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FAQ

Here are some common questions we get!
 
How much do tree services cost?

Tree services do not come at one specific price. Their costs depend on several factors, including: the kind of service required (tree removal, mulching, trimming, etc.), the number of trees worked on, the trees’ locations, and more.

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How much does tree removal cost?

Tree removal costs depend on several factors. No one price exists for a specific tree because pricing is influenced by each tree’s size, height, condition, infestation status, brittleness, and more.

Price also depends on the services requested. For instance, you may pay less per tree if you have two removed rather than one (or three rather than two, etc.).

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When should you have your trees trimmed?

The best time to trim trees is when they lie dormant. Most people only notice that trees need trimming in the spring and summer, when growth is most notable. However, an expert can recognize whether trees need trimming in the fall and winter. Trimming is essential for every tree’s general health. So, if you want to ensure your trees’ safety, you should have routine trimming each year. At Timber Works, we offer recurring job discounts: 5% off the second year and 10% off the third.

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What is a tree service company?

A tree service company is any business that provides tree work. And though a lot of businesses claim this title, many of them neglect key requirements and/or lack proper licenses. Timber Works, however, is fully licensed and insured. We provide workers’ comp and auto insurance for our employees, and we have an umbrella insurance policy in place to protect your property. Additionally, we hire the top talent and regularly service and inspect our tree equipment. These factors contribute to our strong local reputation and excellent online reviews.

Why are tree service companies important?

 Tree service companies supply essential tree maintenance that prevents serious property damage. Timber Works also provides emergency tree services if disastrous weather affects your trees or property. However, with proper inspection and care, you can protect you trees and avoid making them dangerous.

Why call for tree removal service?

Tree removal is a critical service. If a tree becomes weakened or damaged, or if it grows too close to a house or building, its branches or trunk may break in storms or heavy winds.

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How does tree removal service work?

Timber Works offers multiple ways to remove trees. Our team can climb, fell, use a bucket truck, or extract them with a crane. With multiple options, Timber Works can choose one that fits each client’s property, budget, and needs.

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What can a tree service do?

Besides tree removal, Timber Works offers land clearing, stump grinding, forestry mulching, bush hogging, trimming, pruning, and firewood production.

Are all tree removal companies licensed?

Most tree removal companies are not licensed, despite the importance of proper certification (and insurance). Tree removal is a very dangerous job, and if your chosen company lacks a license and/ir insurance, you could be held liable for damages or injuries that occur on your property. This is why Timber Works is fully licensed and insured.

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Are all tree removal companies insured?

Most tree removal companies are not insured, despite the dangerous aspects of the field. You should ask for documentation on insurance and licensing from any tree service that you consider hiring.

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Why is workers’ comp important?

Workers’ comp protects customers from liability for the medical coverage of service workers that are injured on their property. This is why Timber Works provides workers’ comp for our employees.

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Can tree removal be deducted from taxes?

Tree removal can be tax deductible in certain cases. For instance, if a tree is solely responsible for damages done on your property, the service cost to remove it could be deductible. To determine if you qualify for such a deduction, call Timber Works and ask our tree care experts about this.

Can tree removal be done in the rain?

Tree removal can be done in the rain within reason. Sometimes if the tree is safe then the job will be pushed back to avoid divots and damage to the property. However, in cases of an emergency tree removal can still be performed.

Can I deduct tree removal from my taxes?

This depends on the tree being removed. If it directly caused damage to your property, then it could qualify for deduction. Call our local experts today and learn if your tree can be considered tax deductible.

How much does tree removal cost?

Several factors influence the pricing of tree removal, including the tree’s size, health, location, and accessibility. But Timber Works offers free estimates and consultations so that you can get an accurate price beforehand.

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How much is tree removal near me?

Tree removal cost depends on many circumstances: the tree’s location, size, health, and both the method of removal and the time spent removing. Timber Works offers a variety of options for tree removal to fit clients’ budget, property, and preferences.

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Who pays for removal if a tree sits on a property line?

When a tree is on a property line, it is the responsibility of both properties’ owners. One owner may trim it on their side of the line, but they cannot cut down or destroy the tree unless the other property owner agrees to it. However, if the tree falls on one side of the line, it becomes the responsibility of that property’s owner.

