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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…
Needed 2 fallen trees cleaned up and 3 more dead ones taken down. All hardwoods around 100' tall, including one on the edge of the lake. They showed up exactly on time with a parade of equipment and got it done in half a day. Great people and great service. Can't say enough good things. Thank you Rocky and crew!
We had Rocky's take down four trees, 2 of which were close to the house. They did an excellent job getting them down which required crane service and a climber in the tree. Also, trimmed some additional trees for us as well. His staff was professional and experienced in operating the equipment. His pricing was competitive and he was prompt in getting there. His name was given to us by someone, who was equally as pleased. Nice Job.
Rocky and his crew came in today to trim and shape up a very old and large Elm tree. I can't say enough about the job they did. It was outstanding and great work in a very professional and timely manner. He had several crew members, and each worked hard and consistently, Rocky never had to tell any of them what and when to do anything they each knew what they were here for, and very friendly and professional. Thanks Rocky for an outstanding job. Mike
Prompt, reliable, and professional. Rocky and his crew removed an oak, maple, pecan, and pine from our neighborhood in less than one day. Always returns your calls and keeps his word. The best of the best, only tree professional I would ever use.
I am very Happy with Rocky's tree service. They are competent, Great service. Fast, clean and friendly. I had so much to do in my yard, they came, cut all trees, and cleaned everything in less than 2 hours. And they also offered a very good price. I'll recommend their services to anyone. Thanks so much for a job well done. Gilda C.
I called Rocky the Monday after Irma came through. I didn't have any damage from the storm, but I did have trees looming over my house that didn't look like they were going to make it much longer. He called back within 15 minutes and came to my house that same day to look things over. He explained to me what he thought needed to be done and how he would go about doing it. He gave me an estimate with no pressure at all to use his services. He didn't try persuade me to cut down all the trees in the area, just the ones that really needed cutting down. So, he and his crew came today, cut my trees, and were very careful because I didn't have a large area to work with. They 'mulched' the branches and disposed of big trees. They also cleaned up their debris and, even leveled my gravel driveway back where the heavy equipment had been (I wasn't expecting that). Everyone was very professional and personable. I also had some troublesome bamboo that he cut back for me. I highly recommend Rocky's Tree Service because that's just what they provided for me today, stellar service!
Unbelievable response time! Rocky was at my house about 30 minutes from the time I left a message on his phone (they called me back to let me know they were on the way). I was at work, but he emailed me pictures of the damage that I wasn't able to see at night when it happened. He was very thorough in explaining how the tree would be removed properly. Highly recommended!
Rocky's Tree Svc came out the same day called, secured a huge limb that fell on our house with rope until the crane and rest of the crews came to prevent further damage to the house. Their quick thinking, attention to detail and reasonable price gave us great peace of mind. There is never a good time for a tree to fall on your house but if one does then call Rocky's because they will take care of you.
Rocky's Tree Service took down a dead tree for me that most company's couldn't or wouldn't at a reasonable price. The company is very knowledgeable, polite, friendly, respectful. They displayed great concern with our family's safety due to the trees location next to our home and took every step to ensure our persona safety and that of our home.I highly recommend using this company for your tree removal and trimming needs.
Rocky's took down 3 trees on my property and I couldnt be happier with their work. Competitive prices great service. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to anyone.
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: