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4 Reasons to Regularly Trim Your Trees and Palms

As your tree trimming experts, we talk a lot about the benefits of regularly trimming your trees and palms. Of course we do! That’s our line of work. But to be serious for a moment, tree trimming really is not a task that you want to neglect. The following four reasons will demonstrate why regular tree and palm maintenance is so important.

Reason Number One: If you fall behind, it is hard to catch up. Once your trees or palms become overgrown, they need a lot more work. And damage can be done in the meantime, so you have to address that too.

Reason Number Two: It will cost a lot more if you wait. If you wait to perform regular maintenance on your trees and palms, you’ll just have to play “catch up” later. That means more work and a higher expense. Your trees and palms are more likely to become diseased, meaning more remedial help might become necessary. And if they become overgrown, diseased, or weakened in any way, you could risk having a tree or even just big limbs falling on your house or car. Now you’re looking at damage and insurance claims.

Reason Number Three: You can lose property value. Neglected trees and palms mean unattractive or diseased landscaping. No one wants that! Overlooking this important maintenance can impact your curb appeal and lead to lower property values.

Reason Number Four: Neglected trees and palms equal wasted space. We only have so much real estate on Planet Earth, and your home represents your little slice of the pie. Why neglect your trees and palms, contributing to an unattractive or unusable yard?

Clearly, we’re a big fact of regular tree and palm maintenance. But as you can see from the above points, you should be too. Give us a call about your tree trimming needs, and we will be happy to evaluate your situation and offer a quote on the work you need.

Don’t Neglect Your Trees! Here’s Why…

Do you ever think about the value of the trees and landscaping in your yard? If you’re like a lot of homeowners, you focus on remodeling the kitchen or expanding the deck. But if you aren’t taking care of your yard, you could be harming the resale value of your home.

The reality is, a beautiful and well-maintained landscape, including trees and palms, adds significant value to your property. Not only is this important to the “curb appeal” of your home; an actualy financial value is attached to your yard!

But the actual value of your yard might surprise you. Did you know that a well-maintained landscape actually contributes 15 to 20 percent of your home’s value? Trees actually impact the value of your home in numerous ways, like providing shade and reducing cooling costs. Even if you don’t plan to sell the home in the near future, you will enjoy the benefits of lower electric bills in the summer.

But like any other part of home ownership, trees must be well maintained in order to preserve their beauty and value. In the worst case scenarios, a poorly maintained tree can become unsightly and diseased, or eventually die. But when well maintained, trees and palms actually grow in value over time. This can take several years, so you want to stay on top of their maintenance in the meantime.

And of course, the last thing you want to do is start all over with a new sapling when a tree dies and/or falls. No need to start all over with an investment that takes years to add ultimate value to your property!

Of course, maintenance of trees and palms is just one more chore for already busy homeowners. Give us a call, and we’ll show you what needs to be done and take care of the job for you.


The MOST Important Tree Trimming Rule

As you might imagine, tree trimming can sometimes be hazardous work. And so, you know that a number of safety precautions must be taken before undertaking any type of tree work. For the homeowner, a decision must sometimes be made between doing it yourself or hiring a professional. And that decision will be based on a number of factors… But there is one condition under which you should NEVER attempt tree trimming yourself…

Don’t even think about trimming a tree that is growing near a power line! 

Yes, you are concerned about limbs dropping on the line, or perhaps even the entire tree could fall. And the tree might be diseased, unsightly, or otherwise a serious nuisance or potential hazard. But no matter how urgent the matter seems, don’t even consider doing this job yourself when a power line is present.

Why not? Well, because things don’t always go as planned. Ironically, many homeowners have tried to prevent a dangling tree limb from falling on a power line by trimming it back… And they end up inadvertently causing the exact emergency they were trying to prevent! Someone could get seriously hurt, and in even the best case scenario, you might knock out the power to your home or even the entire neighborhood.

Aside from the danger and potential nuisance of losing power, you could actually get yourself into trouble by trimming trees growing close to power lines. In some places, this activity is illegal.

