Angie's List: Take Care of Your Trees - WBAY

Angie's List: Take Care of Your Trees

Trees can add value and beauty to your yard, but they can also be a potential hazard.

Angie's List says trees can become a liability when they're diseased, stressed or overgrown.

"You may not realize, but if you have a tree that falls and damages someone else's property, you are going to be responsible, so you want to take care of them when you see the first need," says Angie Hicks, founder of Angie's List.

Angie's List says removing a tree is a job best left to professionals.

"Removing a tree might seem relatively simple, but if it's a tree of any size it's really a job best left to a professional, because they are going to have the proper training, tools and insurance," says Hicks. "The last thing you want to do is drop tree limbs onto your house and cause damage."

If you're not sure if a tree needs removing, consider bringing in a tree expert, called an arborist.

"We wouldn't want to self-diagnose our own medical problems. Obviously, arborists are trained to identify and diagnose certain issues, whereas our doctors are trained to do the same. Not everybody is able to do that," says Rick Carter, Tree Service Contractor. "Rather than make a decision based on what may look like something, an arborist may be able to say, 'It's not bad as it looks' or vice versa."

Angie's List says many tree removal companies charge by foot of the tree, but that may not include the price to remove the stump.

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