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When a tree falls in your front yard -- what are your options for getting rid of it?
1326 Vinewood StAuburn Hills, MI 48326
Gardner Stump Removal is one of the most experienced tree stump removal and tree stump grinding company in the Oakland County area. They are always…
4707 Mount Morris RdColumbiaville, MI 48421
From Business: Owned and Operated by Larry Broughman. Zach's Tree and Stump Removal operates out of Columbiaville MI. We are available for everything from simple tree trimming t…
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…
Mr. Stump removed 3 stumps in my yard. He was very professional and friendly. He used equipment to make sure no gas and cable wires were near the tree stump before removing. He was also very neat and clean and even cleaned up dirt that got in my neighbors yard. I highly recommend this company for tree stump removal.
Started out as a great experience. Had the crew out to remove a large fallen tree and another. Came and got the trees, did an excellent job and then Ray (owner) took my money, shook my hand, and told me they'd be out that week to grind the stump. Never returned, won't return numerous calls. Shook my hand and took my money. I'd look for someone else
Awesome! They showed up on time and did a great job. Lowered all limbs with rope (rather than letting them fall). Cleaned up everything, including a limb that fell previously. Very competitive pricing. We would definitely recommend!
Unreliable didn't show up like they said they would I called them back made another appointment and they were a no show again
Mr. Stump (Richard) in Clarkston is a rare find. My yard has a downward grade towards the backyard where the stump and the debris from the fallen tree was located. Richard was in my backyard within hours of my phone call in the rain to assess the job and called me immediately gave me his quote which he assured me would be the lowest quote I would receive. He apologized and explained that and the ground was getting soft from the thaw and recommended that we wait for the ground to dry a bit so he doesn’t damage the lawn. His competitors didn’t call me until later that day or not at all and then wanted me to describe the job over the phone to save them gas money and said the estimate may change once they see the job and there quote was already more than Richards. They had no clue about the soft ground and the damage they would have done to my lawn with their heavy machinery.That night temperatures dropped below freezing and refroze the ground and the next morning I got a call from Richard asking if it would be OK to grind the stump on his way to another job providing the frozen ground would hold the wait of his machine. Not only did he grind the stump but he did extra work that his competitors wanted to charge extra to do and then he offered to help me move the fallen debris out of the backyard at no cost. A rare find Richard is truly a caring professional that just want’s an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work and happy customers. Thank you Richard.
We highly recommend Mr. Stump...We had our tree cut down by a company. It was a package deal, which included stump removal. The problem was that we have had at least three different stump grinding companies come out to do the job, and they have all walked away from it due to the amount of the work versus the amount of money the tree company was willing to give the stump company. The tree stump was very large (an old Silver Maple), and the tree had a 12' by 20' area of thick surface roots. It was a monster of a job!Rich from Mr. Stump was an answer to our prayers! He knew we were in a jam and agreed to work with us to get the job done. He did a very thorough job and came back a second time as promised (and in a very timely manner!) to hit some small spots that were missed due to the massive amount of wood chips from this job. Rich was very friendly. Thank you, Mr. Stump!
When I originally contacted Affordable Tree Care they came out promptly and gave me a fair estimate. I called them last Monday and scheduled the work (removal of 2 dead trees) for Friday. Was told I would get a call on Thursday evening with a time to expect their crew. No call on Thursday. Called first thing Friday morning and was told Thursday was windy and they were doing their Thursday jobs on Friday (acted like I was stupid for not realizing that would be the case). I said that would have been good to know since I was home from work on Friday waiting for them. He said they would have a crew out on Saturday and would call me Friday afternoon. Again, they did not call.
IMPRESSED!!! 4 stumps from 50yr old trees, 2 of 4 planted within raised cement patio built around trees. Richard and Julie quickly assessed the job when 2 other stumpers said it could'nt be done. Richard handled the grinder without damage to patio,Julie kept debris from hitting house/trashing yard. Job appeared done,I was happy...but Richard continued to improve the grind on stumps/roots. He maneuveredbig machine around property like a gentle kitten. Richard & Julie were polite,caring & exceptionally dedicated to a perfect job! So often contractors give you the big sales pitch/promises & screw you in the end; Mr Stump is an honest business!!! So grateful for their professional ethic,integrity & job quality! We would recommend them in a heartbeat!!!Mike and SherylOakland Twp., MI
Let me tell you how the "insurance fraud" has turned out, so far.A "small branch" was the top 30 feet of a 70 foot tall maple tree, that Affordable Tree Care (ATC) decided they could take down in ONE single cut! The top 30 feet of this tree had been dead for years and was brittle. This top 30 foot piece broke free when the tree was dropped on ONE single cut and hit my house, my A/C, and destroyed my kids toy box. They knocked $50 off the price of the job for the destroyed toy box. I told the owner I would not know about the extent of the A/C damage until summer, as the A/C cannot be run in January to test it. There was no compensation for the A/C damage in January because NOBODY knew the extent of the damage. Had it really been just a small dent, no compensation would have been necessary. I had the A/C serviced for summer use on 6/22/11 and was advised of the extent of the damage, received a quote from the A/C company on 6/28/11, notified ATC on 6/29/11, and notified their insurance agent on 6/30/11. The small dent was small in appearance but completely compressed the refrigerant line that lies immediately under the metal hood. ATC's own insurance company did their own investigation and determined the unit had to be replaced. Multiple contractors agreed it needed to be replaced, including one that was chosen by ATC's own insurance company! The insurance company paid me with no hassles, minus the $500 deductible, which I am STILL trying to collect from ATC. I took them to small claims court and they were so confident in their case, they did not even show up to court, so I now have a judgement against them, which they still refuse to pay. The only good news is their debt grows by the day as unpaid small claims judgements incur interest. I will try to follow up with another update in the future as this is ongoing.
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: