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Washington DC Tree Services
In and around our nation's capital, homeowners have many reasons to call for tree service. Washington DC, though definitely a well populated area, still contains many homes with one or multiple trees in their lawns, and keeping those trees in good shape has several benefits. A well tended, healthy tree can provide shade and enhance the look of your property, but good looking trees can also have a positive effect on your property value, as well. On the flip side, neglected trees that are in poor condition are unlikely to provide these benefits, and may pose a safety hazard, too. When you consider the pros of keeping your tree(s) in good shape and the cons of having an unhealthy tree, it's no wonder Washington DC tree service is in such high demand!
Why Call for Professional Tree Service?
Calling a professional to mend a broken fence or burst pipe is something that most homeowners will not have to think twice about. Similarly, when a member of your household is sick, a doctor's visit is a near reflex reaction. A sick or wounded tree on your property combines aspects of each of these situations. As fixtures of your property, a tree that is not performing up to speed needs someone to fix it, but as a living thing, a tree may also require treatment and care in much the same way as a person. Since making a tree healthy can be a little more complex than fixing a leaky faucet, even handy homeowners often require the assistance of a trained professional.
Problems Tree Services are Able to Fix
Tree service companies in and around DC can handle just about any problem that occurs with your tree, as long as they are called in time. If caught early, fungus, disease, and insect infestation can often be successfully treated. Additionally, tree service in Washington DC often includes strategic trimming to both reduce the risk of property damage (especially important in areas like DC where winter precipitation is likely to add considerable weight to branches) and enhance appearance, as well.
Washington DC tree service companies are generally not the people to call for regular landscaping needs. While many will offer services like hedge trimming, they are typically not concerned with lawns, flowering plants, and gardens. There is a bit of an overlap between landscapers and tree service companies, but in general, you should not expect either to be able to perform the tasks of the other.
The Value of a Tree
Many trees in Washington DC have been around longer than the houses they are adjacent to. While this doesn't mean that no tree on a property should ever be cut down, it does mean that any removed tree will not be easy to replace. A tree that has been around for centuries can be a huge asset to a property's appearance, as well as its value; cutting such a tree down can often be a financial mistake. Regular check-ups done by a knowledgeable tree expert will not be a foolproof method of keeping your old growth trees in good condition, but it comes pretty close. Often, the problems that require a tree to be removed are entirely avoidable; don't let your property's value and beauty slip due to negligence!
Unfortunately, no living thing is indestructible. Some issues not caught early enough or problems caused by severe impact or trauma may not be able to be mended by even the most knowledgeable arborist or diligent homeowner. In these cases (as well as in cases where an existing tree is causing significant damage to pipes, foundations, or other parts of the property) tree removal may be the only option. Removing a moderate to large sized tree is a tricky, awkward, and dangerous task for the uninitiated; it is highly recommended that homeowners leave this job to the pros.
Tree Service Prices
While we certainly can't give you an exact figure of how much your particular project will cost, we can tell you that we've seen Washington DC tree service run anywhere from $150 to $2,000. Obviously, jobs that involve removing an entire tree will fall at the higher end (often between $1,000 and $2,000), while trims and treatments make up the bulk of the less expensive jobs. Be careful when shopping for the best price, however, as some tree service companies have more inclusive estimates than others. For example, one estimate for tree removal might be higher, but include stump removal (often several hundred dollars in itself), where a lower estimate may not. By knowing exactly what your money is going toward, you can make a better decision and often save yourself some money, too.
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