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5 Questions to Ask Your Tree Service

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5 Questions to Ask Your Tree Service

Who do you call if you have an overgrown tree, a badly damaged tree or just want a tree that is on your property gone? A tree service, of course. Tree service professionals have the skills and equipment to tackle tree problems big and small. They’re handy because they mean you can stay safely on the ground while they do the work needed up above.


Do you think you might need a tree service? Do you have a tree service but aren’t sure if they are meeting your needs?

  1. 1.What is the difference between trimming and pruning?

    Who do you call if you have an overgrown tree, a badly damaged tree or just want a tree that is on your property gone?

    While both trimming and pruning refer to the act of removing branches from a plant – trimming refers to shrubbery and pruning refers to trees. The branches are removed to help improve the shape of the plant, to remove dead branches or for safety reason.

  2. 2.How do you remove a stump?

    You can either grind the stump using a stump grinder or uproot it using strong, heavy equipment. The method you use is up to you. Grinding the stump means that there is less damage to the area surrounding the stump.

  3. 3.How can I tell if my tree is diseased?

    If your tree is dead or dying, it’s important to know, because a dead tree can be a safety hazard. A dead tree can topple over at any time and injure a house, a car or even a person. There are a variety of diseases that can affect a tree, but a few signs to look out for are blotches on the trees leaves, a tree losing all of its leaves, broken roots or evidence of fungus. Keep an eye on your trees, and if you see anything out of the normal, contact a tree service professional sooner rather than later.

  4. 4.Will I be responsible for clean-up?

    Tree service work can create a big mess in your yard. There can be wood, leaves, overturned dirt, etc. Ask your tree service professionals if they will be hauling all the debris away themselves, or if you’ll have to be responsible for it yourself. Some companies will do it free of charge, others will do it at extra cost and still others won’t do it at all. Make sure you ask before the work is done so you’re not caught off guard.

  5. 5.How much will this work cost?

    This should always be a question whenever you have any service done. Have your tree service professional evaluate your problem and give you a written estimate before any work is done.


    When you became a homeowner, you may have anticipated hiring a plumber or an electrician, but it’s possible that you never even considered the need for a tree service. But that’s ok. Once you know you need one, educate yourself and ask the right questions and you’ll be just fine. See our Tree Removal Cost Guide for additional information.

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