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Please Don’t Remove Trees Yourself

These days, homeowners can complete numerous landscaping projects after 30 minutes on YouTube and a quick trip to The Home Depot. However, regardless of how many videos you watch, tree removal should definitely be left off your DIY list.

Felling a tree remains one of the most dangerous jobs you can perform, mainly due to the high level of uncertainty it entails and the knowledge and experience it requires. You must be able to recognize the subtle signs of a dead or dying tree, have the right equipment for the job and know the risks and how to avoid them. 

When death and major property damage are common results, it might be a good idea to call a professional.

Before tackling that damaged tree as your next weekend project, learn why hiring a professional tree removal service is usually your best bet:

  1. Falling Trees and Limbs Are Dangerous: Whether you are cutting down a tree because it is rotted or doing it simply because you don’t like where it’s placed, removing a tree is unpredictable work. As well as not knowing if there are decaying branches at risk of breaking, if you don’t calculate the perfect angle to fell your tree, it could come crashing down on your or your neighbor’s home.
  2. Your Insurance May Not Cover Damages: If a tree falls and hits a power line, your home or even your neighbor’s home, you may not be fully insured for the damages. By using a fully insured and bonded tree removal service, you can have the peace of mind that if something does happen, you will not be liable for thousands of dollars of damage.
  3. Clean Up Is Messy: Once a tree is removed, chances are you’ll be left with a big ugly stump in your yard and a tree with nowhere to go. Not only can this look displeasing to the eye, but it can be hazardous if you have children and time-consuming when it’s time to mow the lawn. By seeking a qualified tree removal service instead, you ensure the company will get things done quickly and efficiently while taking care of the tree and stump afterward.

For more information about tree removal from the qualified team at Stump Man, please contact us here or call us directly at 616.723.3514.

5 Signs Your Tree Is Dying

While enjoying the shade of your trees in Summer and Fall, you may notice a few bare branches, cracks in the trunk or discoloration of leaves. But what’s the difference between a typical change in the season and symptoms of something more?

When a tree is beyond repair, it can wreak all sorts of havoc on your home or yard. As well as becoming a potential eyesore to the neighborhood, a dead tree can call unwanted pests and fungus to your yard. When these uninvited guests eat away at the foundation of your tree, it will become unstable and more likely to fall unexpectedly.

Before deciding to rid your residence of these harmful trees, it’s important to check with a tree care specialist to ensure the tree is beyond saving.

In the meantime, here are five signs your tree may be dead or dying:

  • Tilting Trees: Before inspecting your tree too closely, take a step back. Is it leaning more to one side than the other? If it is, this is a sign that your tree may be dying and is unstable, making it potentially hazardous.
  • Examine the Leaves: Check out the leaves, or lack thereof, on your tree. If your branches are bare on one side or the leaves or needles are brown and it’s not winter, this could be an indication your tree is dead or dying.
  • Visual Signs of Trunk Damage: Take a look at the trunk of your tree for any splits, vertical cracks or missing bark. Not only is this the sign of a dying tree, it could be time to look into a tree removal service as the cracks cause the tree to weaken, making them easily breakable during severe weather. 
  • Evidence of Fungus: Before a tree dies, it slowly starts to rot away from the inside out. While outer symptoms may not be obvious, check the base of your tree for any fungus or mushrooms. If you find some, there is a chance your tree has already died and needs to be removed.
  • Uninvited Guests: When a tree dies, or is dying, you may notice an increase of deadwood loving bugs in the area. Insects such as carpenter ants, termites and various beetles will infest the dead tree and you may notice holes being left in the trunk. This is a solid sign it’s time to seek some affordable tree removal services.

If you still aren’t sure whether your tree is dead or dying, you can also do a scratch test on your tree by scratching a few branches with a knife. If the tree is healthy, the scratches will show green colors and feel moist. You can also do a similar test by breaking small branches from your tree to see what condition it’s in.

For more information about taking care of your trees from the experienced team at Stump Man, please contact us here or call us directly at 616.723.3514.

Dangers of Letting Stumps Deteriorate

Have you ever put off getting a tree removed from your property because you know that a stubborn and unsightly stump will be left behind?

Whether your stump affects your home’s curb appeal, attracts insects and other pests or distracts from your backyard decor — there are many benefits to removing these eyesores from your property.

While some homeowners believe letting a stump deteriorate on its own instead of calling a qualified stump grinding service remains the cheapest solution, it may take several years to rot, causing costly problems of its own.

Here are five reasons why letting your stump deteriorate can be dangerous:

    1. Attract Pests and Insects: As your stump begins to rot, it will call all the deadwood-loving insects to your yard. These insects will not only eat away at your decomposing stump, but they may choose to venture out to the other trees and plants, and sometimes, even your home. 
    2. Disease is Inevitable: Whether you cut your tree down because it was rotting or because it cast too much shade on your home, the potential for disease post-cutting only continues to grow the longer you leave your stump in the ground. These diseases can be transferred to other plants in your yard, causing a bigger issue you’ll have to spend money fixing. 
    3. Hazards Waiting to Happen: Not only is a stump in your yard unappealing, but leaving it to slowly rot can quickly become hazardous to you and your loved ones. While tripping over a stump may not be fatal, running into it with your lawnmower can cause serious damage to your yard equipment. Your new tripping hazard can also leave you liable should your neighbor or guest run into it while visiting. 
    4. It Will Not Go Quietly: If you choose to let your stump deteriorate in time, there is a good chance that once it rots, a large hole or depression in your yard will be left. Opting to let a tree and stump removal company do the work will ensure your yard won’t be left with a hazardous hold in the end.
    5. It Might Keep Growing: Not a lot of people know that after a tree is cut down, that doesn’t mean it’s done growing. In fact, if a stump is not ground down correctly, the roots can continue to grow, causing cracks in nearby sidewalks or driveways. The top of the stump may even try regrowing, tossing all your hard work out the window. By choosing a qualified stump grinding service, the team will grind the stump and save you from potential regrowth.

For more information about stumps from the experienced team at Stump Man, please contact us here or call us directly at 616.723.3514.