What to Expect After a Tree Removal

treeremovalIt happened. You have to remove a tree from your property. It’s sick, dying, crowding other trees, or what have you. For whatever reasons, you and your arborist at Austin Tree Service have come to the decision that you need a tree removal.  If a permit from the City of Austin is required, the arborist will inform you of it. Here is a link to the permit application. Once all the requirements, have been met, we will set up the appointment and remove the tree. Now, you just have a bit of a stump left.

What happens now?

Well, that’s the million dollar question, isn’t it? We do know that the tree’s roots will no longer grow. Why? Roots need nutrients that are supplied by the tree’s leaves. There are now no leaves left. No leaves should mean no new nutrients. As a result, the roots will slowly die out.

A strange thing can happen after a tree removal, however, and it might surprise you. A tree can re-sprout after it is cut down. When that occurs, new growth can develop leaves and carry out photosynthesis which would cause your roots to remain alive. This is not something you want to have happen.

We usually suggest stump grinding with your tree removal so that this is less likely to occur. Growth from the roots or stump can be controlled by spraying the new growth with a brush killer. Treating the stump with herbicide after the tree is cut down is an effective method to prevent sucker growth. We can handle this for you. We apply the herbicide to the stump immediately after cutting down the tree. By doing so, we allow the herbicide to make contact with the stump’s vascular system before it seals itself.

That’s why we suggest that you have us handle a tree removal and don’t do it yourself. We’re experts at the process. When we remove a tree, you can be fairly secure in the knowledge that it is done well and no new growth will appear. If it does, we will fix it for you so you don’t need to worry about a thing.

If you have questions or think you need a tree removed, please contact us at 512-341-8888. Thank you.

Tree Removal Austin, Texas

There are several reasons why you may be interested in learning about tree removal in Austin, Texas. Tree removal is an important form of landscape maintenance that can actually make your property more valuable and can make your property safer. Austin Tree Service has been in business over a decade and is an award winning business offering a variety of expert tree services – including tree removal in Austin.

One of the most common reasons for wanting to remove trees from your property is if the trees are dead or diseased and dying. Removing dead and unsightly trees from your property will increase your home’s curb appeal and its potential resale value. Removal of dead and diseased trees will also prevent the spread of disease to healthy trees and plants, further helping preserve your property value.

In addition to helping you preserve and improve your home’s value, Austin Tree Service can also evaluate the trees on your property to determine potential liability and safety risks. The greater Austin area is known for its intense storms, and these storms have been known to knock over some very large trees. If you have any trees that pose a potential safety risk on your property, you could be liable for the damage and injury which your tree causes if it is unexpectedly knocked over – especially if the property in question is rented out to a third party. Falling trees can damage property, kill power, and cause serious physical injury to people in the area. A simple inspection by Austin Tree Service could save you hours of stress and unknown amounts of cash after the next big storm – so remember Austin Tree Service when you need tree removal in Austin.

We have also helped owners of undeveloped property clear trees out of entire plots of land, safely cutting down trees and grinding stumps out of the ground.

Austin Tree Service is locally owned and operated and maintains a certified arborist on staff. Our arborist is certified by the International Society of Arborists (ISA) and we’re members in good standing with the Texas Chapter of the ISA – which means that our arborist is held to a strict code of ethics and the highest of industry standards. In other words, we’ll never try to sell you unnecessary work, all of the work we perform will be performed safely.

Even though we’re known as a premier service offering tree removal in Austin, we’re also expert tree planters who can help you completely redesign your entire property landscape with strategically planted trees and plants. Plus, with an arborist on staff who is an expert in the science of making trees grow, you can be sure that any tree planted by Austin Tree Service will have the highest chance of successfully taking root and growing to maturity.

To learn more about the services offered by Austin Tree Service, or to schedule an estimate for tree removal in Austin, visit us online at KeepAustinGreen.com.

Austin Tree Service
PO Box 170267
Austin, TX 78717

Phone: 512-341-8888
Fax: 844-629-7771
Email: info@keepaustingreen.com

What Should You Expect When Removing Crepe Myrtles?

remove_crepe_myrtleRemoving crepe myrtles should only be undertaken under extreme caution. They’re tricky to remove. It’s best to remove a crepe myrtle before it grows to full height. Even then, it can be done, but you’re best bet is to hire a professional like us at Austin Tree Service. We have experience with successfully removing crepe (aka crape) myrtles.

