Factors Influencing Tree Removal Cost

Factors Influencing Tree Removal Cost

Having tree removal work done can be costly. Therefore, it’s essential to make sure to get some estimates before hiring a particular tree company. In most cases, tree companies cannot give estimates over the phone because a visual evaluation is needed to assess pricing factors. Here are a few factors that go into how much tree removal service will cost:

Surrounding Area

A tree in the middle of an open field will take far less time and effort to remove than a tree that is in very close proximity to buildings and other structures. Tree companies also have to consider vehicle access. The more accessible our vehicles are to your tree, the lower the cost will be. Trees very close to powerlines, or trees with branches intertwined with power lines, can be especially tricky. In these cases, the tree company must notify the utility company.  

Tree Size and Species

A large tree will take far longer to climb and cut down than a smaller tree. Furthermore, there will be a longer cleanup time of organic debris left behind once the tree service company finishes the work. This additional time will up a tree removal price tag. Interestingly, the tree species can also affect the price of removal because some species have denser wood. This thick wood makes cutting branches take longer. 

Tree Stability 

Trees that have already fallen will be less costly to remove than a damaged or diseased tree on its way down, but not quite there yet. It will take the crew time to evaluate the tree and spend extra time rigging for safety. At Eric’s Tree Service, the security of our crew and your property is our priority. 

Equipment

Tree companies that own and operate a crane can typically price large projects at a lower cost than other companies. Traditional tree removal methods depend on complex rigging and lowering, taking much more time than crane tree removal. This specialized equipment saves both time and crew effort and therefore saves you money. 

Here at Eric’s Tree Service, we always offer free estimates. We understand that in many cases of tree removal, time is of the essence. We work as diligently and efficiently to get the work done as soon as possible for you. Moreover, we guarantee to leave your yard in better shape than when we arrived. We carefully clean all debris on every job! We are licensed and fully insured with an expert arborist on every job. Contact us today to schedule your free estimate. 

Ways in which Arborists are like Tree Doctors

Ways in which Arborists are like Tree Doctors

Certified Arborists practice arboriculture which is the care and maintenance of trees of all sizes. They are like Tree Doctors because they can diagnose and treat various tree diseases, infestations, and problems. Like going to your doctor or taking your pet to the veterinarian, it’s essential to have your trees regularly examined by an arborist.

Arborists oversee tree care and decide on the best course of action to take to remedy the disease. The arborist will then allot various tasks to team members trained in those areas. For example, an arborist may determine that it is in the homeowner’s best interest to have a hazardous tree removed. In this instance, tree climbers and other tree workers will carry out the job.

Tree inventories and tree analysis are two ways in which an arborist conducts their examination. Tree inventories provide basic information about the homeowner’s tree population. These inventories help to make informed management decisions. Inventories supply information on the trees’ quantities, location, condition, size, and maintenance requirements. Inspections most commonly occur during a tree inventory. Like “a doctor’s checkup,” this type of visit is an essential part of maintaining healthy trees.

Tree inspections include a series of visual, audible, and scent inspections, which determine the health, vitality, and vigor of trees. Our process is invaluable in uncovering and diagnosing issues before they cause severe damage. Having a certified CT arborist conduct a thorough analysis will determine whether your trees are a continued asset to your home’s property or whether there has been irreparable damage from pests or disease. This analysis is in-depth and will often include examining the nutrient level and density of soil, tree structure, and insect identification.

Eric’s Tree Service, LLC provides expert arborist services to over 95 towns throughout Connecticut. Contact us today for your free estimate!

What To Know When Hiring a Tree Service

What To Know When Hiring a Tree Service

Our Top Three Considerations

Have you ever wondered what you should know when hiring a tree service? You don’t want to hire just anyone with a bucket truck when making your selection for a tree company. Tree service can be a risky business. For your property’s safety, tree service should only be left to the top professionals in the industry.

1) Licensure

It should be noted, an Arborist License is required under the Connecticut Arborist Law. This law states that any company or person advertising and/or contracting for tree work above 15 feet must be licensed. This is to protect you from unskilled labor that may pose significant danger. Some tree companies claim to be professionals, but they are not licensed. They will usually offer discounted rates. However, they do not have the proper experience to get the job done correctly. This can end up costing you much more in the long run. 

