People take out trees for a number of reasons – as a landscaping requirement, if they are precariously reaching the electric lines or if they are dead. Whatever the reason may be, calling the experts to do the job is the best way to go about this task.

Though you can easily chop down the tree with a chainsaw, you may lack the knowledge on how to do it properly. Cutting down a tree and removing the stump require the experience of stump removal professionals. If you’re not convinced, then let’s break down the advantages and disadvantages of doing the task yourself versus hiring the experts.

Grinding a Stump Yourself

You will need to invest in the right equipment. This project will call for a shovel or garden mattock, a chain saw, a drill, a wheelbarrow and a gas-powered stump grinder. The grinder will automatically set you back a couple of thousands of dollars. If you choose to rent, you need to shell out $100-$200 per day, depending on the size of the machine.

If this is your first time to use a grinder, you need to spend at least a couple of hours to read the manual and learn how to operate it properly. And since you don’t really do this kind of job, the task may take longer than usual and the end result may not be acceptable. When you’re not satisfied with your work, you’ll probably end up hiring an expert, thus spending more.

Hiring The Experts

Getting the services of a tree stump removal specialist is very reasonable with the total cost depending on the number of stumps you want to remove and the diameter. If you have more than one tree stump that you want to take out, the company can offer you a good deal. Normally, you will be charged a fee for the first stump, and a lower fee for each succeeding stumps.

Because you hired a legit company to do this, they are fully equipped with all the things that they need to get the job done. You don’t have to bother with finding and buying machines and tools. And since they have been doing this for a very long time, they are experienced enough to know the most efficient and effective way to completely take out the tree stump.

When you consider all these things, it makes more sense to get the services of an expert stump grinding company. It’s practical, cost-effective and less time consuming.

Find out more about tree stump grinding here.

Here in the Lowcountry, we don’t experience many of the weather or color changes associated with Autumn that our neighbors to the north enjoy. However, we make up for any lack in color with the delicious, mouth-watering flavor of pecans.

According to Clemson Cooperative Extension, pecan trees will grow in almost any South Carolina soil and need to be placed in areas that receive good air movement because pecan trees are pollinated by the wind. Additionally, pecan trees should be planted within 200 feet of one another, with at least three varieties planted together for maximum pollination and production.

Depending on the weather, pecans can start falling anywhere from early September through November. Harvesting pecans can be hard work, but the various ways they can be used are well worth the fruits of your labor.

There are some great guides available that walk through how to tell what kind of crop yield you can expect, when to watch for pecans to start falling and various pecan harvesting techniques. We definitely recommend reading through them as it might save you some time, backache and disappointment if your pecans end up on the wimpy side.

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While pecans can be enjoyed as a snack, they have helped make the South famous for their use in pralines, pies and syrups. Southern Living has a pretty robust listing of delicious pecan recipes.

Do you have pecan trees in your yard? Have you harvested pecans before? Have any favorite pecan recipes? Share your experiences with us!

Baker’s Tree Service is your ultimate resource for tree care or maintenance, tree and debris removal and so much more. Give us a call today for a free consultation or to learn more about our services: (843) 296-9991

As one of the country’s top tourist destinations, Charleston offers a plethora of activities, attractions and events that suit vacationers of every age. For all of the visitors spending their last summer vacation days in the Holy City, we insist you add the Angel Oak tree to your must-see list of attractions.

Located on Johns Island, the Angel Oak is a free attraction and can be viewed Monday-Saturday from 9am–5pm and on Sunday from 1-5pm.

The Angel Oak is a Southern live oak – live oaks are given that name because they don’t lose their leaves in colder weather months, unlike other oaks, which are deciduous. Depending on the growing conditions, typical open-grown live oak trees reach 60 feet in height, with a limb spread of nearly 80 feet.

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What makes the Angel Oak so special? The tree is estimated to be in excess of 400-500 years old, stands 66.5 ft tall, measures 28 ft in circumference, and produces shade that covers 17,200 square feet. From tip to tip, its longest branch distance is 187 ft. The Angel Oak tree is thought to be one of the oldest living things in the country. In other words, it’s a very old, very large tree.

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The Angel Oak is one of our favorite trees and one of our favorite Charleston attractions. We guarantee you’ll be happy you added it to your vacation itinerary! For a map and additional information on the Angel Oak, visit the Charleston Park Conservancy’s overview of the Angel Oak Park.

