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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.
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One day of work in Early Sept 2016 has just been "completed". I was lied to. No docs, No actual contract. My fence is trashed and the "handyman" who did the job lied about my gate and left a huge pile of old fencing that I had to pay someone to remove. Ray was the person who conned me into this job and he is just a liar. They cut down trees that I could have sold for fire wood. Ray told me they were dead anyway. I am in tears. My money is gone and I have been disrespected to the point of no return. No supervisors on the job and a horrid mess left for me to pay to get cleaned up. My fence looks worse now. It looked better broken from the tree limb that fell on it. Now I have to hire a fence company to replace the entire fence. And Ray wanted the stump grindings dumped over my fence in a vacant lot that I do not own. He said that would save me money. The "contract" is just a yellow piece of paper. Not a company that I ever want to deal with again. Very shady business. Be careful
We want to thank Arundel Tree very much for a just wonderful service experience. We had both pruning and removals completed at our home and just can not speak highly enough of how happy we are with the outcome. The quality and professionalism of the entire team from the estimator, to the office staff, to the crew performing the work was overwhelming. They were thorough and made sure we were aware of what to expect along the way. We will certainly be calling Arundel Tree in the future for additional work and will be referring them to our friends and family. Great company to work with overall :-)
Estimator showed up on time and was very knowledgable of all of the trees in our yard. We had five estimates from various companies in our area and the prices ranged by almost $1000.00 for the very same project. We did not go with the lowest price as they didn't seem too sure about the project and made me feel like they were unsure of how they would get the project done without damage to our garage. Arundel came in only $150.00 over the lowest bid, however unlike the other company their estimator was able to explain exactly how they would go about safely removing our large leaning oak tree which had begun quickly declining over the summer. We were impressed with the way they used a crane to lift the tree out of the tight area without any damage to our garage or the property surrounding it. They cleaned up the work area when they were complete and the yard looked as if they had never been there, well that is with the exception of the large tree that is now completely gone.Will certainly call again for our future tree projects. Great company to work with.
I gave 1 star because I called on monday October 17, 2016 and made an appointment for tuesday 10:00am for a estimate but no call no show and here it is 3 days later still nothing but hopefully other customers won't have these issues
Bay Area was very responsive and removed my tree with ease, the crew was great and my yard was cleaner when they left then it was when they arrived. The gentleman that provided the estimate was very friendly and informative about the tree. My experience with them was great and I would highly recommend Bay Area and will use them again!
We have bought a lot of pizzas from Giuseppes and always with a few toppings and never had a problem. We bought a pizza on 02/25/16 with tomatoes, mushrooms, and sausage. The pizza was so darn dry it was ridiculous. There was no sign of tomato sauce and only a few pieces of sausage. I called to complain and the lady that answered the phone told me to hold on. While I was waiting for her to pick the phone back up I could hear her in the back ground. She was talking to someone else in a different language and laughing really loud. She pick the phone back up and told me that they put a lot of sauce on all there pizzas. No apologies or nothing. When I said I could bring it back and show her she just repeated herself. I’ll never buy another pizza from this place again.
I was prepared to give this company an A+ rating until the very end. While it is noted on the front of the contract that the stump grindings are raked in the hole, I did not realize that the grindings would be left in a mound, not level with the ground. That part of the job was very disappointing, and again, while it is also spelled out on the back of the contract, it was not clear to me that it would be mounded. It would have been helpful to make the customer aware and to allow them to make an informed decision whether to spend a couple of hundred dollars more to have the grindings removed.
I ate at Giuseppe's Italian Restaurant and ordered a Chicken Caesar Salad. The salad was huge with a large portion of chicken. The food was great and staff was family friendly.I will definitely come back again.
We decided to stop at Bella Napoli after a particularly long day, having never been in even though it's right around the corner. Our waiter, Christopher, was the sweetest, most helpful server I've encountered in Maryland by far! The food was surprisingly decadent, with well-paired wines and reasonable prices. We will definitely be back!
by far one of the rudest people ever encountered on while attempting to place an order . They need to learn that customers are what keep the lights on and learn some respect . So rude I ordered and then decided to not go pick up bc ofThe smartass who took the order .
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: