Are Your Trees Getting Too Much Rain?

It’s been a rainy season for Floridians. As the daily downpours start to pile up, homeowners are looking out into their backyards and starting to worry about their trees. 

Join us, as we break down heavy rain’s impact on your trees and how to stop root rot from ruining your tree growth.

The Rain’s Impact On Your Tree’s Leaves and Roots

So, your tree’s roots have been over-soaked with rainwater. What exactly does that mean, though? Well, for starters, the roots and leaves may end up having a bad reaction. And that threatens the overall health of your tree.

We all know a tree’s roots need water in order for the tree itself to grow healthily. But they can’t just have water – they also need oxygen. For something underground to get any amount of air can be hard to imagine, compacted under soil as it is, but oxygen can and does pass through gaps in the soil and into tree roots. But this airflow is impeded when your soil is overly wet.

When you stop the roots of your tree from absorbing enough oxygen, the tree suffocates amd can begin to rot and develop infections. These are living things, and the worse your tree is for wear, the weaker it will become, over time. Your tree may even shrink. over time, with their roots no longer able to do their job properly anymore.

Look out for withered, yellowed, and fallen leaves, typically out of season. With increased humidity comes fungal diseases, as well, which can be spotted, easily, with powdery mildews and ring rot.

Tree Growth

Even the healthiest athletes in the world can get taken down by the flu or an unexpected infection. Similarly, it doesn’t matter how healthy a plant is – too much water will stress out its immune system and negatively impact the plant’s ability to grow.

Much like an athlete recovering after an infection, many trees will lose their leaves during a rainy period, and start to grow again once their soil has had a chance to dry out in the summer. In these cases, the tree will come back just as strong as before. 

If the infection is bad enough, or the tree is too weak, some plants may not snap back, following a setback. In these cases, you’ll likely need to remove the tree, entirely.

So, How Much Rain Is Too Much?

A few days of heavy rain is to be expected, in many cases. This won’t push a tree over the edge. Above-average rainfall is where the problem is, when the water is sustained over a long period, like weeks or even sparsely over months. 

What To Do During High Rainfall Periods?

Even with all of this information, the truth is that when the rain starts, you can’t stop it. And some trees may just end up dying. When trees aren’t able to recover from water damage, there’s not very much you can usually do about it. 

There are a few things you can do, in order to help out:

  1. Stop watering. Your trees do not need water and will not until the soil dries out again. Even when the rain eventually slows or even stops for a little bit, the soil will likely still be soggy.

    Want to test it? Dig into the ground up to about six inches. If it comes up soggy or clumpy, don’t bother watering it.
  2. Avoid using fertilizer, as well, at least until your soil has drained out, completely. Fertilizer promotes tree growth, but it does it by making the tree use its energy to grow. And your tree needs to conserve as much energy as it can during this period.
  3. If your tree starts to clear up, don’t celebrate too early. Monitor your tree throughout the next growing season to see if any of the symptoms return. 

Looking for expert tree maintenance services to help keep your trees in pristine condition? Visit SB Tree Service, today, and let us help you get more out of your yard.

How To Deal With Lightning Damage To Your Tree

Following a lightning strike, you’re going to want to start with damage control. Clear out any hanging or broken branches. Put out any small fires with a heavy blanket, non-toxic fire extinguisher, or just plain water. 

Wood too big to remove on your own? Worried a burned branch might collapse and damage your car? Reach out to a certified arborist. For larger fires, reach out to the fire department before the problem gets out of hand.

Signs Of Tree Damage Resulting From Lightning

Lightning damage isn’t always some massive crack in a tree that smokes and hisses. Sometimes, they can actually be very subtle. When lightning hits a tree, it typically impacts the inside of the plant, targeting layer-after-layer just underneath the bark’s surface. This is all plant matter we can’t actually see with the naked eye, so trees may actually look completely normal for some time before eventually starting to decline. Sometimes, the tree may just suddenly die, even though it seemed fine, leading up to that. 

Some signs you might see, if the damage is severe enough, include:

  • Cracks running down the entire length of your tree’s trunk.
  • Bark stripping away from your tree.
  • Leaves withering and wilting throughout your canopy.
  • Burned or blackened areas.

Will A Lightning Strike Kill Your Tree?

This depends, but not always, no. Much like any living thing, every tree is different. Sometimes the same amount of damage will have less of an effect than others. A tree may be “hardier”, overcoming damage if given enough time and love. Another tree might not. 

Your tree’s fate depends on any one of the following factors: 

  • health
  • species
  • age 
  • location

Also, keep in mind that “not dying” isn’t necessarily a win for your tree. It may have sustained major internal injuries, opening itself up to infections or opportunistic insects, all of which might damage it irreparably.

The general rule of thumb is that a tree which was struck on one side of the trunk is likely to survive. If both sides of the tree have been damaged, however, you’re much more likely to need removal.

What Steps Can You Take? 

The classic lightning protection system is the tried and true answer for tree defense against lightning damage. The system diverts any and all lightning away from your tree and into the ground, along a set path. This is lightning we’re dealing with, here, so it must be noted that no system is 100% guaranteed. But anecdotal evidence positions this as one of the top players in the whole lightning protection game. 

As always, make sure to consult with a certified arborist before taking any major steps to protect your tree, if for no other reason than to save yourself a lot of potentially wasted money.

On Winter Pruning

Unfortunately, artists don’t have much of a canvas to work with in the cold, grey winter months. The beautiful colors of blooming flowers in the spring and summer can’t compare to the dull, muted tones of the holiday season, no matter how many Christmas trees you decorate.

In winter, most of the flowering shrubs and trees have gone dormant, especially depending on what climate you are in. But, talk to any botanist worth their salet and they will agree that late winter is the most important time for winter tree pruning.

Don’t fall into laziness when it comes to winter pruning just because your shrubs and trees look dead. This is the time to get out and prune them. Late winter is the optimum time to prune, just weeks before the buds start swelling and the sap starts flowing again.

This also allows healing time and re-energizing from those cuts before it’s time to flower again. But don’t get scissor happy just yet, because not all trees and shrubs should be pruned at this time.

Which Trees and Shrubs Are Best To Prune In The Winter?

For a good rule of thumb, prune when the plant is asleep, or dormant, and does not have any buds. Deciduous plants are what we want to prune. These are the plants that drop their leaves in the fall and do not flower in early spring. Plants that flower in late spring and summer are great for pruning, too, provided it’s done in the late winter. 

Make sure to avoid pruning all the spring flowering plants because the wintertime is when they’ll have their buds. This would, unfortunately, destroy the flowers ahead of them blooming.

