After you have identified hazardous trees on your property what comes next?
You may be thinking that you can trim or remove the tree yourself, but keep in mind that you are no longer a ten year old who can easily climb a tree and slay the dragon.
Aside from the dangers of climbing a tree, the equipment needed can be dangerous to operate, and expensive to attain. And if you make a mistake, it can damage you and your neighbor’s property, or worse, harm pets and family members.
Tree experts not only know the proper way to remove a sick or damaged tree, but they also know proper procedures for keeping the healthy ones healthy. Proper pruning can encourage strong and healthy trees for years to come.
If you care about your trees’ health, then you probably care about how your yard looks. You want your property to be appealing to you and to the neighborhood. Plus, keeping trees trimmed will give you the best use of the sun – warming in winter or shading in summer.
An expert tree service will have insurance for damage or injury. If you think doing it yourself can save money, consider what the cost would be if the limb fell on the neighbor’s garage. Or worse, injured a person or pet on your or their property.
Hiring a tree expert should not only be a consideration when you see a hazardous tree on your property. The goal is to keep the trees healthy and looking great by avoiding the things that make them hazardous in the first place.
Here are 7 tree removal companies in the Atlanta area
Descriptions come from the company website. Each has multiple positive reviews from various sources. We are not guaranteeing you will have similar results. You will still want to do your own research.
Atlanta Area Tree Service – 7+ years in business and licensed arborist on staff. “We excel in spikeless pruning techniques as well as tree removal and recycle 100% of the tree debris we remove.”
Atlanta Tree All Stars – “Proudly serves North Atlanta and Cobb County, including Marietta, Kennesaw, Acworth, Canton, Smyrna, and surrounding areas. Free written tree service estimates based on your budget and requirements. Safety is our top priority, and each job is guaranteed to be done professionally and without damage to your home or property.”
Squirrel Tree Service – 15+ years in business. “Staff is professional and friendly. We arrive on the scheduled date and not leave a mess behind when we leave.”
Boutte Tree, Inc. – “19 years in business with a Master Arborist and 8 ISA certified arborists on staff. A family-owned professional tree service company since 2003. Services include pruning, removal, crane work, consultations, fertilization, disease treatment, planting, risk assessments, and more.”
Southland Tree Service – “30 years in business with certified arborists. Offering expert tree care to the Atlanta Metro Area with 24 hour emergency service.”
Tomahawk Tree Service – “30+ years in service with certified arborists. Committed to educating our customers so that they understand what each task does for their yard.”
Don’s Tree Service – “20+ years in service with certified arborists. Established as the local leader in Tree Services including Tree Trimming and Tree Removal.”
10 important questions to ask your tree care expert
With so much at stake, it is important to your research before hiring the company that dropped off a flyer on the bulletin board at the grocery store or in your mailbox. Here are some questions you can ask before you hire a tree expert onto your property.
- Is there a certified arborist on staff that is certified by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)?
- Look at their website for industry organizations they belong to. If not on there, ask them. Examples might include The Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) and American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA).
- Ask to see proof of insurance. This includes general liability, but also protections for workers, your property, and their business. What if they damage your roof or lawn while doing the job? What if they harm a person or pet? What if they get injured?
- Will you need a permit or permission from an HOA? You may want to contact your municipality first to make sure.
- To get a second opinion, ask how long they honor their quote. If they are trying to get you to answer by using high pressure sales tactics, then you probably don’t want to work with them.
- What experience do they have with your problem?
- How long have they been in business? Read their online reviews, not just the ones on their website. Check Google, Yelp, and other home service sites.
- Are all workers employees or do they hire subcontractors? This can be a mess if a liability issue comes up.
- Will they be using heavy equipment on your property? This may require identifying underground lines and pipes by your utility company. Call before you dig.
- Will they clean up the debris before they leave the property? You may request to save some of the mulch made from chopping up the limbs or cut limbs for firewood. Just make sure this is stated in the final contract.
And above all, get it all in writing. And remember that preventative maintenance can save you a lot of money and disruption down the road. Now might be a good time to take a walk around your property and assess how your trees and shrubs are doing, and if needed, call the experts to discuss your options.