So, you’ve decided to have a tree removed. You called a professional, received a quote, and set a date. Seems easy enough, right?
While the decision to hire tree removal services is simple, the process and preparation take a little more effort. The professionals removing your tree work hard to provide the best experience possible, but they can’t do it without your help.
If you’re preparing for tree removal, here are a few steps you can take to help streamline the process:
Consult an Arborist
Before removing the tree, it’s important to consult with an ISA Certified arborist to recommend the best course of action. A tree’s size, branches, and age are all taken into consideration when planning a removal.
For example, healthier trees require a more extensive process than weak ones since the roots are more embedded. The same goes for a young tree versus an old one. The arborist will assess the tree’s condition and determine which tools to use and how long it will take.
Clean the Yard
Of course, one of the most important steps in tree removal preparation is to clean your yard completely. Picking up leaves, debris, and garbage is a given, but you shouldn’t stop there. It’s essential to remove any personal property such as tables, chairs, flower pots, kids’ toys, lawn equipment, or anything else that’s in the way. (Including anything your pets left behind.)
To help you determine whether the yard is good to go, you should imagine the tree laying flat after it’s cut down and get rid of anything in that vicinity. If you believe power lines will cause an issue, let the company (and your neighbors) know.
Create Easy Access
Is your tree in the front or backyard? Is there space available for parking? These are just some of the questions you should consider when creating an accessible space for your tree removal.
One of the biggest hurdles for tree removal services is finding places for workers to park. You can expect large trucks and/or wood chippers to get the job done, so creating space is imperative, which includes clearing your driveway. If necessary, let your neighbors know what’s going on so they can move their cars as well. Debris is possible, and it’s important to ensure everyone in the area is safe.
Tree Removal Services May Take Longer Than Expected
Speaking of accessibility, the time it takes to remove a tree depends on the tree’s location and condition. Most of the time, it’s not as simple as cutting it down and calling it a day — it requires meticulous calculation by the workers.
A smaller tree isolated from the property may take no time at all. However, if it’s too close to powerlines or your home, they may take it down piece by piece to prevent damage. Since the process isn’t set in stone, it’s beneficial to learn about the tree removal process.
After all, hiring a professional isn’t just beneficial for your tree, but for your property as well.