Q. Do I need to be home/at the job site at the time of the estimate?
A. It is helpful for you to be present at the time of your evaluation/estimate. Meeting face to face gives you the opportunity to address all of your concerns with the arborist. However, appointments can be scheduled without the property owner on site. If you will not be home, it is most helpful if the trees are marked (for example, with paint or string), so we know exactly which trees you’d like us to look at.
Q. How soon can you do my job?
A. During slower months (winter and late summer), work can often be performed within a few days of you accepting the estimate. Sometimes work can be delayed up to a couple weeks during busy periods including spring/fall. In all cases, we try to have your work done as soon as possible, usually no more than a couple weeks after initial contact.
Q. How much does it cost to trim/remove a tree?
A. Lavallee Tree Service offers very competitive rates for tree trimming and removal. However, many variables determine the cost of trimming or removing a tree. Accessibility, size, amount of clean-up involved, as well as the level of danger associated with the job are all considerations that determine cost. A free estimate can be scheduled upon request.
Q. I've received several quotes to have my work done, and there's a wide range of pricing for the same kind of work. Why is that?
A. This is the number one question we hear as a tree care company. It is impossible to price a tree removal or pruning job over the phone or without viewing the tree. Every tree and location is different and the cost to remove or prune a tree is based on various factors. This is the primary reason Lavallee Tree Service does not charge a fee for coming out and providing homeowners with a detailed, written estimate for the services they need. Price is based on the size of the tree, the method of removal, the location of the tree and its accessibility, and safety factors such as electrical lines nearby or trees that may be over a house. Make your decision carefully. The low bid may not always be the best for your trees or your property. Unskilled (and uninsured) hackers, improper tools and unsafe techniques can cost dearly, and wreck your trees, even your property. Compare experience, insurance coverage, reputation, and written proposals to see if you’re comparing apples to apples. Get it in writing! Your contract should detail everything you agreed upon.
Q. My trees are getting too tall! Should I have them topped?
A. Never is topping a tree a recommended practice! Topping severely injures and infects trees. The new shoots, which grow after topping, are usually long, thin, brittle and improperly attached. Unseen, but no less important, is the damage done to the root system. Deprived of foods stored in the crown of the tree, the roots cannot obtain sufficient nutrients. In the long run, topping is very expensive and creates an unsafe and unattractive tree.
Q. Can you trim my trees at any time of the year?
A. Yes, we work year round. In summer (the growing season of a tree), it is easiest to evaluate the health of the tree and do minor trimming or thinning. However, during November through March (a tree’s dormant stage), it is the best time for the health of a tree to do heavier pruning.
Q: When should a tree be removed?
A: There are many reasons for removing trees. Some of the most common reasons are when a tree:
•is dead, dying, or considered irreparably hazardous or infected
•is causing an obstruction or is crowding and causing harm to other trees and the situation is impossible to correct through pruning
•is to be replaced by a more suitable specimen
•should be removed to allow for construction
Q. How deep will my stumps be ground?
A. Tree stump grinding is performed with a self-propelled stump grinding machine equipped with a large cutting wheel. It is able to grind stumps 6" to 18” below ground level, depending on the location and conditions.
Q. Is stump grinding included in the cost of tree removal?
A. Stump grinding is not typically included in the price of tree removal, unless otherwise specified. Upon request, we will gladly provide you with a free estimate for the removal of a tree stump.
ASIAN LONGHORNED BEETLE (ALB)
Q. What is the Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB)?
A. The Asian Longhorned Beetle is a large, bullet-shaped beetle about 1 to 1.5 inches long. Shiny and black with white spots, it has exceptionally long antennae that are banded with black and white. In the larval stage, the white worm-like beetles bore into live trees causing sap to flow from wounds. Left undetected, the ALB will girdle the vascular system of trees eventually causing them to wither and die. The ALB is a serious threat to US trees.
A. Where is the ALB regulated area in Worcester County?
Q. Currently, the ALB regulated area consists of all of Worcester, Boylston, West Boylston and Shrewsbury, and parts of Holden and Auburn. The map is periodically updated, and can be found here: ALB Regulated Area
Q. What do I need to know if I live in the ALB Regulated Area?
A. If you live in the ALB Regulated Area, certain rules apply. Per the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, residents are prohibited from removing natural wood materials (twigs, branches, trunks, logs, stumps) from the regulated area regardless of whether or not the materials are infested. Only contractors certified to work within the ALB Regulated Area are allowed to do so. Lavallee Tree Service (Lavallee HPS) is certified by the Massachusetts ALB cooperative Eradicaton Program. Additional information can be found here: City of Worcester ALB Information