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Is Atlanta Arbor Tree Care Specialist licensed insured and have current work comp?

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This is probably one of, if not the most important question to ask. This is something that you want to know before you even waste your time getting an estimate. Atlanta Arbor Tree Care Specialist LLC, is licensed and does have workman’s compensation on every person that steps on your property, from the sales rep or arborist to the climber. All of our employees are covered for up to $500,000 per incident, and our general liability covers the property for up to $2,000,000 per incident. Of course a tree company can be licensed and operate without having insurance, no it is not required by law. Believe it or not there are tree removal companies out there with no insurance or work comp and worse there are people that don’t require them to provide it. Were talking about a job that ranks in the top 3 most dangerous jobs in the world. Always check for insurance and work comp, if your job is particularly dangerous, ask for a copy from the insurance company with you as the certificate holder.

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Do we provide free tree care estimates?

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Yes, Atlanta Arbor will provide you with a free no-obligation estimate for any tree work that you are considering having done. Our courteous and professional arborist, or tree care representative will arrive at the designated time and provide you with a written or emailed quote for your scope of tree work.

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How do you get the tree down?

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Yes, this is a question that we get asked quite often. There are a multitude of methods that Atlanta Arbor uses to bring down or remove a tree. The most commonly used and practiced method in the industry is climbing the tree then using roping and rigging to bring the tree down in small pieces, once on the ground it will be either hand carried or removed by bobcat off of the property. Second way would be with a bucket truck, this allows us to pull up to the tree, when we are able to, and with a man in the bucket he is lifted up into the tree where he proceeds to cut the tree piece-by-piece down to the ground without having to climb. The third most commonly used practice is by crane, now the crane is normally only brought in for extremely hazardous or difficult trees that we feel warrant the use. Crane jobs are not the most common practiced, but they do provide for an extremely safe and efficient way to remove very large or very dead trees from your yard.

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How can I tell if my tree is healthy when it has no leaves on it?

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Our arborists and tree care representatives are all trained to help you make the determination of a trees general health. But, for you the homeowner, some things that you can do are: Take a look at the silhouette of the tree. You should see buds throughout the exposed canopy of the tree. Buds are going to be out at the tips of the limbs. If you do not see viable buds at the tips of the twigs, there may be a problem with your tree. Also you can look at the terminal extension on the twigs. You will generally see 6″ to 8″ of terminal growth, this is a good indicator of a healthy growing tree.

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Is it easier to remove a tree when it has leaves or in the winter when there are no leaves?

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This is a pretty common question, and honestly it doesn’t make a difference either way. It actually makes it easier to do trimming during the early growing season that way you can see the dead limbs that need to be trimmed if your just doing trimming. But for full removal any time of the year is good, though you might want to have the dead trees taken down before the rain and hurricane season hit, because if you have a dangerous tree you do not want to leave it exposed to extreme weather conditions.

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Do we need permits to cut trees down?

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Some Cities and towns around the metro Atlanta area require permits depending on the size, location and number of trees being removed. If your tree is DDH (Dead, Dying, or Hazardous) there will be no problem getting the approval no matter what area you are in. Atlanta Arbor Tree Care Specialist will do our best to assist you in the process from doing the initial filing to submitting requests and arborist reports for appeals. Each town has different specifications, and the guidelines and requirements can also change from year to year, so it is best to check with your local city or county tree department before cutting. We also have a list of the tree ordinances in our blog.

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What equipment will be used during the removal of my tree?

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The answer to that question depends on the size location and condition of the tree in question. it is truly a case by case situation on tree removal. We may have to use a crane, bobcat, log dolly, bucket truck, etc. But there is really no way of telling until the tree is in question is evaluated.