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    Tree removal guide

    How to cut down a tree, and whether you actually need to

    Hannah | Oneflare

    Trees, as with every living thing, require care and maintenance. However, there can be a lot of confusion around what trees need, especially in terms of their care. This is when an arborist steps in.

    When to remove trees?

    There are some circumstances that make it necessary to remove trees. Some situations in which it is the best course of action to remove a tree from your garden or yard include:

    • If the tree is dead, dying, or infested with wood-boring insects
    • If it has been planted in the wrong location or you need to remove it to construct a building
    • If the tree or its roots pose a threat to your property or a neighbour’s

    Who should I hire to remove trees?

    Removing a tree yourself can be dangerous for you and the surrounding properties. Since this is certainly not a project you would want to tackle on your own, consulting a professional is vital. Two professions –tree loppers and arborists– handle this type of removal. While the two professions share some skills, arborists have more detailed tree knowledge. Keep this in mind when considering whom to contact.

    Hire an arborist or a tree lopper for professional tree removal / Source: Ace’s Tree & Garden Service

    When consulting with professionals, make sure they have the necessary insurance–personal insurance and public liability at least. Get a quote from anyone you are considering as well as a clear idea of what the quote covers. Choosing someone with experience and references will save you trouble in the long run.

    An arborist’s skill lies in not only the physical acts of tree climbing, pruning and branch removal but also understanding what each tree needs. Before you hire an arborist, take these four points into consideration.

    1. Not all trees need pruning regularly

    Pruning is necessary to ensure the healthy growth of a tree. Fruit trees, in particular, require constant pruning to deliver a high quality and quantity crop. Trees that produce large flowers, such as Magnolias and Flowering Crabapples, should also be cut back regularly to ensure that they bloom regularly. Understanding the type of tree that you have and whether or not they require an arborist is the first place to start in the hiring process.

    2. If it has dead branches, get it pruned

    Dead branches are a hazard to your home and its inhabitants, especially if you live in an urban area. To identify dead wood, look for branches that are completely leafless while the others around them have green leaves. Also, if your tree is deciduous, and every other branch is bare in autumn, but one branch is still clinging to its dead leaves, then it’s time to get it pruned. Dead branches can also be a sign of disease within a tree. If you’re concerned your tree has any signs of dead branches, especially ones that are large or overhanging, hire an arborist asap.

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    3. If it has fungal growth, you might have a bigger problem

    Large shelf fungus, wood conchs or another mushroom like growth on a branch or the trunk of the tree can be a major problem. The fungus grows in areas of decomposition. Meaning that if you have any signs of it on your tree, the tree itself may be rotting and therefore unstable, if you see this happening it may be too late to save the tree. Call an arborist to get a professional assessment and removal before it falls!

    4. Look for seasonal pricing

    Summer and spring are high growth months for plant life. This means that landscapers are in high demand. Now that we’re moving into autumn, it might be a good time to look at getting some tree removal done. If you have any serious issues, either dead wood or fungus, hire an arborist sooner rather than later. If however, your garden simply needs a prune, ask about winter pricing.

    Arboreal care is often confused with ‘tree-lopping.’ It is, however, a much more involved process that helps ensure your trees receive the best care they can have. Helping you maintain healthy plants or saving you and your home from disaster.

    Tree removal should be left to the professionals / Source: Hills Tree Solutions

    Where does the removed tree go?

    You may wonder what happens to the tree once it is out of the ground. The tree lopper or arbourist you hire will cut it down into small pieces and should be able to remove everything–even the tree stump–for you. You may choose to keep the wood for winter firewood. Or you can see whether the hired professional can turn the wood into mulch for you. You may find that mulching the tree can reduce the tree-removal cost since they won’t have to pay to dispose of the tree for you.

    Even if you own your property, you will probably have to get a permit to remove a tree. Check with your local council, as it can inform you on the current rules and regulations. If your tree is classified as protected, you may find that you have to gather additional permissions before it can be removed.

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