If you spot a tree near a power line that looks like an immediate potential hazard, call your power company to report the problem. Or, just call us to come out and give you a professional opinion on the issue. We can advise you on the steps you need to take next, in order to prevent an emergency while following important safety guidelines.

Why Do We Remove Dying Trees?

Trees can often give homeowners a bit of a nostalgic feeling. Whether it’s from pure sentiment or simply the change it will cause in your landscape, it can be difficult to imagine yourself removing a tree from your yard. So when a tree is dying, you might feel tempted to just leave it alone. Let it go the natural way, and then remove it… That’s the more compassionate way to go, right? Just let fate decide?

Well, no. First of all, once a tree is past the point of no return, it won’t miraculously recover. It is going to die, and waiting around to see what happens won’t result in a surprise rebound. Second of all, leaving a dying tree in place can lead to some pretty serious problems for you, the homeowner.

Dropping branches. As the tree dies, it might go in pieces. That means dead branches dropping off at any time, causing a hazard to your car, your roof, or even your loved ones as they relax or play in the yard.

Power line complications. If branches or the entire tree comes down onto a power line, you’re going to have a little catastrophe on your hands. This could result in a major inconvenience and hazard not just for you, but for your neighbors as well.

Insurance might not cover damages. You might assume that you’ll let the tree fall, hope it doesn’t fall on your home, and then deal with damages afterward. Unfortunately, some homeowners insurance policies actually exclude this type of damage! And if the tree doesn’t fall on your home, guess what: Your landscaping probably isn’t covered. So whatever it takes out in its path, you will have to clean up and replace.

Dying trees are pest magnets. Did you know that rats love to nest in dying trees? The same goes for termites and a variety of other pests. The last thing you want is a pest magnet in your yard. Eventually they will grow bored with the decaying tree, and move on to greener pastures – like your home.

If you have a dying tree in your yard, give us a call. We can offer you an estimate on removal services, so that you can safely deal with the situation before it causes even more problems.

The Best Way to Avoid Tree Removal

Removing a tree from your yard sometimes becomes necessary, for numerous reasons. It’s crowding out your home or some other structure, its roots threaten your foundation or plumbing, it has become too expensive and time-consuming to maintain, or it actually falls and now must be hauled away. Whatever the reason, tree removal can feel sad for many people. We love our trees, and hate to get rid of one if it isn’t actually necessary.

That’s why the best way to avoid tree removal is to assess and address common risk factors far ahead of time. In particular, don’t even plant a tree if you haven’t done your research and sought professional advice! If you choose the right tree for your yard and plant it in the right place, many future generations can enjoy it without the heartbreak of removal.

Consider the following factors as you’re choosing a tree to plant this spring.

What are you looking for? Do you want a shade tree, or something that produces beautiful flowers or edible fruit? What size tree do you prefer in the future, when it reaches adult height? Are you trying to achieve a certain aesthetic for your yard, such as a tropical look or traditional Americana?

Deciduous or evergreen? An evergreen tree will provide green foliage all year, whereas a deciduous tree will produce brilliant foliage in the fall before dropping its leaves. Of course, you will be responsible for raking up those leaves, especially if your HOA has rules about that!

How much maintenance are you willing to perform on your tree? Some trees require more maintenance than others. Not only will pruning be necessary for some varieties; fruit and nut trees are notriously messy.

What size tree will fit in your space? This is perhaps the most important consideration. Consider the approximate size of the adult tree, as compared to the space available. Will the adult tree look right in your yard, with the surrounding landscaping? Will it grow too near powerlines or overhang your roof? Will roots grow near walkways, patios, and your home’s foundation?

What are your soil conditions and climate? Soil conditions can be amended, of course, but there’s nothing you can do about your climate. Choose a tree that will thrive in the conditions you can provide, so that you don’t have a diseased and dying tree on your hands later.

And if you need any further advice about trees or tree removal, give us a call. At times removal is necessary, but with prompt actions we can sometimes save your tree.


What’s a Codominant Stem? Why Is It Bad?

Have you noticed that some trees tend to grow in a V shape? This shape seems to provide the perfect spot for climbing kids to grab hold, and maybe your pet cat likes to hang out in spots like these. But they’re actually an undesirable shape for trees, and catching this trait in young saplings is definitely the way to go.

