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Big Dave's Tree Service

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Tree Removal in Southfield

Sometimes the need for a tree removal company is urgent. A storm can badly damage a tree, turning it into a health and safety hazard. Other times a tree can just be an old eyesore on a property. There is no shortage of reasons to request services from the tree specialists at Big Dave’s Tree Service. Rest assured that whatever reason you have to remove a tree, we’ll treat the issue with urgency. We’ll be on site as fast as possible, and once we’re there we will determine the appropriate course of action. We’re the licensed arborists of Southfield who take every job seriously.

Do you need a tree removed from your property? Then call us! We are the full-service tree removal arborists of Southfield and beyond. Not only do we specialize in tree removal, but we also offer land clearing and stump removal services. That means that when we remove your tree, we fully remove it. Who else in the Southfield area can promise you that?

Southfield Tree Removal Service

Has your front yard become a bit of an eyesore lately? Is that big, decaying tree on your property getting in the way of your beautiful home? Maybe you need a professional tree cutting from an arborist you can trust. That’s where Big Dave’s Tree Service comes in.

Whoever said that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover clearly was never a homeowner! For better or worse, humans are visual creatures, and most of us form first impressions of people and places using our eyes. And that’s never more true than for the yard in front of your Southfield home.

As inhumane as it sounds, sometimes tree removal is necessary. Unkempt shrubs and gnarly trees can make your charming bungalow look like the set of a horror movie. There are few things more important to creating a pleasant look and feel for your Southfield home than curb appeal, and scheduling regular tree service by a qualified arborist like Big Dave's Tree Service goes a long way towards making your home look magazine-cover gorgeous. That’s an ideal way to create a positive first impression that lasts—especially to home appraisers and potential buyers!

Are you in urgent need of our expert tree removal services, or simply interested in exploring your options? Call Big Dave's Tree Service today!

More Than Just Looks: Tree Removal for Health and Safety

Having a tall shady tree in your front or backyard is a luxury. It’s satisfying to catch a few minutes outside getting lost in a good book under the canopy. And the shade a tree provides even doubles as inexpensive sunblock! But sadly, trees growing wild and modern electricity don’t mix.

Every three to five years, call a Southfield arborist for an inspection of your tall and leafy friends. Old or dying trees are prone to falling, which can mean big trouble for your home or your family. Overgrown branches require tree trimming, or you may risk a branch breaking at an unfortunate time. Don’t be caught unaware. A luxurious tree can quickly become a liability. When your tree becomes a health and safety hazard, that’s when you need to call an arborist who is skilled in tree cutting, stump grinding, and all other manners of tree service.

The same goes for the stumps that may be present on your property. Many of us walk about our yards not paying too much attention to where we’re going. You might be thinking, “Why should I call Big Dave's Tree Service over a small little stump?” Tree stumps are small, aren’t they? Well, that’s what makes them so dangerous. Tree stumps can be a major tripping or falling hazard, especially for young children and for elderly family members. Stump removal is essential to ensuring your yard remains a safe and obstacle-free place so that you, your pets, and your loved ones can run free to your hearts’ content!

Stump removal also takes care of another significant problem. While a tall tree in a yard is a majestic sight, it’s hard to say the same about a stump. Don’t just opt for tree removal when you call Big Dave's Tree Service—we pull the entire tree out by the roots, giving your lawn an attractive uniform appearance.

Does My Tree Need to Be Removed?

Like all living things, the tree in your yard has a lifespan. In nature, a tree will naturally live out its lifespan until it one day weakens and collapses, decomposing and returning to earth.

However, in Southfield’s urban and suburban areas, trees encounter other obstacles. They unintentionally find themselves in the way of houses, power lines, and other structures. And, unlike in the woods, a fallen tree may cause catastrophic damage to infrastructure.

Trees, unlike other living things, won’t always fall and collapse after they die. Some trees will remain upright. For this reason it can be hard to spot a dead tree, but if you look closely and pay attention to the seasonal cycles it should be obvious. When a tree dies, a tree removal company like Big Dave's Tree Service should be called immediately. Without the assistance of professional tree experts, that tree might fall when you least expect it.

One of our expert arborists here at Big Dave’s will be able to evaluate your tree’s state of strength and health. However, there are signs you can watch for as a homeowner which can dictate if a removal might be required.

As trees add tremendous beauty and presence to any property, in addition to the oxygen, shade, and habitat they provide, they should never be cut down unless absolutely necessary. Not every tree removal service will tell you that, but Big Dave's Tree Service isn’t like other greedy arborists. The good news is a sick or dying tree can be saved! We are as interested in protecting the environment as we are in protecting your property. Our team can gladly provide a diagnosis and treatment plan that will have your tree restored to health. A tree that is dead, however, is extremely dangerous to your property and family.

