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When a tree falls in your front yard -- what are your options for getting rid of it?
Serving the Saint Augustine Area
Michael Lewis and his crew of Absolute Tree and Stump did an excellent job of removing a huge oak tree that was right next to my house. They took t…
144 Palmer Sawmill RdCrescent City, FL 32112
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…
They came out to give an estimate and showed up the next day to begin the work before we even confirmed acceptance of their bid. This happened to us twice with Jack Wright Tree Service. On the second job, they charged us extra to remove the stump and roots. We paid them- although, they did not complete the job (stupid on our part because we took them at their word they would be back to finish). Eight calls later, they told us they are coming to finish the job and still have not done so in over a month! Sadly, they have shown that customer service/customer relationships mean nothing to them. They will never get my business or recommendations again! Shop around before you use Jack Wright Tree Services!
Awful customer service. My neighbor warned me about making an appt with Jack Wright because he probably wouldn't show up, but I assumed that was a one-time occurrence and called anyway, and made an appt for an estimate at 10am on a Saturday. By 10:30, Mr. Wright had not shown up, so I called the office and was told that he wasn't coming due to an emergency job in Ponte Vedra. No one bothered to call to let me know. I actually had to ask to be re-scheduled to the following Saturday (it wasn't proactively offered). Next Sat, I called just after 10am to confirm Mr. Wright was coming and was told he wasn't. So, basically, Mr. Wright doesn't want my business, nor does he really care about his terrible customer service because he's been in St Augustine forever and will always have jobs lined up. So disappointing. I recommend you call someone else if you actually want someone to show up, perform the work and take your money.
Their team led by Mr. Tom was very professional and safety was first. Had huge oak tree to cut - on time and no wasted time. Jose is a master tree cutter - work of art to watch him cut a tree down !!! Two other residents used them as well - also very pleased. Thanks Tree Medic for a job well done !!
Stole from us! Signed a 1 year lawn care agreement and paid him up front. He showed up about every 8-10 days for a month or so. Lied to us about equipment being stolen and illness. Never showed again! DO NOT PAY THIS CON MAN!
Anthony Smith was paid in full.Told it was a day and a half job but became a two weeks job and thats when he did show up sometimes- After that he never finished the job!Never finished getting rid of tree stomps,getting rid of the cut trees that he left behind and broke my neighbors fench! These pics is only some the slop work and damge that he did!! Please people don't even do business with him-He takes your money and never finishes the job!! Talk about bad business with a crook and very disappointed!!
I had Anthony do some tree work on my property. He showed up when he said he would show up and did an impeccable job. My wife was worried that losing all of the branches would decrease shade in our yard, but Anthony skillfully and tastefully trimmed all necessary branches while leaving others for aesthetic appeal. I highly recommend Anthony and will use him in the future.
Anthony and his crew came on a Saturday afternoon to give us an estimate for 2 trees and ended up doing the job the same day. Anthony and his crew did an outstanding job, when they finished, they went to one of my neighbors and did some work for them. Also a neighbor across the street. We are definitely going to have them do more work in our yard. Like Anthony says no job is too big or too small.
Anthony was referred to us by another lawn care company. We were very impressed with him right from the start. He is a person of honesty and integrity. His initial service he did a thorough job of cleaning up the yard, cutting back the overgrowth along our property line and stacking the yard debris. He and his crew continue to maintain it beautifully. He noticed our driveway was developing cracks in the pavement. He pointed out the cause which was the roots from a tree approximately 2 feet from the driveway. We would not have realized that as a factor. He removed the tree and ground the stump and solved our problem which I know stopped us from having future costly issues. He also noticed our driveway was beginning to collapse and he brought in rocks and reenforced the supports under it and closed up a gap with some very nice landscaping. We really like him. He's very friendly and knowledgable and we would highly recommend him to anyone who needs these services. J. Armstrong
Fantastic service! Very pleased with the work the men did this morning at our house removing giant limbs off of two trees. Arrived on time, extremely polite, worked quickly, and cleaned up afterwards. Highly recommended.
Awesome buisness.Had these guys come out for a tree removal and landscaping. The work was beyond what i was picturing.It looks great. Wish i could attach a pic to show everyone.The owner anthony has some pics though. Ive recommend thwm to 2 of my friends one of wich is my boss. They are all satisfied. Really good crew. Thanks guys for your hard work
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: