Emergency Tree Services

We are open to calls 24/7 for immediate Emergency Tree Services. Trees can uproot, drop large branches, split down unsecured unions, and cause minor – severe damage. During extreme weather, we are on heightened alert, as this is commonly when existing tree defects fail. However, tree failure doesn’t only happen in storms, it can happen unexpectedly. For emergencies big or small—call For the Love of Trees for fast, efficient, and safe assessments and tree removals, anytime!

Tree Risk Assessment

Emergency Tree Removal

Tree Risk Assessment

Trees are a part of everyday life in urban, suburban, and rural life. They provide us with countless benefits from cleaning our air, providing shade, filtering our water, providing canopy and habitat for wildlife, and providing us with food, medicine, fuel, and building materials—all of this increases property values. Trees also have many intangible gifts to many in the form of healing, beauty, landmark, history, family stories, or spiritual significance.

Although they are essential to life and awesome life forms, they also pose a risk. The larger the tree, the more significant the risk exists to life, property, and possibly to itself. Trees also can cause great harm if they fail. With increasing climate instability and unpredictable weather patterns, new stressors are being put on our trees. As a municipality, property, or tree owner, you have a responsibility to care for your trees and limit risk as much as possible.

How we assess tree risk

When performing tree risk assessments we use the ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification or TRAQ course to guide our process. There are three basic levels of tree risk assessment:

  • Level one is a limited visual which includes walking by and glancing at the tree for a quick overall assessment.
  • Level 2 is a basic assessment, it consists of a walk around the entire tree and looking for defects in all visible areas of a tree, including the surrounding area. These assessments include the use of a rubber mallet for “sounding” the tree and probes that can be used to evaluate open cavities.
  • Level 3 is an advanced assessment using more technology or devices to take measurements and detailed descriptions of the trunk or roots of a tree and canopy inspection by climbing or machine.

We look at tree health depending on the season, its leaves or buds, root flare, branching pattern, growth rate, lean, crossing branches, structure as a dominant leader or codominant stem, branch unions, and past pruning cuts. We also look into species, age, location, site history and changes, space usage, and possible structures impacted. We listen to your expertise as we consider if this is a high-traffic area, an area of play, a history of root disturbance by construction, pruning history, and mushroom blooms in the past.

Although one can never predict the future, trees give us indicators that we can use as guides to inform us of the best way to treat them. Not every tree merits an in-depth tree risk assessment—maybe there is a tree located in the backwoods (meaning that life and/or property would be extremely unlikely to be impacted by it coming down) that is showing clear indicators of failure. This may not take an in-depth assessment. However, there are trees for whatever reason that hold significance to us (possibly a passed-on loved one planted the tree, it provides essential shade or a cultural value) that may be worth investing a more in-depth assessment.

Mitigating identified risks

There are many ways to mitigate risk to an acceptable level for yourself. Through standard pruning or methods such as reduction pruning, one can reduce the loading and fall zone of a particular tree. Cabling a tree with a major codominant stem or an over-extended branch can add more stability. General better management practices (such as aeration of the soil, mulching, fertilizing, buffering from erosion, or protecting the tree from further soil compaction) are great ways to help mitigate tree problems and promote tree health. Even leaving standing dead trees has a very important role ecologically for the environment. Standing dead trees are some of nature’s most living areas with life—almost akin to a high-rise apartment building that is well utilized by wildlife. We can’t leave out the option of removal, which is a very viable option for many circumstances. An example of this would be a defect that would surely result in severe damage to a house or life. In such a situation, the most risk-free option is removal. We always recommend planting new trees alongside aging trees to have a replacement plan if or when you decide to remove a tree.

Work with a certified tree risk assessment provider

In conclusion, some trees are very important to us but we have legitimate concerns about their safety. Though there is no risk-free tree, we work with you to figure out the best risk mitigation for your specific circumstance. As a tree owner, it is ultimately your responsibility to decide what level of risk is acceptable to you. It may be over a structure or walkway and you may wonder if the risk can be minimized. We have staff that are TRAQ (Tree Risk Assessment Qualified) certified who can come give a tree risk assessment and provide both oral and paper assessments for trees. There are several levels of assessment if deemed warranted and desired.

Storm Damage Assessment and Mediation

Extreme weather events are occurring more and more frequently, and this is not something our trees are always prepared for. From high winds, ice storms, blizzards, heavy rains, lightning, unseasonal heavy snow, and droughts—it is important to assess our trees more frequently. Heavy rains can flood or just saturate the soil making trees more susceptible to wind throw. Some damage can be removed by hanging lead precariously balanced over a heavily used area and making proper prune cuts at strong lateral branches. There are more serious issues (such as leaning trees, bulging root balls, or exposed roots) that are strong indicators of failure. We know that safety is key to our and your success while planning, assessing, or performing work. This is why we use up-to-date machinery, follow current methods, and adhere to in-depth safety procedures. Please give us a call if you are looking for trained staff with decades of experience to assess your trees for storm damage.

Emergency Tree Removal

In extreme cases where trees fall onto structures (such as your garage, house, or car), you want this removed as quickly and safely as possible to avoid further damage. Sometimes there is no entanglement with structures and the tree is impeding a sidewalk, driveway or just laying across the yard. We are trained and qualified to come out and remove trees off structures in a safe and efficient manner. We utilize roping systems to carefully lower branches or trunks to the ground. If necessary we access trees with a bucket truck or climb and anchor ourselves to adjacent trees when it is convenient. Whether it is partially through a roof, fence, or blocking your driveway—we will take care of it. We will clean up the brush, logs, and debris from the tree and remove it from the site. No matter what the issue is, big or small, give us a call and we will respond 716-361-3578.

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