Local Arborist is a tree-care company offering fully ISA certified and insured tree removal services in Toronto and the GTA for both residential and commercial properties.
Common Signs that a Tree is a Hazard and Should Be Removed
Trees are an important part of many Toronto yards and businesses, providing a variety of advantages from improved aesthetic to additional shade and protection for your property. Sometimes, though, a tree may be more of a hazard than a benefit. There are several common signs that you should be aware of that indicate it is time to consult a professional arborist for removal of hazardous trees.
If you notice fungus or other strange growths on the trunk or branches, this may be a concerning sign of decay. Additionally, you may notice other structural concerns with a tree – hollowed out trunks, major cracks, or a significant portion of dead or dying branches all indicate the health of a tree is in significant trouble. If a tree is noticeably leaning to one side it may be due to a weakened root system, which is also a serious hazard. None of these warning signs should be ignored. If you think something might be wrong with a tree on your property, contact Local Arborist today for a tree risk assessment to determine if tree removal is required.
How Much Does Toronto Tree Removal Cost?
Tree removal prices can range significantly based on a variety of different factors, making it difficult to give an estimate without access to details for each specific case. The size/diameter, height, condition, and location of a tree all impact the overall cost for removal services. For example, a small tree (up to 30’) with no major additional concerns (such as roots near plumbing or electrical lines) averages around $250–$600 for removal. Larger trees (that is, over 30’ tall) are far more dangerous to remove and require extra time, care, and attention to get the job done safely. As such, the price will reflect the increase in risk – large tree removal can cost around $1000-$2000. If there are any additional safety concerns to address, such as proximity to power lines or building or the need for climbing equipment the cost will also be increased. You may also want to consider extra tree services, as well. Stump grinding, limb chipping, and debris removal are all factored into a tree removal estimate.
If you have a tree that needs removal from your Toronto property, contact Local Arborists today. We will discuss your specific situation and provide you with a detailed estimate for tree removal services.
The Tree Removal Process
Prepare Work Area
Depending on the size of the tree, there should be enough space cleared around where a felled tree can safely lay flat on the ground. Any valuable items should be removed or reinforced. Local Arborist takes special care to protect landscaped areas from significant damage. We also cover siding on buildings with plywood to safeguard against dents and scratches from stray branches.
The overall condition of the tree needs to be examined. Does it naturally lean more in one direction than another? Is there significant damage or decay present? All these things need to be taken into consideration when determining the best direction for the tree to be felled.
Organize Emergency Response Plan
Despite all our best planning, sometimes emergencies happen. Always clear a path for an emergency escape in the case of an out-of-control tree.
Collect Appropriate Tools and Equipment
It is essential to have the proper tools on hand to ensure the safest, most effective tree removal. Local Arborist uses only ISA approved equipment and methods to complete every Toronto tree removal service.
First, we start with the undercut. This is a 45-degree angled V-cut made at the base of the tree on the same side that you want the tree to fall. This cut should be approximately one-quarter of the trunk diameter deep. The next step is to make the backcut. This cut starts on the opposite side of the tree, cutting completely through, and exiting about 2 inches above the previously made undercut.
Since both the undercut and backcut were methodically placed, the direction that the tree will fall is controlled. Alert those in the area that the tree is about to come down, and stand back.
What Happens After Tree Removal?
Local Arborist proudly leaves every property safer and looking better after each tree removal service. Once a tree has been securely cut down, we take the time to thoroughly clean up the area and remove all debris. We offer branch chipping, stump grinding, and full stump removal in addition to our tree removal services.
Why Choose Local Arborist?
Local Arborist is committed to providing safe and efficient tree removal service in Toronto. We ensure that your property is treated with the utmost care and respect, adhering to strict safety protocols. As a fully ISA licensed company, Local Arborist delivers tree care that you can trust.