Consumer Watch: Tips on tree removal

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by Andy Treinen

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 8, 2012 at 5:06 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Severe drought and storms here in Kentuckiana and all around the country this summer could cost some of us our trees. Good morning Kentuckiana's Andy Treinen has some advice on when to remove a tree and how.

Each year thousands of trees in the US are damaged by storms, wind lightening and ice and we've seen all of that around here recently along with drought damage. But it's not always clear when to say goodbye to that signature tree.

Proper tree care is an investment that can lead to substantial returns by adding up to 15 percent to the value of your property. But damaged goods can do the opposite. So the key is knowing when to give up on a tree with poor leaf development, discoloration or multiple dead branches.

“If a tree is structurally damaged whether it's split or something of that nature every once in a while there are things we can do like pinning a tree together with rods, putting cables in trees, lightening branches and things of that nature, those are sometimes options to try to save the tree." said Certified Arborist Stephen Courchaine.

Angie's List, the nations leading provider of consumer reviews, talked to highly rated tree service companies for advice.  The consensus is that you don't procrastinate. Because waiting too long could cost you a whole lot more.

"If the tree is already dead they potentially can't climb the tree to remove limbs. Also you want to make sure they have the proper insurance because the last thing you want is someone getting hurt on your property or when those limbs are dropped it causes any damage to your property,” according to Angie Hicks.

Certified arborists can best determine any special care you may need in saving a tree. Things like construction around a root system, lightening, a changing grade in your yard or too much mulch can all send a tree in the wrong direction. Arborists can also diagnose insect infestation and disease.

The cost to remove a tree is determined by it's size location, objects around the tree, cleanup and disposal. If you want to have the stump removed that's a separate cost.

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