We will give you the procedure to remove a full grown crape myrtle. As you’ll see, it can be time-consuming and dangerous. You want to make sure you do it correctly so the crepe myrtle won’t keep coming back. Here are the steps.

  1. Use protective eye gear, thick work gloves and a mask. If using a chain saw, you’ll want to insert ear plugs. They’ll keep your ears safe. Remember – safety first.
  2. Apply an oil-soluble herbicide to the bark of an immature crepe myrtle. This is for trunks smaller than 6 inches in diameter. This special type of herbicide penetrates the waxy protective layer of the tree’s bark and will eventually travel to the roots, killing them. This is slower and, perhaps, a better alternative to cutting down the tree. Once it’s dead and rotted, you can easily remove the tree with a spade or shovel.
  3. If your crape myrtle’s trunk diameter is bigger than 12 inches, you’ll want to level it to the ground with a chain saw. For smaller trees, you’ll only have to make one pass. For larger trees, more than one is necessary. This is when you should consider hiring a tree professional like us.
  4. Drill evenly spaced holes in the remains of the trunk with a power drill.
  5. Pour a concentrated herbicide into the holes you made in the trunk. It will penetrate the crape myrtle’s vascular system and attack the roots from the inside. You should time the removal of the crepe myrtle and herbicide application to the tree’s growth phase. This occurs during the warmer seasons of the year. In cooler weather, the dormant roots make it harder for the herbicide to travel through the entire plant.
  6. Apply the concentrated herbicide to the flat top of the trunk with a paint brush.
  7. Dig up immature crape myrtles at the base of the tree with a spade or shovel. Remove the entire root system. This will prevent the tree from growing back from the roots. If you don’t think you can properly handle this yourself, great. If not, we would love for you to contact us at 512-341-8888. We will be happy to remove the crepe myrtle for you and make sure it’s gone completely.
  8. Spray any shoots that appear in the location of the removed crape myrtle with broadleaf herbicide.

We want you to have a successful crepe myrtle removal regardless of how you remove it. Please feel free to contact us with any concerns. Our certified arborist, Adam, can make sure your tree is removed and will never return.


How to Handle A Conflict with Your Neighbor Over Landscaping and Trees

storm-damageYou have a conflict with your neighbor over landscaping and trees. You would like to know how to handle it. We’ve got a brief Q&A to help you determine what to do. With help from FindLaw, these conflicts can be more easily dealt with.

Can I trim my neighbor’s tree branches if they hang over my yard?

Yes. You have the right by law to do so but remember this only applies to the limbs that extend over the property line. The law only allows for tree trimming and cutting up to the property line. You cannot go onto the neighbor’s property or destroy the tree. If you do harm the tree, you could find yourself in trouble with the law. Regular trees have a value of between $500 and $2500 and landmark trees can reach as high as $60,000 in replacement value. Be very careful when tree trimming.

Can I eat the fruit from my neighbor’s tree if the fruits hang in my yard?

Although it may be tempting, the answer is no. The fruit belongs to the tree’s owner. Of course you could ask your neighbor and he or she may be more than willing to let you. If the fruit falls, there’s a possibility you could eat it, but you’ll want to check with local laws to make sure.

Do I have a good nuisance claim if the leaves from my neighbor’s tree keep blowing in my yard?

No, you can’t. Leaves are considered a natural product. Even if the leaves cause damage such as clogging gutters or pipes, you have no legal claim against the tree’s owner. You are also responsible for cleaning up any natural products that fall into your lawn. If the tree branches overhang in your yard, you can trim the branches up to the property line as we previously mentioned. If you don’t already have one, you can also consider building a fence. It may prohibit some of those leaves from falling into your yard.

What if most of the tree hangs in my yard but the tree trunk is in my yard? Who owns the tree?

The neighbor owns the tree so long as the entire tree trunk is in their yard. When a tree trunk is divided by property lines of two or more people, it’s called a ‘boundary tree’. In that case, you and your neighbor are both considered owners. Tree removal without consent of all owners is not possible.

My neighbor dug up his yard and killed a tree on my property. Am I entitled to compensation for the tree?

Yes, you are. You can even sue for damages. Anyone who engages in tree cutting, tree removal, or injury to the tree without the owner’s permission is liable for compensating the tree owner. In some cases, the tree owner has been compensated up to three times what the tree is worth so it may be worth pursuing. However, you can also just talk to your neighbor and see what he says. He may make reparations without your needing to go to court.

