In the days preceding last week's storm we received an incredible amount of calls requesting preventive trimming, limb cutbacks, and tree removal. Property owners were rightly concerned that overgrown trees, sick trees, and dead trees were likely to fail or drop heavy debris during the storm. The problem for tree companies is time and resources. After the storm hits, work is largely based on emergency needs. Before the storm hits, there is already scheduled work for new customers as well as preventive work for maintenance customers. Storm work involves crews working extended hours under extreme conditions which drives labor costs upward. Waiting for a storm, before scheduling tree work is very likely to dramatically increase customer cost. Storm work may continue long after the rain and wind have passed. Trees may fall as a result of soil failure rather than the immediate result of wind. Drought-thirsty soil can't handle excess water and losses the ability to securely hold trees. In other words, this entire season is, in a sense, a giant storm
The answer to storm preparation is to call a licensed tree company with an on-staff certified arborist, now. Problems must be addressed in advance of the next storm to allow time for the work to be done and to prevent additional cost. A free estimate from Bud's Tri-County Tree Services is, well, free. If you think that one of your trees is likely to be a hazard during the next storm, now is the time to get a professional opinion.
Stacy W. Barker
Stacy is the owner of Bud's