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When a tree falls in your front yard -- what are your options for getting rid of it?
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…
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.
Serving the Middleburg Area.
Outstanding professional tree service work and personnel. Just removed 4 hard to get to trees, stumps and also trimmed a tree. We would highly rec…
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…
Even though they are more expensive than some, they recently did work for my parents after Hurricane Irma so we set up an estimate Friday 9/29 - and after agreeing to the price, was told by Jaimie that they would be there Saturday or if not, definitely Monday morning. I made arrangements to be home, but woke up Saturday to rain. No problem- although I was surprised that I did not receive a call confirming the change, but made arrangements to miss work to be home Monday since that’s what I was told. I called several times on Monday trying to reach someone in the office to confirm. The morning progressed to afternoon and still no contact. I finally reached someone in the office who told me they’d try to reach the crew but really had no way to reach them in the field and did not know where I was on the schedule. I asked them to please relay that I cannot continue to miss work. Let’s schedule for next Saturday. All day Monday - no contact.Tuesday, still no word. I went to work. My husband was on his way out the door to go to work at 4pm Tuesday afternoon and they show up. No call, No notice, No information that this was the plan. When my husband explained that this was incredibly inconvenient because he was going to WORK and to please contact me to schedule, the worker apologized and said they’d be there Wednesday morning between 8-830AM so I could still get to work and we could get this dangerously leaning tree taken care of before it falls on our house. Wednesday morning - NO SHOW. NO CALL. Zero communication. Clearly my time is not as valuable as their time and basic communication is too much to ask of this company. When I called again, I received the same answer as before.How do you run a business this way?! If you cannot keep track of where your crews are, then how do you know if you’re being paid or that work is actually being done?! If you can’t reach them, how can you relay mission critical information? Obviously, you can’t. Buyer beware.
This is the 1st time I used Big Branch Tree Service.. I had a huge tree cut. I was so pleased. Very professional and where the tree was cut, there were no debris left. Clean up was perfect!! Thank you Big Branch.
very professional & great quality in their work ! highly recommend to anyone with any tree needs !!!
American Tree Surgeons are the best to provide tree care for your home. They try to explain every detail of the work to be done. They even use terms like "Dirt ray vision" this means we can't see under ground" But if a water line is broken we will try to fix it. What they do is try to explain every detail in the process of removal. After the explanation stand back and watch, you'll be amazed at the hard work. When the job is done you can't tell there was ever a tree there. The clean up is the best.
I have used this company twice. I used them in 2006 and was very pleased with their service. However, this year, they broke an irrigation pipe while removing trees and shrubs. I noticed it after the fact so I called the owner of American Tree Surgeon, whom I entered this contract with. He said that it is stated in their invoice that they are not responsible for repairs for utilities if they are damaged. I reminded him that before they started the work I specifically warned him of the irrigation pipes and that he had assured me "do not worry, I'm going to work like it is my own yard." He then said that he will come by and fix it as they always have tools in their trucks to do minor repairs. He never came. So I called him several times. Finally, I talked to him today and he said that it is my responsibility to have it fix and not his. His demeanor on the phone was so different. He said that he never promised that he will come to fix it. The cost of that work was $4200 and yet he is not willing to fix the broken pipe. What a way to lose a customer and future business!
Great service at a fantastic rate. Would recommend them at any time.
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: