Windstorms, hail and snow storms can cause all sorts of issues on your property and with your landscape. Emergency tree removal may be required after a particularly strong storm knocks down limbs or entire trees. Careful handling of this process helps to minimize costs and get your property back in shape quickly and safely.

Find out what to consider when faced with a downed tree after a storm.

How Did the Tree Fall?

Trees come down in a variety of ways, but consider these two basic categories when forming a plan of attack:

• Trees that come down at the roots – this often results in major damage to the surrounding landscape, as the tree roots are ripped from the ground. Repairs involve digging out the remaining roots, chopping the tree into manageable chunks and filling the hole.
• Trees that break at any point above the ground – this type of tree damage can be handled in a more straightforward manner, with the downed limbs collected and chipped while the remaining tree is either left to recover naturally or removed. Stump removal may be a part of this process.

Is There Access?

Emergency tree removal often requires a certain amount of speed and efficiency in order to remove dangers and make your property safe again. Consider the access to your yard before calling a tree services expert. You will need to provide this information at the initial phone call in order to ensure the proper equipment and personnel are brought out to the jobsite.

Are You Able to Use the Leftover Wood?

Some tree removal companies allow the property owner to keep any useable wood, such as smaller limbs for firewood or chipped trees for mulch. Think about whether you have any need for these products. Keep storage in mind as well.

Cutting back on the contractor’s disposal costs could result in a price reduction for you, but remember that emergency tree removal services are often priced based on the reaction speed and scale of the job. Small changes to the general process may have limited effect on the overall job cost.