Why We Prune

Always make sure to prune any dead, damaged or diseased branches from any trees. The tree will still try to bring nutrients to these branches, limiting how much food the rest of the tree gets. 

Pruning is a scientifically proven method to improve the structure of the tree as it benefits from getting pruned, while living longer. Ironically, another reason to prune is the damage the overarching branches cause the tree as they scrape up against each other. 

Winter Pruning

Looking for expert tree removal services from a professional with years of experience in the field? From winter pruning to any other time of the year Leave it to the professionals at SB Tree Service

Tree Care: Three Simple Tips

No surprise here, but flowering plants can be extremely difficult and finicky to properly care for. Thank goodness most trees are not this high maintenance and don’t require so much tending to.

While we don’t all think of ourselves as having a green thumb, there are certain things that we should be able to do. If we have our own yards, tree trimming is one of those things that extends the life of our trees and shrubs.

Simple Tips For Tree Trimming

  1. Trim Trees While Young.

    Fun Fact. You can shape a tree while the branches are still young. The branches are still soft and easily cut at a young age, thereby paving an easier path to older tree trimming. 
  2. Tree Trimming During Tree Hibernation.

    Anywhere you can reduce stress on trees is good. Winter hibernation is the best time for trimming because you don’t have those pesky leaves to bother you. This is also a convenient healing period for the tree before the spring renewal arrives.
  3. Dead and Weak Branches Must Go.

    Don’t go scissor happy on your tree. Do your homework before you start cutting to avert a disaster, like taking out the whole tree. Most trees will show their dead or weakened branches pretty easily. Just don’t cut any major arteries.

    Ironically, with dead branches, the tree will still try to use all of its nutrients to heal its sick or dead parts. This limits its growth.

When To Call Your Local Tree Experts

If you are wary of cutting the trees yourself, SB Tree Services is always there to assist you with your tree trimmings. Please do not try to cut or trim any trees if you are not physically up to the task. Leave it to the experienced tree experts at SB Tree Services.

Tree Trimming Or Pruning?

Ever wonder what most people are daydreaming about at your local coffee shop? You see them just staring outside, with such deep intent. And, while they are usually looking out at trees, we are pretty sure they aren’t thinking about trimming or pruning them.

But the tree experts may be. And, if they are, you can bet the words “trimming” and “pruning” come to mind at some point. While there is a definite difference between the two, they also have some of the same end benefits. 

What Is Tree Trimming?

Tree trimming is more for the aesthetics of the tree than actually being purposeful. Trimming gives you a very specific desired “look”.

It’s typical to do tree trimming when your tree branches get to the point of looking unkempt. It’s also called trimming when cutting back branches that cross over power lines or block any field of vision. 

What Is Tree Pruning?

The objective, when it comes to tree pruning, is one specific purpose: to better the tree’s overall health and livelihood. When pruning, one would be looking for dead or diseased branches and cutting them off.

Removing any branches that would hinder any structural growth to the whole life of the tree is the ultimate objective. This process should be handled by expert arborists or tree experts, so as to not disturb the tree’s survival.

When To Prune And Trim The Trees

Since trimming is for cosmetic purposes only, you can trim at any time of the year, but spring is always the best time for this. The pruning schedule is a little more specific. It is best to prune once or twice a year and always a few weeks before the first flowering bud shows itself. This gives the tree time to heal before enduring the growth cycle in mid to late spring. 

Why SB Tree Services 

When you love something so much, you involve your life in it and it becomes your passion. It’s exactly what you will find with the tree experts at SB Tree Service located in Volusia County. When you need some tree help, you now know who to call on. Don’t forget to call them with spring just right around the corner, as this is the optimal time to prune and trim those trees.

Tree Removal Safety Precautions

The Earth is dependent on trees, just as it is on water. Trees not only give us carbon dioxide and oxygen for breathing, but they give us shelter, shade and beautiful scenery. We use them for recreation as a walking path to our happiest, most serene places.

We also use them as tools, like when we tie off our hammocks for an afternoon siesta. As you can see, trees’ purposes are endless, so any kind of removal of a tree should be well thought out and completely necessary. 

With that said, let’s take a closer look at the tree removal process.

Removal Of A Tree

Understandably, there are many reasons beyond our control to remove a tree. Perhaps it’s a dead or diseased tree that poses danger to our property or home. Maybe the tree must be taken down for safety, as it’s growing out toward power lines. 

For whatever reasons, there are a few guidelines to follow if you are going to be taking down a tree yourself. While we advise against doing this work yourself, there are certain precautions to take, if you are going to.

But be advised: you should always consult with a tree expert before attempting any of this work. 

  • Wear The Right Safety Equipment. One of the most important things is to remember to wear all the necessary safety gear. Again, we can not stress enough how preparation can make all the difference in avoiding accidents.

    If you are going to do any tree cutting, experts recommend a logger’s helmet, earmuffs, safety glasses and Kevlar caps. Also, make sure to check the work area, afterward, to ensure everything is put away. 
  • Estimate The Trees Felling Zone Properly. Just eyeing the visual falling space of a tree may not be enough. Professionals suggest using the ‘ax handle trick’ to determine the tree’s felling zone.

    Hold the ax at arm’s length while you’re closing one eye. After this, you can move toward or away from the tree until the top portion of the ax is even with the bottom and the treetop. 

When You Should Call Professionals

Before you do any tree work, we encourage you to always contact tree professionals. We have the proper equipment, expertise, and put the best safety precautions in the industry to use on every job.

SB Tree Service is your #1 rated source for all tree cutting and tree removal services. Call us today for a quote on any yard or tree work you may need. We’d rather have you safe than sorry.

Tree Trimming: The Value

During the cold winter months, our yards are the last thing that we think about typically. It’s usually rainy and just not an inviting environment to want to get dirty in. The dormant trees and flowers get overlooked, along with the once, green grass. But this doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do to get a jump on the spring yard work, now. Tree trimming, most certainly, is an option.

Don’t procrastinate. When the warm spring and summer months roll around again, we wish that we would’ve done some easy pre-season touch-ups. Tree trimming can be done at any time of the year. Just don’t get it confused with tree pruning. Pruning is only done at specific times of the tree’s growth, typically in the early spring. Pruning at the wrong time of the year can cause tree damage. 

Why Trim Trees

There are a few specific reasons to do tree trimming now. Let’s look at why:

  • Healthier, Happier Trees. Just as humans like to get haircuts on a regular basis, so do trees. Tree service companies will agree that trees that get trimmed professionally, allow more sunlight to penetrate through for better health. The trimming process will take out the uneven branches for a better, even look to your tree and yard, overall.

