How to Tell When Your Tampa Tree is Damaged or Stressed

March 15th, 2011 • By: Damaged Tree

The humble tree ranks among the most useful and salient of living organisms on this planet. Often however, owners do not realize that their tree is damaged or stressed—calling in the professionals only when it is far too late. Knowing when to call an arborist or tree removal service can save you a lot of money and stress in the long run, and it is as easy as picking up the phone.

Regular inspection and assessment by a professional tree service goes a long way in preventing future heart-ache and massive dents to the checkbook. A hazard check could be a simple visual inspection or instruments may be used to check for things like decay. If a hazard is found, this sometimes can be reduced or even eliminated—for example by removing an unsafe limb, pruning, or adding structural supports.

Recent construction or environmental changes around your tree are typical culprits in tree damage and stress. There could be physical injuries to the trunk and crown of the tree, or living branches are broken or split by carelessness. Disturbing the root zone is another common factor in tree damage—for example compacting soil, excavating or paving over areas too close to the root zone.

Some beginning signs of problems are cracks and splits in trees—typically occurring where a branch joins the trunk—these are structural defects that will only get worse as the tree ages. If the tree has been physically damaged in any way, whether from the lawnmower or a pruning cut, you should monitor that damage to check for signs of healing—if the wound heals completely you should be fine, but if the wound fails to heal this may be a sign the tree is starting to rot from the inside.

The biggest hazards tend to occur with hollow trees, which are sometimes difficult to spot since hollow trees can live for decades, then come crashing down without warning. If you see holes or hollows in the tree trunk, this could mean that you have a hollow tree. If your tree is tilting—especially if the roots are rising on the opposite side—then you should call a tree removal service immediately.

If there is any doubt about the structural integrity of your tree—it is time to call a professional tree removal service. Call us now for a free estimate. We service all areas of Tampa Bay including Brandon, Riverview, Temple Terrace, Lutz, Land O’ Lakes, and Wesley Chapel.

Risks of Removing a Tree in Tampa Yourself

March 7th, 2011 • By: Tree Removal

Removing a structurally unsound or unsightly tree yourself can prove to be a bigger risk than you might expect. The risk is simply not worth the reward of saving a few dollars if you become liable for damages, or fines and other penalties—especially if such a removal is performed without a permit—which is the law here in the Tampa Bay Area. There can be many unforeseen obstacles, or persons harmed when untrained individuals attempt to remove a tree, which is why you should always seek a professional tree removal service.

We are experts in removing trees, and our tree removal equipment and 20 years of experience will protect you and your property from these unforeseen risks. This is why we carry up to $2 million of insurance to protect ourselves and our customers from even the worst case scenarios—such as damage to your home or neighbors property—or an uninsured serviceman injuring themselves and holding you responsible.

The larger the tree, the more difficult and risky it becomes to remove that tree, which is why we use specialized machinery to assist us. If the trunk or a large branch topples in the wrong place—or even worse on someone—you are liable to pay a lot more than if you had simply used a professional removal service in the first place. Disposing of the debris is another matter—most places in the Tampa Bay Area will not allow you to leave dead trees at the curb for trash pickup—this is the responsibility of the homeowner, and something that we will take care of for you as part of our service.

Once the tree is cut down, you are still left with the firmly attached stump and roots of that tree. Stump grinding is usually the best option with larger trees as it is very quick and only minimally damages the surrounding area. The thing with mature root systems is that they like to spread out over a wide area—sometimes in very inopportune places such as beneath the foundations of your home. Using a professional tree removal service will ensure the minimum of fuss and damage to the surrounding area.

If you need an insured and hassle-free tree removal service to take care of your tree removal needs. Call us now for a free estimate. We service all areas of Tampa Bay including Brandon, Riverview, Temple Terrace, Lutz, Land O’ Lakes, and Wesley Chapel.

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