Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

When Trees Turn Dangerous

What Can Happen?
While healthy trees are an excellent source of oxygen and shade, when malnourished they turn into threats. Broken branches and falling trees can destroy homes, vehicles, and lives.
Damaged trees or branches can also fall on power lines, causing tremendous danger. Electricity can travel through the tree to whatever is touching it. This situation presents a serious risk of electrocution or fire, so get help immediately.
Poor Maintenance
Trees, like all living things, require nutrients and water to survive. With a deficiency or excess of either or both, the sturdiness of the tree falters, and it becomes hazardous to all that is around it. A deficiency can cause the branches to break and the roots to become short and shallow. Too much can cause excess weight on the limbs and can cause the surrounding soil to become loose and provide little support in a wind storm.
Severe Weather
Extreme weather, either in the summer or winter, can cause a breakdown of sustenance throughout the tree. Ice and hail can add weight to limbs and damage to the trunk. Only when the ice begins to melt is there any moisture for the roots to absorb.
High temperatures can deplete the moisture both in the air and in the ground, causing the tree to dehydrate. Roots need water to grow deep and wide. When they are denied this necessity, the roots become shallow and short, providing very little grasp to the ground around the tree.
Hard, heavy, long rains can cause weaknesses in the root system as well. Either by reducing the amount of oxygen available to the roots or causing the soil around the tree to become loose, once again the tree has very little hold to the earth around it.
Heavy winds add stress to trees, so feeble ones are more vulnerable to destruction. With weak branches and no ground support, breaking and toppling are inevitable.
With a weakened system, trees become more susceptible to disease and insect problems. When a tree is diseased or riddled with insects, the strength integrity becomes compromised. Falling branches and feeble trunks become devastating and the ground and other plants around the tree can become contaminated as well.
A professional tree care specialist should be consulted regularly to examine trees and their support systems. With proper care and attention, tree dangers can be reduced, and property and lives can be saved.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/7362652

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Benefits of Tree Service

Trees are an essential component of our environment and provide countless number of benefits to the ecosystem. They take care of all living beings and the ecosystem by continually refining our environment. It is not even possible to think of a sustainable earth, devoid of trees. Regular pruning is an important aspect of promoting and maintaining healthy trees and shrubs. By pruning your trees you can maintain desired shape and size, more flowering, increase of foliage density, and can prevent property damage or injuries. Also, by improving fertilization, your trees and shrubs are getting all of the nutrition they require to thrive. General upkeep of trees, especially when they are young, helps promote healthy trees with good branch structure. Trees growing in landscape environments have a lot more room to grow up towards the sunlight. Therefore, these trees can develop large; low branches and spread out to form much broader trees than they would in their own natural habitat. This difference in branch structure should be offset with pruning to minimize development of hazardous limbs that could fail. If you take a tree out of the forest and put it in a landscape environment, this part of the ecosystem is usually interrupted.
Continuous upkeep of our trees can definitely make an impact on our everyday life. For every income spent on maintaining trees, the public receives good worth of benefits. Mature trees can improve our aesthetic neighborhood  absorb noise, reduce stress and crime, and create a calm, serene environment to relax in or socialize in. A single large tree can release up to 400 gallons of water into the atmosphere every day. Tree foliage filters dust and can help remove toxic pollutants from the atmosphere. The foliage captures and removes a wide range of smog-producing compounds such as ozone, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, airborne ammonia and some sulphur dioxide. Large trees remove 60-70 times more pollution than small trees. Landscape trees, which act as wind breaks and sunscreens, can help you save money and live more comfortably. With properly placed trees around your house, depending upon where you live, you can reduce winter heating bills up to 15%. Trees and shrubs also improve property value by 10-20%. Almost every city in our country has recorded a drop in the number of trees along its streets due to development, pollution, disease and neglect.
Trees give a free and selfless service to cleanse the environment like a mother takes care of her offspring. Trees clean the air by freeing life-sustaining Oxygen, and taking in unwanted Carbon Dioxide and other Greenhouse gases from the environment by a chemical process called photosynthesis. This process not only makes our environment healthier but also creates raw food.The roots of trees hold the soil and check soil erosion, that is, deletion of the top and fertile layer of soil due to factors like water flow, wind etc. Trees also give natural protection to the wildlife. Trees are also capable of attracting rain. Moreover, trees also regulate the Earth's temperature. Thus, it is pretty evident that devoid of trees, life is not feasible. Although it is an offence to cut down a tree devoid of any suitable reason, in a situation where a tree is in a dangerous condition and has a likelihood to harm people or cause major property damage, it is perfectly legal. If you are troubled with a tree you must call tree service providers for their specialist opinion.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/7351815

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Signature Tree Service's remarkable abilities!

An action packed video that shows some of the techniques, equipment and team members, that make Signature Tree Service your number one tree care provider!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Home Owners Insurance and Trees - You Love Them Your Insurance Company Hates Them

Coverage for damage caused by trees and for the trees themselves is one of many confusing areas of a Homeowners insurance policy.
Your neighbors' tree falls and damages your garage, shed and fence.
Will insurance pay for the damage?
Whose insurance should pay?
What will they pay for?
A tree falls in your yard.
Will your insurance policy pay for it to be removed?
Will it pay for a new tree?
A tree limb breaks from wind or a lightning storm and is dangling over your house.
Will your insurance policy pay for it to be removed?
What if it's hanging over a neighbor's house?
A tree falls on your car. What policy will cover the damage to my car?
Is there coverage for the tree removal?
First, the basics; it does not matter whose tree it was. If there is damage to your property (from anyone's tree) your insurance policy is the one to respond. If there is damage from your tree to a neighbor's property, their insurance policy is involved. If there is damage to both properties (from anyone's tree) both policies will be involved and each will deal with its own property only.
The only time a Homeowners insurance policy should be involved with damage to someone else's property is if there is liability involved. That is if the tree was rotten or leaning and should have been removed or trimmed prior to the damage occurring. Even then the damaged properties insurance policy will generally pay for their customer's damage and then try to recover their money from the tree owners' insurance company.
Second, the important consideration for coverage is; what is physically damaged. If a tree, or portion of a tree, falls and does not damage any real property there is no coverage. Real property is any building, structure or contents item it does not include land, landscaping or plants of any kind. A fence, shed, patio, driveway, swing set or bicycle would count as real property.
If a tree falls into your yard and does not cause any damage to the home or any other real property then there is no coverage to remove the tree or for any cleanup. Sorry!
If there is damage to anything such as a fence then the policy should cover repairs or replacement of the damaged item(s) and also limited coverage for removal of the tree. To make this even more confusing; the tree removal coverage is divided in 2 phases.
Phase 1: Getting the tree removed off of the real property is covered with no sub-limit. That is if a tree is on a storage shed then the first stage of tree removal is to remove it off the shed so repairs can be made. The only limit for this part of the removal is the coverage limit on this section of your policy; in this case the Other Structures coverage.
If the repairs to the shed and the tree removal combined are greater than the coverage available then there is an additional coverage available for debris removal. This is 5% in most cases, so if you have $10,000 coverage on Other Structures you can have up to $10,500 for the repairs and tree removal cost.
Phase 2: The second stage of tree removal is removing the tree debris off the premises. This portion is limited to $500 or $1,000, this limit can vary by insurance company, policy type and state involved.

Third, the tree itself is covered in certain limited circumstances and for a limited amount only. The tree is not covered for wind or hail damage but is covered for damage from fire, lightning, explosion, vandalism and vehicle damage (as long as it was not a vehicle driven by members of your family). The limit is typically $500 per tree but can be more on some policies and in some states.
Fourth, If a damaged tree is leaning toward your home or dangling precipitously over your home what is covered? Assuming that portion of the tree has not damaged real property then there is NO coverage. Even if another tree or portion of the same tree has caused damage.
It is your responsibility to protect your property. The insurance policy only covers damage, NOT potential damage. The same is true if one of your trees is dangling over someone else's property, no coverage for potential damage.
If you ignore the situation and the tree later falls and causes damage to the neighbor's home their insurance will cover their damage. They will then want to recover their money from your insurance company, or you. This is called subrogation.
If the later damage occurs to your home your insurance company could try to deny coverage because you did not protect the property.
The Homeowners insurance policy covers sudden and accidental damage it is not a maintenance policy.
Finally, damage to any automobile will only be covered on the auto policy (then only if you have Comprehensive coverage). The tree removal will not be covered by your Homeowners policy unless other real property was damaged.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/523563

