A good tree service does dozens of different jobs for home and business owners: from the most basic of tree trimmings to lot clearing on an absolutely massive scale. Each of these jobs requires a good deal of training, not to mention highly specialized equipment. This, of course, is the main reason you call a tree service when you have a job that needs to be done. They’re trained and equipped for the job (not to mention insured!), and they’ll handle it quickly and safely.
When you’re looking to have a job done—large or small—you’ll want to begin with a little research. Some of that research will be basic, such as checking Yelp and Google reviews and talking to friends and neighbors who have had similar services performed. You’ll also, however, want to ask any arborists you’re considering hiring a few questions. One of the best questions you can ask?
Do you have a crane?
Why a Crane? Even if you have a small job that won’t require the use of a crane, ask your potential tree service if they have one. Why? Because it’s a great way to find out if they’re serious about the work they do. A tree service crane is one of many different pieces of specialized equipment an arborist company should have on hand. It’s certainly not the only important thing, but knowing if they have one will give you a good idea just how well-equipped the business you’re considering is.
What Your Tree Service Does
Despite the name, a tree service does a lot more than simply trim trees (although they do that too). They are responsible for keeping trees healthy—dealing with disease and pests—and for tree, limb, and stump removal. Tree services may also perform lot clearing jobs, which means removing more than just trees. Brush, bushes, and large rocks may also have to be removed. Tree service providers should be highly trained, certified, and insured. The best tree services, such as Mr. Tree, will also bring years of experience to the table.
Tree Service Tools
Your tree service professional has several primary responsibilities as part of their job: chief among these are the health of your tree and the safety of both the people and property near the tree. That’s why every piece of equipment a good arborist uses is specialized tools for the job. Everything from the pruning shears to the tree service crane is designed and cared for to make the job as safe and effective as possible.
Pruning a tree is a delicate task because any time you cut through a limb or branch, you’re technically damaging the tree. And, much like humans, trees are susceptible to infection through weakened or damaged areas.
All too many amateur tree surgeons simply grab any old pair of shears from the garage and do their trimming that way. However, unclean pruning equipment can injure the tree and leave it susceptible to disease and pest infestation. You wouldn’t want your dentist using unclean tools; this is much the same thing. That’s why a professional arborist will always ensure their shears are clean prior to a job.
A stump grinder is an example of one of the most specialized pieces of equipment a tree surgeon has in their arsenal. It’s not something your average person will have sitting in their garage because it really only has one use: stump removal. After a tree has been cut down, and the log and debris removed, you’re still left with a stump that must be dealt with. Some homeowners opt to leave stumps in place, but this is risky for several reasons.
First, they can pose a tripping hazard for people in the yard. They can also become a nesting place for pests such as termites, which can then migrate into healthy trees or even into the wood of your home. Finally, the roots of a tree stump may continue to grow and wreak havoc underground even after the tree has been felled. They can plug water pipes, choke out other plant life, and even cause sidewalks to buckle or crack.
For this reason, homeowners usually opt to have their tree service remove the stump, and while there are several ways of doing this, a stump grinder is the most efficient. Operating not unlike a massive power sander, the stump grinder is wheeled over the target tree stump and turned on. It then proceeds to grind the stump into smaller, more manageable bits. These parts can then be removed easily.
Okay, But What About the Crane?
As we’ve mentioned above, a good tree service will have a crane that can be employed for any jobs where it’s required. But what is the crane actually used for? As you might expect, a tree service crane is primarily used for removing trees and tree limbs that have been cut and are too heavy to simply be carried away by hand. They have other uses as well.
For example, tree trimming or removal in narrow areas, such as between two houses. Often, between houses there’s a narrow area, and the trees in that area must be kept at a certain size or even removed should they become too large or need to be replaced. Cutting the trees in the traditional way could risk the homes on either side of them, as well as the other trees that surround them. With the help of a crane, the arborist can make the necessary cuts, while also securing any part of the tree they have removed. The crane then lifts up the excised limb—or the entire tree in some cases—and safely removes it from the property without risking any of the surroundings. If necessary, they repeat this process as many times as is needed until the work is done.