Why is tree removal important?

b. Sick, dying, or dead trees present many hazards. If you are not aware of them, one could fall and damage property or injure someone. To prevent this, call Timber Works for a free consultation/estimate to make sure all of your trees are safe.

Will insurance cover tree removal?

 Usually, insurance policies do not cover tree removal unless a fallen tree has caused structural damage.

Will insurance cover tree removal after a storm?

Most insurance policies will only pay for removal if a tree falls on a structure you own. If you are unsure about this, call Timber Works and we can direct you to the right people or discuss your options.

Will USAA pay for tree removal?

USAA might cover tree removal if a tree falls on a structure that is covered by your homeowner’s insurance policy.

Will the city pay for tree removal?

Local governments only pay for tree removal if it is on city property. However, if you are concerned about a tree on city property, give us a call and we can connect you to the right authority.

Will Allstate pay for tree removal?

Allstate will pay for tree removal only if a tree falls on a structure you own. However, if you think that Allstate (or another homeowner insurance provider) should pay for removal, give us a call and speak with one of our arborists. They can advise you on what should be done and what insurance will pay for.

Will FEMA help with tree removal?

While FEMA does not cover tree removal, you can call one of our expert arborists for advice about your options are.

Is tree removal covered by homeowner’s insurance?

Tree removal may be covered by your homeowner’s insurance, but this depends on what your policy is. If a tree landed on structure you own and you believe it should be covered, call Timber Works and speak with one of our local arborists to hear about your options.

Is fallen tree removal covered by insurance?

If a tree has fallen on an insured structure, then its removal should be covered by insurance. If you have any questions about coverage, call one of our local arborists out to the site and we can take a look at it for you.

How long does it take to forestry mulch an acre?

Forestry Mulching is a form of land clearing that will convert trees that are up to 6-8 inches in diameter into mulch. Timber Works can mulch about an acre a day with each mulcher, as long as the terrain is flat and there are not too many rocks present.

Will a forestry mulcher grind stump?

Forestry Mulching flattens stumps or grinds them a little below surface grade.

How many acres can a mulcher do in a day?

Forestry mulching can do about an acre a day but at Timber Works, having multiple mulchers, we can get through two acres a day.

How big of a tree can a forestry mulcher handle?

Our forestry Mulchers can mulch up to 6-8 inches in diameter. The mulcher can mulch trees bigger than this, but it ends up taking too long if the trees are too big, so it is better to clear them after 6-8 inches.

Do trees grow back after mulching?

Trees should not grow back after mulching but some species of trees will. Call Timber Works Tree Care and consult one of our Arborist today and we can let you know what type of trees you have and the best options for clearing.

What are the benefits of forestry mulching?

Forestry Mulching is a cost-effective way to clear large areas of land in a short amount of time. Forestry Mulching can clear about an acre a day for $2500 per day.

Is forestry mulching good for the environment?

Forestry mulching is good for the environment because when you mulch invasive species, you are making something potentially harmful for your plants into mulch which provides nutrients to your other plants and trees.

What is the purpose of forestry mulching?

Forestry mulching can clear large areas of land for a cost-effective price. It can also create paths, trails, and clean up your wooded areas.

What happens after forestry mulching?

After Forestry mulching, the harmful invasive species are now turned to mulch which will give other surrounding plants the nutrients they need.

What can I use to clear my brush?

The best and most cost-effective way to clear overgrown brush is forestry mulching.

How do you clear heavily wooded land?

If the wood is between 6-8 inches in diameter, then you should consider forestry mulching. Otherwise, our land clearing crew will bring all the equipment necessary to clear, including cranes, stump grinders, bucket trucks, Avant’s, skid steers, and more!

How much does it cost to remove invasive species?

Forestry Mulching costs $2500 a day and can clear about an acre a day of invasive species. Forestry mulching will turn these species that harm your plants into mulch that will help your plants.

What happens to tree roots when the tree is cut down a tree?

When most trees are removed the roots will eventually die and decay. Our expert arborist can let you know whether or not the roots will continue to grow or decompose. Another solution is to grind the roots of the stump as well. Our stump grinders can grind not only the stumps but the tree roots as well. When you are having a tree removed ask about our stump grinder as well!

Does removing trees increase property value

Oftentimes, removing dangerous or dead trees increases property value because when a home inspector or realtor shows the house, they might mention the cost of the tree removal and the potential of the trees falling on the house. When you remove a tree, it could increase the appeal of the home along with showing that preventative maintenance has been done.

