How To Know Whether You Need Tree Service or Not?

These days, residential and commercial spaces have grown accustomed to fully beautifying their areas to ensure proper presentation and make an impression to their target market and clients and to their visitors.

While there is a need for a good layout, a promising landscape and aesthetically-gifted structure – a lot of these considerations need to be carried out in such a way that disturbances are eliminated. This is where a lot of environmental factors are considered. And usually, tree service is required in order to ultimately build a place conducive for residential and commercial purposes.

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Trim Trees to Avoid Squirrel Issues

If you have ever had a squirrel enter your home, then you know how much trouble they can cause. Once they chew through an entrance into your attic, they will often move in with their whole family and continue their destructive path from there. Though they are extremely hard to remove once they are inside, with some basic common sense it is not so difficult to keep them from coming in in the first place. Here is a quick look at some of the damage that tree squirrels can cause to your home, and how to make sure they are stopped before they can even begin.


Female squirrels give birth to litters twice a year, in the late summer and in the early winter. These are the most likely times of year that they will be looking to find a cozy shelter in the little nooks of your attack. As they are excellent chewers, once a squirrel has made it to your roof it is usually no problem to find a weak wooden point to gnaw through until they can pop inside. Once they have made it in, squirrels will get to work making a nice nest for themselves, starting by collecting bedding. This bedding will likely include insulation from your home, any wood board easy for them to tear at, and anything else they can find and shred.

Further Damage

A squirrel family loves to chew, even on materials that are not bedding. Electrical wires can be gnawed through completely, causing serious damage to your electrical system, and even starting a fire. Their teeth and jaws are also strong enough to break through PVC piping, which can cause water damage and flooding. Basically, once inside, they have the ability to completely destroy a place if not stopped almost immediately.

Keeping Squirrels Out

The easiest and best way to discourage squirrels from entering your home really comes down to common sense. In the wild, they make their homes in trees, like in your backyard. If your trees have limbs that are extending over or near your rooftop, then more of these rodents are going to be naturally spending quite a bit of time right near your attic. This means not just easy access, but almost a natural progression from their usual habitat to your usual habitat. Having a professional tree removal and trimming service come in to evaluate the trees around your house and removing the limbs that put you most at risk can help to eliminate this closeness and thus reduce the likelihood of such an invasion.

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How To Cut Down Trees In Tricky Situations

Trees can grow to great sizes creeping bigger and taller every year. Some get so tall that they tower over their surrounding buildings, power lines, and other structures posing great risk if large sections or branches were to break off and fall onto the property below. Wind, drought, diseases and pests can significantly increase the risk of major limbs falling by damaging the tree’s structure and reducing its strength and integrity. Trees at risk of falling on surrounding buildings should be removed. If your not sure about the risk of your tall vegetation, contact an Arborist for a consultation. The cost of tree removal varies between companies, but estimates are usually free.

Felling can be done by cutting a notch at the base of the main trunk. Then a back-cut allows the tree to fall in a direction that is calculated by combining the direction the tree is leaning, and the direction your notch is facing. If you don’t want it to land on anything, be sure that the sum of those two directions are pointing into an open area.

If removing a tree that has a “good lean” (leaning more towards one direction than all other directions) and the lean is toward a large enough open area, the felling operation should be very easy. Professional Arborists classify the more simple felling operations as “Non-Hazardous Removals”. A simple notch and back-cut, if done properly, is a very effective way to control where tall trees fall.

However, Some trees require a more delicate procedure if they are going to be removed safely. When a tree is too large to be felled in any direction without causing damage to people or property it must be climbed, topped, and cut into small pieces or sections while it is still standing. Smaller branches of the tree are cut and safely dropped to the ground. This technique greatly reduces the area of open space needed for cutting down trees without damaging nearby property. Companies that specialize in tree management understand the many dangers associated with removing such a tree, they would classify this type of tree removal as a “Hazardous Removal”.

DO NOT attempt to do this without proper training, tree companies hire trained professional tree experts for cutting trees. In order to safely accomplish this type of work, you must have a lot of experience working from heights. Many of the steps taken with the chain-saw while climbing are very similar to the steps that are done on the ground and tree surgeons can make this type of tree work look very easy, However a large part of training and experience in this line of work comes from working with fall protection lines and chain saws together. Sort of a “Paper, Rock, Scissors” situation where Rope beats Gravity but Chainsaw beats Rope and GRAVITY BEATS YOU! All tree experts started learning how to cut down trees while safely on the ground. Once the safety steps of using a chain-saw are learned on the ground, it’s easier and safer to learn the same basic safety steps while climbing in a tree.

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Winter Tree Fault – Recognizing the Warning Signs

If you are the owner or caretaker of large shade trees, you benefit from their shade and beauty. Their shade or protection may lower your heating or cooling costs substantially, buffer noise from a nearby street, and may contribute significantly to the appraised value of your home.

Late fall and winter are the seasons for some of nature’s most severe weather in Oakland, Genesee, Macomb, Lapeer and St. Clair County, Michigan. One of the greatest dangers posed by storms is presented by fallen trees. Trees require periodic checkups and preventative maintenance to stay in top health. If not properly maintained, they may fail and sometimes failure may have been predicted and prevented.

A few tree species prone to fault, including Chinese Elm, Silver Maple, Boxelder and various Poplars, have brittle wood that is easily broken. These rapidly growing trees cause a considerable amount of damage to homes, cars, buildings and utility lines each year. Homeowners should be aware of these characteristics and avoid planting them close to potential targets. If such trees are already growing in these locations, preventative tree pruning, tree bracing or tree cabling may help reduce your trees storm damage this winter. This is particularly true as the tree grows in size and the weight and surface of the leaf and branch area increases.

Over the years, growing trees will catch more wind and become heavier, thus they are prone to increased mechanical stress and the chances of failure. Larger trees will also affect an increased area should they or their larger limbs fall. This means that power lines, homes and other structures that might not have been threatened a few years ago might suddenly be under threat.

The process of determining the likelihood of tree fault is called hazard assessment, and with a little practice you can become good enough at it to at least recognize when you need to call a tree expert.

Look at your trees for the following warning signs:

-Electrical Wires in contact with tree branches may become energized.
-Dead or partially attached limbs hung up in the higher branches that could fall and cause damage or injury.
-Cracked stems and narrow branch forks that could cause catastrophic failure of a tree section.
-Hollow or decayed areas on the trunk or main limbs, or mushrooms growing from the bark or near the base. A tree with an open cavity that is one-third or more of its circumference is high risk.
-Peeling bark or gaping wounds in the trunk also indicate structural weakness.
-Fallen or uprooted trees putting pressure on other trees beneath them.
-Tight, V-shaped forks where there is not a strong union of wood fiber holding the branches together.
-Heaving soil at the tree base is a potential indicator of an unsound root system.

Other warning signs, such as tree disease, insect damage and poor soil quality, may also be predictors of tree fault. Do not assume that a tree that has survived a severe storm in Oakland, Genesee, Macomb, Lapeer and St. Clair County, Michigan will necessarily survive another. If you suspect that your trees might be prone to winter tree fault, call a tree arborist who can fully evaluate them and recommend ways to reduce your risk. For your safety and liability, make sure that the tree service you choose is licensed, trained, certified, and insure. For services and more info, please check

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