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A tree that topples at the wrong time or in the wrong place can cause significant damage to your home and property. Worse yet is the possibility that it could injure or kill someone. Here are some guidelines to help you recognize whether or not a tree has become a hazard, and as well as some steps you can take to correct the situation.
When performing your inspection, ask yourself the following questions:
Trees don't live forever, but removing the hazard doesn't always mean removing the tree. Always consider the risk as well as the long-term consequences. Then try to create a landscape plan that allows for the perpetual cycle of planting, maintaining and replacing trees.
By Ellen Brown
We live in a mobile home park. There are California State rules for them which must be followed by all park owners. One of them is that if a tree poses a danger to people or property, the owner of the park must remove it. We had 2 trees removed from our space for free this way. You should look up the rule yourself to see if you qualify.
By DeBushe from Gilroy, CA
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Here are questions related to Saving Money on Tree Removal.
I have a lot of trees I need removed, but I have little income. I want to find some people who will take them for the wood. Can you help me with suggestions?
By Mary Nelson 03/18/2013
Try posting it on Craig's List.
We have 13 pine tree's we would like to have removed from our yard. They would make great utility poles. We live in Elberta, Alabama.
By jean leiner 10/24/2012
In my area of western New York, I frequently see ads on Freecycle and on the free section of Craigslist for free trees/free firewood. You could look into placing such an ad and see what responses you get, assuming you have these groups in your area. Hope this helps.
I have a extremely large tree in my back yard and I would like for it to be removed for free. I live in the city of Detroit, Michigan. Does anyone know how I might have this done, or what company I can call?
By wiffy81 06/29/2012
Alt of people advertise in craigslist about your situation. Make a post letting licensed people know that you have a tree in the backyard you need removed for free and that they can cut it down for free firewood. You'll get plenty of responses. Just make sure the person is licensed and insured.
I have 2 maple trees that I would like to be removed (for free, in exchange for the wood/big trunk). I live in Massachusetts, north shore area. Does anyone know how I can go about this process?
By Susan D.
By Suntydt 05/09/2012
You can post on Craigslist for your area in the FREE section. If you aren't familiar with Craigslist it is Craigslist.com and you narrow down to the closest area nearest you on the right. I would be careful though, if the trees can fall on anything that could be a potential accident waiting to happen. You won't want just anyone dropping your trees.
You can also look on Craigslist for someone wanting wood in exchange for cutting it down.
You can try contacting a lumber mill, they may be interested in the wood and would know how to drop the trees without causing damage.
You can also call a lawn service and see if they know anyone they would recommend. Many landscape businesses recommend different businesses for services they don't offer.
I have 2 sweet gum trees that are about 10 feet from the house . One is about 60 ft tall and the other is about 45. What is a fair price to have it topped or even removed?
By Adam E from Zebulon, NC
By Frugal Sunnie 12/07/2011
Check with your local extension service before accepting that lowest bid-the cheapest often isn't the best and you could be dealing with people who don't know how to safely remove trees of that size.
The extension service will have a page on its website telling you how to safely remove a large tree, and that information is what you should use in choosing a service. The company that knows how to safely remove trees that big will be happy to describe the process they would use for your job-if they either don't describe the right process, or are unwilling to tell you precisely how they will remove your trees then that is not a company you should trust to do a good, safe job.
Taking down a tree is complicated, dangerous work. It has to be done carefully or you will have a real mess! An inexperienced or unskilled tree removal can cause quite a lot of damage-tree roots could be wrapped around your gas and water lines for example, a qualified company knows how to figure this out before causing you unexpected surprises.
Part of the job estimate should include removing the debris (but see below for more info on removal of debris), and grinding any stumps left in the ground.
You can usually work a discount by asking the company to run smaller debris through a chipper and then using the resulting chips as decorative mulch; any good company will also offer to cut and stack the wood for seasoning to use in your fireplace. They will charge you for that.
Some tree removal companies will try to charge you for removal of 'debris' that they will actually sell on as firewood-make sure your contract precludes them making double dips! If they are going to sell your 'debris' on, you should get a bit of a discount on the removal.