It’s called a codominant stem, and the V shape essentially creats a significant weak spot in the tree. The stem that splits from the main trunk is usually not well attached, and there are weight issues as well. The result is that in high winds, or simply over time from age and disease, the codominant stem will become weaker and break.

In many cases the tree is so damaged by the split that the entire thing must then come down. These can be dangerous jobs if the codominant stem hasn’t totally separated, because there will be tension behind it. Don’t ever try to “finish off” a split tree trunk that hasn’t completely fallen yet! Leave this job to the experts. In addition, trees that have lost their codominant stem will often become unstable, because their weight balance is now very different. The remaining part of the tree might now be prone to falling.

Even if the tree survives a severe loss such as this, it is unlikely to end up very attractive afterward. Sometimes, trees whose codominant stem has broken off must be taken out for aesthetic reasons.

When a sapling is young, structural pruning can prevent the development of codominant stems, so that your tree can enjoy a nice long life. But if an existing mature tree has this shape, pruning probably won’t be a good idea. The solution in those cases is often to offer structural support, via cabling, to improve wind resistance and reduce the odds of breakage.

Give us a call if you have a tree with codominant stem, or if one breaks. We can assess the damage and help you decide what to do next.

How to Remove a Tree Over Your Home

Last week, we published a blog on what to do if a tree falls on your house. While that’s certainly good information to have, we definitely hope that you never need it! When a tree falls on your home, your property isn’t the only thing at risk. There is always the chance that someone could be hurt or killed in such an incident. And so, it’s better to address any risks ahead of time, rather than waiting to clean up a big mess and treat injuries after the fact.

That’s why every homeowner should carefully assess any tree that is leaning toward or over their homes, and decide what to do about it. If a tree is at risk of falling on the house, we have ways of removing them to prevent injuries and damages.

Cutting down a tree is always a risky business, because we’re talking about dropping a very large object that can sometimes fall unpredictably. Tree removal experts are, of course, meticulously trained in this skill. And tree removal is dangerous at any time, but especially if there is a structure in the way. For this job, you definitely want to call in the experts.

First, we will assess a number of factors, such as the lay of the land, size of the tree, how badly it is leaning, and the presence of power lines. We might also address legal requirements, such as special permits that are needed in some areas.

Then, we will make a detailed plan for bringing down the tree safely. We will decide where the tree will fall, and how to get out of the way safely. Special equipment will be needed, in order to convince the tree to fall in a direction other than the one it is leaning. Remember, it wants to fall on your house, and we want it to go in a different direction. So depending upon the situation, we will bring in equipment such as wedges, ropes, or shims to convince the tree to fall in the right direction.

It’s all a matter of careful planning, and experienced understanding of how trees tend to fall once cut. Never attempt to remedy this situation yourself! If you have a tree leaning over your home, call us to evaluate the risks and then we’ll make a plan to remove it for you.

7 Steps to Take if a Tree Falls on Your Home

It’s something that we never think will happen to us… Until it does. Yes, trees do sometimes fall onto homes, whether due to wind, weakness from disease, or something else (usually a combination of several factors). It can be difficult to know what to do in such a stressful, unexpected situation. But if you take these seven steps when a tree falls on your home, damage can be quickly repaired and the mess cleaned up safely.

Get out of the house. Don’t panic, but do get all family members out of the house right away. Don’t go back inside until a professional assessment of risk has been conducted.

Turn off the electricity and gas lines. Use your main shut-offs to turn of electricity and gas, just in case lines are disrupted. The last thing you need right now is a major fire or risk of additional damage and injuries.

Call 911 in certain situations. If a power or gas line is involved, or if you have reason to suspect any other type of life-threatening situation, call 911 to request help.

Call an emergency tree removal service. We need to get that tree off of your home right away, so that a contractor can assess the damages and begin repairs right away. If your roof is compromised, you need to take steps to prevent further damage from rain.

Take photos and save receipts. Take photos both before and after the tree is removed from your home, so that you can prove the damage to your insurance company. Keep all receipts related to the incident, so that you can correctly reimbursed.

