If you have a tree that is overgrown or uneven, it may be time to hire someone to do tree lopping. In order to prepare for that experience, there are a few things you can do. Here's what to consider:
1. Choose an insured tree lopping company
The first step in preparing for tree lopping is choosing an experienced and reputable tree lopping company. Ideally, you want a company that is fully insured and bonded. This approach ensures you are safe.
If the tree loppers accidentally damage any parts of your home, garage or other property, their insurance policy covers your costs. Unfortunately, you cannot get this same level of assurance from hiring an amateur.
2. Decide what you want trimmed
Ideally, you should schedule a consultation session with your tree loppers to determine which parts of your tree need lopping. Ultimately, the decision will depend on a range of factors including the age of the tree, the health of its branches and its position.
Young trees, for example, only need unhealthy branches lopped off while older trees need help with re-shaping, evening and removing dead and dangerous limbs. During your consultation, you can decide which branches you want lopped off and get an estimate for the job.
3. Clean the area around the tree
Before the loppers arrive, prepare the area around the trees waiting to be lopped. Remove toys, bicycles, boats or anything else you have stored next to the tree. That protects those objects, and it means that the tree loppers can get to work as soon as they arrive.
If the tree loppers are using cranes or other heavy equipment to move branches, also make sure you have cleared ample room for those tools.
4. Make plans for the removal of dead branches
You should also decide what you are going to do with the lopped branches before the tree loppers arrive. Most loppers remove dead branches and other debris, and the cost of that service should be included in the quote. If you want the branches removed, make sure that service is offered by the tree loppers.
However, you may be able to get a discount if you are willing to keep the wood. Dead wood or wood that was removed to even up the tree can be used in wood burning stoves, it can be chipped into decorative wood chips for landscaping, and depending on the quality of the wood, it may even be able to be used for small building projects.