Welcome to my blog. My name is Sarah, and right now, I can see my favourite tree from my window. A few years ago, it was ailing, but I learned everything I could about tree health and nurtured her back to abundance. In this blog, I plan to write all about tree care, from the basics you can do on your own to knowing when to call a professional. My love of trees grew out of my love for gardening and landscaping, and I may write about those topics as well. I hope that you like my blog and that it inspires you. Thanks for reading!
Getting a tree removed from your property is often a difficult decision, as trees can make a yard seem homey and inviting and provide a nice view, versus looking out and seeing the street, storefronts, or even a neighbor's yard. In some areas, having mature trees on your property may even increase your property value or the likelihood of being able to resell your home. When it comes to getting a tree removed, you want to make this decision carefully and to know what's involved, so note the following.
1. Consider the cost of constant upkeep or damage versus removal
Getting a tree removed can be costly, and you may want to keep the tree for all the reasons mentioned above. However, note the cost of constant upkeep for the tree or of potential property damage versus the cost of having it removed. If the tree is growing close to power lines, you may face repair costs as well as fines from your city if they should get torn down. If a branch falls on your neighbor's property, you may face costs above and beyond what your homeowner's insurance would cover. Consider the cost of constantly having branches trimmed or the potential for property damage versus the cost of having the tree removed, if you're having a hard time making that decision.
2. Ask if tree removal includes stump removal
When calling around for prices for removing a tree, ask if the cost includes stump removal. Not all tree services remove the stump but will simply cut the tree down to the ground. If the tree roots are wrapped around plumbing pipes or if you don't want it to grow back for any reason, you need to ensure that the stump gets removed as well as the tree.
3. Ask if the power company will trim branches near lines first
If tree branches are near a power line you might call your local power company and ask if they will trim those branches for you before you have the tree removed. They may do this at no cost in order to protect the lines. You can then hire a company to have the tree removed, and they won't need to come near the power lines during cutting. Even though their insurance may cover the cost of this type of damage, you don't want to see an interruption of power or face the danger of live electrical lines on your property due to a tree trimmer's negligence. Having the power company do this first can ensure the job is done safely, and then you can have the tree removal service remove the rest of your tree.