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Angie's List: Removing a tree

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Trees can add beauty and value to our homes. They even reduce heating and cooling costs if they're properly placed. But do you have a tree in your yard that is diseased and needs to be removed?

"Over the course of the last two years we had about 17 trees taken out, all ash trees," said homeowner Troy Carpenter.

Carpenter noticed an emerald ash borer beetle was killing his trees, a few years ago.

"You start noticing when the canopy thins out and eventually they don't have any leaves so we thought we could treat about half of them that seemed to have somewhat healthy canopies," said Carpenter.

When the treatments didn't work carpenter decided to have the trees removed.

"Proper tree maintenance is important from a liability standpoint for homeowners. 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," said Angie's List founder, Angie Hicks.

"There's anything from defoliation to partial or complete defoliation of the tree to discoloration of the foliage to dis-figuration of the leaves; sometimes leaves are curled - that could be signs of a certain diseases or potential other injuries," said Rick Carter with a tree service company.

Experts say several factors determine how much it costs to remove a tree.

"A lot of tree removal companies will charge by the foot of a tree. For example, if $15 a foot, a 40 foot tree would cost $600 to remove. Keep in mind that price doesn't always include taking the stump out so be sure to ask about that in particular if that's important to you," said Hicks.

Also, check whether the company's quote includes a full yard clean-up or will the debris be your responsibility to remove? Most professionals offer free, on-site estimates.

Tree removal is highly technical and dangerous and should only be done by an experienced professional. Before hiring one, ask for proof of insurance and licensing.
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