There are many reasons why it might be time to remove a tree from your property. It’s a headache for any homeowner: Maybe your tree has become a danger. Maybe it’s damaged, diseased, or otherwise dying. Or maybe there’s another unfortunate reason why you must remove a tree from your yard or your commercial space. You may even need to remove a larger, healthy tree to promote the beneficial growth of other trees.
While you might be able to complete a lot of different tree care tasks yourself, such as pruning, watering, or fertilizing, removing a tree is something that should be left to professionals, especially if it’s a large tree and if it’s close to your home or other buildings. You can save yourself some energy—and possibly save yourself from injuries—if you call in a professional tree removal service.
Here’s all you need to know about the steps you must take to safely remove your tree from your property.
This should be the first step when you notice something might be wrong with your tree. A certified arborist is trained to look for specific signs of different problems in trees and other woody plants. Depending on what complications your tree might be experiencing, they may have a solution to save your tree since they have specialized knowledge about trees and their afflictions. However, if the tree is too far gone, they’ll be able to pronounce that definitively, and you both can start planning to have the tree removed.
If you know that your tree is an important habitat for local wildlife, an arborist can also consult on whether it’s safe to leave up some of the tree and only remove some of the branches. This way, the remainder can be left as a home for birds and squirrels. However, if there are vertical cracks, seams, insect infestations, or large wounds in the trunk of the tree, internal damage or rotting may already have set in. Depending on where your tree is located, it may be safest to remove it so that your tree doesn’t come down on top of your car during a windstorm.
As an added bonus, this way, you’ll also have an arborist in your contacts list for when you want to plant a new tree to replace your old one. Your certified arborist can help you figure out what tree works best for that space and assist in establishing it so it grows tall, strong, and healthy.
This step may be done while the arborist is present. They can lend some expert advice if there’s any gray area or multiple decisions you need to make. For instance, which way does the tree lean? Is there a natural way for the tree to fall so that it doesn’t fall on top of something?
You’ll also want to pick an escape route or two just in case the tree begins to fall out of control, so the crew members can move away safely. Are there any obstacles you can safely remove to make access easier or anything you can do to make the area clearer and more open, such as relocating a parked recreational vehicle or putting away any children’s toys in the yard? Whether or not an emergency happens, you’ll be glad to have a plan in the event of a crisis. Being able to share this information with the tree removal crew when they arrive will make everything go more quickly and smoothly as they take down your tree.
Once the tree has been removed, you’ll also want to make a plan as to whether you want to replant in the same spot or nearby. Nine times out of ten, a certified arborist will suggest digging out or grinding out the tree stump unless there are erosion control issues. Vernon Imel Tree Service is located on the Oregon coast, and we can help you navigate your city’s rules for tree planting.
This may seem straightforward, but not every tree removal company works the same way. If you ask around and get quotes from more than one company and decide to go with the cheapest one, they may not just be offering a deal. For instance, they may only take the tree down and chop it up for you but not haul away the or debris. Or maybe they do everything except grind or dig out the stump for you.
There are advantages and disadvantages to both options here, and it may depend on your circumstances—maybe you don’t want them to haul away the wood, or maybe you do want to leave the stump in because you want to do something awesome with it. Just be sure you’re completely certain of what is included in your package deal and ask all the questions you have before signing the work order.
Take a look at the website for each of the companies you’re looking at as well and check out the pictures they’ve provided. Does their finished product match your idea of curb appeal for your home or business?
Once the tree removal professionals have arrived, they’ll come with the right tools for the job, depending on the size of the tree and where it’s located. Be sure everyone is aware of any hazards or inconveniences on your property (such as where your sprinkler heads or irrigation system is). When the team is all done, you’ll feel a little safer without that tree hanging over your head (quite literally).
Not every tree removal is the same, so now that you know the basic steps, we’d love to answer your questions about your tree situation. Vernon Imel Tree Service cares for trees up and down the Oregon coast, everything from planting to pruning and removal. Contact us today to speak with our experienced and professional technicians.