Removing an Old or Damaged Tree from Your Yard Safely

If you have an old tree in your yard that is rotted, dead, or has been damaged, you might need to have the tree removed. Cutting the tree down yourself might not be the best option if the tree is close to your house or another building. Hiring a tree service to come and remove the tree may cost a little, but you may be able to get them to grind the stump and remove all the debris from the yard too. 

Hiring a Tree Service

When you start looking at tree services, consider what services they offer you as well as the available options they might offer beyond the standard service. Some company will remove the tree or give you the option to keep the wood. Take the time to talk to them about what your needs are before you decide who will do the work for you. It is a good idea to get references from friends or neighbors that have worked with the company in the past before you hire the company.

Wood Removal

One thing to consider when you have a tree taken down is what you want to do with the wood that you get as a result. Most of the time, the tree service will cut the tree up and grind it to chips, hauling it all away for you. If you burn wood, you might want to keep the wood from the tree for your own use. Understand that the price of the work might change if you request the wood because most tree services sell the chips they get from the trees they take down to offset their costs.

Stump Grinding or Removal

Once the tree is down and the area cleaned up, you will need to decide what to do with the stump. Some people leave them in the yard and never remove them, while others want to reclaim that part of the yard and plant grass or landscape where the tree was. If the tree service does not offer stump removal, you can hire a company to come in and grind the stump out for you. They will convert the stump to chips with a large grinding machine. They will haul off the chips and bring some fill dirt in to fill the hole that the stump once occupied.

For more information about what to expect when having a tree removed, talk to a company like General Tree Service.