Friday, January 11, 2013

Damaged Trees and Damaged Property

If you have trees on your property that are tall, old or have branches that could potentially damage your property or your neighbors, you might want to work on securing those trees. Why? If you are not maintaining your tree and it damages your property, your insurance company could cite you as negligent.
Every policy is different, so ask your insurance provider for clarification if your homeowners' insurance contract isn't clear. But according to attorneys, you could be held liable if your tree is dying or dead, it falls on your neighbor's property, and you did nothing to prevent property damage. In addition, your neighbor could file a lawsuit against you alleging negligence. If it turns out that you are legally responsible for the damage to your neighbor's house, your carrier will pay for damages up to your policy limits. Similarly, your neighbor submits a liability claim against your homeowners' insurance policy. If you can prove you did work to sustain your tree or brace it, you could defend yourself against a negligence accusation.
So what are some other potential scenarios when it comes to trees and homeowners policies?
A snow or ice storm causes a tree or limbs to crash into your home, garage or fence. Most insurance companies will pay for all such damages. They will also pay to have the tree removed. If your tree falls over or a branch breaks and it does not damage anything, insurance companies will not pay to haul your tree away.
A neighbor's tree falls in your yard and damages your property. If a neighbor's tree falls in your yard and damages your fence or any buildings, your homeowners' policy will pay you for damages. If the neighbor was negligent, you could seek reimbursement from their policy. If a tree branch or tree falls from your neighbor's yard and does not damage anything in your yard, insurance will not cover its removal.
A tree or branch falls on your car and damages it. If a tree or branch within your yard falls on your car, your homeowners policy will not pay for damages. You may want to check with your vehicle's insurance policy.
Your beautiful tree that you have nurtured for years is damaged by a storm. Homeowners' policies will not reimburse homeowners for the value of a tree destroyed by storms. Fire, explosions or vandalism, which are considered 'named perils' are considered reimbursable events.
What are some other things you should know about trees and homeowner's policies? Here are some tips from the PCIAA.
* Report your damage as soon as possible.
* Take photographs of the damage. Make a list of everything you want to show the adjuster.
* Know the cost of your deductible. Some policies have a flat dollar amount deductible while others depend on a percentage of the home's value. Some claims may not be worth making.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/2112437

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

5 Concerns for Tree Well-Being in the Winter

Humans are lucky in that we are able to put our lives on hold during the winter season. Many people tend to spend the time indoors and wait out the worst of the unforgiving temperature and violent conditions. However, that does not mean that the world outside stops.
The beautiful trees that decorate our yards and lawns are under severe distress during a harsh winter season. Particular care must be taken to protect the health and longevity of trees. The following are some points of concern for healthy tree service during a frigid winter.
Trees that are in residential neighborhoods often have it much harder during the winter than trees that are in the woods or forests. That is because, despite the potential for landscaping services to maintain their health and integrity, these trees are far more exposed to the elements than if they were in the wild. Imagine standing alone in a cold field versus standing in a cold field surrounded by a crowd. More bodies and more life mean more insulation. Exposed trees are forced to take the full brunt of wind and frost, placing them in a particularly dangerous situation.
Just because there is ice, doesn't mean there is water for the tree. If a frost is severe enough, a tree will be unable to extract water from the ground. Especially in early spring, when the sun heats up the upper branches of a tree but the ground beneath is still frozen solid; drought is a very real and very damaging concern for trees in the winter.
Branch Damage
The frost and lack of moisture can make deciduous trees quite brittle during the winter. This makes them highly susceptible to wind damage which can cause them to break off and fall; harming the tree and endangering your family and property. If the worst happens, you'll need a tree removal or landscaping service to help clean up the debris, and make sure there is no further danger from the tree's compromised structural integrity.
Tree Service
Make sure that your landscaping service and pruning are well thought out before the winter season. Pruning a young tree will promote growth and health; however, if you prune too late in the season, a young tree could go dormant and be left exposed when a frost hits. Defer to a professional if you're unsure about the timing, it could mean life or death for your young tree.
Everything does what it can to survive in the winter; wildlife and rodents are no exception. When food and water is scarce, squirrels, rabbits, and chipmunks will often eat the bark off the bottom of a tree. This exposes the inner wood of a tree to the cold, and can make retaining water harder. There are several nonlethal ways to prevent this, including spray repellants and wire or mesh enclosings around the tree base to deter critters.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/7411764

Saturday, January 5, 2013

FAQ About Signature Tree Service

What sets Signature Tree Service apart?
  • We teach proper tree care, rather than just cutting
  • Our bids are accurate and reliable
  • Safety is number one!
  • Emmaculate clean-ups
  • You pay when the job is done
What type of equipment do you use?

  • Bobcat
  • Brush Bandit Wood Chippers
  • Buckingham Climbing Gear
  • Ford Trucks & Motors
  • Husqvarna Power Equipment - Saws, International Trucks
  • New England Climbing & Rigging Ropes
  • Stihl Power Equipment - Saws, Blowers, etc.
  • Weed Eaters
Are you Bonded?

Signature Tree Service is a Licensed Contractor in the State of California (License #965618). We are Bonded and Insured | C61/D49 Tree Service Classification.
What kind of payment do you accept?

All Major Credit Cards, Check, Debit, Insurance, Paypal

Thursday, January 3, 2013

How NOT To Cut A Tree

Neighbor climbs ladder half way up tree with a chainsaw...gravity takes over from that point on. He's okay now though.