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When a tree falls in your front yard -- what are your options for getting rid of it?
5846 County Road 218Jacksonville, FL 32234
Excellent job and service. Very respectful, showed on time, cleaned up debri and the trees look terrific! Will definitely use again.
13245 Atlantic BlvdJacksonville, FL 32225
Went to the Smith Brother's website and requested an estimate. Received a response that it would be no problem. I contacted them a week later beca…
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From Business: As a full service landscape company, no job is too big or too small. We handle everything from maintenance to design and installation of all your landscape projec…
2287 Dark Bay DrMiddleburg, FL 32068
We had 2 trees removed and one trimmed and Absolute Tree did a great job. Everyone we came in contact with was professional, hard-working, and conce…
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We had an 80 foot tree blown over at a 45 degree angle from hurricane Irma and Eric's tree service was recommended to us by several people. We were in the middle of the massive clean up with the city and were turned down by other tree services that were helping others who had trees fall on their houses. I called Eric who responded quickly to our situation and made sure he worked us in with in a week. He and his crew were on time and did a professional job with removing the tree. He hauled everything to the street for the city to pick up. He is courtious and his crew is one of the best I have ever worked with. Eric did everything he promised and within one week he had the stump grinder back to finish the job. The backyard gate was too small to get the grinder in so he brought in another smaller one. The only problem I had was that the small bobcat Eric used tore up some of our yard and let I Eric know that plywood might be a better solution than just riding on the grass. All in all we were extremely satisfied with his work and the price was great as all other tree companies' prices were well over the top in the middle of hurricane aftermath. We will use his company again next year for the several trees we have left that need to come down. Always a smile on Eric's face and the crew polite and friendly. Very satified customer. Dennis and Carol J.
As the name implies, they sure do a pleasant job. I called for a maintenance job and it was done way better than my expectation. Gregory is the sweetest, he knows how to treat his client. I will recommend all my friends and family to patronize them.
Camden & Son tree service did a fantastic job with removing a tree from leaning on my house after Hurricane Irma. They were punctual, professional, Clean and priced competitively and so nice in such a stressful time. They did not try to take advantage of me as so many of the companies do after a storm. Very Honest and respectful people! I would highly recommend them for tree removal!
These folks were like The Justice League or The Avengers. They swooped in on our category 5 tree situation (it looked like a giant forest fell on my uncle's house), and it was something out of a comic book how fast, efficient, and coordinated the team was. It was truly an amazing sight to behold. Ironically, they were also the most reasonable price quote I received--just amazing.
The overall job was decent however there were a few items that needed to be adjusted and the owner was very rude and pushing back about wanting to amend. We had a plant that was planted to close to the lawn and not symmetrical with the rest of the plants so we mentioned to have this corrected and we were told there was nothing they could do to fix that because of roots instead of suggesting to move to another location. Also they stated in the contract that they would trim a tree. They left bottom branches (new growth) on and when we asked for them to come back to trim they at first did not respond and then pushed back stating that was not part of the trimming of the tree that was agreed upon which doesn't make sense. Additionally one of the trees they planted was starting to lean after one day and they told me they would charge me to come and stake it with a stake kit. I thought that would be part of the process of having a new tree planted was to make sure if would stay stabilized and we have another landscaper do such when we had a previous tree planted. Overall the owner was insulting and rude when I tried to phone to resolve these issues. We actually would have given them future business if they had courteously responded to our emails but I would not use them again based upon the behavior. Behavior was odd. Not business like at all
I know nothing about his landscape business. What I DO know is he was speeding through my neighborhood and almost hit me and ran me off the road. Doing at least 40mph on the curve if my road which is labeled 20mph. Rushing to go a mile down the road. When I turned around to tell him I have a child in my car he told me I needed to stay in my lane. When I said I was going to call the company and complain he laughed and said I am very beautiful landscapes. This person has no compassion for anyone. I wouldnt use him due to his negligence.
Cory and his staff did a great job removing a large tree that grew too close to my house. He is professional and knowledgeable. I will definitely call him again for any future jobs.
Excellent experience with design and maintenance. They are cooperative and easy to work with. I have used them for 7 years and would highly recommend!
Was very pleased with my services. The owner was very professional and on time. Kept a clean work area and safe environment around my home. I was thankful for their understanding and flexibility of payment. Being a single mother in these times is pretty rough!!! Over all my experience with this business was outstanding and I will definitely be keeping their number close at hand . Thanks again guys!
He was very knowledgeable about the project and all the precise details that went along with such a major task. I liked the fact that he asked what I was able to afford and willing to work with my budget. Mr. Ransom was prompt in giving his estimate and eager to get the job done with his superior workmanship and professionalism.
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: