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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…
Corner's delivered prompt service and carried out the work as we agreed upon. I would highly recommend them to anyone. Mike was a true professional
I had Corner's take out a large tree and install sod at my home and I am very, very happy with my new property. All work was completed in just a few days and cleaned up afterwards too. Can't recommend corners enough
Very professional and friendly service. Had all work completed timely and precisely and even cleaned up as well
Terrible business company, I paid them over 7 thousand dollars and take down 4 trees and stumps. They barely remove any stumps and roots. We didn't find out until 6 months after, since we got it done in the winter time. Been trying to get a hold of him but doesn't pick up. Kept calling and calling but SHAWN doesn't pick up. Below is the invoice and pictures, I'm in the process of suing this crook . This is recent dated 8/13/16, stay away from this company that run by a crook, thief, unprofessional business person. We tried renting the grinding machine and do it our selves, but its not my specialty and couldn't do it. Then we hired a competent profession to do the job. And guess what SHAWN crook, You're going to pay for all of that and some of my days off and suffering. I'LL SEE YOU IN COURT.
These Guy are totally unreliable, they lie about what they were asking for. They wanted more money and the job was not even half done. They wanted full amount when the job was not complete. They were suppose to cut down my tree and Grind out stump, which they never completed. They said they would be back the next morning but never showed up. I thank God I never paid them the full amount. I tried calling several time and left message, they never returned call. I am a Bible believing Christian and I forgive them for what they did. People please don't trust these guy at all. I should of read the reviews on them before hiring them. I don't know how these Guys are still in business. They quoted a price and they did not stick to it. CAUTION STAY AWAY FROM THIS COMPANY.
***** EXCEPTIONAL ***** My Dad is 83 years old, and a few of his trees broke during a bad storm/hurricane here in Philly. We contacted Brennan Tree Service and got a call back the SAME DAY, and the owner came to look at Dad's yard the same day. The NEXT DAY they took everything damaged out of the yard, trimmed all trees, removed ALL DEBRIS - not a leaf remained on the ground - and did a PERFECT job! We prayed beforehand when looking for someone to help us out, and God sent us Brennan Tree Service. We are very happy and overjoyed with the work that was done. This is a GREAT company with a WONDERFUL owner and wonderful staff. A+ and 5 stars for Brennan! THANK YOU VERY MUCH :)
Called Bob Friday, he returned call Sat. morning by 5pm Sat. evening my trees were trimmed. Great service, great job, great price. Surprisingly efficient, large operation. His crew is congenial and neat. Cleaned up very well. Wife was even please and she's tough.
I tried them out b/c my neighbor used them. What a disastrous mistake! Theses guys are thugs. They only did a fraction of the work that was promised in my opinion. In addition, the work crew barely spoke English and were extremely rude.
DO NOT USE THESE GUYS!!!!! They use slimy bait and switch tactics to get you to sign up. You really do get what you pay for in life. Their work will fall short of what you expect of tree cutting!!!!!!!!!
HORRENDOUS, NONEXISTENT "CUSTOMER SERVICE"I wish I could give zero starts, too. Horrible customer service. They came and took down my tree then left it in pieces behind my and my neighbor's property. It was there for at least a week and a half and I had to call three times before they finally came to remove it. Mind you, this was left at the back end of an easement where people park and was a huge old maple tree. A couple weeks later I received a coupon for a free stump removal with tree removal. I knew it wasn't good on past services but since it was recent and it's a coupon they always send in the monthly coupon mailers, I contacted them to see if they would make an exception since they neglected to remove the tree for so long and the stump is very dangerous for my pup as she likes to race around the small yard. I have now contacted them three times and guess what! They don't even have the decency to respond to any of my requests to even tell me no, they are just NOT RESPONDING AT ALL. To boot, they had the nerve to send me a late payment notice but I wasn't paying them until the job was done. As soon as they removed the tree, the check went in the mail. Horrible customer service. They talked me into using them over Mario's who had serviced the tree before. Wish I'd stuck with Mario's. And they had some big trees they were removing after Sandy out along Ridge in Andorra—guess it's more important to get the higher paying jobs than to take care of your local customers. Epic fail, I'm very disappointed.
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: