Got a tree issue? You may want to get it removed, but sometimes tree removal is more complicated than you’d think. There’s safety, cleanup, and possible neighbors to consider. But don’t worry—our team at Rice’s Tree Service and Landscaping is highly experienced and knowledgeable in tree removal.

However, it is good to be informed of the tree removal process. Below is a list of some of the important things you should think about if you find yourself needing to remove a tree from your property.

Ask yourself:

Do I Need Permission to Remove Trees?

You should contact your local council in order to find out what the tree removal rules and regulations are.  Most of the time, you’ll need a permit to be able to remove a tree—and some trees are also classified as being protected, making them nearly impossible to remove.

What Hazards are Involved in Removing Trees?

One hazard involves the worker(s) that will be doing the removal. It’s absolutely critical to hire professional tree removers who understand the rules, regulations, process, and safety of tree removal. Don’t work with a company that doesn’t use hardhats and other protective equipment. If a tree service is not requiring their workers to be protected, they aren’t reputable.

Also, if your tree removal is going to include removing the tree stump and root structure, you’ll need to check for buried cables, gas lines, and sewer lines that could possibly be damaged by the removal.

What Happens to the Tree(s) Being Removed?

Many people who have never dealt with tree removal people most likely don’t think about the amount of material that needs to be disposed of after the tree is removed. Removing a tree that has matured can sometimes leave lots of wood and branches. The tree service should be able to dispose of all limbs, debris, and the tree stump for you. If you want to keep the wood and have it turned into mulch, ask if them if they’re able to do this for you. 

Tree Removal Worker

How Long Will the Tree Removal Take?

It depends on the company you decide to go with. One team might say two days, while another might say two hours. Try to find a tree service that gives a free estimate so that you can get a solid answer.

Is the Tree Dangerously Close to Your Home or Building?

Trees can be tricky. Even small branches are usually much heavier than they look, and extra care must be taken to properly remove overhanging trees and branches to avoid serious damage to your home or building. This is another reason to use a professional tree service. They will be able to know just by looking at the tree’s proximity to your home what the best way to remove it is.

Does the Tree Overhang onto Your Neighbor’s Property?

This is actually one of the trickiest areas of tree removal. A tree’s trunk could be on your property, but the branches spread out onto your neighbor’s yard. Maybe you want the tree gone, but your neighbor loves the shade it provides. Because this is delicate, it’s always a good idea to consult with your neighbor and try to get their “blessing” before removing a tree that may be hanging onto their property.

Do I Really Need to Hire a Professional?

Absolutely. A professional tree service has knowledge of the process, safety and regulation experience, and will help keep everything as smooth as possible. At Rice’s Tree Service, we offer tree removal services from Medina to Broadview Heights and beyond North Royalton, OH. Call us today at (440) 582-7669 to get a free quote on lawn services or to find out about our current specials.