Is my neighbor responsible for damages if his tree limb fell onto my property during a storm and damaged my property?

That’s not a clear cut answer. It depends. The court will most likely apply a reasonable care standard.  If your neighbor took reasonable care to maintain the tree branch, and the tree branch did not seem to a reasonable person to fall, then you will probably not receive damages. If a reasonable person could not have avoided this from happening, then it’s an Act of God. The neighbor is not liable. If, after applying this reasonable standard, the court finds that the neighbor should’ve known that the branch may fall, then the neighbor could be found liable for the damage. In that case, he or she could be held responsible for the damage to your property.

If my neighbor’s tree looks like it’s going to fall on my house, what should I do?

Property owners are responsible for maintaining trees on their property. A reasonable inspection should be made of the tree in question. If it looks like it will fall, your neighbor is responsible for the tree’s removal. If they do not remove the tree and it does cause damage, your neighbor will be held liable for the damage. Of course, you might want to speak with your neighbor first. If they don’t do anything about it, you can file a nuisance claim. The court may then order them to remove the tree. Of course, many cities have ordinances prohibiting property owners from keeping dangerous conditions on their property. You could call your municipality and they may order that the tree be cut down. Finally, you could check with your local utility company. It may be in their best interest to have the tree removed. You have options. Exercise them.

Do I have to compensate my neighbors if the spreading of tree roots on my land damaged my neighbor’s septic tank?

Well, it’s possible. It really depends on your state’s laws. In most states, the bothered neighbor can engage in tree trimming or root cutting himself. They, then, don’t have a claim against the tree owner. Other states provide that the neighbors can sue if:

  • Regardless of whether there is property damage, a landowner may sue her neighbor to make that neighbor trim the branches that encroach upon the landowner’s property.
  • Serious harm such as structural damage caused by encroaching tree limbs or tree roots can cause a lawsuit. This structural damage refers to damaged roofs or walls, crushed pipes, cracked foundations and cracked or clogged sewers.
  • If the tree was planted, not wild, the neighbor may sue.
  • A neighbor may sue if a tree is noxious. That means the tree is inherently dangerous or poisonous AND the tree causes actual damage.

Other states are not as straightforward. There have been successful lawsuits when the tree causes substantial damage or interfered or interferes with the neighbor’s use and enjoyment of their own property. The truth is that you have to check with your state’s laws before taking any action.

We hope this has provided you with some important information. If you need help trimming or removing trees, please contact us at 512-341-8888. We appreciate your interest.

City of Austin Tree Removal Requirements

treesbackyardBefore you remove a tree in your yard, you should familiarize yourself with the City of Austin tree removal requirements. Many trees in Austin are considered ‘protected’. Austin’s tree protection ordinance is pretty complicated. It basically seeks to keep as many trees in Austin as possible.

From the ordinance, a protected, or heritage, tree is:

“HERITAGE TREE means a tree that has a diameter of 24 inches or more, measured four and one-half feet above natural grade, and is one of the following species: (a) Ash, Texas (b) Cypress. Bald (c) Elm, American (d) Elm, Cedar Pagel of 13 (e) Madrone, Texas (f) Maple. Bigtooth (g) All Oaks (h) Pecan (i) Walnut, Arizona (j) Walnut, Eastern Black.”

Before you remove any of these protected trees, you need a Tree Ordinance Review Application to be approved. Removal specifically refers to any action that may reasonably be expected to cause the tree to die. The city arborist must review these applications for protected trees before they can be removed. You will also have to pay a few with the application.

If your tree is not in the above-mentioned list, you can remove the tree without a permit. If you have something wrong with a tree, you are encouraged to consult with a certified arborist like the one we have at Austin Tree Service. The city does not send the city arborist out for all tree problems.

Our arborist can diagnose what’s wrong with your trees and determine if you need to have them removed. We, at Austin Tree, can also help you through the tree ordinance review application if necessary.

Remember if you have a tree in the public Right of Way, these are considered public trees and are regulated by the Public Works Department. Call 311 if you have any questions. Planting or removing trees in the Public Right Away area will require approval by the City of Austin.

If you have any further questions about tree removal in the City of Austin, we suggest you call Austin Tree Service today. We can be reached at 512-341-8888 and we will help you determine the best way to take care of your trees.

