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An arborist is a person who is trained to care for trees. Arborists can plant, prune, and fertilize trees, treat plant diseases, and perform pest control services. Arborists can also remove or relocate trees.
When hiring an arborist, consider hiring one that is certified and has any necessary permits or licenses. Make sure to ask for proof of insurance to help protect you from any liability should an accident occur. And make a copy of the insurance policy.
If you have more questions, consult legal help before permitting an arborist to perform work on your property.
Tree removal services set their rates based on the size and condition of the tree, including: the height of the tree, the thickness of the tree, the location of the tree (i.e., whether it’s close to power lines or other utilities), the number of trunks in the tree, the number of weak branches in the tree, and whether the tree is dying or dead.
Stump removal can cost extra, and may not be included in the tree removal fee.
Costs can also vary by geographic location.
"When should trees be pruned ?"
Most trees should be pruned in late winter or early spring. Trees experience new growth during the spring season, which will help seal the wound.
Trees may be pruned because: the branches are dead or dying, it will improve the plant’s shape or appearance, it will prevent the tree from growing too large, or it will prevent a branch from falling on your home, sidewalk, or driveway.
Depending on the size of the branch and where it is located, you may choose to prune the tree yourself using a pair of shears or hand saw, or hire a professional arborist.
"What is stump grinding ?"
Stump grinding is a process by which a tree stump is removed from the ground. You can try removing a stump yourself by renting a stump grinder from a home improvement store or hire a professional to remove the stump with a commercial grinder.
A stump grinder is a machine that uses spinning blades to grind the wood into sawdust and remove the tree’s roots from underneath the ground. Most tree removal services offer stump grinding too.
Grinding a stump is hard work. Utilizing a stump grinding service can be more expensive than renting a grinder, but it’s advisable that you hire a professional if there are underground utilities such as cable and gas lines nearby.
"Is it better to grind a stump or remove it?"
It’s a good idea to grind the stump after the tree is cut down. Left alone, many tree stumps can sprout new growths, which can help the plant regenerate. Tree stumps can also pose other problems: People can trip over the stump, and it may be difficult to mow around it.
Stump grinding is one of the fastest ways to remove a stump. The process usually takes about one to two hours, whereas removing the stump by other methods can take longer and may require tools such as a shovel, axe, or drill, or chemicals such as potassium nitrate. Other stump removal methods include:
Stumps can be removed using potassium nitrate. While this can be the least expensive option, it can take weeks for the chemical to soften the wood.
A tree stump can be removed with a drill, potassium nitrate, and matches. This option may also be less expensive than stump grinding, but will require you to use fire. Be sure to call your fire department before removing the stump.
Manually removing the tree stump by digging a hole around it and breaking apart the roots can take hours and, depending on how large the stump is, can be a long, difficult process. You can hire a tree professional, who may charge by the hour, or try digging the stump out yourself using a shovel and axe.