    Trees that are trimmed actually live longer and are less apt to lose their branches and leaves, foregoing any damage from wind-blown loose branches. 
  • More Money In Your Pocket. With the best look, your yard can give you money back in your pocket if you are looking to sell your property. A good rule of thumb per real estate companies can be upwards of a generous 14% rate of return on a good looking, healthy yard.

    You don’t have to go overboard on what you have, as long as what you do have is well taken care of and maintained. 

Let The Experts Take Care Of Your Trees

Make sure to call your local tree experts for tree trimming, pruning, and cutting. SB Tree Service is well versed in all the native and non-native species of plants and trees. You will be glad you did and so will your wallet.

5 Tips for Choosing the Right Arborist

When you call a tree care professional for help with your trees, you must ensure they are the right company for the job. Not only does this mean finding a reputable company and giving them your trust, but it also provides them have the necessary knowledge and equipment to do their job well. To help you out, here are five tips for choosing the right arborist. 

1. Search for Reviews 

One of the easiest ways to determine whether a company is good is to search for reviews online. Look at their website, Google, and social media and ask friends and family if they have any recommendations. The local chamber of commerce may also be able to provide you with helpful information about arborist services in your area.

2. Ask for Company History

Don’t be afraid to ask for references. If you’re looking at a company that’s new to the area, or one with a different name than they used last time you needed them, it’s good to ask around before hiring someone.

Ask questions about the company itself and its history. How long has it been in business? What kinds of projects have they done that are similar to yours? What kind of experience do they have with your particular problem (or type of tree)?

Don’t just rely on word-of-mouth referrals either: there could be some issues with this method since people may not always tell the truth when it comes to how excellent their services were or how much damage was done by certain types of trees—or even whether or not a problem was fixed in the first place!

3. Ensure Your Arborist Uses Proper Safety Equipment

You should never take safety lightly. When an arborist works on a tree, no matter the size or species, they must be adequately equipped with the right tools and protective equipment. Safety equipment such as harnesses, lanyards, and ropes are used to prevent injury when climbing trees. This is especially important when working at heights above ground level where falling from a ladder could cause severe injury or even death.

  • ensure your arborist uses proper safety equipment every time they climb a tree. A good rule of thumb is that if it isn’t necessary for their work in that particular situation (e.g., gloves), they shouldn’t be worn.
  • inspect all safety gear regularly for signs of wear and tear (i.e., fraying lanyards). Replace damaged items immediately before using them again!

4. Ask About Insurance

Another important consideration for hiring an arborist is the insurance coverage they have. This includes asking about how much coverage they have if a major insurance company insures them and whether or not they are insured for liability. You should also ask if the arborist has workers’ compensation and general liability insurance.

Of course, not all problems can be avoided with proper planning and preparation—sometimes accidents happen despite our best efforts to prevent them. It’s important to remember that tree care professionals are no exception; even those who work in such a dangerous industry need some assurance that their safety will be protected in case something goes wrong on the job site.

5. Check the Qualifications of Potential Arborists

  • check the qualifications of potential arborists.
  • find out if they are licensed, certified, and insured.
  • ask for references from clients who have used their services.
  • get a good feel for their reputation in your community.
  • check out how many years they have been in business and what projects they’ve done in your area of expertise (if applicable).

Each of the Tips Above is Important When Choosing the Right Tree Care Professional

So, now that you know the essential considerations when choosing an arborist let’s review.

  • selecting a company with a good reputation is essential. You want to know that the tree care pro you choose has been around for a while and has earned a strong reputation in their community as reliable, knowledgeable, and trustworthy.
  • choosing an insured company is also very important because it shows they are committed to protecting themselves from potential liability issues that may arise during their work on your property (and yes – these things do happen).
  • it’s always best if the arborist or tree care pro has proper safety equipment for working at heights or using machinery near trees so they can keep themselves and others safe from injury in case something goes wrong during their visit (yes – these things also happen).
  • make sure any potential arborist hires only skilled employees who meet all industry regulations before agreeing on pricing with them too!

Choosing the Right Arborist Here at SB Tree Service

Whether you need to remove a fallen tree or prune some overgrown branches, hiring an experienced arborist is essential. Not only do they have the proper equipment and training to ensure your trees are healthy and safe, but they can also help with choosing the right arborist for your needs if you want to learn more about our services or like someone who will treat your trees like family, give us a call today!

How to Properly Prune Trees in Winter

Winter pruning is an excellent way to maintain the health and appearance of your trees. Before you begin, ensure that it’s winter and your tree is dormant (meaning it has stopped producing new growth). 

If you’re unsure if your tree is dormant, check with a professional arborist. These tips are a quick guideline for property owners; however, it’s always best to get professional help to prevent damaging trees. 

Prune to Remove Dead Branches

Dead branches can be dangerous, and they can easily break off, which could injure anyone in the area. Dead branches should also be removed because they’re likely to become diseased and spread to other parts of the tree. If you prune a branch with insect eggs or larvae, you’ll have an even worse infestation!

If you don’t remove dead branches from your trees in winter, they will prevent water from reaching new growth higher up on your trees. This can lead to poor growth in those areas and problems for other plants nearby!

How to Properly Prune Trees in Winter: Avoid Major Pruning Cuts

When pruning, it’s essential to avoid significant cuts. You shouldn’t prune more than 1/3 of the tree in one season or more than 1/4 in two years. You should also avoid making cuts that remove more than a third of the branch. If you have to cut off more than half, ensure that you’re doing so for an important reason (like removing dead wood) or because it’s necessary to keep the tree healthy! An excellent tip to remember is that less is more, and you can always take more off but never put more back. 

Also, steer clear of making significant cuts during the first year after planting or transplanting (and again in subsequent years). The tree will need time to adjust and establish its root system before being subjected to drastic changes in shape. If a significant pruning cut is necessary, try doing it in late winter or early spring when fewer insects might chew on your freshly exposed branches.

Avoid Fruit-Bearing Trees

Fruit-bearing trees should be pruned during the dormant season. Fruit-bearing trees are generally much more susceptible to disease and pests, which can cause damage to your tree’s health. If you have fruit-bearing trees that need trimming, wait until after winter has passed so that you do not risk spreading diseases from one tree to another.

When pruning a fruit-bearing tree in winter, remember that you may be removing some limbs with small amounts of fruit. If possible, avoid pruning these branches because they could increase productivity if left alone. However, if those branches have died or are diseased or damaged beyond repair and pose a threat to your tree’s health by holding onto significant amounts of leaves or debris through cold weather (which could cause rotting), it is best not to leave them on your plant at all costs!