Proper and Safe Tree Removal

treeremovalaustinWhen performing a tree removal in Austin, you must make sure it’s done in a proper and safe manner. We, at Austin Tree Service, have a certified arborist on staff to help ensure that this happens. First, we will come out and assess your tree. We will analyze your tree and tell you what needs to be done. We don’t undertake a tree removal Austin unless it is absolutely necessary. We do all we can to save your trees.

However, should it become apparent that you need a tree removal we will tell you the cost and give you information on how we are going to do the Austin tree removal. We want you to be informed about your tree removal Austin. It’s not safe for you to consider removing the tree yourself. It’s a dangerous job even for the expert. That’s why you need someone like us who understands how trees are best removed.

One of the main dangers associated with tree removal Austin are the tools. We use chainsaws and wood chippers. Even the smallest of distractions could cause serious damage in seconds. Our tree removal specialists wear proper clothes and take precautions to make sure we don’t get hurt. We are also licensed and insured. If we get hurt on your property you don’t have to pay for it. We don’t need to tell you that medical expenses can get very expensive if you were to get hurt while trying to do this yourself.

Even with the proper equipment, a tree removal in Austin can be problematic. Weak limbs can lead to falls. They are improper support systems. Another potential problem is electric lines. If someone working on a tree close to power or phone lines falls, they could get electrocuted. We take extra care to make sure that this does not happen while we’re working on your tree removal.

Finally, there are potential hazards inside the tree like insects or rotting wood. If the tree is already dying, there could be deadwood and unstable limbs or hollowed-out trunks. We are equipped to handle this and will be sure to take care of your tree removal Austin.

Give us a call today at 5132-341-8888 to have your tree removed by the experts at Austin Tree Service.


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The Top 8 Questions You Should Ask Before Hiring a Tree Removal Company

Austin Tree Services IncDamaged or dead trees are not just unsightly; they pose potential hazards to you and your home especially during the next storm. It’s best in these situations to hire the best possible tree removal company. Leaving this work to the professionals is in your best interest. A tree removal company will give you peace of mind and help keep you safe. In this article, we’ll go over the top 8 questions you should ask before hiring a tree removal company. We hope they help you in your decision.

  1. Will the tree removal company provide you with an up-to-date certificate of insurance and copy of their work contract? You should ask this first because it’s very important to have this information. You want to make sure the tree removal company is properly insured and that you’re adequately protected should something go wrong.
  2. Does the company have adequate credentials? You should hire a company with an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) certified arborist like us. Although there is no licensing required for performing tree service in the state of Texas, you want to find a service that is accredited by the Better Business Bureau (BBB).
  3. What about references? You’ll want to ask the tree removal company for references from previous customers. They should be able to provide you with some you can get in contact with. Then, you should call them and ask them how satisfied they were with the service and anything else you can think of for an answer. You can also check the internet for referrals like on Angie’s List. If you’re a member of Angie’s List, you can find our reviews here.
  4. Will the tree removal company give you a detailed estimate? You should always try to get written estimates from three companies with equal credentials. Then, you compare the prices and scope of work. Don’t necessarily choose the cheapest option. Choose the best option.
  5. How will the company approach the job and what equipment will they use? You want a tree removal company to be sensitive to your home and needs. You don’t want them to use heavy power equipment on your lawn and flower beds. This will ruin them. If they do need to go across your lawn with equipment, make sure they know where sprinkler heads are so they don’t get damaged. You should ask what their policy is if they do in fact damage something. Make sure it’s acceptable to you. We suggest that you take a photo of the area before work begins in case there is damage. Also get an understanding of how the team will clean up once the job is finished. A good tree removal company will pick up after itself.
  6. When will you pay the tree removal company? A reputable tree service does not ask for money up front because they have the equipment necessary to do the job. Your contract terms should state that payment will be made when the job is completed to your satisfaction.
  7. Does the company appear professional? Is the company’s truck well taken care of? Their equipment? If they don’t take good care of their tools and trucks, then how can you trust them to take good care of your trees and your yard? Does their website appear professional and well put together? The design and content can give you an idea of how well they run their business.
  8. Will the crew be using safety gear while they’re on your property? OSHA (The Occupational Safety and Health Administration) requires that people wear adequate tree climbing gear such as harnesses, belts and ropes for any tree care operation. Reputable tree companies require that their workers be protected.

When hiring a tree removal company, you should consider protection for yourself and your property. By asking these questions, you’ll go a long way toward achieving that goal. If you have any questions for us, at Austin Tree Services Inc., we’re happy to answer them. Give us a call today at 512-341-8888.