2) Experience & Skill

It takes years of experience for professional arborists to acquire enough knowledge about the care of trees. Tree service requires the utmost level of skill and professionalism because it is a dangerous job. Heavy machinery, heights, electrical lines, and trees that weigh tons all pose a significant risk of injury if not handled with skill and care. Proper tree care done with expertise adds tremendous value to your property. However, work that is not done correctly can be the ultimate detriment to your home. An example of this is an incorrectly pruned tree. An improperly pruned tree becomes weaker. As a consequence, the weak tree becomes dangerous as it is more susceptible to falling during high winds and harsh weather. Moreover, many of these improperly pruned trees can look outwardly healthy. Therefore, the homeowner may not know that anything is wrong until the damage is done.  

3) Insurance

When hiring tree service professionals, it is also important to make sure they are insured. Both liability insurance and worker’s compensation are important. This is so that, as the homeowner, you are protected should any type of property damage or injury occur on the job. Tree service poses many dangers. Any reputable tree company has the proper knowledge, experience, and skill to mitigate these dangers. However, insurance is crucial for all tree service companies. We recommend requesting a copy of the tree care company’s insurance certificate and making sure it is up to date. 

Here at Eric’s Tree Service, we are licensed and insured! CT Arborist License: B-3164/S-5001

We hope these three considerations have helped you better understand what to look for when hiring a tree service company. Finding the best tree service company is crucial to get the job done right. And remember, if you’re in need of arborist services anywhere in CT, Just Call Eric!

Tree Service Best Performed During Winter Months

Tree Service Best Performed During Winter Months

Winter is a great time for cabling and pruning your trees because we can clearly see the skeleton of the tree. The way a tree grows is dependent upon its surrounding environment. A tree that is shaded by a fixture to its right may start growing lopsided to the left in order to receive enough sunlight. While the tree is otherwise healthy, it can become threatened by harsh winter weather due to its abnormal shape. Tree cabling and bracing is a practice used to assist healthy, misshapen trees withstand snow, ice, and heavy wind. Our professional arborists are experts at identifying the weak areas of a tree. We do this by examining the overall structure of the limbs and the bark of the tree. We install the proper cabling and bracing once we identify problem areas. Maintenance following tree cable and brace installation is minimal, but we will need to routinely inspect the hardware.

There are many benefits of having your trees pruned in the winter. Once the leaves have dropped, it’s much easier to assess the structure and determine what needs to be pruned. In addition, it’s far less likely to spread tree disease during the winter since the bacteria, fungus, and pests are either dormant or dead. For large pruning jobs, it’s much easier to get our equipment over winter’s solid ground. This makes the work quick and efficient, saving you time and money. Have your trees and shrubs pruned this winter and enjoy more beautiful, luscious springtime blooms!

Pruning is an Essential Service for Optimal Tree Health

Pruning is an Essential Service for Optimal Tree Health

Why Prune My Trees?

Pruning trees to remove decaying tree branches is crucial to your safety! Even a brief wind storm can cause dead branches to fall and harm nearby people, structures, and power lines. Furthermore, regular pruning ensures that your trees will be both strong and appealing. Trees that go without regular pruning can grow asymmetrical. This weakens the structure of the tree, and it also negates all the hard work you put into your curb appeal.

When Should I Have My Trees Pruned?

It’s best to prune when the trees are dormant during the winter. Any time after the leaves fall in autumn and before you start to see spring blossoms is sufficient. This is because trees that are pruned during their dormancy stage are much less stressed than trees pruned when they are growing. Since trees become stressed after being pruned, they become more susceptible to pests and fungus. In the winter, pests and fungus are much less likely to spread because they are dormant as well, which helps keep the tree safe. Here at Eric’s Tree Service, we like to have our customer’s trees pruned before Connecticut’s severe winter weather hits. Doing so allows you to have peace of mind that dead branches will not be a hazard during your holiday festivities!

How Often Should My Trees Be Pruned?

It depends on the tree! Some trees, such as apple trees and most fruit trees, have to be pruned every year. An overgrowth of branches means that the fruit has to fight for space to grow. Furthermore, fruit trees are more susceptible to pests and fungus. We’re pros at detecting any of these problems at the very first sign, and can get rid of the affected area to save the tree. Younger trees should also be pruned annually as this will foster a healthy structure and lead to healthier developed trees, but it’s important that a tree not be pruned during the first year of life. Robust mature trees may not have to be pruned quite as often, but please develop a pruning schedule with a certified arborist since each tree is unique.

Can I Prune My Own Trees?

Typically we don’t recommend it. Pruning larger trees can pose a serious risk for some one who is not a trained and experienced arborist. Also, the health of your tree could be jeopardized if pruning is done improperly. Pruning too close or too far from the tree trunk can give pests an entrance point and delay healing. Additionally, it’s crucial that damage is never done to any part of the tree trunk. If you choose to trim back some branches of your smaller trees and shrubs make sure to use clean and sharp pruning shears, and never prune more than one-third of a plant.

