If you have a tree in your yard that looks sick or is in the way, talk to a tree service about your options. Tree removal might be the right solution, but you may want to discuss things with the tree service first. You may even want to call your local codes office to find out what codes pertain to tree removal in your area. Here's what you may need to discuss about tree removal.
If Your Sick Or Injured Tree Can Be Saved
If you feel bad about having to remove a tree due to sickness or storm damage, talk to one of the tree care professionals about treatments that might save your tree. A sick tree can sometimes be treated with medications or by removing sick branches. A damaged tree might be saved by bracing it or cutting off damaged limbs or branches.
The tree care professional can suggest treatments if any are possible so you can decide if you want to save the tree or have it removed. Sometimes, removal is necessary for the safety of your property and family.
If The Tree Is Protected
If the tree you want to cut down is healthy, you may need to involve the codes department before cutting down the tree. If the tree is healthy and not bothering your home, you may not be allowed to cut down the tree if the tree is a protected species. You probably won't be allowed to cut down trees that are in a utility or city easement either. The tree care company can identify the type of tree you have and offer advice on whether it should be cut down and if you need to get permission from the city.
If The Tree Care Company Does Stump Removal Too
Some tree care companies don't work with stumps. They cut the tree down and haul away the debris, but they don't grind away the stump. If you want that done, you need to call a separate company. Other tree removal companies cut down trees and grind away the stump too. Know the services you'll receive when you get a price quote, so you'll know upfront if there will be additional charges to expect.
If You Need To Take Down A Fence Temporarily
Tree removal equipment may fit through your fence gate, and if that's the case, you may not need to do much to prepare to have a tree removed. However, if it's needed, you might have to tear part of your fence down to accommodate the machinery used for taking down the tree or grinding the stump. There may be other things you need to do to prepare for the work crew too.
The tree service should let you know ahead of time how to prepare your yard for the crew so they have plenty of room to work and none of your lawn furniture or other outdoor equipment is in danger of damage from falling branches.
Contact a local tree service to learn more.