Tree Removal: FAQ For Property Owners

Justin Ross

Trees add beauty to any property, but on occasion it's necessary for a homeowner to consider removing a tree. For many homeowners, tree removal is not something they have any experience with and they may be uncertain about how to proceed. The following article examines some of the most frequently asked questions about this important topic.

What are the Laws?

Before you remove any tree on your property you want to make certain that you understand the state and local laws on this matter. Many states and cities will simply leave up to the property owner, but there are numerous exceptions, so it's always a good idea to check the state statutes and the local ordinances in advance.

For example in the city of Austin, Texas protects trees within its city limits once the circumference of the tree reaches a certain size. When a tree reaches the specified size, the property owner must apply for a permit to have it removed. The city of Atlanta, Georgia has ordinances that pertain to removing hardwood trees and pine trees. Another example is Boise, Idaho, which requires a permit only in the case of a specific type of tree: the elm.

What are the Costs?

The cost of having a tree removed can vary a great deal depending on a number of factors. The size of the tree is an important factor, as large trees involve more time and labor to cut down than smaller ones. Another important factor is the health of the tree. If a tree is strong and healthy, it requires more intense labor to cut up than a diseased tree that has a lot of rotted wood on its branches and stem.

Another point to think about is the location on a tree. When the tree is close to a house or a structure on a neighbor's property, the tree service may have to use more complex techniques for safety reasons, which can add to the cost.

A key consideration to keep in mind is that tree services do not usually include the cost of removing the stump in their estimates. If you want this done by the tree company, you will be charged an extra fee.

What is a Hazard Assessment?

Sometimes you are uncertain whether a tree on your property needs to be removed. The best thing to do in this situation is to contact a professional tree service, such as Arborcare Tree Service, and have them do a hazard assessment. They will inspect the tree and tell you whether removing it is the best way to proceed.