Remove the Right Limbs

Look for limbs that have grown beyond their usefulness or have succumbed to the disease. Also, remove any low-hanging stems that could cause injury if they snap or become an issue during winter. You should also trim these same branches if they’re too high—this can prevent them from breaking off on their own during a storm.

Finally, ensure your trees aren’t too close to the house or other structures so as not to damage them during storms or when you trim your tree later in the year!

Properly Pruned Trees are Essential for Safety and Aesthetics

Pruning can make your tree easier to maintain when you do it right. By cutting off diseased and broken branches, you’re ensuring that the remaining ones are healthy enough to support themselves and prevent future damage or injury. 

At SB Tree Service, we care about the health of your trees as much as you do. Our ISA-certified arborist is here to help you throughout the year and knows how to properly prune trees in winter. Contact us today to learn more about our pruning services. 

10 Mistakes People Make When Choosing A Tree Removal Company

You’ve already taken the first step in preventing tree damage by getting a free quote. Now it’s time to be informed and ensure you’re getting the best value for your money. We’ve compiled a list of common mistakes people make when choosing their tree removal company.

1. Ignoring the Quotes Process

When you receive your quote, you should be asking yourself important questions like:

  • is this company licensed and insured?
  • how long have they been in business?
  • what kind of equipment do they use, and where is it from? And what condition is it in?

The reason behind asking these questions is that many companies out there don’t have proper licensing or insurance, may not be around next year if something goes wrong with your property, or whose equipment that may be subpar. You want to avoid these companies at all costs!

2. Not Asking for References

For example, you might ask for references from current customers who have used the company in the past. Or you may want to consult with people in your town who have used the tree removal company. If you are a member of a neighborhood association, they may be able to provide some insight as well.

You should also look up reviews online or ask friends if they’ve had experience with certain companies.

3. Relying on a Company’s BBB Rating

Another common mistake is relying on a company’s BBB rating. While knowing whether or not a business is listed with the Better Business Bureau and its rating is helpful, you should take this information with a grain of salt. The BBB is not always reliable as an indicator or guarantee of quality services. For example, a company with an A+ rating from the BBB doesn’t mean they are performing at that level. Many companies that offer inferior products and services use their high BBB ratings as marketing tools to lure consumers in with an illusion of legitimacy.

Similarly, just because another tree removal service has received poor ratings from the Better Business Bureau does not automatically mean that yours will have similar problems — but it may give you pause when deciding whether or not to hire them!

When evaluating the reliability of any source of information—including the Better Business Bureau—consider how up-to-date its reviews are: Are they outdated? Is there evidence that new complaints were filed recently? Are there any recent consumer complaints against your preferred contractor?

4. Not Asking About Cleanup and Disposal

Asking about cleanup and disposal is a must. If you have a tree removed, the company must offer to clean up the area where the tree was located. It is also essential that they provide to dispose of hazardous materials. 

If a company does not offer these services, you may need your contractor or someone from your local municipality involved for them to do their job correctly and safely.

5. Not Checking the Company’s Insurance Coverage

All tree service companies in Florida require the proper amount of insurance coverage. The minimum is about $500,000, but many companies offer higher amounts to cover damage that may result from your trees loosening and falling on your home or yard. If you hire a company without sufficient coverage, they will deny responsibility for any damage caused by their negligence or employee errors.

6. Hiring the Cheapest Company You Can Find

The cheapest is not always the best. In this case, it’s worth paying a little more to get a quality job done right and safely. 

7. Companies Willing to Remove Trees Without an Assessment or Valid Reason

Properly assessing all trees is necessary to ensure they are removed correctly. Without a tree assessment, a company may be removing a tree that is perfectly healthy without reason. 

8. Choosing a Tree Removal Company Just Based on Price

When it comes to tree removal, you get what you pay for. When a company advertises its services for a low price, there’s usually a reason. They may use subpar materials or equipment, resulting in a shoddy job requiring future maintenance and repairs. 

Choosing a company that offers quality service at an affordable rate is essential if you want to maintain your property’s value and avoid costly mistakes down the line. This will ensure that when it comes time for another project—or even just regular maintenance—you’ll be able to trust them 100%.

9. Choosing a Tree Removal Service That Doesn’t Offer Stump Grinding

One of the most important considerations when choosing a tree removal company is whether or not they offer stump grinding. Stump grinding is essential after removing a tree, and it can help make your yard beautiful once again and prevent bugs and animals from using a decaying stump as their new home. 

10. Choosing a Company with Little Experience and Expertise 

Choosing a tree removal company with little experience and expertise is one of the most common mistakes people make. This can be avoided by choosing a company that has been in business for many years, has been working in your area, and has proven its expertise in dealing with the types of trees you have. The second step is to ensure that they are licensed and insured, increasing their credibility.

SB Tree Service Has All the Check Marks! 

When selecting a tree removal company, you want to ensure they’re the right fit for you. Follow these tips when choosing a tree removal company:

  • ask for references
  • check their insurance policy and ask about cleanup and disposal
  • make sure they are licensed and insured
  • ask about their experience and expertise in the industry

You’ll also want to consider additional factors, such as whether or not they offer stump removal and cleanup along with their services. 

Following these tips when choosing a tree removal company can ensure that your trees are taken care of properly. At SB Tree Service, we pride ourselves on offering our customers high-quality tree care and removal; Contact us today to learn more about our services. 

The Importance of Yearly Tree Maintenance

Trees bring beauty and character to our neighborhoods. But, like most homeowners, you may be putting off yearly tree maintenance until it’s too late. This can become an issue because trees have an expiration date, just like everything else! 

The good news is that there are some simple steps that you can take right now to ensure the health of your trees so they’ll last for years to come. 

Tree Maintenance Helps Maintain Property Value

While it’s true that tree maintenance isn’t a necessity, it can help to maintain the health and beauty of your property. Tree maintenance also helps prevent damage to your property, which could save you money in the long run.

Tree Maintenance Boosts Curb Appeal

You’re thinking, “This is great! I can spend less time on my property and more time relaxing.” But remember that yearly tree maintenance can help increase your property’s value, while the wrong kind of work could decrease it.

When we talk about improving curb appeal, we mean ensuring that the outside of your home looks attractive from street level. In real estate terms, curb appeal is crucial because it makes buyers see what they want in a home. Proper tree maintenance does just that: it makes a buyer want to see more of what you have to offer.

While some people like their trees as-is and only ever prune them when necessary (if at all), others prefer theirs trimmed up and looking pristine year-round—perhaps because they have an eye for neatness or maybe because they just enjoy gardening in general! Regardless of how far along you are with caring for your landscaping needs, our team at SB Tree Service has got something the perfect tree maintenance plan just for you!