If you are unsure, you can perform a simple test yourself. With a pocket knife or your fingers, scratch one of the twigs of your tree. If there is moist green tissue underneath, your tree is alive!

If it is brown and brittle, observe the base of the tree, checking for mushrooms or other fungi. See if the bark of the tree trunk is cracking, peeling, or rotting. Check for hanging branches as well as deformed or missing leaves. These signs are usually telltale indicators of a tree that has died. If that tree is dead, call Southfield’s best arborists at Big Dave's Tree Service. We’ll remove your tree quickly and safely.

Examine the trunk and branches (specifically the uppermost branches) of your tree. Notice if the top branches are receding or unhealthy, and whether the trunk is showing any signs of decay.

Evaluate also the strength of your tree—observe whether it is leaning, or if there are branches that look structurally unsound. Structurally unsound branches are a big red flag! If any seem too threatening, call us right away.

There are also cosmetic reasons to remove a tree from a property. A tree may be blocking views or providing excessive shade, rendering your lawn unable to thrive. Trees may also have outgrown their environment, or cause problems with the vegetation it generates. Leaves, needles, sap, seeds, cotton, or branches can be cumbersome and detrimental. If a tree is dominating your property, call the tree removal experts at Big Dave's Tree Service.

If you sense that your tree might be at or near the end of its life, don’t delay—consult the experts at Big Dave’s. We will assess and take action quickly. We also offer emergency tree removal services.

Beauty and Value Combined

When you make your yard a safer place with Big Dave's Tree Service’s total arborist solutions, you also make it a more beautiful place for you and yours to enjoy. We offer a wide variety of services including regular tree trimming and pruning shrubs that have grown unruly. Like we said, we won’t remove a tree unless it is absolutely necessary! If all your tree needs is some trimming and pruning then that’s exactly what we’ll do.

Let us help you build the landscape of your domestic dreams. We offer free consultation and estimates when you call us over the phone. Plus, there’s no obligation required, so if you want to seek out a second opinion, you are free to. But given our years of providing the best service in the state, we know you’ll be satisfied. Beautifying and disaster-proofing your home—now that’s a winning combination!

How to Remove a Tree From Your Southfield Property

First a disclaimer: We do not, and never will, advocate for DIY tree removal. There are simply too many variables for an amateur to take into consideration. And the consequences can be huge. Every year there are countless fatalities caused by improperly felled trees. And if grievous bodily harm doesn’t convince you, the destruction of your house, car, and other big investments should.

The idea of this “instructional” is to give you an idea of what we do at Big Daves Tree Service. It’s a complicated job that requires the professional intuition and years of training that we’ve spent our lives working on.

So let’s begin!

  1. The first thing we’ll do is clear the area. The tree will need a place to lie down after it falls. We make sure that there’s nothing left sitting in its path. When that tree starts falling, it’s going to come down fast! It needs a clear path so that nothing gets destroyed in the fall.
  2. We measure its height and figure out where to make it fall. This part is very important because, even if we guarantee that there are no people in the general area, any buildings or vehicles on the property may be at risk. Once we know approximately how tall it is, we assess the condition of the tree. Is it leaning more in one direction than another? Does it have a knot here or there? All these factors affect the way the tree will fall.
  3. If we haven’t made it clear yet, tree removal involves a lot of variables. Sometimes there are miscalculations. To prevent any injuries, we always make sure we have our own escape route, in case the tree does something we weren’t expecting.
  4. Once the prep is all done, we begin cutting down the tree. The first cut we make is a 45-degree angle V-shape near the base of the tree trunk. The V-shape is cut on the side of the tree we want the tree to fall on. This kind of cut, called an undercut, will weaken the tree significantly and make it fall where we want.
  5. Then we’ll start cutting on the other side. This is called the backcut. The backcut is a straight cut about two inches above the V-shaped undercut. At this point the tree trunk will be extremely weak, so watch out!
  6. Then we’ll yell something like, “TIMBER!” This is both a funny cliché and a very important way to inform people that a giant tree is about to fall near them.
  7. Once the tree is safely on the ground, we’ll begin the process of stripping and clearing away the branches. Once the branches are gone, we’ll cut the tree into manageably sized logs. The logs can be easily transported off your property. And there you have it! Your tree is gone. No injuries, no worries. Just don’t be silly and try to do it yourself. No YouTube how-to videos will teach you everything you need to know about tree removal.

While most clients prefer to remove the fallen lumber, some opt to keep it and cut it for use as firewood. This option is available to you as well.

Now, the tree has fallen, the debris has been cleared, and all that remains is an unsightly, space-consuming stump!

For your convenience, Big Dave’s also offers full-service stump removal and stump grinding. We will restore your lawn to a uniform, flat terrain free of disease-prone stumps and stubborn root systems.

Leave it to the pros at Big Daves Tree Service in Southfield!

Contact us today!