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Most common asked tree work questions in Chattanooga



1. How much does it cost to cut down or remove a tree?

We get this question quite often. It is a fair question, but unfortunately we can’t give you a price over the phone most of the time. Since every tree and every location can be vastly different we don’t normally give an estimate before we actually see the tree, stump or brush we are quoting on.

Here are some basic criteria we use for quoting: Size of the tree, method of removal (crane, bucket or climbing), accessibility of the tree, and safety factors such as power or electrical lines nearby or trees that may be over a structure. We will, however, provide a free quote so you don’t lose anything by just getting us out to look and you don’t get roped into anything you aren’t comfortable with.

2. How long does it take to get an estimate?

Usually one to three days. We can look at the tree or stump even if you aren’t home. If you would prefer to be there, just let us know ahead of time so we can meet you at your residence or business.

3. Why should I prune my trees?

The main reasons for pruning ornamental and shade trees include safety, health, and aesthetics. In addition, proper tree pruning can be used to stimulate fruit production and increase the value of timber.

Pruning for safety involves removing branches that could fall and cause injury or property damage. Pruning for health involves removing diseased or insect-infested wood, thinning the crown to increase airflow and reduce some pest problems. Pruning can best be used to encourage trees to develop strong structures and reduce the likelihood of damage during severe weather.

4. When should I prune my trees?

Conifers can be pruned any time of year, but pruning during the dormant season may minimize sap and resin flow from cut branches. Hardwood trees and shrubs without showy flowers should be pruned in the dormant season to easily visualize the structure of the tree, to maximize wound closure, reduce the chance of spreading disease, and to discourage sap flow. Trees and shrubs that flower in early spring such as dogwood should be pruned immediately after flowering. Trees and shrubs that flower in the summer and fall should be pruned during their dormant season. Dead branches can be removed any time of year.

5. Why should I have my tree stumps ground? What is a stump grinder?

A stump grinder is a machine that has a cutter wheel specifically manufactured to grind a stump and its root flares into a mulch-like fiber. Typically they penetrate about 8″ below grade. The most obvious benefits to stump grinding are:

  • Aesthetics- stumps are ugly
  • Utilization- you can use the space again
  • Safety- tripping, driving or mowing over a stump is bad
  • Maintenance- it is easier to mow over than around

It is also much easier to grind the stump than to dig it up.

6. How much does it cost to have a tree stump ground?

Price is dependent on size, species, and access. Please call us for a free estimate.

7. How soon can my tree work be completed?

After confirmation of your written estimate, you will be placed on our schedule on a first-come, first-served basis. We work through the winter, which is often a slower time for us. Winter is the perfect time for many tree removals since the ground is frozen and there is less chance of harming ground cover. In the winter, jobs are usually completed in one to two weeks. The spring and summer are our busiest time of year so we do our best to complete jobs within four weeks time.

8. If you have to remove a tree that is over a structure or power lines, how do you do it?

Very carefully. We have the best climbers in Chattanooga and we have great equipment. Our lift truck allows to to get to hard to reach places and our equipment and experience helps us do the rest. Remember, if you are uncomfortable with anything feel free to ask us about it first.