Tree Maintenance Promotes Public Safety

The importance of tree maintenance goes beyond aesthetics, as it also ensures public safety. Trees can be dangerous—especially large trees with weak roots or limbs—and failing to maintain your trees could result in serious injury or even death.

When you have a tree that is beginning to show signs of decline and neglect, it’s essential to take action before the situation worsens. Tree maintenance keeps your trees healthy and strong so they don’t fall on someone else or cause property damage.

Tree Maintenance Enhances Aesthetics

Trees add to the beauty of your property and can be used to enhance its aesthetics. When choosing your trees, selecting ones appropriate for the climate in which you live is essential. You should also consider how much maintenance each type of tree requires and how easy it will be for you to care for them.

Preventative Tree Maintenance Extends Productivity

The value of a healthy tree is immeasurable, but the costs of replacing or removing a tree can be costly. Yearly maintenance ensures that your trees stay strong and healthy, making them less likely to suffer from diseases and pests or fall over in high winds. Aside from the money you’ll save on repairs; regular pruning will also help keep your property safe and looking beautiful!

Yearly Tree Maintenance Will Help to Keep Your Property Healthy, Safe, and Beautiful

By maintaining your trees, you are keeping them healthy and beautiful. Without proper maintenance, a tree can become damaged or diseased, which could cause serious problems for both the property it is on and anyone nearby. Tree maintenance helps to keep trees healthy by preventing pests from harming the tree’s health; this will help keep your property safe from infestations of pests like termites or beetles. A healthy tree also has better resistance to disease and insect damage, making it less likely that a problem will occur in the first place.

Additionally, yearly maintenance is one way to increase the overall value of your property by adding curb appeal through attractive landscaping features like plantings and lawns that reflect current aesthetic trends in landscaping design (or at least those of major magazines). This ensures that if someone wants to buy your house, they’ll know they’re getting more than just square footage—you’ve invested time into making sure everything looks nice!

Finally–and most importantly–yearly tree care protects trees’ longevity: While some species have natural life spans well over 100 years old (such as redwoods), others may only live 50 years or so before dying out altogether due to their age restrictions imposed by nature itself.

There are many benefits to regular tree maintenance. It helps to keep your property healthy, safe and beautiful. Cleaning up fallen leaves and debris will also keep your yard looking its best all year round. If you need help with any of these services, call us today!

The Dos and Don’ts of Tree Health

Trees are vital to a healthy environment. They provide shade, absorb carbon emissions, and so much more! But trees can’t be left to fend for themselves, especially in the face of climate change. You need to pay attention to their needs if you want them around for many years—and not just when it’s time for spring pruning or leaf cleanup. Here are a few dos and don’ts of tree health. 

Do Schedule Regular Tree Care Maintenance 

  • schedule regular tree care maintenance
  • find a good arborist
  • choose the right arborist for you and your trees

If you’ve read this far, it’s probably because you’re concerned about your trees. Don’t worry—you’re not alone! Trees are an essential part of our ecosystem and deserve proper care. To help ensure that they remain healthy and long-lived, it is necessary to make sure they receive expert attention regularly. This means finding a qualified arborist who can give them the attention they need to thrive.

How often should one visit their local arborist? The answer depends on various factors such as the tree being cared for, its age and health status (watering conditions), its location (wind exposure), etc.

Don’t Ignore Dead or Broken Branches

Dead branches can be a sign of other problems, and they can signal the need for the tree to be pruned or removed. Dead branches are also an eyesore and pose a safety hazard if they fall on your home or property. 

Additionally, dead wood can attract insects and disease-carrying pests like wasps and bees. Finally, they provide easy access to nesting sites for birds and other animals like squirrels, who may use your house as their playground!

Do Provide Proper Water and Nutrients

The first thing to do is to provide proper water and nutrients. Water trees when they are dry if needed, and don’t overwater them. A good rule of thumb is to give your tree 2 inches of water per week during the growing season (spring, summer, and fall) and 1 inch every two weeks during the winter months. 

Another way to tell if you’re watering enough is by looking at the soil near the trunk; when it’s dry enough to see roots, consider watering again until the next time you can see the roots. 

In addition to providing adequate water, you should also ensure that your trees have access to plenty of nutrients so their roots can grow strong enough to survive and thrive!

Don’t Leave Tree Pests and Damage Untreated

You may have heard the term “tree pests” and wondered what it means. Tree pests are insects, mites, fungi, bacteria, and other tiny organisms that cause damage to trees. They suck sap from the tree, causing leaves to turn yellow and drop off. They burrow into stems causing dead branches on the tree. Other injuries caused by tree pests include bark beetles that bore into a branch or trunk and then lay eggs, which hatch into larvae that feed on woody tissue inside your tree. The larvae then chew their way out of the damaged area, leaving holes behind when they pupate (form new adults).

If you want to keep your trees healthy and vibrant for years to come—treat any injury immediately! Any time you see signs of disease or pest infestation, you must act quickly with proper treatment before severe damage occurs. You can prevent infestations by…

  • watering regularly during dry spells so moisture remains in the soil around the roots
  • Removing debris under decks where rodents live
  • sealing cracks in foundation/flooring where insects enter a home/building
  • pruning back limbs, overhanging houses/buildings, and garden beds containing flowers/vegetables. 

Do Get Professional Tree Care Help When Needed

If you find yourself with an unhealthy tree, don’t try to take on the job yourself. You may think a DIY solution is the most cost-effective option, but it can cost you more money if things go wrong. It takes years of training and experience to identify tree issues, determines whether they need immediate attention, and determine appropriate treatments. 

Don’t Plant Trees Too Close to Structures

Too often, people plant trees within 15 feet of buildings and other structures. While this may seem like a good idea at the time, it can lead to problems in the future. Trees need plenty of room to grow and spread their roots, and planting them too close together or too close to a building will limit their growth potential and increase the likelihood that falling limbs from another tree will damage one tree. 

If you’re concerned about how much space you have for your trees, consider consulting our ISA-certified arborist, who can help determine what tree is suitable for your area and how much space each would require based on its mature size.

Call SB Tree Service for All of Your Tree Care Needs

The best way to keep trees healthy is to give them the care they need from trained professionals who take tree care seriously. Tree health is not only about the tree itself but also about its overall ecosystem—the people who use and benefit from it and those who live around it. With this in mind, the proper treatment for a sick tree must consider all these factors. 

Trees need care just like any other living thing, so if your tree is struggling for some reason or another, don’t hesitate to call our tree care experts here at SB Tree Service. 

