Tree Removal Information

Common Reasons to consider tree pruning and/or removal.    Answer

What if I have a TREE EMERGENCY?    Answer

Planning for your tree work.    Answer

What is the next step?    Answer

     > Common Reasons to consider tree pruning and/or removal:
     There are many reasons which people have concluded that their trees need to be pruned and/or removed. The following is a partial list of why one may want to prune and/or remove their trees:
  • Safety is of utmost importance. Trees have a natural life expectancy. When a tree nears the end of its natural life, the tree then may begin to shed branches, some large and some small. When the branches start to shed and fall at will, the tree then becomes a safety issue which should be addressed. Dead branches can fall out of a tree at any time, placing the children, pets and others at risk of personal injury.

  • When tree branches grow into or near power line and other utility lines, the branches then can become a hazard. The hazard is two fold:

    • Damage to the tree. When trees grow into power line(s) and other utility line(s), the natural movement of the trees causes the tree branches to rub against the lines and this action causes open wounds to the trees. Through the open wounds, insects and disease can enter the trees and cause sever damage to the health of the tree.

    • Damage to the utility lines. When the tree branches rub against the utility lines, the protective casing of the utility lines can be rubbed off. This can cause open access to electrical lines, poor reception through cable and telephone lines and security concerns for monitoring equipment.

  • Storm damage. Storm damage can be caused by wind, rain and/or lightning. Damage can range from:

    • Cracked or snapped branches.

    • Broken branches which are disconnected and still hanging in the trees.

    • Tree tops which have snapped off.

    • Lightning hits

    • Heavy rains which can loosen the root stability.

  • Diseased limbs. disease will weaken the structure of the branches and/or trees to a point where they become a hazard to people and/or pets.

  • Insects can cause major health and structural damage to all parts of a tree. The major concern one faces with insect damage is the hidden damage that can be done by the insects which weakens a tree both structurally and health wise.

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     > What if I have a TREE EMERGENCY?
     True's Tree Service defines a tree emergency as:

  • A tree or limb, which is in a position to cause immediate harm to people, pets and/or personal property

  • A tree that has fallen and caused a situation where the fallen tree if not removed will continue to cause further harm to people, pets and/or personal property.


    • A tree that has come down and punctured a roof.

    • A tree that has come down and has landed on utility lines.

    • A tree that has snapped and is hung-up where people, pets or personal property may become harmed by the part of the tree coming free and traveling the rest of the way down.

     If you are experiencing a tree emergency, please state this clearly when first making contact with True's Tree Service DIAL (781) 910-1771. Tree emergencies need attention right away and jump to the front of the priority line.

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     > Planning for your tree work:
How long does it take to remove a tree?

     The length of time that is required to remove a tree varies greatly from the size of a tree to the physical number of trees being removed. True's Tree Service completes most tree jobs in one business day. There are situations where when dealing with large numbers of trees that a job may take two or three days.

What is meant by standing dead?

     Standing dead is in reference to a tree which has died but is still in the upright position. Standing dead trees can be very dangerous to people and pets. The trees can drop branches without notice or can fall over much easier than healthy trees. Once a tree dies, the decomposition process starts and weakens the tree more and more. Standing dead trees that have deteriorated can be very dangerous to remove safely.

What is the part of a tree which is called the stump?

     The part of the tree which is called the stump is the part of the trunk that is left in the ground after the trunk has been cut off. Stumps can be of different heights, most stumps after a tree removal are six inches and under of trunk remaining above the ground. There are some times where one would like a stump to be cut high to the size of one to two feet.

     Roots radiate out from the stumps and can spread out in many directions for many feet. A stump does not include all of the roots that are part of the tree. The stump only includes the roots that are located physically close to the trunk of the tree. Roots that radiate outside of a one foot area from the trunk are not considered part of the stump.

Is stump removal a normal part of removing a tree?

     Stump removal is not a normal part of removing a tree, but the request to remove stumps happens on a high frequency.

     True's Tree Service quotes stump removals as a separate line item on our proposals. We do this for a couple of reasons. This allows our customers to shop around for stump removal prices and compare apples to apples. When shopping for stump prices, it is important to keep the following in mind:

  • How deep is the stump going to be ground?

  • Are the major roots going to be chased?

  • What is going to happen to the stump grindings?

How long is a tree estimate good for?

     True's Tree Service tree estimates are valid for 30 days after the estimate was given. After the 30 day period, pricing may vary.

Are permits required to remove a tree?

     The answer to this question is, "it depends". It depends on which town that the tree is located in. Different towns have different policies and procedures pertaining to the removal of trees. It is the responsibility of the tree owner to make sure that all permits are properly obtained and in full effect. This includes any and all special permits that may be required for trees that are regulated by conservation land laws.

     True's Tree Service can help you understand and get your hands around the permitting issues.

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     > What is the next step?
     1.) Complete the True's Tree Service   Free Estimate Request.

     2.) One of the True's Tree Service professionals will contact you to discuss your wants and needs.

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