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When a tree falls in your front yard -- what are your options for getting rid of it?
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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…
They do outstanding work at really fair rates. Very professional, reliable & prompt. Also they have all licenses, insurance, workers comp witch is very important.
I was very happy with the workers. They were prompt in the morning and worked right through with only a small lunch break.It was a big job and they made sure that the branches and trunk were cut off and dropped with rope secured. Clean up was good too. it was a fair price also. I would use them again.
I don't know what everyone is complaining about! I found Mr. Martinez and his crew to be most responsive, and hard-working. His sod was half the price of his competitors, delivered, installed and rolled and it looks great! Thank you Mr. Martinez and crew!
The owner of this business is by far the nicest and most generous person out there! What a way to run a business! I will never use anyone else for services like these! Thanks again for going above and beyond!
The owner was 5 hours later than the agreed upon time they were unprofessional rude and voulger they left huge ruts in my yard and left limbs and brush it took me 3 hours to clean upon their mess and buy sod i would never recommend Jamison Tree to anyone ever
What a horrible unprofessional experience. I had a pool built after the completion of my newly constructed home. During the pool construction approximately 1100 sqft of sod was ruined during the building process. When the pool was complete we reached out to several companies for quotes and Martinez Tree and sod service came up in a Google search. I called the company and let them know that I needed approximately 1100 sqft of sod “installed”. I asked Mr. Martinez if he needed to come out to see it or measure it out himself and he said it was unnecessary if I had already did all the measuring. He mentioned that it would be 3 palettes of sod. His quote came in cheaper than some others so we chose to use his company to do the work. On the day of installation one worker showed up and began to lay the sod directly over the existing sod/dirt. They didn’t prep the ground or remove any dirt to make the new sod level with the existing sod. When the worker came to collect payment I asked him why the sod was just laid over the existing grass/dirt and not made level to other grass. He mentioned that he was only doing what he was told to do by Mr. Martinez and that was to basically throw the sod down without preparing the grounds at all. I was very confused since because I specifically asked for a quote with “installation”. The worker then said that he did install it. I immediately called Mr. Martinez and he said the exact same thing, that what they did was “installation”. After several phone conversations trying to get the matter resolved, Mr. Martinez mentioned that he would “fix it”. We couldn’t have been happier since the job already cost us $500.00. About a week later a crew of 3 showed up at our home with a roller and began rolling the sod. We immediately went out and asked what they were doing. The worker that initially came out responded by saying that they were rolling the edges. It was very apparent that our definitions of “fixing it” were way off. We were under the impression that they would prep the ground and make the new and old level. It basically looked like they put a sod blanket over the existing grass. It was an eye sore and they neighbors were all asking questions. We told them that this wasn’t going to work and this is not what we discussed. They chose not to fix it the right way and just told us to call Mr. Martinez if we had any issues. Our next phone call with Mr. Martinez wasn’t very pleasant. I told him I wanted the job done properly and that the ground needed to be prepped before the sod was laid down. I mentioned again that I was quoted for sod “installed”, not just dropped off. He then mentioned that he was done dealing my fiancé and I, and that he would no longer deal with us. I mentioned that I just want my sod installed correctly and he then mentioned that it would be more labor. He said it would require 2 hours to fix the issue and he could make it out the next week. At this point I felt powerless and I just wanted it to be fixed. One week later they sent out a crew of 3 or 4 to fix the job. Mr. Martinez required that I pay upfront before they would start working. After submitting the payment with him over the phone they began doing the process that I asked for in the beginning. Upon coming home to the completed job we were surprised to see the grass looking almost as it had before they got there. The grass appeared to only be fixed on one side of the house and it looked exactly the same on the two other sides. This additional two hours of work cost $170.00. So all together I had $670 out of pocket and a bunch of sod that just seemed to be thrown down on the ground.
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: