Houston Tree Removal
Stop worrying about the old, dangerous or unsightly trees on your property and give us a call.
Our courteous or professional tree removal crew in Houston is experienced in removing trees under a variety of circumstances:
A dead or leaning tree can become a hazard in a storm, and it’s best to cut it down before heavy winds knock it over and cause damage to your home or property. Our expert crews remove the tree and the liability.
We also specialize in removing diseased trees in such a way that the risk to other vegetation is minimized. If you are not sure whether a tree on your property is harboring a disease like oak wilt, one of our knowledgeable team members will investigate.
If a tree on your property just needs to go, we’ll take care of it so you can move on with your landscaping goals.
Stump grinding is included in all tree removal services.
Additionally, we also offer hydro-axing services. Hydro-axing is a tree removal method that mulches trees where they stand and then automatically distributes the wood chips in the vicinity for additional erosion control and soil management.
Houston Tree Removal Cost
The cost of tree removal depends on how tall and wide the tree is, whether or not the tree is damaged or diseased, and whether or not it is within close proximity to a building, fence, electrical wires or other property or hazards.
Because it is our responsibility to protect the safety of our crew and to prevent any residual damage to your property, the way we approach each tree removal project is unique to the circumstances and always well-planned and controlled.
For example, if a large tree is situated near your home, we may need to use special equipment to ensure that branches do not fall onto your roof. Trees that are leaning or damaged also need to be dealt with in a way that doesn’t jeopardize our team members or your property. For diseased or infested trees, we will need to take precautions to avoid spreading any pests or pathogens to our other clients. These and other factors can all increase the tree removal cost.
Houston Tree Cutting & Trimming Price
For small, straightforward tree removal projects, you can expect the price to be an average of a few hundred dollars. For larger or more complicated trees, the price can exceed a thousand dollars. Rarely will the cost enter the five-digit range for the largest and most hazardous trees.
Invasive Trees in the Houston Area
Invasive trees are just one reason to have trees removed from your property. Sometimes these trees can grow up behind a garage, shed or other out-of-the-way area before you know it. To ensure you remove every bit of these aggressive plants so that they don’t come back the next year, it’s a good idea to hire our professional tree removal service, even if the tree seems small.
Invasive trees that you’ll likely find in the Greater Houston area include:
– Camphor Tree
– Chinese Elm
– Chinese Tallow
– Crape Myrtle
– Golden Rain Tree
– Mimosa (Silk Tree)
– Paper Mulberry
– Tree of Heaven
– White Mulberry
If you suspect that any of these species have taken up root on your property, give us a call.
Removing Large Stands of Trees in Houston
Do you need an entire group of trees removed from your property? We have specialized equipment that makes working in large areas and with large amounts of trees a snap. These include our Feller Buncher, Whole Tree Chipper, Stumper, Tree Skidder and Hydro-ax Mulcher (also known as a Forestry Mulcher). These are best used in areas where there are no electrical lines or houses nearby, as the machines are large and need some room to maneuver. Call us to request an estimate for removing a large group of trees.
How to remove trees safely in Houston
Before you start up the chainsaw, you need to have a plan for how you will remove a tree. A lot of things can go wrong when removing a tree: the tree could fall in the wrong direction and land on your house, car, fence, another tree or even a person. Electrical wires pose another danger. In short, you want to know what can go wrong so that you can prevent any damage or injuries.
You’ll also want to have a plan for how to remove the tree from your property. You probably don’t want to just leave the tree wherever it happens to land.
Here is a general overview of how to remove a tree that is not what we consider “complex.” In other words, it’s as straightforward as tree removal can get.
First, wear safety gear. Wear a logger’s helmet to protect your head from falling branches and protective eyewear to protect your eyes from flying wood chips. If using a chainsaw rather than an ax, wear hearing protection and Kevlar chaps, which will protect your legs should the chainsaw bump against them. Don’t skimp on safety gear, as accidents do happen and you’ll be quite grateful that you took necessary precautions. You should also have at least one other person to assist you. This person should watch for falling branches and for signs that the tree is beginning its descent. In both instances, your assistant should tap you on the shoulder with a stick, signaling you to move out of the way. Make sure your assistant wears protective gear, too.
Make sure you have cleared away all the brush around the tree and can easily move around and away from the tree. You want to be able to move quickly if the tree falls in the wrong direction. Plan where you want to the tree to fall and make sure it has enough room to fall. You can direct the fall of the tree in most cases, but if there are power lines, houses, etc. that the tree could run into if things go wrong, or if the tree is leaning or has more weight on one side, it’s best to hire a pro. Also call a professional if the tree has signs of disease in order to avoid spreading pathogens inadvertently.
For smaller trees in wide-open spaces, you don’t need to cut branches from the tree before you fell it, with the exception of trees near the bottom that could knock you over as the tree begins to fall. Begin by cutting a notch on the side of the tree facing the direction that you want to the tree to fall. The notch will guide the tree to fall in the correct direction. The notch should be cut about 60 degrees from the top and 30 degrees from the bottom, forming a wedge. Carefully cut parallel to the notch to fell the tree, and wait for the signal from your assistant, warning you to move out of the way as the tree begins to topple. Never turn your back on a falling tree. You need to be able to step out of the way if necessary.
What to Do Once the Tree Is Down
Start cutting branches off of the tree, beginning toward the bottom of the tree. Move them aside and run them through a mulcher later. Once you have just the main trunk remaining, cut it into approximately one-foot sections to use as firewood or to easily run through a mulching machine.
To finish up the job, you’ll want to get the stump out of the way (see our Stump Removal page for more info) and possibly also remove large roots in the area.