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09/15/2012
By: chaosfemme
Colorado Tree & Shrubbery Specialists
They came out to trim our huge 100 yr old silver maple trees. They were very competitive in their quote (we checked 3 other services). We had not had the trees trimmed in the 5 years we've owned the property, and there seemed to be a lot of dead growth. I was concerned that the trees would be lopsided and skeletal (as we've seen plenty of times in the neighborhood), but these guys did a great job of thinning stuff out symmetrically. I must admit that I was not here during the service, but everything went according to schedule, the trees look good, and they cleaned up after themselves (even straightening out a messy area of the backyard that needed a little tlc).
Tips & Advices
Do your due diligence and always ask for proof of insurance and certification before agreeing to any work. You will also want to be on the lookout for telltale signs of scams and be cautious of any company that:
  • Will not provide you with a certificate of their insurance policy or only has general liability coverage
  • Declines to give you a written estimate for the job
  • Gives you bids that either seem very low or very high
  • Contacted you out of the blue to see if you needed their services
  • Has complaints against it from business bureaus in your area
  • Asks for payment before starting work
  • Doesn't have a fixed physical address
Tree service companies are also great places to get your wood if you happen to have a fireplace. Many tree businesses offer free delivery and stacking of hardwoods, such as maple or birch. These can make for the best firewood because they burn slowly and don't produce as much smoke as other types.
If you want to add to the greenery in your yard but you're concerned about the right species to plant or where to put it on your property, seek the advice of an arborist.
If a storm hits and damages your residence, a tree service professional is usually on your list of people to call for help after first responders and your insurer. A professional service can completely remove a tree or just prune and saw off its branches if a storm damages a tree. After sawing or destroying the tree, professionals can then remove any of the dangerous debris from your yard by hauling it off.
Some bugs burrow through the bark and damage hardwood and softwood trees. Depending on the species of trees in your yard and the region of the country you live in, aphids, the infamous emerald ash borer or other pests could destroy your healthy trees.

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