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When a tree falls in your front yard -- what are your options for getting rid of it?
204 E Main St Suite BSpringfield, OH 45503
From Business: Quaint homes with perfectly trimmed trees and fresh grass lines are stunning. A beautiful landscape creates an inviting atmosphere that's hard to ignore. If you w…
Springfield, OH 45502
From Business: For Years we have been serving the southern side of Ohio with our Tree Care & Stump Removal, we even do Snow Removal in the winter. We specialize in Hazardous Rem…
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…
I highly recommend Haley's Tree Service. They will show you their workers comp and liability insurance. They do NOT ask for any payment up front. Pay in full after job is complete. Not surprisingly, some boards on our walkway were damaged when felling one of trees. They were replaced the very next morning. Given the size and location of that tree, we were surprised at how LITTLE was damaged! Any damages were immediately acknowledged and repaired. The entire crew were respectful and super hard workers! Price was incredibly reasonable. We would definitely use them in the future!
Called multiple times, never got anybody out to give an estimate after being told multiple times somebody was coming. This company is horrible, none of the employees follow through. DO NOT CALL THEM.
We were given an estimate, agreed to the price, signed a contract and took the morning off work (which turned into the whole day), because they said they'd be here by 11 am. One person showed up around 11 to inform us that they'd be by our place in a couple of hours. 4 hours later, a different person was asking for more money. When I called the company to ask what was going on they had the guy who gave the estimate call us back and he was going on about insurance instead of admitting that they didn't want to do the job or that the guy who was going to do the job wanted more money. They also took off with the signed contract. A whole day off work + a bunch of lies + no tree taken down = thanks for nothing Haley's Tree Service. Your contracts aren't worth the paper they're written on.
Please do not hire this company unless your'e with them all the time. Contracted to cut down 4 ash trees and remove all brush and wood. they cut the trees and scattered the wood around in the woods and even put some on our neighbors property. I called them and Josh said he would be back on Tuesday to get the wood. I will change this review if they do come back and rectify the situation. they were paid 800.00 for cutting the trees and 800.00 for removal. I cant believe a company would operate like this. They came when they said they would and cut down the trees, but did not remove the trees from our neighborhood!
All Seasons Tree Service took down my Mom's old silver maple tree and damaged her sidewalk. The sidewalk was not damaged prior to the tree being cut down. All Seasons states the damage was pre-existing and was previously patched. Also says it was from root damage and then in the same sentence states, "This is why I didn't want to put wood on concrete, customer insisted on placing wood on side walk." So are you admitting that the cracks were caused by the wood being placed there??? Why don't you just fix the very small area of damage? Very poor customer service-won't admit fault and fix. This tree was 50+ years old - put in when the house was built, and so were the sidewalks. Crew was professional and did a good job, but its a shame that my 80 year old mother now has to deal with a broken sidewalk where three huge pieces of wood were deposited.
Our yard went from slightly disappointing to a horrible wreck, thanks to Haleys. They promised landscaping, including trimming the hedges. They took the trees down, but made a gigantic mess of the yard. They only trimmed one bit of hedges, and did a lousy job on that. They left the wood in a scattered mess in my front yard. Haleys might do a decent job if you only want trees down. Do yourself a favor and call someone else for any real landscaping work. This is a nightmare for us to fix the mess they left.
A crew from Compass Tree Care recently visited my home and took down a tree as well as cutting back broken branches off of two others. The price was a bit above market, but the offer of same-day service has been tough to locate this winter, so We made a deal.Despite the business card’s pledge of “complete cleanup and GREAT care”, I saw little of either from the Compass crew. The smoking and cursing I can tolerate – I’m a workingman myself – but after taking down the maple branch, three members of the crew proceeded to heave the logs across my yard like they were in some highlander-style competition. I recognize moving many plus-size logs isn’t easy, but these men gave no consideration to what might be harmed beneath the snow (landscaping, etc.), to say nothing of the obvious safety concern. The following day, I discovered the crew had basically worn muddy ditches where they had marched back yard to front and where the branches had been cut. The area just off the driveway near where their trailer was parked was littered with tree brush, the cutting areas were covered in leaves and small branches, and a large branch from the felled tree was was lying on a nearby rhododendron. The stump isn’t a clean or level cut. Simply put, I’ve had professional tree work done on multiple occasions in the past, and it was superior to Compass in every respect. Four days later the log pile built by the Compass crew had tumbled over. My experience is Compass does sloppy, dangerous, shoddy work and will leave you with a mess to clean.
mAPLEWOOD TREE SERVICE HAS WORKED FOR ME TWO TIMES , AND BOTH TIMES WERE VERY PROFFESIONAL AND WELL MANNERED GROUP OF WORKERS. tHEY PROVIDED ME WITH A UNIQE ABILITY TO USE EQUIPTMENT , SO THEY DID NOT HAVE TO USE SPIKES TO INJURE MY TREES. VERY PLEASED AND THEY COME HIGHLEY RECOMMENDED!
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: