What cities and areas do you serve? We are located in the Scarborough and with a population of 632,000 and growing we have more than enough clients in the region to service. We have on occasion broaden our service area to include Toronto, but we try and stay within Scarborough.
What do the experts say as to the best time to prune or remove trees? Winter is the right time to remove or prune your trees. At that time, your trees are dormant, which means that the pruning wounds will remain exposed until the growth starts in spring. In winter, diseases that are likely to enter the trees are few and all your trees are unlikely to be infected. Furthermore, the structure of your trees will be more visible, meaning that you will easily identify and attend to the potential problems. The understorey plants will be less exposed to damages and the frozen grounds will allow easier removal of the large wood sections.
Why do tree service providers recommending pruning a tree, I mean is it just a cash grab? Pruning comes with many benefits to the trees. First, it helps the trees grow healthier. Each time you prune away the infested or dying branches, you will prevent insects and some other organisms that harm the branches from reaching the other parts of your trees. That will save the life of the tree and avoid the replacement costs.
Secondly, you can uniquely prune the trees to stimulate faster growth and suppress any unwanted growth. It will help you get rid of the overgrown parts while promoting the sparse growth of other parts. Thirdly, pruning will help you remove the low-hanging branches that might turn hazardous or very large. If the trees are small, pruning will prevent the foliage from growing in a way that damages or rubs other foliage or blocking your sidewalks.
Is "topping" a tree a good idea? Tree topping is random cutting down of tree limbs to lateral limbs or stubs that cannot take on terminal roles. The other names for this process are tipping, rounding over, hat-racking and heading. Some people feel that trees have gotten very large for their property or the trees might present risks. Tree topping helps with reduction of heights but it does not lessen future risks. It might raise risks with time. It will stress the trees and make them ugly.
What is tree felling? Tree felling refers to the whole process of cutting down trees. Some professionals have made it seem easier than it is. The dangerous task may result in serious injuries or even death if the right procedures are not followed. Most people who know that choose to leave the work to professionals. They mostly use chainsaws, which make the process dangerous. Cutting down a single tree might take a lot of planning and work. Professionals start by developing a plan to ensure that when each tree fells it will not get into contact with other trees or buildings. They consider various factors like the height of trees, leanness of trees and the ground slope.
What precautions do you have to take when removing trees near powerlines? Felling of trees close to power lines can be laborious and time-consuming. Trying to cut down branches that touch power lines is dangerous. We certainly do not recommend you doing such an activity yourself. Contact the local power company before you take any action. If they allow you to cut them, so that if you are sure they will not bring down the power lines. The power company will guide you on how to do it. To cut down the trees safely, start by hooking a 3/8 inch cable on the highest point of the tree and run it through a snatch block chained to a large trunk on the opposite direction of the power line. Attach that cable to an anchoring tree, which is not in the direction you are felling the tree. Sever the base of the tree with a chainsaw. Do not allow branches to get into contact with the branches.
How do you price out a tree removal project? Whether you are dealing with many trees or just one, your important consideration will be the cost. Tree removal professionals are not among the people you will contact each day. So, it can be hard to know whether they are overcharging you or not. Some of the factors that affect the tree removal include the size of trees, their condition and the location. You should expect to pay more when removing trees near power lines, buildings or places where people frequent. Pruning of unhealthy trees can be dangerous and the work will cost you more. Moreover, you should expect to pay more for pruning or removal of large or tall trees.
What is tree stump removal? Tree stumps are known to interfere with the appearance of a yard and they can be a hazard. Mostly, you will realize that after the tree has fallen off or you have cut it down, the tree stump will remain for a very long time. The small portions of the tree trunk are usually stuck in the ground like roots. Sometimes, the trees might regenerate out of the stump and therefore their removal is important if you want to plant other trees. Stump removal involves the removal of the stump and the root ball to prevent regrowth. The size of the root ball can be around 4-10 times the size of the cut tree, which is the main reason you need to engage a professional.
What is stump grinding and do I need this service when removing a tree? After cutting a tree to the ground level or removing it, you might need to use the stump-grinding technique to remove the stump. The process involves grounding the stump with a stump grinder into very small pieces. The pieces are used as mulch or ground cover. After the grinding process, you will need to till it several inches into the ground and cover the portion with dust and dirt. Leave it to decay along with the surrounding roots. Stump grinding is economical and time-saving but you must engage professionals because they know the tools and techniques that work best.
Why should a tree contractor not use spikes to climb a tree to prune it? Climbing spikes are sharp steel spikes, which climbers attach to their legs by padded supports or leather straps. The contractor can only use them to access the trees they want to remove. If they use them on living trees, they will traumatize the trees and make unnecessary damages. A single puncture will cause tree tissue death and that can cause the death of the affected area.
What determines tree removal pricing? The pricing of tree removal companies depends on the accessibility of the trees, their height, the emergency of removal, the time of removal and the needed equipment. The diameter, the size, condition and location of the tree will also affect the removal pricing.
How do I know my tree is infected with Emerald Ash Borer? Emerald Ash Borer is among the sneaky but hard to identify insects because around 90 percent of its cycle happens inside the tree. The wood-boring beetle starts its invasion on the highest part of the tree where more nutrients are situated and where the most photosynthesis takes place. That makes it hard to know that it has entered the tree. Mostly, it will take you 2-3 years to see the signs of damages. Within 1-2 years, you might see the upper canopy starting to thin and after 2-3 years; you will see more woodpecker activities. Woodpeckers will be looking for the Emerald Ash Borer. If the tree is fully damaged, it will start producing replacement trees and branches and sections will start dying.
What should I be looking for when hiring a tree removal company in Scarborough? Dead or damaged trees are potentially and unsightly dangerous during storms. For that reason and many others, you have to find the right tree service. When hiring a professional tree removal company in Scarborough, check their licensure and credentials. Tree removal can result in many damages if the employees are not properly trained. Ensure that they have the right insurance coverage, either worker’s compensation insurance or liability insurance. The insurance cover will protect both the company’s employees and you if an injury occurred. Lastly, check the amount they charge for the tree removal.
What is a range of costs for tree removal and stump removal? The average homeowners pay around $75-$1,500 for tree removal. The national average stands at $651. Some of the factors that affect the cost include the height and size of the trees, the condition, the location and their diameter. The removal will beautify your yard and the whole neighbourhood. The complexity of the job may also affect the cost.