6 Common Questions and Answers About a Hurricane’s Effect on Trees

Hurricanes are some of the most devastating natural disasters. They can cause massive damage to buildings, infrastructure, and property, but they also have another effect: They can uproot trees and cause them to fall over, causing even more damage and bodily harm.

In this article, you’ll learn about a hurricane’s effect on trees and how you can protect your home from damage caused by these natural disasters. 

1. What Happens to a Tree When a Hurricane Hits It?

There are many ways that a hurricane can affect a tree.

  • wind can damage a tree, causing the trunk to split or break off. This usually happens during high winds, which cause the trunk to bend until it snaps.
  • a tree may fall over if its roots have been uprooted by the force of strong winds or flooding from rainwater.

2. How Much Wind Can a Tree Withstand?

Trees can sustain three types of damage from strong winds: broken branches, uprooted trees, and falling trees.

  • broken branches: A strong gust of wind can break off many of its branches even if it doesn’t cause the tree to fall. If you have a young or small tree that a hurricane has damaged on your property, you may consider removing these broken limbs so they don’t get caught in clothing and cause injury.
  • uprooted trees: A tree’s roots hold it firmly in place but aren’t always deep enough to withstand high winds. Some species of tree (such as those with shallow roots) are more easily uprooted than others. Uprooting is especially likely when the soil is saturated by rainwater or flood water; this causes more strain on each root than usual and could loosen them enough for the entire plant to shift out of place. 

After a major storm strikes your area, check each affected tree carefully for signs of disturbance near its base before attempting any repairs; doing so will help prevent further damage while keeping you safe from falling debris!

3. Can a Hurricane Uproot Even the Healthiest Tree?

A hurricane can uproot even the healthiest tree. However, it depends on several factors. The size of the tree is one factor that will influence whether or not the tree survives a hurricane. For example, if you planted a large oak in your front yard, this tree will likely weather any storm, no matter how strong. On the other hand, if you planted a smaller tree with shallow roots as part of your landscaping plan for your property, a hurricane will likely be damaged beyond repair during such an event.

Another critical factor is how far underground the roots extend; some trees have very shallow roots while others’ roots are much deeper and stronger than others. Suppose there is soil erosion or water flooding during a hurricane (which can happen). In that case, those shallow-rooted trees might become uprooted even if they don’t sustain any physical damage. 

4. Is There Anything I Can Do to Protect My Trees from Hurricanes?

Trees can be protected from hurricanes with the right preparation, care, maintenance, and pruning. The best way to protect your trees from hurricanes is by fertilizing them yearly in the spring or fall, and fertilization will help improve their health, growth, and resistance to disease.

Fertilizing once a year provides a steady source of nutrients that feed root systems while growing new leaves in spring or summertime foliage during the fall months. It also helps boost their immunity against all sorts of pests, including insects like termites which feed on trees, and other animals like deer or rabbits, who may nibble on the bark when hungry for something nutritious!

At SB Tree Service, we also offer risk assessment services to help customers assess any trees that could be a potential issue during hurricane season. 

5. How Long After a Hurricane Should I Wait Before Clearing My Trees?

This is the most common question we hear at the beginning of every hurricane season, and it’s difficult to give a straightforward answer. Some trees can handle high winds better than others—a tall, old-growth tree that has been around for decades will typically be more resilient than a younger, smaller one. 

The damage sustained also varies by species: some trees may lose branches while others suffer extensive damage to their crowns or trunks. And finally, many factors play into how quickly you can remove your damaged tree from your property—the availability of qualified arborists nearby, for example, or the size and scope of any storm cleanup efforts currently underway in your community.

You can best assess each situation individually with an expert arborist who knows what issues need addressing when dealing with certain types of trees in specific locations. SB Tree Service serves all residents in Volusia County as your local tree care experts. If you have questions about tree clearing after a storm or a hurricane’s effect on trees, call us!

6. Who Should I Call to Deal with My Damaged Trees?

At SB Tree Service, we offer tree care and service to all of Volusia County and can handle any job, big or small.

Our team is fully licensed and insured, so you can rest assured that we will do the job right. With hundreds of happy customers across Volusia County, we are the trusted tree care company in the area! 

Not to mention our years of experience dealing with Florida hurricane season and its damage to properties across our county. 

You’ll Be Better Equipped to Handle Your Damaged Trees by Having the Answers to These Common Questions

Hopefully, this article has answered some of your questions about a hurricane’s effect on trees. We know hurricane season can be a scary time for many Florida residents, and we want to remind you that we are here to help. If you have any other questions, please contact us, and we’ll be happy to assist you in any way we can!

What Do Hurricanes and Falling Trees Have in Common? They Both Can Cause Serious Damage

It’s been a while since we’ve had a hurricane here in Central Florida. So, what happens when we get one? Like most things in life, it can be good or bad. You can do many things to protect your home from damage if a hurricane comes through. And if you live here in Florida, it’s time for you to prepare for the next big one. 

You might have questions about how to protect your property during this storm season, and our professionals here at SB Tree Service are here to help! 

Hurricanes

Hurricanes are nature’s most powerful storms. They form over warm ocean waters and can cause property damage, loss of life, and severe damage.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is responsible for tracking these storms, called hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean and typhoons in the western Pacific Ocean. In the United States, hurricanes that threaten land fall under NHC’s jurisdiction if they have sustained winds greater than 74 miles per hour (mph). These storms have been known to slow down or stall as they approach land—meaning that you could be stuck for several days without power, food, or water if caught up in a hurricane’s path.

Scientists do not know exactly why hurricanes form where they do or how long they will last before moving on to another area; however, there are ways to help protect yourself from damage caused by a hurricane. 

Falling Trees

Falling trees are a severe danger in the wake of a hurricane, and they can cause your home to suffer severe structural damage and personal injury or death to those inside. In addition, falling trees can also cause power outages and damage vehicles, making it difficult for people to get around after the storm.

You must know how to spot a falling tree before it hits you or your property. Trees will often lean before they fall over, so look carefully at any tree near where you live and check for any signs of leaning or other unusual movements. If there is anything unusual about how a tree looks or if its branches are looser than usual (as opposed to tightly wrapped), then consider having one of our professionals come out and inspect it (if possible) before the next storm hits. 

What You Can Do Before Disaster Strikes

During a storm, there are several things you can do to ensure your home is safe and secure. Some of these actions may seem obvious, but it’s essential to be sure you’re prepared for any situation.

  • check your roof for damage. Before a hurricane or other storm hits, look at your roof for leaks or other signs of wear and tear that could cause water damage. Look for missing shingles or tears in the tarpaper underlayment around the edges of your roof—both can make it easier for rainwater to get inside and find its way into floorboards or walls below them (where it will eventually result in mold growth). Also, check if any trees have fallen on top of your house; if strong winds have uprooted them, they could leave behind severe cracks in walls or even holes when they go down!
  • inspect gutters for debris buildup–this could cause problems with drainage later on during heavy rains if clogged up too much… so don’t let this happen by cleaning out all leaves/branches beforehand. 

Protect Yourself from Storm Damage and Falling Trees 

If you live in an area prone to hurricanes, take precautions to protect your home. If you think your trees are too close to the house, trust your instincts and contact our tree care professionals at SB Tree Service. Our local company can help protect your property from falling trees and prepare your property before a hurricane hits. 

Homeowners must be aware of potential damage from falling trees during hurricanes and other natural disasters to prepare them for emergencies.

Hurricanes and falling trees can cause severe damage to homes and property. Taking the proper precautions before disaster strikes can save you from paying more than necessary for repairs later. 

How to Spot a Zombie Tree Before Disaster Strikes

Have you ever heard of a seemingly healthy tree falling during a storm? If so, it’s likely what arborists call a “zombie tree.” Zombie trees are almost entirely dead on the inside and may look perfectly healthy on the outside.

They can be a serious hazard because they could fall on your house or car and cause significant damage, costing you money and time. If you’ve been looking for a way to protect your home and family from these terrifying zombie trees, this article is definitely for you!

What is a Zombie Tree?

A zombie tree looks perfectly healthy on the outside but is dead on the inside. These trees can be found anywhere on your property near your home and driveway or in backyards where children play. While they may not seem like a big deal at first glance (and often don’t pose immediate danger), zombies are extremely dangerous because they can fall on people and property, causing damage and harm if left unchecked. Zombie trees also threaten power lines and other infrastructure, so be sure to take note of all potential zombie tree threats on your property!

How Does a Tree Become a Zombie Tree?

The cause of a zombie tree is rooted in a few different environmental factors, so it’s essential to understand how they become a zombie tree before you try to spot them. Below are just a few factors that can affect the health of your trees, causing this issue. 

  • Root damage
  • Compacted soil
  • Poor drainage
  • Insect infestation or drought stress

How Do You Spot a Zombie Tree?

There are a few telltale signs that indicate your tree may be dead. If any of these happen, it’s time to call in the professionals for some help.

  • Look for dead branches. Check whether any branches are brown, yellow, or gray – indicating that they’re dead and could fall at any time.
  • Look for dead tops of the tree. If there are no leaves on top of your tree, it’s probably not getting enough sunlight and water to stay alive – which means it’s probably about to die! 
  • Look for any branches that are not living – Branches should look green when healthy; if they’re dry or brownish-yellow, it could indicate something is seriously wrong. 
  • The tree’s leaves are wilting and falling off. This could be due to various factors, but it’s worth mentioning because it could mean that the tree has been infected with something—and if you don’t remove it soon, it might become too late.
  • You may notice a foul odor from your tree’s trunk or limbs. A rotten scent coming from one of your trees is also an indicator that something may be wrong. 

How Can I Prevent My Tree from Becoming a “Zombie Tree”?

A regular tree care program is the best way to prevent your trees from being transformed into zombie trees. Proper pruning, fertilizing, and watering will keep your trees healthy and strong. If you have any questions about how to maintain your trees, contact SB Tree Service today! 

Can You Fix a Zombie Tree?

Unfortunately, zombie trees are past the point of help. Our tree care experts can provide you with a free assessment of your trees to ensure they are completely dead before removing them. Once we have determined they are a hazard, our removal service team will be able to safely and effectively remove any zombie trees on your property before disaster strikes! 

Our ISA Certified Arborist is Here is Help! 

It’s no secret that zombie trees are bad news. Not only do they threaten human life, but they are only a nuisance to the surrounding ecosystem. By learning how to spot a zombie tree, you can help prevent a disaster before it starts by identifying and removing any infected trees from your property as soon as possible.

We hope this article has helped show you how to spot a zombie tree. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us today. We would love to help! 

Want to learn more about the dangers of zombie trees? Check out our feature in Fox 35 Orlando’s recent news story!

Does Your Tree Need Pruning?

Trees are one of the most beautiful and essential parts of our natural world. From providing us with clean air, shade, and shelter from the elements to providing a habitat for many different types of animals, trees are an essential part of any landscape. 

If you want your trees to be healthy, strong, and full of life for many years, then it’s essential for you as a homeowner or business owner to understand how trimming can help promote healthy growth in your trees. Let’s dive deeper into one of the most common question: “does your tree need pruning?” 

Remove Dead or Dying Branches

If you have dead or dying branches on your tree, they likely need to be removed. Dead branches can be hazardous, unsightly, dangerous, and fire hazards.

Dead branches can also be a safety and health hazard to humans and pets. They are also considered an environmental hazard because they can become home to pests like termites and other invasive insects that could spread disease throughout your property and neighborhood.

Remove Diseased or Insect-Infested Branches

If the tree is diseased or infested, it will be unsafe and dangerous to those around it. Also, if you have a dead tree in your yard, it’s probably best that you remove it. If a branch falls onto someone walking by, you may be liable for all of their medical expenses.

If there are branches that are dead on your tree but not yet falling off and causing damage as they do so, consider having them removed before they become a hazard.

The last reason someone would want to remove diseased or insect-infested branches is aesthetic: they just don’t look good! If there’s something wrong with your tree (including overgrowth), having it looked at and maintained by our experts at SB Tree Service will help improve its appearance and health. 

Maintain a Tree’s Shape and Form

Pruning is a must if you’re concerned about your tree’s appearance. You don’t want it to look like a Charlie Brown Christmas tree when it can look vibrant and beautiful! To keep that perfect shape, trimming is essential to maintaining your tree’s health. It can help:

  • trim away limbs that rub against each other (this will keep them from rubbing off bark) or scrape against your home or vehicle parked in front of it
  • eliminate dead wood (that’s branches without any leaves on them), which could become diseased if left alone

Enhance the Appearance of the Landscape

You have trees in your landscape to make it more appealing, so why would you want to remove them? Pruning can be a great way to enhance the tree’s appearance, making it look better than ever before. There are several reasons why pruning a tree may help.

  • the overall effect of the landscape can be improved by having some trees pruned. This can include making them more symmetrical or balanced, making things appear more natural and pleasing.
  • cutting back branches on one side of a tree that has grown too long or wide can help balance out an unbalanced space by providing texture and interest where there once was none beforehand.

