If you have an unhealthy tree, you may need to get rid of it. The root system and the trunk can become infected. They can also encroach on your home and cause structural problems. Decayed or rotted trees can be even more difficult to remove.
If you’re planning to hire a professional, make sure they have a permit. This allows them to cut your tree in pieces. When the tree is cut, the contractor will place it in a large truck and haul it away. To keep the process safe, you should protect the area with tar. Depending on the size of the tree, workers may need to climb the tree and remove branches. Some companies use cranes to lower larger limbs safely.
The cost of removing your tree will depend on its size and condition. If the tree is in bad shape, the price will be higher. During the process, you will have to take care of the stump. For some homeowners, the look of a tree stump can be attractive. However, it can encourage insects such as beetles and termites. It is advisable to limit the number of stumps around your home.
Before removing a tree, it is a good idea to check its leaning. Trees near buildings or power lines are usually too close to be cut down in one piece. Branches can get caught on electrical wires and cause an accident. Also, you should inspect the tree for disease and obstructions. You can ask a certified arborist for advice.
In addition to checking the leaning of the tree, you should estimate the fall area. A healthy tree will not fall in an unsafe direction. Make sure you clear any obstructions and choose an escape route.
Another factor to consider is whether you have adequate insurance. The insurance should cover damage from falling limbs. Your insurance should include liability coverage as well. Regardless of how dangerous a job may be, it is always better to be safe than sorry.
A certified arborist can help you keep your tree in good health. They will also help you get a permit. These permits are typically issued by the Village Clerk’s Office, which can be found online. Be sure to include your Certified Arborist letter when you apply for a permit.
Depending on your location, it can be safer to wait for spring to get a tree removed. The weather is often more pleasant in the spring. You can also wait until the off-season.
You should contact a reputable tree removal company for advice before hiring them to remove your tree. You can ask for references and referrals. Ask questions about the professionalism of the service provider, the cost and the follow-up. If you’re not sure where to start, you can post on neighborhood social media groups or call friends and neighbors to get more information.
Once the tree has been trimmed, you can use it for firewood. Alternatively, you can chop the limbs and process them into mulch.