 

It’s summer in the Lowcountry, which means more time is being spent outside. Whether you’re basking in the shade, or running around with your kids in the yard, you may expect to encounter all kinds of plants and insects, but if you spot something out of the ordinary, you may be right in suspecting that it does not belong.

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South Carolina is home to many invasive insect and plant species. Invasive species are any species that have spread outside of their normal living range, and may cause harm to their new area. Although plants and insects may not cause physical harm to a person, they may endanger native plants and insects that together keep the biosphere in working order.

Here are some of the most common invasive plant and insect species in SC:

  • Japanese Honeysuckle- the Japanese Honeysuckle is a vine that produces white and yellow flowers that give of a sweet fragrance. This vine can climb and spread up to 80 feet in thickets that are able to push out any native species.
  • Wisteria- Wisteria is a vine notorious for its lavender spring flowers that are capable of climbing, spreading, and spiraling up to 70 feet. Unfortunately its thick growth also makes it potentially deadly for trees and other plants.
  • Cogongrass– Cogongrass is an invasive weed that is mostly inedible by animals, can kill native plants, and can be a fire hazard when dried out. Cogongrass can grow up to five feet tall with sharp, pointed leaves and fluffy white seed heads that grow in a tail.
  • Fire Ants– not only do fire ants have the potential to sting humans, their venom makes them deadly to other insects and plants. Fire ants cause great damage to fruits and immature crops when feeding, and can even infest electrical boxes and other mechanical equipment damaging the circuiting.
  • Ambrosia Beetle– the Ambrosia Beetle looks like a milky white worm in its larvae stage and in adulthood is dull brownish black with wings. The beetles are able to bear through bark and other parts of the tree, where it eats plant sap and other juices that are vital to tree and plant life. Ambrosia beetles are sometimes evident by the patterns of girdling they leave behind.

The effects of these invasive plant and animal species can be detrimental to your yards – and your trees. If you have recently encountered these or any other invasive plant and animal species, you may be wondering if your landscape can be salvaged. Call Baker’s Tree Service today for a risk assessment of your trees. We can help determine their overall health, and what steps need to be taken.

Hurricane season just kicked off and the Lowcountry has already been confronted with tropical storm Andrea. If Andrea has shown us anything, it’s that even low category storms can leave our yards littered with debris. Because of this, it is important to have a professional risk assessment of your yard, like the one that Baker’s Tree Service provides, in order to diagnose potential landscape issues before a potentially more devastating storm can cause damage.

Tree Risk Assessment

Most people assume that all trees are a threat to their property during a storm and may begin hacking away their yard. This is not always true. Not only are trees aesthetically pleasing and environmentally beneficial, a lot of trees are actually structurally sound enough to withstand high speed wind and may even create a barrier from soil erosion. In fact, many trees can interlock their root systems with other trees in order to anchor themselves to the ground. So, before you begin cutting away at perfectly good trees, contact us for a professional risk assessment of your yard.

During our risk assessment we can determine the overall health of a tree and its structural soundness, including an inspection of the base, root system, branches, and other connecting elements to determine if a tree is unstable, diseased, infested, or damaged, amongst other things. Once a tree is evaluated, we can determine the next best action, which may include removal, pruning, thinning, or nothing at all. Most importantly, don’t begin making decisions that could be costly without the expertise of a professional.

So, if you’re trying to decide whether a tree should stay or go this hurricane season, give Baker’s Tree Service a call!

As a full-service tree company with more than 15 years of experience, we understand the importance of prompt, friendly customer care. We’re a local, small business with southern roots, which means we place value on the relationships we build and the communities we serve.

These are just a few of the reasons we’re urging our customers to connect with us online.  In addition to debuting a new website, Baker’s Tree Service is going social and you can find us on the following sites: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Foursquare, Google+ and YouTube.

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Whether you want to share your photos, ask us questions, provide feedback or just say hi, we welcome your interaction. So please feel free to like, follow or subscribe to Baker’s Tree Service online!

We’ll also be bringing you updates, news, tips and much more via this blog, so chime in with comments and questions – we look forward to connecting with you!

When a devastating storm hits, the damage can be widespread. When many trees are damaged, it is often necessary to get rid of some in order to save others. These are difficult decisions to make, and if you’re not an expert in this area, the job may seem overwhelming. In this kind of situation, it is very helpful to work with a professional tree care service that can assist you in making the tough decisions.

There are a couple other good reasons to leave your tree removal jobs to a tree care specialist. One of the most important is to avoid getting injured. Cutting up and removing a tree is a hard job and involves dangerous equipment like chainsaws and other sharp tools. If you are not experienced in tree trimming or cutting them up, you are putting yourself at risk for injury. A professional tree care service uses the latest equipment and knows what they’re doing. Plus, if they are reputable, they will be insured, so if any of them are injured on your property, their insurance company is on the hook for it.

Another reason to leave the tough tree removal jobs to a pro is to make sure there is no damage done to your property. For example, if you have dead trees that are close to, or worse leaning toward your house or another building on your property, you’d better know what you’re doing when you cut them down. A tree care service knows how to tackle these kinds of situations and again they are insured in case the tree does cause any damage.

Tree removal is not the only thing that a good tree care professional can help you with. Keeping the tree healthy is another one of their specialties. Typical tree maintenance from a reputable company includes trimming and pruning. To some, these jobs may seem easy enough, but keep in mind that if you don’t know what you’re doing, you may do more harm than good to your trees.

On the other hand, tree trimming and pruning done by a professional tree care service will keep your trees healthy and prevent them from getting diseased and dying unnecessarily. It will also keep your property clean and insure that you wont have to do as much tree removal in the future. So, when it comes to protecting your property’s most treasured natural resources, always consider the services of a tree care specialist to make sure your “dead weight” is removed and that your remaining trees stay healthy and vibrant.

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This article was written by Jason Lon, Chester County Tree Removal, and reprinted with permission.

Our reputation of quality make up the foundation of our Chester County Tree Removal business model. Our devotion to customers sets us apart from our competition! We offer tree care services Chester County

You don’t know how it happened, but it did – you’ve got a dead tree on your hands. If you want to preserve the lush look of your landscape, then it’s time to consider hiring a tree removal service. Perhaps your majestic oak is posing a major danger for drivers, as it’s starting to lean out onto the road, or your tree is causing some serious damage to your roof – and it needs to go now.

While homeowners should consider tree removal a last-option, you’ll need to give your local tree service a call if:

• A tree is causing structural damage to your home;

• It’s causing a safety or navigational hazard.

• Your tree has kicked the bucket. If the tree hasn’t blossomed or had fresh growth in over a year, it’s highly likely that it’s dead. Break off a small branch to see – is it brittle? Are the insides dry? If so, then it’s time to call a tree removal service.

Worried that this unexpected expense will break your bank account? While you can get a free estimate from most tree removal companies, you can use the following factors to estimate just how much it will cost to remove your troublesome tree:

• The location of the tree can have a significant impact on the total cost of removal. For example, how easy is it for the tree removal company to get to the tree? Is it located near your house or near the road? Is it safe to remove, or will the arborist in question need to deal with utility wires and other dangerous obstacles? Additionally, will the tree removal have an impact on your neighbor’s property?

• The size and location of the tree will have the biggest impact on the total price of your tree removal.

• The health of the tree will also have an impact on the price of your project. Expect dead, dying or diseased trees to potentially cost more to remove (because of the danger and skill needed to address the removal), while healthier trees will be easier on your piggy bank. Periodic evaluation of your trees and plants could save you thousands of dollars in repairs and or replacements. It will in fact add thousand of dollars of value to your home by adding beauty to your landscape.

• You should expect when speaking with a professional tree service provider, that they will outline for you the specific cost for specific work to be done. Cost for tree removals, tree trimming, stump grinding, and other specialized services not limited to hauling and fertilization should be clearly outlined in a proposal for work.

While tree removal can be an unexpected cost, knowing what you’ll be charged for can make all the difference between a surprise invoice and an expense you’re prepared for. If you really want an exact figure for your tree removal, ask local companies for a free tree estimate. You will find that the frequent analysis of your trees will pay off, when you save large sums of cash for addressing dead or dying trees.

Periodic evaluation of your tree and plants could save you thousands of dollars in repairs and or replacements. And will in fact add thousand of dollars of value to your home by adding beauty to your landscape.

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This article was written by Chris M. Williams at ArborServ Tree Professionals, and reprinted with permission.

ArborServ Tree Professionals, an Atlanta tree service, provides superior tree services including, tree removal, tree trimming, and stump grinding. Now serving Atlanta, Lithonia, Decatur, Stone Moutain, and Conyers, GA. Visit our website for more information on tree service costs.