Things to Take into Consideration
Tree topping can kill. Although
tree topping, or cutting off the top of the tree, is a common practice,
tree experts do not recommend it. Instead, tree experts recommend crown
reduction. Crown reduction involves removing specific branches at or
near the treetop. Where tree topping can easily kill the tree, crown
reduction is far less damaging. Experts recommend never removing more
than a quarter of a tree’s branches at one time.
Climbing spikes damage.
Climbing spikes, devices strapped on to a tree climber’s feet, allow
the climber to support his or her weight while climbing. The climber
digs the spikes into the tree bark/trunk. Because spikes damage the
tree bark, climbing spikes should never be used on any tree you are
trying to save. Climbing spikes may be used on a tree being removed.
Difficulty drives removal cost. Experts
often remove even difficult trees with little damage to other trees,
plants, landscaping, and lawns. Doing so can be a difficult and
expensive task. Companies offering to simply cut down a tree and allow
it to fall freely are not providing protection for other yard
components. When comparing quotes, make sure to compare apples to
Landscaping can kill a tree.
According to the experts, trees breathe through their roots. Adding six
inches of soil on top of a tree’s root system can suffocate it.
Withhold payment until work is finished. Some
homeowners who pay for tree services before the work and cleanup are
complete find that cleanup promises are quickly forgotten. Withholding
payment until cleanup iscomplete gives the tree service a financial
incentive to finish the job.
Liability is significant. According
to industry sources, if you feel that a neighbor’s tree is in danger of
damaging your house or property, you should consider requesting, via
certified letter, that the tree be removed. Such a letter may help your
case if the tree later falls and damages your property.
Permits may be required. Many
city and county governments regulate tree removal and require
inspections and/or permits. Additionally, in some subdivisions, the
homeowner association must also approve tree removals. Although getting
the proper permits and approvals is the homeowner’s responsibility,
many high-quality tree services will remind you to get them and, in
some cases, assist in procuring them.
Trenching can kill a tree.
Some companies often hack through tree root systems while replacing
sewer lines and water lines, installing irrigation systems, installing
utilities, and even installing some types of fences. If you find
yourself in need of such work, make sure the company you use either
avoids the tree root systems altogether or takes precautions to
minimize damage. If a trench must go through a tree’s root system,
consult with a certified arborist before digging. A tree’s root system
typically extends out from the trunk a distance equal to approximately
three-quarters of the tree’s height.