Tree removal in Billings Montana is a very necessary service in our Magic City. Heavy snow and high winds come with large thunderheads common here in May and June. Fire safety, proximity to property, life safety, health of the tree, and general liabilities are all concerns that can warrant tree removals and/or tree trimming. Billings Landscaping offers tree removal services here in Billings Montana. We will help you manage your trees. If it is time to remove the tree, we can do it quickly and safely.
Tree removal: What you need to know.
Tree removal is often the solution to a problematic tree, but it might not be necessary to take down a tree. Arborists get college degrees and certifications because of all the information there is to know and understand about trees. Trees are huge living organisms that react to their environments. Lots of people see what appears to be disease on a stressed tree and think that the only solution is to take it down. We prefer to do an evaluation and if we can save you money and the life of a tree, then we will.
Within our evaluation we look at the stresses on the tree, its location, risks to surroundings, safety, its impact on other trees, and many other factors. Billings Landscaping personnel plant trees and help trees that are under distress. We don’t only remove trees like many local tree services.
When should I remove a tree?
You should remove a tree when it is dead. Dead limbs are weak and easily break during heavy snow storm and high wind. Broken limbs can fall on people, pets, and property. Dead trees and limbs are unsafe and should be removed quickly.
Tree removal is necessary when a tree is nearing the end of its life and major limbs are dying. When the tree’s canopy is sparse, it can’t produce enough energy to support strong healthy roots. Roots return nutrients to the branches which leaf out to cycle back more energy to the roots. Therefore, a reduced canopy is a sign that a tree may be reaching the end of its life. Like all living things trees have an average life span. When a tree is getting toward the end of its life it is probably time to take it down.
Another time when you should remove a tree is if there is a liability involved. When a tree is in close proximity to a home there is a potential liability. Architects design homes and building by using a occupancy rating to help them assess the level of risk. Often times it is best to remove heavy tree limbs when they are located over a home, building, driveway, playground, or other valuable property, people, and pets. Large tree limbs can become projectiles that can collapse a structure and harm the occupants. Heavy tree limbs under force of impact can damage roofs, walls, windows, floors, concrete patios, walkways, driveways, vehicles, and more.
At Billings Landscaping, we have the professional experience to assess the risks and give you expert advice on what action to take.
What about problems with tree roots?
If a tree is close enough for its canopy to fall on a home or building, then its roots are probably close enough to affect the foundation. It is not uncommon for tree roots to buckle basement walls and lift foundation footings. A tree next to a foundation does not necessary pose an imminent threat. For example, a younger tree close to a building corner might not pose too much risk if the foundation is a solid 8″ reinforced concrete wall on a 16″ spread footing. In fact, the tree might add shade and energy efficiency to the home for another 5-10 years before it poses enough risk to justify its removal. However, if the basement walls are concrete block (cmu) and are showing signs of stress then it might be important to remove the tree right away. Tree roots will seek to find water. Paved areas will sometimes deny a tree of that water, so the roots will travel great distances to find it. If a house is in the way, the roots will push up against it.
How do we remove trees?
Tree removal is a skill. Tree removal experts are highly trained professionals that can work the rigging needed to drop a limb exactly where they want it to go. Boom lifts are a wonderful asset in tree removal. A boom lift is basically a hoist with a bucket on it. The tree removal expert stands in the bucket and the hoist lifts them up to the high limbs. This makes it possible to begin removing the outer limbs until there is just the main trunk and branches remaining. The tree is cut down piece by piece.
Another excellent and necessary skill employed in tree removal is tree climbing. Tree climbers use special spikes on their feet along with ropes and safety gear to climb trees with a lightweight chainsaw. They strategically cut the tree down using rigging to drop the limbs where they want them to go. Typically what you need is a good tree climber and one or two experienced ground crew in order to remove a tree.
How long does it take to remove a tree?
The time it takes to remove a tree depends upon several factors. These factors include: the size of the tree; access to the trees location; and the trees proximity to water, buildings, and other structures. Two things you can expect a contractor to account for are the time it takes to build the rigging needed to safely drop tree limbs that are hanging over tree roofs, power lines, or water.
A medium size tree with a 25 foot diameter canopy can usually be dropped within 3-4 hours by an experienced climber. A good ground crew should be able to keep up fairly well with the climber who is doing the cutting. Then they do final clean up and haul the pieces away. Lastly, if stump grinding is part of the project, then a machine is used to get that task done. Stump grinding can be accomplished within an hour or two by digging around the stump and using a stump grinder. Stump grinders use an aggressive rotary blade to chip and shred the stump until it is mostly gone.
Can we remove tree roots during tree removal?
The answer is yes but not always. Smaller trees can be removed with heavy equipment like a backhoe. If a tree is larger, then sometimes it just takes a bigger backhoe. But there is a point where a tree can get too large to do much more than cut it flush with the ground and grind down the stump. The bigger the equipment, the more expensive.
Sometimes a creative solution is best. Wood carving stumps into sculptures is a common practice that turns an otherwise problematic stump into a valuable piece of art. Whatever the situation, Billing Landscaping is here to help!