Tree Care: An Introductory Guide
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Tree Care: An Introductory Guide

Palm trees are one of the most decorative and unique trees that you'll find in the warmer, more tropical climates. When properly cared for, these trees can be beautiful and full of foliage. However, knowing how to care for them isn't always easy. That's probably why you're here. If it is, then you're in the right place. This site is dedicated to the care and maintenance of all sorts of trees, including tropical varieties like palm trees. The information on this page can help you to understand which of the basic care steps you can do yourself and which steps are best done by a local tree service.

Tree Care: An Introductory Guide

Five Ways to Save Money on Tree Removal

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Tree removal isn't the type of task that can be ignored, since dead or dangerous trees can fall and cause injury or damage below. If finances are tight, you can use some of the following tactics to save on the cost of removal. 

1. Keep the Wood

Part of the cost of tree removal is from cutting the longer lengths of wood down or chipping them down to mulch for transport and disposal. If you have the means to use the wood, such as a wood stove, or are willing to process it yourself, you can save quite a bit by asking the service to leave the larger logs on site. You can then split them and dry them for your own use, or you can try to sell them to someone that can use the wood. 

2. Clean Up Yourself

Most tree removal services will do basic cleanup, including raking up leaves, gathering the twigs and branches, and cleaning up the majority of the wood chips and sawdust piles. You may be able to save some of the removal fee if you decline cleanup services and handle it yourself. Before committing to this money-saving method, check local dump fees. Some municipalities provide free or low-cost yard waste disposal for residents, while in other communities you won't really save anything due to high disposal costs. 

3. Leave the Stump

Stump removal is an additional cost for any tree removal. Most services will remove the stump by grinding it out for an additional fee. If you need to save money, it makes sense to forgo this service. You still will likely want to remove the stump, though, as it is unsightly and may attract pests like termites. You can remove it yourself with a chemical stump remover. It can take weeks to a couple of months for chemical removers to break down the stump, so be prepared to live with it for a while. 

4. Pool Resources

Do any of your neighbors need tree work done? If so, you may be able to secure a group discount by scheduling your work through the same removal company and for the same time. The removal service will save time, which is money, by doing several jobs while the equipment is on-site. 

5. Check Your Insurance

Finally, call your homeowner insurance company before having the tree removed. Some policies will provide a standard payout for the removal of a tree on the property, while others will only pay if the tree has recently been damaged, such as by a storm, or has damaged some of the property. 

One way you won't save money is by putting off the removal, since that increases the chances of the tree falling and causing damage. Contact a tree removal service for more help.