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Keeping Your Trees Healthy

When I first bought a new house, I realized that the front trees were a little overgrown. I was worried about a branch breaking in the wind and smashing into a window or the roof, and so I decided to invest in professional tree service. When the arborist came, he had more concerns than just a few overgrown branches. Apparently, a few of my trees had also developed serious pest infestations, and I was worried about what it might mean for their health. He carefully trimmed each tree to ward off disease, and within a few weeks, they were looking a lot better. This blog explains how a professional tree trimmer could help you, so that you aren't left with dying trees.


Keeping Your Trees Healthy

What To Consider Before Removing A Tree From Your Yard

Joshua Mercier

Removing a mature tree from your yard is a big decision. Trees add value and beauty to your property. However, if the tree is damaged, diseased, or structurally unsound, it's best to have it removed. Here are a few things to think about when it comes to tree removal.

The Last Alternative

Unless you need to move the tree for new construction, you may want to save it if at all possible. An arborist can help you decide if a diseased tree can be treated and saved. Under certain conditions, a damaged or structurally unstable tree might be saved by chopping off limbs or attaching a brace. However, safety should be your most important consideration. If the tree is weak, it may tumble onto your car, house, or even a family member when it storms. The best decision may be to have the tree removed to eliminate danger to your property.

Get Approval First

Getting rid of a tree may not be as easy as you think, especially if the tree is healthy. You may need to get approval from your city first. Your HOA may even have a say in what happens to mature trees in your neighborhood. At the very least, you'll probably need a permit before work begins. An arborist can help in this effort. He or she can supply proof of disease or structural damage. The arborist may even obtain the permits and arrange for the necessary inspections and save you the extra work.

Professional Tree Service

Taking down a mature tree is not something you want to do yourself unless you have experience in felling trees. It's very dangerous work. You could be injured or you could damage your property. You could even damage your neighbor's property and be liable for expensive repairs. It's also not a good idea to hire an unskilled friend or untrained worker to do the job. If a lot of trees are damaged in your area after a bad storm, you may get offers from transient workers offering to remove the tree at a discounted rate. To be safe, it's always best to hire a local professional tree service to do the job so it's done right.

Disposal And Stump Removal

When you're getting quotes for the tree removal, be sure to ask if disposal and stump removal are included. The tree service can bring in a stump grinder and get rid of the stump down to the ground. They should also haul away all the wood or give you the option of keeping it if you want to. You may want to dry it out for firewood, or shred it for mulch. The arborist may even have a shredder on the truck that will turn the tree into mulch right on the spot.

Once the arborist is finished, you shouldn't see any signs of the tree. With the stump ground away and all the debris removed, it will look like the tree was never there. All you'll have to do is cover the area with grass seed or sod so grass will grow in its place.

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