If you are getting a tree cut down in your yard or on your commercial property, you probably have some questions about what you should do, how you can know if your tree really needs to be removed, what tools will be used, and more. Because trees live a long time, many people have very little experience and knowledge about tree removal.

Even if this isn’t you, there are some things that people just don’t know about removal. We are here to answer all of your frequently asked questions about getting a tree cut down.

How Do I Know I Need My Tree Removed?

  • There are some specific signs
  • It can depend on the tree
  • You don’t need a reason

While we don’t necessarily advocate for cutting down trees before the end of their lives, you need to know that you can get your tree cut down for any reason. Most people will wait until the tree has lived a good life and is struggling to stay alive.

Some of the most common signs that a tree needs to be removed include falling leaves, dying or dead branches, root rot, infestations, and signs of infection. Often, you will notice the problem starting at the root and then spreading throughout the tree, according to Arbor Day. Some other reasons include a tree that isn’t growing well, isn’t playing well with the other plants in your yard, and the tree is posing a danger to your home or some other structures in your yard.

If you don’t want to remove your tree but think you have no other option, you can reach out to a tree care professional to see if you do have another choice.

Do I Need A Permit To Get My Tree Cut Down?

Credit: Steve Hersh

  • In general, it depends on the area
  • Talk to a tree care professional
  • Sometimes, it will depend on the size of the tree

In general, you will probably need a permit to remove your tree, especially if the tree care company will need to go out into the street or another public area. Significant trees and work in your yard are protected under the municipal code and, by law, you may need to get a permit. It depends on the diameter of the trunk and where the tree may fall. This applies to trees on commercial property, single-family residential properties, and more.

Laws may vary by area, so make sure you know where you stand.

If you aren’t sure whether or not you need a permit, it is best to find out before you have any work done on your trees. If you work with a tree care professional or a tree service to cut down your tree, they will be able to advise you on whether or not you need the permit. Sometimes, they will even be able to get the permit for you. It just depends on what is included in their services.

Should I Be Present For The Tree Removal?

  • If possible, you should be present
  • You can guarantee that all the work that you wanted was done
  • Ask any questions about your tree removal

While we are all busy and no one wants to use their days off to sit around and wait for a tree care company, you shouldn’t allow a tree care company to work on your property while you aren’t there. While most companies are trustworthy and you don’t have to worry about that, you should be there for a few reasons. You want to ensure that the work you ordered is what gets done. If you paid to have stump grinding after the tree was cut down, you want to ensure you get it.

Most companies would prefer that you stay inside so that you don’t get hurt. Having an open line of communication and listening for the doorbell will help you to get your questions answered and to survey the work before the team leaves. It can also be helpful if they run into problems, need to talk to you about your tree’s health, or just have something else that they need.

How Can I Assure The Tree Care Company Is Safe?

  • Trust your tree service
  • Insurance is imperative for anyone who works at a tree care service
  • Make sure you talk to the people who will lead your job

When you hire a tree care company, you need to trust them. Ask to see reviews, get recommendations, and have a conversation with your company of choice. A good company will be willing to answer your questions and show proof of insurance and certifications.

One of the most important questions to ask, according to Stihl, is about the equipment they will use: “You don’t want massive power equipment driving over your lawn and flowerbeds causing collateral damage unnecessarily. If they are going across your lawn, make sure they know the locations of sprinkler heads or other objects that may be damaged. What is their policy if they damage something and is it acceptable to you? It may be a good idea to photograph the area before work begins so you have a record in case there is damage. Make sure you understand how they will clean up during and after the job.”

If you are looking for a tree care professional in Southern Ontario, give Van Till Tree Care a call today at (705) 653-3777. We will help you to better understand your trees and advise you on particular issues such as green spots, pruning trouble, or soil problems. We can help you with many other issues that you might find among your trees – from the very top of the tree to the roots, no matter how old they are.

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