Call your homeowners insurance company. A claims adjustor needs to come out and assess the damage in person. Your insurance professional will also help you understand what to expect, and which repairs and other expenses will be covered by your policy.

Schedule repairs. In addition to tree removal, your home will need repairs. We should also discuss what to do with the tree’s leftover stump or other damage to your landscape. Give us a call if a tree has fallen on your home, and we can help you address the damage and clean up the mess.


What is the Cost of Tree Removal?

It can be a sad event, or one that brings you relief. But no matter how you feel about it, sometimes tree removal is necessary. When a tree becomes dangerous, interferes with construction, creates a nuisance in your yard, or otherwise needs to go, we can help you determine the best way to bring it down safely. However, your biggest question might be, “what is the cost of tree removal?”

A number of factors will influence the cost of your tree removal, and we absolutely must view the site first before we can offer a reliable quote. Having said that, these are the primary factors that will either increase or decrease the final price of the job:

  • How big is the tree? How tall? What is the girth of the trunk? How large is the canopy?
  • What type of tree (or palm) are we removing?
  • How many trees are we removal?
  • Are there any structures, fencing, other trees, etc in the area of removal?
  • What type of terrain are we dealing with?
  • How far will the tree be located from our dump truck and chipper?
  • Are there power lines or other hazards involved in the job?
  • Is this an emergency job or one that we can schedule out?
  • What do you want to do with the stump (leave it, pull it up, grind it, etc)?

As you might expect, more work equals a higher quote on your tree removal job. That’s why we really need to view the site and assess the above factors before we can offer an estimate. But in general, larger trees are simply going to require more time and expertise. Then factors such as structures in the way, imminent dangers, and distance to our dump truck and chipper (for cleanup) can either complicate or simplify the job. Finally, your decision regarding the leftover stump will add a bit to the total.

So if you’re considering a tree removal, give us a call. We can come out and view the job, explain what must be done, and give you  a reliable and competitive quote on the work.


What is the Cost of Tree Trimming?

It’s easy to think of your trees as something that grows in your yard, adds beauty to your property, and doesn’t need any maintenance. Unfortunately, that last part isn’t completely true. At times your trees will require tree trimming services, in order to preserve their health and beauty. And at the same time, you will protect your property’s value.

Homeowners are often tempted to save money by performing their own tree trimming services. And in some cases, this can be a wise plan. If your tree is very young and small, you can reach it from the ground, and you don’t need special equipment in order to trim it, then a do-it-yourself job might be safe and effective. But in many cases, tree trimming can be dangerous, and requires special equipment that many homeowners don’t have on hand. And of course, trimming your tree the wrong way could damage or even kill it. That’s probably not your end goal for the project!

So it’s safe to say that in many cases, professional tree trimming will become necessary. If you’re worried about the cost, here’s what you need to know.

It’s difficult to give an estimate over the phone. We need to see the tree, measure its girth, see it in relation to other features on your property, and evaluate any potential safety problems before we can give an estimate on the cost of tree trimming. However, we are happy to come out and walk your property to see the tree(s) in person.

In general, tree trimming prices are based on the height of the tree. We do need to evaluate the overall situation before making any promises. But based on the height of your tree, prices often fall into the following ranges:

  • Under 30 feet in height: $75 to $500 per tree
  • Between 30 feet and 60 feet in height: $150 to $800
  • Over 60 feet: $200 to $1000 (or more) per tree

And remember, these prices are very approximate ranges, based on the amount of work to be done along with other factors.

Other factors influence the final price of tree trimming.  Aside from height and the time required to do the job, we look at the terrain and ease of access, the number of trees you need trimmed, the density of the tree, proximity to power lines and fencing, and the proximity of the tree to a wood chipper or dump truck. And of course, if the work is an emergency job that needs to be performed over a weekend or holiday, an extra charge might apply.

Give us a call to discuss your tree trimming job, and we can help you determine a budget for the work. Even if you’re not facing an emergency situation, maintaining your trees now will ensure good health and a beautiful landscape for years to come.


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