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28 September 2021

We have to remove a tree. We have a tree that is menacing our house. We having been talking about[More:] removing it for a while but now the insurance company wants it out so I went looking for tree removal services.

They all seem to be named (guy's first name) Tree Service. Mike's Tree Service, Tom's, Dan's, etc.

It seems if you have a common western name and want to get in to the tree service business you are going to have a tough time. Danny's, Danno's, Mikey's? Definitely an opening for women and guys with non western or indigenous names.
Oh my, what will the kitties think about the missing tree?!

Yes, it's much better to preemptively remove a tree. Tell the single-syllable-named guys that the tree is named "Lorax' and see if they know of Dr Seuss....
posted by mightshould 28 September | 20:40
Oh I like that! I don't think any of the cats has ever shown interest in that tree. They do love the shrubs though. Quiet and hidden places for naps or just hanging out.
posted by arse_hat 28 September | 21:12
There's a tree in my upstairs neighbour's garden (which runs alongside mine), a huge oak tree. It was in the very large garden of the old house that used to be on this site before it was demolished in the 1960s to build our little street of houses and maisonettes. It really should have been cut down then, as it's huge and dominating, but it wasn't, and now it has a preservation order on it, so nothing can be done to it without permission, and only then by using approved tree surgeons.

It's meant to be 'managed' and have the crown reduced every five years or so. But my old Neighbour From Hell let it grow so big that it was almost touching the roof. The roots also caused problems to our foundations, drains and serious subsidence to a neighbour's property. The damage to my place wasn't as serious but I did need to have 'ties' put into the cavity walls to stabilise the building (covered by insurance, thankfully).

When my new neighbour moved in 5-and-a-half years ago, one of the conditions of sale was that the tree had to be sorted out and cut back. It was done pretty quickly. You'll see from how tiny the man is in the photo what a huge tree this is.

Five years on, and it needs doing again, and, good as gold, my lovely neighbour has applied to the council for permission to reduce the crown and remove any dead parts. The tree as a whole can only be removed if it is dead, dying or dangerous, and even then it would have to be in stages, to avoid 'ground heave'. It's none of those, so it has to stay, even though, 50 yards away, are tens of thousands of oak trees in the forest.

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posted by Senyar 02 October | 04:21
That's one seriously big tree!
posted by mightshould 02 October | 10:22
so I went looking for tree removal services.
They all seem to be named (guy's first name) Tree Service. Mike's Tree Service, Tom's, Dan's, etc.

FWIW, my experience has been that pretty much all tree services are guys with no actual training in how to properly work on trees. They're simply guys armed with a Dodge Ram pickup, a trailer, ladders, and a chainsaw. Maybe a polesaw, too. Oh, and rarely do any of them carry any insurance or bonding.

They're the same guys who offer tree-trimming, and almost always denude the tree of branches, forcing the tree to re-grow into a cartoonish puffball shape.
posted by Thorzdad 04 October | 07:01
So far I have had no luck. Tree folks seem to be about as sketchy as driveway pavers and roofers. So tired of this.
posted by arse_hat 04 October | 11:51
Have you looked for an actual certified arborist?
posted by Thorzdad 07 October | 06:52
I feel your frustration about finding someone to do work.

I keep asking folks who I know for recommendations for someone to work on mom's house, and it's a crap shoot if you even get a call back.

I wish you luck.....keep asking around and eventually it will work out; but I know how hard it is to make those phone calls.
posted by mightshould 07 October | 09:42
Thoradad, these ARE certified arborists. As mightshould says it can be a bitch to try to get trades to call you back.
posted by arse_hat 07 October | 11:24
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