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Many homeowners who are used to doing their own yard work may think that they can handle their tree trimming and removal needs on their own, but the reality of the situation is that these are not do-it-yourself jobs. For the sake of your personal safety, the safety of your property, and the health of your trees, you should always contact a certified arborist or a professional tree service company for these tasks.

Avoid Injury

There are many hazards involved in working with trees. Chainsaws, for example, are extremely dangerous, and can easily lead to injury. In situations where the tree being trimmed or removed is near a power line, there is also a very real risk of electrocution. Finally, there is also the possibility of falling. Professional tree removers have the equipment and experience needed to safely trim or remove your tree while avoiding these dangers.

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Prevent Property Damage

A common reason for tree or limb removal is to prevent damage to your home or nearby power lines. However, if you attempt the removal yourself without hiring a professional, things can get out of control, and a limb may fall and cause the damage that you were trying to prevent. If you do manage to remove the tree successfully, what will you do with the stump? Professional tree service companies have stump grinders and chipping equipment, allowing them to remove the tree in its entirety without leaving a stump as an eyesore in your yard.

Keep Your Trees Healthy

Tree trimming done correctly is not harmful to the tree, and can provide many benefits. However, pruning that is done incorrectly can put unnecessary stress on the tree and invite disease and infection. Pruning should always be carried out by an experienced professional who knows the trimming methods that are best for the tree’s health.

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Many homeowners who are used to doing their own yard work may think that they can handle their tree trimming and removal needs on their own, but the reality of the situation is that these are not do-it-yourself jobs. For the sake of your personal safety, the safety of your property, and the health of your trees, you should always contact a certified arborist or a professional tree service company for these tasks.

Avoid Injury

There are many hazards involved in working with trees. Chainsaws, for example, are extremely dangerous, and can easily lead to injury. In situations where the tree being trimmed or removed is near a power line, there is also a very real risk of electrocution. Finally, there is also the possibility of falling. Professional tree removers have the equipment and experience needed to safely trim or remove your tree while avoiding these dangers.

Prevent Property Damage

A common reason for tree or limb removal is to prevent damage to your home or nearby power lines. However, if you attempt the removal yourself without hiring a professional, things can get out of control, and a limb may fall and cause the damage that you were trying to prevent. If you do manage to remove the tree successfully, what will you do with the stump? Professional tree service companies have stump grinders and chipping equipment, allowing them to remove the tree in its entirety without leaving a stump as an eyesore in your yard.

Keep Your Trees Healthy

Tree trimming done correctly is not harmful to the tree, and can provide many benefits. However, pruning that is done incorrectly can put unnecessary stress on the tree and invite disease and infection. Pruning should always be carried out by an experienced professional who knows the trimming methods that are best for the tree's health.

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Prepare for sticker shock with tree removal, because it's often costlier than homeowners imagine. Why such a high price? It's pretty simple: Trees are difficult and dangerous to take down, and costly to remove from the property. Unless it's diseased or damaged beyond repair, many trees can be trimmed or cut down (without stump removal) if saving money is the most important factor.

Disease and damage can mean you have no option but to remove a tree. However, even a healthy specimen can stop you from enjoying sunlight, encourage mold growth on your home's siding (or even inside), and can be dangerous if it hangs over the roof. Trees were often planted close to a home because the planters didn't know how big they would become, or that the houses would be there for so many years.

If removal is on your mind, remember that there's a big difference between tree trimming experts and those qualified to remove a tree. You need the latter for safe, fast removal.

Size Matters

A professional can give you an actual price quote after assessing the size of the tree, its health and numerous other factors, like how easy it will be to access your property. However, height plays a big role. Obviously it's going to be much easier to remove a 20-foot younger tree compared to a 60-foot older one. A price per foot is common, along with contingencies for special cases. Keep in mind that the price per foot may not necessarily be incremental. For example, the price per foot for a 10-foot tree might be X dollars per foot, while the price per foot for a 100-foot tree might be Y dollars per foot.

Tree removal experts may also charge a premium if the tree is near power lines. Plus, dead trees inherently pose more risks than live ones - which can lead to added fees. Emergency cases, like lightning strikes, also may cost more. If a tree is still (kind of) standing after a strike, it could fall at any moment, so you may pay additional fees for this risky, immediate removal. In some cases, trimming the tree can reduce the dangers (and thus the costs), so some homeowners opt for a trimming instead of removal.

All the Trimmings

You have options when you get to the wood disposal - branch chipping/hauling, just hauling, splitting (which allows you to use the wood for your fireplace) and an added fee for removing the stump. No matter how you dispose of the tree, keep in mind that using an expert makes all the difference. Since tree removal pros need insurance and licensing, make sure to check for this before hiring, and ask for copies of insurance, licenses or certificates, making sure to depend on a company experienced in your region and type of tree(s).