Do you need to remove all tree roots?

Many times tree roots extend as far as the tree canopies. This can often damage structures, driveways, or other parts of the property. Because of this our tree crew can grind stumps and cut roots in places so that they will eventually decay.

What trees should not be planted close to a house?

Often trees are planted in neighborhoods in front of the houses when they are small, but the tree grows to extend to be too big for the small front yard. The tree roots can extend as far as the canopy reaches. Check out our blog on Fast-Growing trees in Virginia for an extensive list of trees that you should be careful planting in a small area.

Will tree roots damage my house?

Tree Roots can damage the foundation of a house. This is because the roots will grow under your foundation causing damage or creating loose dirt under your property/foundation.

What is the best tree to plant close to a house?

A good rule is to find a tree that’s a fully grown canopy that will fit in the area that you are trying to plant.

What is a fast-growing tree?

You don’t have to be an arborist to know what indigenous trees grow best in your climate. Learn for yourself. Check out our Master List of Fast Growing Trees in Virginia which includes facts about over sixty different types of trees!

Which trees damage foundations?

Trees can damage a foundation if they are too big for where they were planted. Oftentimes trees are planted when they are saplings, then when they grow the roots damage the foundation. If you are looking to plant a tree, make sure you find out the size of the tree when it is fully grown before you plant it.

Is a tree dead if it has no leaves?

Many times trees will lose their leaves in the fall and winter. A good sign for a tree dying is if the tree does not have leaves growing back in the Spring. If you notice your leaves not growing back, give us a call and our arborist can let you know if the tree is sick, dying, or dead.

What are the signs of ash dieback?

If your tree has been affected by the Emerald Ash Borer you will begin to see thinning or dieback in the tree’s crown, splitting bark with borer tunnels behind the bark, woodpecker activity, suckers around the lower trunk of the tree, and when closely examined you will see ‘D’ shaped holes where the Borers exit the tree. Ash trees become very brittle as they die, and once dead are very dangerous.

How long can a dead tree remain standing?

There is no definite answer for this because the tree can remain standing for days, months, or years. If the tree is dead and near your property you should get it removed as soon as possible because you never know when it might fall.

What happens if a tree is too close to your house?

When a tree is put to close to a house it can end up causing many issues if it is not the right type of tree. House issues include:

  • Roof damage: When the tree is too close to the house, it often has branches that bump or scratch the roof.
    Water and drainage issues near the house: Because the water pools near the tree, this can often affect the foundation by having water too close to the house. When pools of water stay near the house for to long it can affect the foundation and may cause mold.
  • Structural damage: if the tree matures to be too big for its location, then it can cause structural damage as well. The roots get trapped in the small location and will end up breaking ground, driveways, and even the home.
How do you deal with tree roots near foundation?
  • With the tree roots being underground, it is often hard to tell if there is a problem with your foundation before there is one. However, a good rule of thumb, is that the roots need to spread as far as the canopy. If there are branches that are over your house, then you can assume that roots are pressing on your foundation underneath.
Can tree roots damage a house foundation?
  • Roots can pose a threat to the foundation because when the area is too small for the matured tree, the roots need to go somewhere. The tree roots can be turned by the foundation but often they will crack or go through the foundation causing costly repairs around the houses structure.
What is the cheapest way to clear land?
  • Land clearing can be a costly expense. Clearing an acre without the right equipment can be very expensive. A cheaper and cost-effective option would be forestry mulching. Forestry mulching clears about an acre a day for only $2500. Check out our page on Forestry Mulching to learn more and see if it is the right fit for you!
What are the steps in clearing the land?

The process of clearing land varies case by case but a good guide to follow is:

  • Assess the size of the area needing to be cleared based on your need
  • Check with your local permitting office to see if permitting will be requited (most times this depends on the size of the area being cleared/ disturbed)
  • Envision the finished product. It can be hard to imagine but careful planning helps you to achieve what you really want and keeps you from spending extra money. A couple examples…develop a plan for preserving trees that are not being cleared, if any. If clearing for a home site, factor in a lighter impact style of clearing for the septic and drain field area to avoid soil compaction. You will need to get a surveyor to come marks the area for the septic.
  • Get multiple Estimates.  As much as possible stay away from accepting an hourly rate estimate. Land clearing projects often take longer than you may initially think or run into unforeseen circumstances which can make an appealing hourly rate estimate add up very quickly. Often leaving logs, root balls, and debris onsite can be a good way to reduce costs but be sure to factor in that removal of these items, because it will most likely be more expensive once the property is fully developed. Be sure to understand the full scope of an estimate before agreeing to it and make sure to sign a contract.
  • If not included in the clearing scope of work, be sure to stabilize the newly cleared soil with grass seed to prevent erosion. A soil sample should be done prior to seeding to see what is needed to amend the soil, which is usually lime and a mix of fertilizer
What is the easiest way to clear land?

This questions greatly depends on what type of job it is, factors are as follows. Size of clearing, proposed use of clearing, topography of the area that is being cleared, Size of trees in the area being cleared, local municipal laws regarding the clearing. A few types would be:

  • Forestry mulching- works well for   Forest Thinning, Underbrush Removal, Invasive Species Removal, Noxious Species Removal, Farm Reclamation, and Fence Line Clearing.
  • Felling trees and grinding stumps- works well for small back yard expansion, drain field clearing, clearings in tight areas where large equipment cannot access.
How much does it cost to remove a tree near me?

Tree removal ranges in cost based on size and location of the tree and how complex the removal process will have to be. Small trees with easy access for equipment will cost around the $500.00 range. Very large trees with poor equipment access and requiring extensive rigging can cost up to or above $5000.00. Another factor in the cost of tree removal is the qualification of the company doing the work. Proper equipment, training, personnel, and insurance coverage help to ensure tree removal will be done in a manner that protects your property as well as the men doing the work. This is arguably the most important thing to consider when budgeting for tree work.

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What is the process of removing a tree?
  • On simple removals the tree can be felled carefully to the ground. It will then be cut up and loaded/ chipped into a truck. The area will then be raked clean of all debris.
  • Larger, more complex removal require the use of climbing or aerial lifts to access the tree to be dismantled piece by piece. Branches will be tied off to a rigging system and lowered carefully to the ground. This process is repeated until the whole tree is on the ground. The crew on the ground assists with rigging, clearing branches as they come down and moving them to the chipper and log trucks either by hand or by using specialized equipment designed to pick up heavy limbs without damaging lawns, driveways, sidewalks, etc.
  • In some cases, cranes are used to lift pieces of trees out to a processing area making for zero impact to the area around the tree. 
Should I remove a tree close to House?
  • Trees close to homes or other structures should be continually monitored for signs of distress, decay, uprooting, etc. There are many ways to tell if a tree is hazardous to a nearby structure, some obvious, and some more subtle. Trees can be a very nice addition to your home’s landscape, but it is a good idea to have them inspected by a professional to avoid potential property damage or loss of life due to failure. 
How do you treat trees in the spring?
  • Winter and spring are a great time of year to inspect trees since the structure of the tree is easier to inspect without leaves blocking your view of the branches. Similarly, these are good times of the year to prune your trees since the tree is still in dormancy. The reduced sap flow (or in winter the absence of it) combined with cooler weather helps to promote a more rapid healing process on properly made pruning cuts. 
Should I remove a leaning tree?

Many things can cause a tree to lean. Some common causes and solutions are as follows:

  • Phototropism is the effect of a tree growing close to a structure, forest, or nearby tree. The tree naturally grows towards the sun causing it to lean. While this is not a major concern a tree can become out of balance due Phototropism and should be monitored to avoid failure and property damage.
  • Improper planting, pruning, or branch break out can cause a tree to lean or be unevenly balanced. This can be fine but should be inspected by a professional to avoid failure.
Do I need a permit to remove a tree in Virginia?
  • The state of Virginia does not require a permit for the removal of trees, certain cities or municipalities may require written permission or a permit but, in most cases, this is not required. Similarly, some HOA’s may require permission for removal of trees.
What can you do with storm damaged trees and bushes?

If the storm damage is not impacting the structural integrity of the tree or bush there is a good chance that it can be saved. Storm damaged branches should be safely, and properly trimmed back to allow the tree to begin the healing process. It is important to have storm-damaged trees looked over carefully by a professional. Oftentimes the damage isn’t readily visible to the untrained eye, and only manifests itself when the tree fails due to damage sustained during a storm.

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