Day: April 10, 2018

Tree and Tree Stump Removal

7 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Tree Cutting Service

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It doesn’t matter how much you love a tree on your property, when it dies, you need to hire a tree cutting service to remove it. This is truer if you have never removed a tree before.

Harmony Tree Services has been removing trees for many years. We always recommend you hire a professional tree cutting service to help you remove problem trees because we’ve seen homeowners make costly mistakes when they tried to do it themselves.

When it comes to finding the right tree cutting service, here are several questions you should ask.

1. Do they have insurance?

Insurance is a dirty word, but it quickly becomes an important one when accidents happen. You want to make sure that any tree cutting service you are considering has up to date insurance. You never know when a tree falls the wrong way and will cave in the roof on your house.

You’ll have a difficult time getting damaged fixed if you hire a random handyman to cut your tree. Protect yourself and only work with companies that are insured and standby their work.

2. Do they have references?

We promise we don’t want this to sound like a job interview. But the truth is, you want to make sure that a company provides quality work. Removing a tree may seem as simple as cutting it with a chainsaw, giving it a kick in the direction you want to go, and calling it a day, but it is so much more than that.

The best tree cutting services will be happy to provide you with references, especially if they have excellent service in the past. What do they have to lose in this scenario if they are as good as they say they are? The answer? Nothing.

3. Will they provide a detailed estimate?

You can always tell the quality of a company based on how they handle themselves during the estimate process. Experienced companies know exactly what to charge for a service and will confidently provide you with the price.

Less experienced companies tend to quote low and change their prices closer to the completion day. Be wary of this and do your best to get the quote locked in before any work starts.

4. How long will the project take?

This is another area that separates the good companies from the bad. Whenever a tree cutting service provides you with a deadline, hold them to it.

Don’t be lured in by companies that promise lightning fast work. In our experience, these types of companies rush their work and provide a low-quality service. Removing trees takes time and you want it to be done right.

5. Is the company professional?

One of the easiest ways to judge a company is by how they carry themselves. Look for things like:

  • Do they have multiple crews?
  • Is their equipment maintained?
  • Do they act professional?
  • Do they have a professional logo and website?

Small details like these will help you find professional companies that are serious about what they do. Any company that’s been in the business for a serious length of time will have an established reputation, a recognizable brand in your community, and a long list of testimonials.

6. What equipment will they use?

This is another important question to ask. Even if you don’t know what equipment is used by a tree cutting service, find out what they will use for your job. A quick Google search will tell you if they are using the right equipment for the job.

While a chainsaw will solve most problems, sometimes you need a more specialized tool for a specific job. Don’t be afraid to ask the important questions!

7. Will the crew wear protective equipment?

Don’t underestimate the importance of this questions. Serious companies will require their employees to wear protective equipment because they don’t want to risk potential injury and damaging their reputation.

It’s usually the smaller, less reputable companies that don’t care about this important step. You’d be surprised how many low-quality tree cutting services you can eliminate simply by asking this question.

Harmony Tree Services – the best tree cutting service

If you are looking for a tree cutting service that you can rely on, Harmony Tree Services is the right company for you. We’ve been helping residents and businesses throughout Allentown with landscaping and tree cutting services for many years.

Don’t hesitate to give us a call today, we’re more than happy to answer any questions that you may have.


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6 Quick Tree Pruning Tips from Your Local Landscaping Service

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There is nothing more scenic than large, healthy trees on your property. But as much as you love your trees, you also need to maintain them. Many homeowners neglect tree pruning because they feel it is too hard and too time consuming.

Here at Harmony Tree Services, we provide detailed tree pruning and landscaping services. Still, we want to teach homeowners who want to do it on their own how to properly prune a tree in order to avoid damaging them.

1. Decide when and what to prune

The obvious first step is to decide what you want to prune. Do not try and prune every tree on your property in one day. Tree pruning takes time and you want to make sure you do it well. Cutting the wrong parts of your tree can hurt your trees, and as you know, replacing or removing them is no easy task.

As a general rule, pruning in the winter will lead to a lot of growth come summer, while summer pruning will slow growth for that season, but will help you shape and control how your tree grows.

2. Assess and start pruning your tree

The next step is to assess your tree. Take a look at its major branches, determine which ones make up its skeleton, and look for damaged branches that need to be removed.

Damaged branches should always be the first to go. If they are dead or damaged, carefully remove them with your pruning shears. Damaged branches could be slowing the growth of your tree by blocking healthier ones from coming in.

Thin out areas where branches overlap, to increase light exposure and air flow. Trees need both of these things to promote healthy growth.

3. Target problem areas

Some of the most important branches to target are the ones that are obstructing a power line, telephone pole, or other structures. Pruning these branches won’t hurt your tree – and they will help you solve a major source of annoyance. That’s a win-win.

4. Prune branches to shape your tree

The entire purpose of pruning is to shape the tree you are working on. You don’t climb up on a ladder and start cutting branches off for no reason. Make sure you have a plan for how you want to shape your tree and execute it.

5. Less is more

One of the biggest mistakes people make when it comes to tree pruning is over-pruning. While some pruning is good for your tree, cutting too many branches isn’t good. Trees grow branches in order to protect themselves from fungus and insects.

We mentioned it above, but you should always focus on damaged branches first, over cosmetic ones. While it is important to solve annoyances, damaged branches usually block healthier ones from growing in. If you want to keep your trees healthy, remove these first.

As a general rule, never prune more than 25% of the trees branches.

6. Dispose of your branches properly

Depending on where you live, you may be able to burn your branches in a fireplace. If you can, this is one of the easiest ways to go about it. Leave the branches out to try for a few days and quickly burn them in a fire.

If you live in a major city and cannot do this, you’ll probably need to hire a landscaping service to help you with this.

Need help with your tree pruning?

Does the idea of pruning your own trees seem too hard? Don’t sweat it, that’s quite normal. If you want to get your trees pruned with the stress of doing it yourself, give Harmony Tree Services a call. We have been helping our clients in Allentown and surrounding areas by providing a wide variety of landscaping services for many years because we are good at what we do.

Give us a call today and we’ll help you figure out the best plan of action when it comes to tree pruning and other tree services.

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