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When a tree falls in your front yard -- what are your options for getting rid of it?
82 Farragut AvePittsburgh, PA 15202
Tim, Ben and their crew from PGH Lumberjack Tree Service did a phenominal job on my trees. I had a terribly overgrown apple tree that was an eye so…
1218 Bagdad RdLeechburg, PA 15656
From Business: Black Lab Tree & Landscape Service, a landscaping company and tree service based in Leechburg, Pennsylvania, specializes in reinvigorating residential and commerc…
2150 Washington RdCanonsburg, PA 15317
They responded to our phone inquiry and showed up soon after. Their quote for mulch blowing services was very competitive. Not only that, but within…
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…
As a recent cusotmer, reading through these reviews was rather shocking to me. FREDS TREE & LAWN SERVICES Inc. had given me an estimate of 1200 to remove a huge Hemlock tree in our back yard as well as an addition 350 to trim and thin out our Pin Oak tree in the front lawn. Overall I was very pleased with the crews performance. The laborers not only handled their jobs professionally but worked extremely hard as a team to accomplish said tasks. Yes it was expensive and I understand that considering the talent and risks involved with such work but at the pace these guys moved. It blew my mind. At first i was a bit skeptical but after watching them through the windows, I could tell they knew what they were doing and that helped put me at ease. What I thought was going to take them atleast a day and a half, only took them 7 hours with only 4 guys and no equipment other than the trucks they pulled up in. Before they started I had spoken with the climber, whom was polite and knowledgeable about the business. Before he started anything he had checked in with me to make sure he had the right location and then briefed over the job to make sure the description of the were correct. The crew had moved various lawn ornaments and even put them back when the job was finished. I don't know what else to say other than they were great at what they did and met my expectations. I would recommend Freds tree service to anyone that needs work done. Not sure exactly what to say about the prior comments below. These guys do it good and in a timely manor. Thank you Fred and crew for doing such miraculous work. If I ever need any more work done, you will hear from me in the future.
I am very satisfied with the service that I received in 5/2013. I got numerous bids from many competing landscaping companies and although Dave was not the cheapest of those bids…he was more than reasonable and charged a fair price for the service! He was professional, friendly, and knowledge. He returned my initial call immediately. He came to my house and gave a free estimate within a day or two along with giving me his professional opinion on whether it was worth it to trim or removed the tree completely. He did not force or pressure me for business. When I did finally decide to contract him out to just remove my tree, he showed up promptly. Mr. Miller kept open communication through the whole process from start to finish… from my 1st call to removing and hauling away the tree. Mr. Miller and his crew were polite, respectful and did an amazing job of cleaning up afterwards. I would definitely refer and use Dave Miller Tree Removal Service again in the future.
First tree was removed perfectly and with great service, recently lookin for repeat customer, needed another tree removed and can not get an estimate from them. Spoke with company 2 weeks ago and was told he would be out shortly, after 2 weeks of waiting, called them back to see if they wanted the buisness and she told me they would be out over the weekend, second time no show and no estimate, I guess the either do not want repeat customers or no longer need the buisness. Very disappointing as a customer, went with another company.
Fred and his crew had great knowledge and expertise for trimming our two very over grown trees that needed attention. He was very kind over the phone and had the same friendliness when he arrived on the day of the job. His crew was precise, helpful, and knowledgeable about their work. They assured our approval before leaving and thanked us personally for the work. We will be contacting them in the future for any other tree or lawn service we might need.
I booked two trees to be cut down and removed in February. As in Pittsburgh, you never know the weather. As soon as the weather broke enough, the service was right on. They were very quick and finished in the time frame that was quoted to me. They even removed other twigs and debree for us. Also, very reasonably priced. I would recommend them for their service and use them again. We will have full sunshine over our pool this summer. Yeah!
Fred came on a monday and gave us a written estimate with copies of all his insurance coverage. He was extremely reasonable and very upfront with what his services would be. On wednesday his crews arrived and my tree was cut down to the ground level within two hours. Cleanup was awesome on my property and my neighbors property that was used for access to the tree. I would definitely recommend Fred's Tree Service.
Would highly recommend! I left a message to call for an estimate, Brian called and left the estimate. I called to authorize the work (cut down two large trees and leave them) and the next day the work was done with minimal disruption. They even cut up the larger tree into smaller sections which they didn't have to do. Nice job!!!
Very careful during removal of a 35 ft ash tree, no damage to surrounding landscape; Very prompt and professional; Excellent cleanup of job site. Highly recommend!
Guys came out to remove a stump and did a good job. They weren't very friendly but as long as the work was done well I shouldn't complain, I guess.
Very skilled. Crew courteous, professional and respectful of clients. Best recommendation.......they do what they promise to do!!
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: