Emergency Tree Services
Arborist Now's skilled team responds to tree emergencies with expertise and prompt, reliable service.
Storm damage? A fallen tree on your property? Fallen branches or insect infested trees? Arborist Now will respond to your emergency with our expertise and prompt service where safety always comes first.
Trees in general should be taken seriously. Whether it is planting or maintenance or removal, trees are often the source of major neighborhood disputes and in many cases, lawsuits.
After severe storms, thousands of trees can be uprooted, blown over, damaged and otherwise scattered around a neighborhood. The biggest question – who is responsible for removal of the fallen trees and debris? Homeowners hurry and pull out insurance policies to try to understand if storm damage tree removal is covered.
As a rule, trees that fall onto your property are your problem and may be covered by your homeowner’s insurance policy. This is true even if those trees are rooted on your neighbor’s property. You are responsible for costs of emergency tree removal services on your property and for the damages that the tree caused. Consequently, it is essential that you contact your insurance agent to make sure your policy covers these losses in amounts reasonably calculated to cover the costs of tree removal or property repairs.
The average cost for removing a 40-foot tree that is 36 inches around will run approximately $1,000. Actual costs will vary based on the location of the tree, the branches, the tree’s condition and whether you want the wood cut into usable firewood or hauled away.
Make sure, prior to hiring, that the tree removal contractor is insured. Tree removal contractors (arborists) should carry property, casualty and worker’s compensation insurance. Without worker’s compensation insurance, any tree removal worker injured on your property could sue you for the damages suffered in the line of work.
Most insurance companies maintain that property owners are responsible for protecting their property. It is advisable to review your policy coverage with your insurance agent, as coverage will vary from company to company.
Whether an unexpected storm brought down tree branches on your property or an aging tree simply dropped some weakened branches, most of us know what a time-consuming nuisance it is to dispose of the debris and clean up the mess. Arborist Now suggests a few important things to consider when contending with fallen tree branches:
- Only deal with limbs that are down on the ground or that you are sure you can work with safely. Never remove a limb hanging on a power line—call a professional emergency tree removal service a company that handles tree branch removal. Likewise, never attempt to disengage a limb from a power line, even if the power to the line has been shut off. Remember, an improperly-installed generator can back feed power onto the grid and energize it even though the utility has shut off power. Don't take the risk.
- Decide which limbs are good for firewood and which is brush. A good rule of thumb is to save every branch part that is 1 ½ inches in diameter, is good for kindling and firewood. Get rid of the rest!
Removing large fallen tree branches by yourself can be very difficult and dangerous, especially if you don’t have experience with tree removal. Using a chainsaw is also extremely dangerous. Calling on professionals like Arborist Now is highly recommended, as fallen branches can occur in many different dangerous scenarios. Partially fallen trees are the most dangerous, as they are usually supported by a few branches under great tension and can resume falling at any time.
One of the most important aspects of cultivating a beautiful landscape is maintaining healthy, thriving trees. A stately tree, mature and graceful, cannot be easily or quickly replaced and planting new trees is expensive, so protecting your trees from diseases or insect infection is a top priority. If you are concerned that your trees may be infested or if a branch appears to be diseased, consult a professional arborist or tree surgeon for expert advice.
As a local tree company with many years of industry experience, Arborist Now has the experience and expertise to help you recognize signs of disease and infestation. With an on-site assessment, our certified arborists determine which branches and parts of the tree are diseased and if the situation is salvageable. We specialize in removing dead trees and diseased tree limbs in the event the tree cannot be saved.
What does a diseased tree look like?
A tree overrun with bugs or some other condition will in most cases display symptoms of the problem in its physical appearance and characteristics. If your trees are suffering from phomopsis blight, spider mites, phytophthora root rot or white pine weevil, use these methods to help identify the problem by:
- Inspecting the base of the tree and root area. Look for signs of digging or burrowing, insects, wood decay, rot or fungus. If you find saw-dust like material, most likely carpenter ants or termites are present.
- Checking the bark and trunk for peeling, cracks, holes or weakening and thinning sections. Bald spots, discoloration and peeling can be an indicator of a tree infested with insects or carrying a disease.
- Spotting small dead branches or other areas with a low density of leaves, especially in the spring when everything is in bloom. If the majority of branches are bare, removing the tree might be necessary.
What to do if you have a diseased tree?
A diseased tree can cause a variety of problems for residential and commercial landscapes, including liabilities caused by falling branches to an infestation that spreads across your entire property. If you suspect you have a diseased tree, contact Arborist Now for an on-site evaluation. Give us a call to speak to a knowledgeable representative and let Arborist Now help your diseased tree and prevent further damage to its surroundings.
Insect Infestation trees
Countless insects live on, in, and around trees - many are harmless, while others can cause serious damage and possibly can kill trees. Arborist Now tree experts can detect and treat trees with insect infestation. Here are the three main types of insects that affect trees.
- Chewing insects, which defoliate trees, migrate to the vegetation of a tree and feed on the leaves. Other chewing insects attack the fruit. Caterpillars and beetles make up the largest proportion of chewing insects. In general, trees quickly recover from an attack of these defoliators, though repeat infestation can weaken a tree and eventually kill it by starving it of energy.
- Boring insects are often the most harmful to trees. A tree left untreated may die. Boring or tunneling insects cause damage by boring into the stem, roots, or twigs of a tree. Some lay eggs that hatch and the larvae burrow more deeply into the wood, blocking off the water-conducting tissues of the tree. If the infestation is serious, the upper leaves are starved of nutrients and moisture and the tree can die. Signs of borer infestation include entry and exit holes in the bark, small mounds of sawdust at the base, and sections of the crown wilting and dying. Regularly monitoring of a tree's trunk for signs of boring insects enables early identification and quick treatment.
- These insects do their damage by sucking out the liquid from leaves and twigs. Many sucking insects are relatively motionless, living on the outside of a branch and forming a hard-protective outer coating while they feed on the plant juices in the twig. Quite often they will excrete a sweet, sticky substance known as honeydew which contains unprocessed plant material. Signs of infestation include scaly formations on branches, dieback of leaves, and honeydew production.
Following a major storm with substantial damage, the first reaction of property owners is to get moving and clean up the mess! But hasty decisions can result in removing trees that could have been saved.
Approaching the situation carefully, you can give your trees a good chance to survive rather than unnecessarily losing them. Arborist Now suggests that home and property owners to follow a few simple rules in dispensing tree first aid after a storm:
- Don't attempt to do it yourself. If large limbs are broken or hanging, or if high climbing or overhead chainsaw work is needed, it is the job for professional arborists. A reliable tree care service has the necessary equipment and knowledge needed and are experienced in emergency tree service.
- Take safety precautions. Look up and look down. Be on the alert for downed power lines and dangerous hanging branches that look like they may be ready to fall. Stay away from any downed utility lines, low-voltage telephone, or cable lines and even fence wires can become electrically charged when there are fallen or broken electrical lines nearby. Don't get under broken limbs that are hanging or caught in other branches overhead. Leave chainsaw work to the professionals.
- Remove any broken branches still attached to the tree. Removing the jagged remains of smaller sized broken limbs is one common repair that property owners can make after a storm. If done properly, it will minimize the risk of decay agents entering the wound. Smaller branches should be pruned at the point where they join larger ones. Large branches that are broken should be cut back to the trunk or a main limb by an arborist.
- Resist the urge to prune excessively. With branches gone, your trees may look unbalanced or naked. You will be pleasantly surprised at how fast trees can heal, grow new foliage, and return to a beautiful state.
- Do not allow your trees to be topped! Untrained individuals may urge you to cut back all of the branches, on the mistaken assumption that reducing the length of branches will help avoid breakage in future storms. While storm damage may not always allow for ideal pruning cuts, professional arborists say that “topping,” cutting main branches back to stubs, is one of the worst things you can do for your trees. At best, its recovery will be retarded and it will almost never regain its original shape or beauty.
The Hazards of a Dead Trees
A dead tree on your home’s property can lead to many complications involving your property.
If you are dealing with a dying or dead tree, you may face potential issues that include:
- Property Damage – A dead tree could pose a large threat to your property due to it being weak and it could break or fall over and cause serious damage to your home and/or areas of your property.
- Personal Injury – Since the wood is week on a dead tree, it is much more prone to breakage than that of a healthy tree. You can never be certain if a branch or limb is secure or not and the risk of it detaching or breaking unexpectedly while someone is near, is far too great and could result in serious injury or fatality.
- Utility Line Damage – Dead tree removal is something to do before the tree branches become a threat to your utility lines. Dead branches could easily fall and leave you without power.
- Infestation – Dead trees often become a gathering place and breeding ground for various insects that can be simple pest to pests and critters than can turn into a nuisance.
Getting rid of dead trees is a good way to keep this from happening and the only way to safely and securely do this is by call a professional tree care company like Arborist Now.
Why You Should Have Trees Professionally Removed?
Moving a tree is not an easy task and involves much more than residents and homeowners realize. If you’re faced with the situation where you need to a tree removed from your property, here are a few reasons why you should get your tree professionally removed:
- Arborists in the San Francisco and Bay area have the right equipment to perform the job. A professional tree removal company like Arborist Now will know exactly what tools and the manpower it takes to ensure the job is performed as safely and as efficiently as possible.
- Dead tree removal sometimes means working within the confines of tight spaces. If this is case, it takes a professional arborist to safely maneuver with the space and remove the tree.
- Often, tree removal involved clearing land and even if a homeowner manages to take down the tree, the stump still remains a hazard and needs to be cleared from the area to avoid additional dangers.
Arborist now has spent years working with homeowners to beautify and protect their trees and surrounding property. They offer superior dead tree removal service because they understand how important these jobs are to preserve the natural beauty of the land and protecting you and your home.
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