How Do I Best Take Care Of My Trees?

How Do I Best Take Care Of My Trees?

When planting a tree in your yard, it is best to choose a native species. Connecticut’s native forest species are well adapted to the state’s seasonal fluctuations and will be more easily cared for than species that do not normally grow here in Connecticut. Planting a native tree is also a wonderful tool to improve local ecological diversity by increasing the number of beneficial insects and boosting the number and diversity of birds. It is important to avoid planting invasive trees as these trees can compete for resources and displace native species.

Pruning is key for keeping your trees healthy! Pruning removes dying branches to maintain plant health and safety. The removal of live branches in mature trees reduces density. In most cases, this significantly reduces wind resistance and subsequent storm damage. Keep your pruning shears sharp and clean! Making sure to wash your shears after pruning one tree and before beginning on another reduces the spread of disease and decay. When pruning fruit trees, it is important to know how to prune the tree to best encourage flower production. Fruit trees are particularly sensitive to pruning when performed incorrectly.

Trees that are growing in their natural habitat, like the forest, have plenty of access to the nutrients and mineral they need to thrive. These nutrients come in form of decomposing leaves and twigs, as well as other organic debris left by animals. Doing your best to imitate this habitat for your trees, such as letting fall leaves decompose, will reduce your need for fertilizer. However, in many yards we find soils that are highly disturbed with either a pH that is too high or too low, or lacking in organic matter. In these cases, fertilization is key! Fertilizer is made up of nutrients including Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Nitrogen, Potassium and Phosphorus. Different formulations of these nutrients are used depending on the type of tree and health of that tree. Applying a high quality, slow-release fertilizer is a great way to return natural nutrients into the soil. Eric’s Tree Service offers a therapeutic grade deep root fertilization which is a liquid fertilizer that is injected into the soil; it is the quickest way to get nutrients to a tree that is struggling.

Keeping your trees well hydrated is a must! Trees at any age require plenty of water to survive and thrive. This water needs to be able to soak into the soil to reach the roots. There will be signs that your trees need more water including browning leaves at the tip, a sparse canopy, and premature leaf drop in the fall. Symptoms of drought stress are not always evident in trees and shrubs right away. Sometimes, symptoms don’t appear until up to two years after the initial water deficit took place!

While it is important to care for your trees, scheduling an annual tree analysis with your local licensed arborist will best determine what your trees need. We are here to help! Check out what is included in our tree analysis and all of the other aborist services we offer!

The Gypsy Moth & Emerald Ash Borer: What You Need To Know

The Gypsy Moth & Emerald Ash Borer: What You Need To Know
Gypsy Moth

Gypsy Moth Caterpillar

The Gypsy Moth in Connecticut

The gypsy moth has been causing damage to Connecticut’s trees for over 100 years. When the gypsy moth population is low, tree damage is fairly restricted. However, many towns throughout Connecticut have been facing severe gypsy moth outbreaks over the last few years. The damage done to trees in infested areas has been irreparable, and we receive many calls at Eric’s Tree Service from homeowners unsure how to proceed.

What Causes A Gypsy Moth Outbreak?

One of the major factors influencing the gypsy moth population is a specific type of fungus that keeps the pest population in check. This fungus requires rain to become activated, and the droughts in previous years have caused a decline in the fungus, thus allowing the gypsy moth population to grow significantly. Certain parts of the state, particularly the south-central and eastern Connecticut areas, have reached outbreak status of the gypsy moth population.

Signs of a Gypsy Moth Outbreak

1. Caterpillars, caterpillars,  everywhere! The moth’s larvae, or caterpillars, infest trees and descend into lawns and nearby structures. In a severe outbreak, homeowners can’t ignore the incessant number of these pests invading their outdoor living space.

2. It feels like spring, but it looks like winter.  Gypsy moths feed on the leaves of trees. In severe outbreaks, defoliation occurs to such an extent that your trees start to look barren and ready for winter, even though they should be budding green.

The Emerald Ash Borer

Emerald Ash Borer

D-shaped exit holes left by the Emerald Ash Borer.

A small green beetle known as the Emerald Ash Borer is killing millions of ash trees. This invasive pest is not native to North America, and was first spotted on the continent in the early 2000’s. The appearance of this non-native pest is likely the result of foreign wood being used in shipping trade goods from overseas. It is the larvae, not the beetle, that cause the most damage to the ash tree. Larvae create galleries under the bark and tunnel into a tree’s cambium tissue, destroying the tree’s vascular system. With a tree unable to adequately receive nutrients, the tree dies quickly from infestation.

