potential danger. Scott's equipment is well maintained and safety was a priority. I would highly recommend Scoot Ray with North GA Tree Service for any of your tree service needs. - D. Stephens
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: