Tree Services in Seattle, WA
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Seattle Tree Services
Though the Seattle landscape is most well known by outsiders for the Space Needle, and most celebrated by natives for its beautiful place among the water and mountains that surround the city on all sides, the city wouldn't be nearly as beautiful without the trees that adorn both the city proper and the outlying areas. Seattle homes, too, frequently use trees for landscaping and curb appeal. In fact, a few well-placed trees are among the more underestimated factors when it comes to the property value of your home. Well-maintained trees are one of your home's greatest assets, and cannot be simply replaced in a week or even a month.
Other trees, however, can be a nuisance. It may also be necessary to remove ailing or diseased trees before they become an even larger problem. Whatever your Seattle tree service needs, HomeAdvisor can help you find the right contractor for the job. We've recently helped homeowners in Bellevue, Kirkland, Issaquah, Renton, and throughout the greater Seattle area.
Tree Service Companies
In and around Seattle, tree service is hardly hard to find. However, some Seattle tree service companies are better than others. There are basically two different kinds of companies who deal with trees: those who have a certified arborist on staff and those who don't. Arborists must go through specific training and pass exams to prove their knowledge of trees before they can be certified. When your tree is being attacked by insects, disease, fungus, or any of a host of other damaging elements, a certified arborist will know the best way to combat the problem.
It is likely that you will find both certified arborists and non-certified tree trimmers in just about any area in or around Seattle. Tree service is not always difficult, and if you simply want a particular branch removed or want your tree "topped" so it doesn't interfere with power-lines, who you hire becomes less important than how much it will cost you. On the other hand, Seattle tree service companies who will send an arborist rather than a trimmer to your home are definitely the way to go when your tree problem goes beyond offending limbs. Though such companies may charge more for their services, that little extra could mean the difference between saving and killing a tree that has stood for generations.
Removal Permits and the Seattle Government
In some cases, who you hire for Seattle tree service is not even up to you! Where you are located within the greater Seattle area will play a role, as will the size, placement, and species of tree. If you have a tree that is designated as a "heritage" tree, you may, in fact, not be allowed to remove it from your property. If you have an emergency situation involving fallen tree limbs blocking your sidewalk, street, or alleyway, for example, you need to talk to Seattle Street Maintenance. Trees growing into overhead power lines are serviced by Seattle City Lights Vegetation Management. The list of issues and the departments you should contact goes on, but when a tree problem arises, the Seattle Department of Transportation is a good starting place, as they can direct you to a number of different governing agencies.
Other Tree Services
Other than tree removal, tree trimming, stump removal, and treating a damaged tree are among the other common Seattle tree services. Tree trimming can mean a number of different things, depending on the size and type of tree you have. Large trees can require some fairly heavy-duty equipment to do right, and professional contractors will have this equipment along with the knowledge about specifically where, how, and to what extent to trim your trees. Many homeowners are surprised by just how much a professional will trim, but are pleasantly surprised by new growth that ensues in a matter of weeks. If you're unsure about your tree or the services you need, a number of different local contractors can give you invaluable advice that will ensure the continued well being of this landscaping asset.
Cost of Tree Service and Tree Trimming
The nature of your tree services will also determine the cost. Basic tree trimming services will generally run a few hundred dollars or less. Comprehensive tree removal will cost more along the lines of a thousand dollars, give or take, depending on the size and placement of the tree. Tree trimming is often farmed out by homeowners who don't have the time, the equipment, or the expertise for the project. Tree removal, however, should not attempted by anyone except a professional. Before you settle on a final cost, be sure to determine whether or not the estimate includes hauling away any excess limbs and debris.
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