Signs of an Emerald Ash Borer Outbreak

1. Look for the capital D!   The Emerald Ash Borer creates a D-shaped exit hole in the bark of an ash tree. The hole is a result of the adult beetle chewing it’s way out of the tree.

2. Bark Flecking & Blonding.   Light patches of bark appear when birds are looking for insects. If you see birds pecking at your trees, it’s a sign of an insect infestation.

Protect Your Trees!

Preventative Inspection & Annual Injections

Annual inspections by a certified arborist can prolong the life of your trees. If your tree is still budding and producing leaves, a certified arborist can provide you with environmentally friendly options to support the health of your trees. If your trees have been suffering from infestation or infection, soil injections can be used if the tree still shows a healthy canopy. When a tree’s canopy begins to dissipate, or mushrooms appear at the base of the tree, treatment is most likely not the answer and removal is recommended.

Contact us for a free consultation with a certified arborist to assess your trees today.

After Storm Tree Cleanup Tips

After Storm Tree Cleanup Tips

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Today’s Topic: After-Storm Tree Cleanup in Berlin, CT

A reader asks Eric about the best way to handle tree cleanup after a storm or weather event.


Dear Eric,  

How can homeowners best handle tree cleanup after a storm?

My husband significantly cut back the branches of the tree nearest our home after a bad thunderstorm a few years ago. Now, the tree has even more limbs and branches falling during storms than there were before. Why is this happening?

Sincerely,

Stormy in Berlin

Berlin, CT

Dear Stormy,

Your tree may have gotten over pruned by your well-intentioned husband. Especially after a storm, many homeowners want to trim fallen branches and prune their trees to prevent further damage to their homes and nearby structures. Many homeowners also want to preserve the appearance of their tree. Over pruning can happen very easily to an untrained professional. Homeowners want their trees to appear symmetrical and often don’t like when they appear unbalanced. During the trimming process, a few trims here and there can quickly turn into over pruning.

Why is this a problem? A tree gets its resources and life-sustaining energy through its foliage. When a tree is damaged, the healing process is similar to a person healing from a wound. The tree needs all its resources at its disposal to heal the wound and repair itself. When its foliage is reduced unnecessarily, the tree’s ability to heal is limited.

Additionally, branches will grow back weaker than the original limbs if too many branches are cut at one time. Therefore, they are more likely to break again during future storms, which is what you may be experiencing now at your Berlin, CT property.

If you would like us to do a free evaluation of the tree in question, please call me at (860) 798-5672 or text (860) 931-0083. We provide tree service to over 90 towns in Connecticut, including Berlin. We would be happy to provide guidance to help you best preserve your trees and your home!

Clear Skies Ahead,

Eric


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Can Tree Service Be Performed In The Winter?

Can Tree Service Be Performed In The Winter?

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Today’s Topic: Wintertime Tree Service Mansfield, CT

A reader writes to us asking about wintertime tree service for her Mansfield, CT home.


Dear Eric,  

Can tree service be performed in the winter?

I have tree branches that hang over a section of my driveway. For most of the year, I barely notice them. However, when my family visits for the holidays, my father ALWAYS mentions the low-hanging tree branches too close to his car!

Last year, I told my father I would take care of these branches. Somehow, time went by quickly, and it’s already winter again!

Please help!

Sincerely,

Out in the Cold

Mansfield, CT

Dear Out in the Cold,

Above all, we never leave our customers out in the cold when it comes to tree service in CT! Contrary to what many people think, tree removal and some tree services can be performed best in the wintertime.

The winter season is a good time of year to inspect trees for diseased or dead limbs and branches. Without the tree’s canopy present, our tree removal team can see which part of the trees are healthy, and which may pose a potential hazard in the coming year.

Wintertime is also a beneficial time to remove and prune large trees. With the ground frozen, our equipment can overcome areas of soft ground or septic/leach fields that may make tree removal difficult in other seasons.

We would be happy to assess your low-hanging tree branches and any other areas of concern on your Mansfield, CT property this winter! With our headquarters located right in Columbia, CT, we are conveniently located to Mansfield, and can schedule your tree work in a timely, effective manner. Call me at (860) 798-5672 or text (860) 931-0083 to schedule your free branch removal/tree service estimate.

Happy Holidays to you and your family!

Stay Warm,

Eric