Some homeowners are unable to keep their trees healthy and in good condition, which can lead to them needing to be removed. Whether the tree is dying, overcrowded or just too large for the space, a professional arborist is usually the best option to help with the removal process. While hiring an arborist to perform the work can be expensive, there are some things you can do beforehand that may help reduce costs.
Before the professionals come to your home, make sure you clear out any vehicles, furniture or fire pits that may get in the way of them working. It is also a good idea to remove any items that can fall during the removal of the tree from your property to prevent damage or injuries. Additionally, it is important to keep people and pets away from the work area at least twice as far as the height of the tree.
Many areas require that you obtain a permit before starting any work on a tree taller than 10 feet, so it is a good idea to check in with your local government before you start any work. Failing to do so could result in a fine, as well as potential legal issues if the tree falls and damages your property or someone else’s.
One of the most significant factors in determining how much a tree removal will cost is the height of the tree. Generally, smaller trees are considered to be small, those between 30 and 60 feet are medium, and trees over 80 feet are considered large. Additionally, the condition of the tree plays a role in how difficult it will be to remove, as well as any additional services needed such as pruning or stump grinding.
When choosing a professional to do the work, be sure they are insured. If anything goes wrong while they are on the job, insurance will provide reimbursement to help ensure that you are protected. Additionally, it is a good idea to find out if the company is bonded as well. This is often an indicator that the company will treat their clients with respect and care during the removal process.
Once the professionals arrive, they will first use their equipment to clear out any branches or leaves that are close to the ground. They will then begin by using a chainsaw to cut the trunk into more manageable hauling pieces or firewood sizes, depending on your preference. After that, they will remove the remaining stump by digging around it with a machine or by using a tool called a stump grinder.
If you would rather do the stump grinding yourself, you can purchase or rent a tool from a hardware store. Before you start, it is important to call 811 or your local utility marking service and have them mark the location of any underground pipes and cables in the vicinity of your stump. Water the stump before you dig, and be sure to wear protective eyewear, earplugs and gloves.