Ensure Safety Around Homes, Buildings, People, and Vehicles

Pruning is essential to the safety of homes, buildings, people, and vehicles, and it can help prevent damage to trees that could result in expensive repairs or even injury or death. Let’s not forget about hurricane season here in Florida. When a tree’s health begins dwindling, a hurricane can worsen its stability. Even the slightest gust of wind or rain can uproot an unhealthy tree causing more damage to yourself, your home, or your vehicle. 

  • ensure safety around homes, buildings, people, and vehicles:
  • trees with branches that hang low enough to touch roofs should be trimmed annually.
  • lowering branches before they get too big will prevent them from breaking off later on when they become heavy with fruit or snow.
  • avoid damage to power lines
  • trim any low-hanging branches that could come into contact with overhead power lines so they won’t interfere with utility equipment such as transformers and electric wires. If you’re unsure how close your tree’s limbs grow toward high voltage lines, contact an arborist for assistance in determining how much trimming needs to be done for them not to touch the wires at all times during daylight hours (when most traffic occurs).

Promote Plant Health During Construction Projects

When planning a construction project, it’s essential to keep your tree trimming needs in mind. Tree trimming can help prevent tree damage during construction and promote healthy growth.

If you’re planning on building something around or near a tree, you should hire experienced professionals in pruning trees with care and precision. They will be able to ensure that the project will go smoothly without endangering any of your trees or shrubs.

Encourage New Growth and Flowering

Your trees need pruning for three reasons:

  • encourage the growth of new branches, which will eventually bear fruit.
  • encourage flowering and fruiting.
  • promote healthy growth.

Encourage Certain Fruits or Seeds to Produce

In addition to the annual pruning that helps your tree look its best, you may need to make specific cuts to encourage fruit production. If your fruit trees have never produced fruit before, or if their fruit production has decreased over time, it’s a good idea to have them pruned by a professional arborist. A skilled arborist can determine whether the problem is structural or nutritional and recommend the appropriate solution.

For example:

  • fruit trees such as apples and pears need their branches removed near the end of winter so that more sunlight reaches their developing buds in spring, stimulating flowering and fruiting later in summer.
  • fruit trees such as cherries and peaches require unique cuts during winter because they grow on new wood rather than last year’s growth like other deciduous plants do (trees lose their leaves yearly). By removing older branches now, you’ll encourage stronger growth from new one’s next year—and they’ll produce more fruit!

Trimming Will Help Promote Healthy Growth in Your Tree

It might seem like a no-brainer with so many reasons to prune your tree. But remember, not all tree trimming services are created equal—some companies may offer lower prices but less experience or skill when doing this kind of work. If you’re looking for someone who can help keep your trees healthy and strong for years to come, we hope this article has given you some insight into how we do that here at SB Tree Service; Contact us today to get a free estimate! 

5 Common Questions and Answers About Stump Grinding

Stump grinding is a safe and effective way to eliminate tree stumps; it’s also the preferred method for removing unsightly stumps from your yard. That said, some questions come up during this process that many homeowners are left wondering about. This article will discuss the most common questions and answers about stump grinding and much more!

What is Stump Grinding?

Stump grinding is a process that removes tree stumps without damaging the surrounding area. It’s an effective and safe way to eliminate unwanted tree stumps. Stump grinding is accomplished through machinery like stump grinders and backhoes. The machine operator will remove the top portion of the stump, then use their equipment to expose its roots so they can be pulled out with a chain attached to their machine. 

Stump grinding machines are also equipped with safety features that limit how deep into the ground they can reach for them not to damage underground utilities such as water pipes or electrical wires when removing large stumps from your home property!

What is the Difference Between Stump Grinding and Stump Removal?

Stump grinding is a safe, efficient, and environmentally friendly way to remove tree stumps. The stump grinding process uses a machine to grind off the top of the stump and ground it into small piles of mulch-like material. Stump removal involves removing the entire piece of wood from the ground, which can damage surrounding areas. 

How Long Does the Stump Grinding Process Take?

The length of time for stump grinding largely depends on the size of the stump and the type of equipment used. The standard rule of thumb is that a one-inch diameter tree will be removed in a few minutes, and it takes about 15 to 20 minutes to grind down a 4-inch diameter tree. Stumps can sometimes take longer if they are very large or tough, but they can also be removed in less than five minutes if they are small and soft.

How Much Does Stump Grinding Cost?

Stump grinding costs vary from job to job, depending on several factors. The stump’s size is significant—the bigger the stump, the more it costs. 

Many variables can affect your price such as:

  • Type of stump
  • Type of wood
  • Size of the stump
  • Much more!

Why Should I Hire a Professional for Stump Grinding?

You may be tempted to tackle the stump grinding yourself, but you’re better off hiring a professional. Here are some reasons why:

  • You don’t want to damage your property. Stump grinders can be quite powerful and easily tear up the ground if you don’t know what you’re doing.
  • You don’t want to damage the machinery. Again, power tools like stump grinders aren’t designed for amateurs and can cause serious injury if misused.
  • You don’t want to damage your health by misusing power tools or without proper training or supervision from an experienced professional in how they should be used safely so that no one gets hurt. 

Stump Grinding is a Safe and Effective Way to Eliminate Tree Stumps

You’re looking for a way to eliminate your tree stumps, and stump grinding sounds like the perfect solution. But you’re worried about safety, efficiency, and cost. Don’t worry! Stump grinding is safe and effective—and it’s also environmentally friendly and cost-effective. 

Safety is always important when working with heavy machinery. When you hire a professional tree service company to remove your trees, they will use only the most up-to-date machinery that meets all applicable safety standards. Incidents are rare, but if they occur (for example, if a chipper blade breaks), the professionals know exactly how to respond to keep everyone out of danger.

We hope this quick guide helped answer the most common questions and answers about stump grinding. If you have any other questions about stump grinding or want to know more about our services, please contact us today!

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How to Spot a Zombie Tree Before Disaster Strikes

Have you ever heard of a seemingly healthy tree falling during a storm? If so, it’s likely what arborists call a “zombie tree.” Zombie trees are almost entirely dead on the inside and may look perfectly healthy on the outside. They can be a serious hazard because they could fall on your house or car […]

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Does Your Tree Need Pruning?

Trees are one of the most beautiful and essential parts of our natural world. From providing us with clean air, shade, and shelter from the elements to providing a habitat for many different types of animals, trees are an essential part of any landscape.  If you want your trees to be healthy, strong, and full […]

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5 Common Questions and Answers About Stump Grinding

Stump grinding is a safe and effective way to eliminate tree stumps; it’s also the preferred method for removing unsightly stumps from your yard. That said, some questions come up during this process that many homeowners are left wondering about. This article will discuss the most common questions and answers about stump grinding and much […]

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