We take trees down – but here are 3 benefits to putting them in

Manning Tree and LandscapeThis may be hard to believe, but New England is now more forested than ever. Today, over 80 percent of New England is covered by thick woods. That’s quite a change from the mid 1800’s when only 30-40 percent of the countryside was forested after losing most of its trees to logging and farming by early settlers as well as firewood-cutting and charcoal-making.

Today, trees are back and are seen as a valuable resource, not only for more environmentally-friendly harvesting, but as much-admired assets on residential properties. Big, beautiful hardwoods are treasured for their lush canopies that shade lawns, decks, and patios while evergreens are used to create privacy and windbreaks. In short, trees add beauty and value to your property.

Of course, trees are living things — all trees eventually reach the end of their lives and need to be taken down. And while we’re best known for professional tree care and removal, we’re also champions for planting them.

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So you think you can do it yourself?

Don’t try this at home!

Every homeowner likes to think he or she is handy in some way – maybe you’ve replaced a faucet, painted a room, even installed a dishwasher, or done myriad other projects around the house. How hard can it be to take down a tree or install a patio?

The short answer is “hard”.

There are countless stories of property owners injuring themselves or others attempting to remove a dead or an unwanted tree. Some people attempt it with inadequate equipment or inexperience in using the right equipment. Not everyone can handle a chainsaw or work safely high up in a tree to dismantle limbs and trunks correctly to avoid dropping them on a house or across power lines.

Safe tree trimming and removal more often than not requires trained, experienced arborists with the right cutting and safety equipment to keep themselves and others out of harm’s way while carefully dropping the tree exactly where it should go or correctly sectioning and lowering it so that it can be properly disposed of without harming people or property.

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Protect Your Home: Remove Those Trees and Stumps

Stump Grinder

Having a tree in your garden or close to your house can really spruce up the appearance of your home. As beautiful as they are, trees also pose a potential hazard and have to be properly maintained, because in New England trees are often the victims of harsh weather, such as severe rain, snow and ice storms.

The damage caused by fallen trees is typically covered under homeowners’ insurance, whether they fall on your property or your neighbor’s, but there are some factors to consider. Dead trees are considered a potential liability and should be removed before they fall, something that most insurance companies see as the homeowner’s responsibility. Not removing a dead tree could be considered negligence.

Although insurance companies will typically cover the damage caused by fallen live trees, it’s up to the homeowner to arrange the removal of the tree or any leftover debris. In some extenuating circumstances, your town may remove the tree if it hinders or damages public property such as roadways or power lines, or poses access constraints. When a tree falls, there are other losses to consider, such as replacing the tree and the cost of the deductible for repairs to the home.

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