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Tree Removal

Todd Pate’s Tree Service is a locally owned and operated company ready to assist you with your tree removal needs. If you would like to compare pricing, we encourage you to visit our page for a free estimate. If you are seeking information about costs, permits, and choosing the right company, please refer to our FAQ page.

We understand that you have various options, including DIY or reaching out to another tree company such as ours. On this page, we offer advice and considerations before undertaking tree removal yourself. Our topics of discussion include the cost of tree removal, required permits, and safety considerations

Things to consider if you are cutting down a tree yourself

Cutting trees is a potentially hazardous process that, if performed incorrectly, can result in property damage and bodily harm. It is crucial to consider safety and experience when undertaking tree removal, as well as ensuring the use of appropriate equipment.

For the cutting of small-sized trees and pruning tree branches, limbs, and bushes, a reciprocating saw can be employed. Optimal results can be obtained by using a rough wood blade with 2-6 TPI or a variable TPI wood pruning blade, depending on the toughness of the wood. High carbon steel blades or Bi-metal blades are recommended.

Before proceeding, it is important to realistically assess the size of the tree to be cut. Attempting to fell a large tree with a reciprocating saw is not advisable. This versatile tool is intended for cutting down small-sized green woods and branches.

Decide if it's safe

If you’re reading this page, you’re probably looking to cut down a tree a bit bigger than the struggling fruit tree you planted three years ago. This means you need to take safety precautions from the start. 

Assess the tree’s condition

Hopefully you have already given the tree a checkup to see if it needs to come down. We have additional information on damaged trees on our emergency tree care page.  If it has a lot of broken, loose, or dead branches, or if your tree is diseased or dying, you can go ahead with your tree removal.  But be aware that dead branches can come down on you and could cause serious injury.

Estimate the fall area

Use caution if power lines are nearby. Don’t attempt to cut down a tree if there’s any chance it could fall on the lines, or your equipment could touch the lines. Know which way it will fall and the distance. These are all very important steps in preparing to remove or cut down a tree.

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What about permits ?

There are rules and regulations about cutting down a tree and you should check your local ordinances to be sure you are in compliance. Below is an example – information for Tree Removal Permit, Smyrna, Georgia.

A permit is required to remove any living tree with a dbh of 24 inches or greater on property with no development activity.
Tree Permit
• The tree removal permit is only required for trees 24 inches diameter breast height (dbh) or larger (measured at 4 ft off the ground).

Trees smaller than 24 inches of any genus can be removed without a permit.
• A permit application must be completed and issued prior to tree removal. Multiple trees taken down on the same
property will fall under one tree removal permit.
• $100 fee per tree removal permit.

Tree Removal without a Permit
• Tree removal without a permit requires double recompense by replanting two 2-inch caliper trees per 24 in tree removed; OR
• The property owner will be required to pay $800 into the Tree Bank per 24 in tree removed if they decide not to replant the tree on-site.

All areas within metro Atlanta have their own set of requirements and code regulations. Before considering removing trees from your property or business, you should know the applicable ordinance code. Here is some more information on Marietta, Cobb and Fulton Counties

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Cost is always a factor

Removing trees requires consideration of various factors, such as their location (near your house or power lines), type, size, and quantity. The cost of removal depends on the tree’s height, with taller trees generally being more expensive. For instance, a tree ranging from 30 to 60 feet tall incurs a removal cost of $500 to $900. On the other hand, an 80-foot-tall tree’s removal cost ranges from $1,160 to $2,000. If you decide to take a DIY approach, ensure that you factor in all costs associated with safety measures, equipment, and tree disposal.

Consider your options

Our company, staff and crew are professionals equipped with the expertise and experience to handle large jobs ranging from an emergency tree service to a simple pear tree removal.

We use the latest equipment and techniques to ensure that your property is left looking better than when we arrived. You do have options when cutting down a tree. Because of the danger to yourself and to your home compare to our affordable rates – before you lose a finger give us a call for a free estimate.

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