Caring for Your Trees

3 Things To Do Before Removing A Tree From Your Yard

While most trees remain a treasured part of any residential landscape, there are trees that can turn into serious safety hazards. Trees that have been damaged by pests, illness, or severe weather may need to be removed in order to protect your family and property.

Before you begin the tree removal process, here are three important things you must do to ensure the process goes smoothly.

1. Check Local Regulations

Just because a tree is located on your property doesn't mean that you can just start tearing it down.

Many city and county governments have regulations that govern the removal of trees from residential properties. These regulations are designed to maintain public safety and prevent any underground utility lines from being damaged.

You may need to have an official inspection or apply for a permit before you can legally remove your tree. If you are part of a homeowners' association, you will likely need their approval to have a tree removed as well.

2. Decide What to Do With the Lumber

Depending on the size of the tree that needs to be removed from your property, you could end up with quite a bit of lumber. It's important that you think about what you will do with this lumber before the removal process begins.

Many tree removal companies are willing to cut large trees down into pieces of firewood for an additional cost. This firewood can then be stored on your property or sold to others.

You can also choose to either haul the tree off to your local dump yourself, or pay your tree removal contractor to dispose of the tree.

3. Plan For Stump Removal

Be sure that you take the time to carefully read through any estimate you receive from a tree removal specialist. Homeowners are often surprised to find that the initial estimate doesn't include stump removal.

Leaving a tree stump behind in your yard invites unwanted pests and can become a tripping hazard for your family. You want to ensure that your tree removal contractor is planning to cut your tree down and remove the stump.

If you don't see stump removal included in your estimate, make arrangements with your contractor to add this service so that you don't face any unexpected costs on removal day.

Removing a tree requires a lot of expertise and careful planning. Prevent problems by taking the time to prepare for your tree removal well before the actual removal date.