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When a tree falls in your front yard -- what are your options for getting rid of it?
Colorado Springs, CO 80907
excellent. They removed a large cottonwood to include the stump. Attention to safety at all times. Mine and theirs. They were on time, efficient…
5215 Bradley CirColorado Springs, CO 80911
They are definitely knowledgeable and they know what they are doing. Their service is nothing less but extra special.
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2350 N Powers BlvdColorado Springs, CO 80915
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When a tree falls in your front yard -- what are your options for getting rid of it?
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excellent. They removed a large cottonwood to include the stump. Attention to safety at all times. Mine and theirs. They were on time, efficient, personable and fast. The clean up was exceptional. I would recommend them. It as very entertaining to watch them as well. My neighbors could not get enough.
Our next door neighbor recommended me Steve to cut down my trees; I am extremely thankful that we listen to our next door neighbor and hired Steve to cut down all the trees in the house (7ea). I hired Steve while temporarily living in Illinois. Steve kept me informed every step of the way; from the start day until the job was completed; He kept me informed through texts, emails, and phone calls, as well as before and after pictures. We will recommend Steve and his crew for their professionalism, responsibility, and excellent work; as well as the flexible payments. I couldn't have asked for a better service, thanks Steve and crew, job well done, God bless you, family, and business.
My experience with Affordable was great. Steve was very responsive and I had a estimate within a day. I checked two other companies and when neither came out or called, my decision was made. Mike, Kyle, Chris and Jacob were the hardest workers I have seen in a long time and I would highly recommend them anytime. Thank you guys for all your hard work and I am completely satisfied with the service.
Steve and his crew--including an amazing tree-climber-- were awesome! It's clear that Steve is a master arborist with a solid background in this business. They cut down a HUGE spruce that was leaning too far towards my house--they were professional, knowledgable, and affordable. I would highly recommend this company--they know what they are doing!
I lost the 60-year old blue spruce in my front yard in the January 2017 wind storm. It was a sad day for me, but I was lucky enough to entrust the clean up to Affordable Tree and Shrub Service. My experience with the company was thoroughly satisfactory. They showed up when they said they would; did what they said they would; accomplished a very large job with exceptional care and attention to detail; and did all of this for a reasonable price. In fact, their price, which was more than competitive with all other bids, included grinding the stump - the others did not. They cut and stacked wood for the fireplace and cleaned up the yard, sidewalk, and street so that all vestiges of the tree were removed. First rate work. I highly recommend this company and will call on them for any future services required to maintain my trees and shrubs.
After a dark and stormy night, three of my blue spruce were horizontal. I wasn't a client of Affordable Tree and Shrub Experts, but seeing him already at work on my neighbor's property, I took a chance and asked if he could take on some more work. As unlucky as I had been to lose my trees, I was most fortunate that Steve said, "I'll come take a look." Knowledgeable. Professional. Organized. Steve explained, exactly, what needed to be done and when it would be done. Everything was carried out in the manner and within the time frame he had described. Steve isn't just a guy with a chainsaw and a truck. He's an arborist, Licensed and insured. He plants, prunes, diagnoses and does disease prevention spraying. On that painful Monday morning with wind gusts of 100 mph still bombarding the neighborhood, Steve was part psychologist and part triage doctor as well as an arborist. He had responded to my neighbor's early morning call to "take a look" at a downed blue spruce. On arrival he immediately identified the greater risk of the still-standing spruce with roots extending beneath the porch foundation. Members of his team were redirected to take the tree down, before it caused structural damage to the house. All done with the calmness of a triage doc. I look forward to working with Affordable tree and Shrub Experts in the future.
I have used Steve for several years before he started his own business. Lost track of him for a couple of years. Glad he stopped by and dropped off his card. Have 60+ year old trees that drop a lot of dead branches when the wind blows. He trimmed them back in Sept 16. A lot less branches drop. Had a big branch down and one hanging with the Jan 2017 wind storm. Even though he was extremely business, he was out the next morning to take care to the issue. He has always been under priced from quotes I have gotten from other tree services. Highly recommend his services.
We just started using Integrated Lawn and Tree a few months ago! Everyone that I have spoken with incuding Ryan, "which I think is the owner" ? is very professional and personable. He explains everything in detail, so you completely understand. He sent me an email with a price breakdown so that I could pick which plan worked best for me. Our grass is already greener after our first fertilization and aeration a few weeks ago!
Over the years I have used several tree care services. Affordable Tree and Shrub was recommended by the tree expert who had taken good care my trees for more than ten years. He was retiring and wanted me to be in good hands. His recommendation was good enough for me. When my daughter was born, in 1980, I planted a rare, antique apple tree in her honor. Unfortunately, the tree has fire blight. Rather than cut it down, Steve, of Affordable Tree, pruned it back and is going to save it. He does wonderful work. My daughter has always loved that tree and also enjoys Halloween. Each Halloween I hang about eighty plastic Jack-O-Lanterns on the tree. Thanks to Affordable Tree, the apple tree will bring continue to bring joy and apples.
Affordable Tree and Shrub Experts are exactly that! Hard-working, Thorough, Passionate about their work, Honest and performed a great service on my property. I would highly recommend them to anyone who is in need of this kind of service!
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: