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Seven Advantages of Hiring a Tree Removal Service

Although keeping your yard in good shape takes effort, many homeowners take great pride in their lawn. It adds aesthetic appeal and raises the value of your home. Therefore, it makes sense to contact our Columbia Tree Removal, who can do it safely and securely. We are equipped with the essential skills, expertise, and tools to manage this complex and dangerous task. Here, we’ll review seven essential benefits of hiring professionals to remove trees.


It goes without saying that using a safety harness is critical when climbing, especially if you need to carry heavy equipment. A tree can be challenging and risky to climb. Cutting and removing an old tree can be fatal without a safety harness, the proper tools, experience. It would be best if you left it to experts who can handle everything from start to finish with ease.

Reduces Time and Associated Costs

By attempting to remove a tree yourself, you might be able to save a few bucks, but the irony is that being very frugal may be counterproductive in this situation. First, you most likely lack the right equipment for the job and investing money in pricey tools that you only use once a year is probably not a good idea. Second, if you get the wrong tools, you won’t be able to get the job done and are even at more risk of personal injury and harm; not to mention you will have wasted your time.

Cleanup After Tree Removal

When trees are cut down and removed, a lot of mess and waste is left in their wake. Our tree professionals will clean up your yard once the tree has been taken down. We will also get rid of any bugs or rodents around the surrounding area. If you like, we will even take the tree with us. Additionally, we will evaluate your yard and advise you on how to manage it while on the job.

Protection for Other Trees and Plants

A DIY trimming of an overgrown plant can injure surrounding plants. Furthermore, rotting branches can fall and damage your driveway or property. But before we cut down and remove the tree, our arborists will take extra precautions to protect other surrounding plants and trees.

Ensures the Safety of Neighboring Properties

In addition to the branches, the tree’s roots can seriously damage nearby properties, especially if it is close to a neighboring house. It takes expertise and knowledge to remove the entire tree properly. When you hire a tree removal company with trained personnel that know what to do in these scenarios, you won’t have to worry about any potential damage. It is better to call our tree removal company because we are fully insured, which is yet another benefit if something goes wrong.

Clean Removal

Older, larger trees have more immense trunks and extensive roots, and when they are removed, different parts of them will remain in the ground. Our arborists, however, are trained to remove trees completely from the source, guaranteeing a thorough tree removal free of debris.

Keeps you Foundation Safer

If not properly uprooted, old tree roots with a deep root system might harm your home’s foundation. If done incorrectly, this could create a dangerous situation because the roots could damage your home’s foundation and ruin the plumbing and sewage system. Our tree experts are well-equipped to handle such situations and remove trees damage-free.

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How to Know When It’s Time to Remove Your Tree

Trees provide so much beauty and peace to the landscape that it can be challenging to let them go. However, a tree that appears healthy to the untrained eye could be a catastrophe waiting to happen.

When no other safe management alternative, such as trimming or disease mitigation, is feasible, tree removal is usually used as a last resort. Dead, decaying, or otherwise hazardous trees can cause thousands of dollars in damage, not to mention the additional cost of personal injury. Often, a tree may not appear threatening until a storm or strong winds exposes its weaknesses. As a tree owner, you are accountable for any damage or harm resulting from the failure to remove a tree that should have been taken down. The good news is that you can usually identify if a tree is in distress by examining its branches, trunk, roots, and position. And if you need a keen eye, one our Columbia Tree Services can help you in diagnosing your tree’s condition.

As a homeowner or property manager, it’s good to know what to look out in the event that you need tree removal. Below are some warning signs that your tree needs professional inspection and may need removal.

When It's Time to Call an Arborist

Large, Dead Limbs are Observable in the Crown of the Tree

These are sometimes referred to as widow-makers since they may fall for no apparent reason and cause harm to others below. For safety reasons, if more than half of the tree is dead or damaged, it should be removed.

There are Indications of Infection

Crown dieback, fractures (deep splits in the bark), deformed or discolored leaves, soft brittle wood, and the presence of fungi are all signs that your tree has an infection. Furthermore, indications of insect infestation include feeding galleries, emerging holes, and woodpeckers feeding heavily on the tree.

The Trunk has Been Damaged

Internal degradation is indicated by fissures or splits in the trunk, major wounds, and dead branch stubs. Many people are unaware that trees can live for years with internal deterioration. Some trees can withstand internal rotting and stay standing for a while, but it’s just a matter of time before they fall. Trees with several trunks (also known as “leaders”) may develop structural problems in the future.

There are Signs of Root Damage or Deficiency

Although root problems are not always obvious, indications such as soil heaving or the presence of fungi around the tree’s base can signal that there is an issue with the roots.

Your Tree is Not Developing Properly

Examine the health and vigor of your tree in comparison to the trees around it. Thin leaf coverage, damaged foliage, and stunted growth all indicate that your tree is in distress. One of our arborists can diagnose the cause.

The Tree Trunk is Hollow Inside

A hollow trunk signals that the tree is severely compromised and poses a serious risk. A general rule of thumb is if one-third of the tree is rotting or hollow, it must be removed.

The Tree Suddenly and Unexpectedly Leans to One Side

Although not all leaning trees are dangerous, a tree that abruptly leans to one side may have structural issues.

You Notice Sprouts Near the Tree's Base

Also known as Epicormic shoots, these sprouts signal that the tree is significantly stressed and should be examined by a tree expert.

The Tree is Close to Power Lines

A tree that grows into electrical wires can become a hazard and may require removal by our tree service.

The Tree is Situated in Close Proximity to a House or Other Structure

It may be necessary to cut down trees that are growing too close to a building or that are encroaching on its space. At the very least, they should be routinely pruned. In general, large trees should be kept at least 20 feet away from any structure.

Other Considerations Before Removing a Tree

Removing dead or dying trees may not always be necessary if they are located in a forest or away from people and buildings. These trees can provide a home and a safe haven for wildlife.

Although some tree failures occur suddenly and without warning, it’s comforting to know that the majority of them may be avoided with preventative care. The best time to examine and evaluate a tree is before the worst of the spring/summer storms and heavy winter snowfall. Most tree removal jobs are dangerous for the typical home or property owner, so if you see any of the above red flags, call one of our tree professionals today at (573) 303-0860.