Each year, thousands of trees in the U.S. are damaged by storms, wind, lightning and ice, causing millions of dollars in property damage.
“A well-maintained yard includes taking good care of your trees. What people may not realize is that can actually be dangerous to ignore your trees. It can cause property damage or someone can get hurt if a limb falls from a dead tree," points out Angie Hicks.
Proper tree care is an investment that can lead to substantial returns. Well-cared-for trees are attractive and can add up to 15 percent of value to your property.
Trees need check-ups just like people do. Having a certified arborist come and exam your trees annually can help you prevent potential problems, catch disease early and protect that landscape asset.
Certified Arborist Stephen Courchaine says, “Insect infestation, disease attacks both of those can cause trees to die. Today we are cutting down a couple of trees that were invested with emerald ash borer and are dead so they need to be removed. Construction damage and when I say construction damage I mean things like grade changes where you’ve changed the grade of soil, altered root system that can cause a tree to die, decay in trunks and things of that nature.”
Some signs that homeowners should look for include dead wood of either multiple branches or the trunk, poor leaf development in the crown, and discoloration and separation of the bark on the main stem. When a large branch breaks off the main tree and gets lodged within the other branches or if a significant crack is found, the tree should be removed.
“If a tree is structurally damaged whether it’s split or something of that nature every once in a while there are things we can do like pinning a tree together with rods, putting cables in trees, lightening branches and things of that nature, those are sometimes options to try and save the tree,” offers Certified Arborist Stephen Courchaine.
The best methods for removing trees are those used by trained arborists.
Costs for removal:
Angie’s List Tips: Hiring a tree service
While removing a tree might seem like a very simple job it’s important to hire the right professional to take care of it. You want to make sure that it’s taken out of your yard properly so you don’t cause any damage and you want to make sure the workers that are doing it are safe as well so they know exactly how to tackle a project because if the tree is already dead they potentially can’t climb the tree to remove limbs also you want to make sure they have the proper insurance because the last thing you want is someone getting hurt on your property or when those limbs are dropped it causes any damage to your property.
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