Llewellyn's Construction in Magnolia, TX
Residential Tree Removal

Llewellyn's Construction in Magnolia, TX

Residential Tree Removal Services

Residential tree removal projects are as varied as the land parcels where trees reside. Whether the issue is a large Oak tree infringing upon a concrete slab foundation or needing to make room for new home construction, residential tree removal is often a necessary evil for homeowners.

The most common reasons for residential tree removal are:

* Dead or Dying trees.
* Bug infested, diseased, damaged or rotting trees which could potentially spread to neighboring vegetation.
* Root and/or branch encroachment jeopardizing structures, sidewalks, infrastructures, neighbors property lines and utilities both above and below ground.
* Unstable and leaning trees due to unsupported root systems or poor soil and below grade conditions.
* Vegetative overcrowding…too many trees/plants in a designated area.
* Unattractive or overgrown trees that deter from the property’s potential beauty and value.
* Yard maintenance issue including leaves and other falling debris, mowing obstacles and growth inhibitor of grasses and other vegetation under tree’s canopy.

NOTE: It is important to mention that some Homeowner Associations have very strict regulations related to residential tree removal. We strongly advise all homeowners who live in neighborhoods with a Homeowners Association, to review the By-laws and request permission before removing any trees.

Just as there are a variety of reasons for residential tree removal, so are there as many methods available to accomplish this task. Several factors need to be considered when choosing the best method necessary for optimal results.

These factors include:

* Budget
* Proximity of unwanted tree(s) to existing structures, infrastructures, other desired vegetation and/or neighboring property lines
* Accessibility
* Size and stability of tree(s)
* Weight and size of equipment
* Root removal vs leaving an above grade stump
* Disposal of tree(s) once removed
* Homeowner Associations regulations and guidelines

After taking into account the reasons for residential tree removal and the factors associated with the project, a method of extraction can be determined. Often times a combination of techniques will be incorporated to achieve the best results for the best price.

The three most common methods of residential tree removal are:

TREE CLIMBING: This is the most common method used for residential tree removal in established neighborhoods, where space is at a premium. With the use of ropes, pulleys and a chainsaw, a climber will scale a tree. Starting in the upper sections, he will first secure himself, often times dangling between limbs and then wrap each branch using ropes that are attached to a pulley. The ropes will help the climber distribute and control the weight of the branch during the cutting process, preventing the chainsaw from getting bogged down and/or stuck. After each precision cut, he will then use these same ropes and pulley to safely lower each tree section to the ground. Once the tree trunk and branches have been removed, all that will remain is a stump. (Please refer to residential tree stump removal for more information). Obviously this is a dangerous process and can not be attempted if the tree in question, is unstable or compromised.

HYDRO-AXE MULCHING: This method of residential tree removal is most popular with homeowners who have larger undeveloped/overgrown lots and want to keep as many mature trees as possible. A Hydro-Axe or Forestry mulching machine incorporates a rotary drum equipped with steel teeth used to shred vegetation and trees with trunks up to a 6” diameter. The most common mulching machine used for this type of operation usually consist of skid steer with a mulching head attachment. We own and operate a 2017 Bobcat T870 skid steer with a Felcon mulching attachment. The compact size and maneuverability of this pairing makes it the perfect solution for weaving in between mature trees to clear away all the unwanted vegetation. The lot is opened up allowing for proper assessment and placement of new construction. The mulch produced by this method of clearing, provides an environmentally safe additive which enriches the soils, helps prevent soil erosion and recycles the debris, eliminating the need for costly containers used in debris haul-offs.

EXCAVATORS AND/OR DOZERS: The use of heavy equipment for residential tree removal is only optimal on large scale acreage lots where a multitude of trees are scheduled for removal. An excavator with a bucket and thumb attachment can dig around the base of a tree, detaching the root runners from the root ball and remove the soils which anchor the tree to the ground. After clearing away as much dirt/debris from the tree base as possible, the thumb attachment can grab the tree, around the trunk, and lift it out of the ground, roots and all.

Living in South East Texas makes us susceptible to mother nature in the form of Hurricanes. With wind gust averaging over 130 miles per hour at times, the trees are going to suffer the most from her furry. The sturdy hardwoods have a hard enough time during these conditions but as luck would have it, we have a pine tree called the Lob Lolly that is very common in this region. The Lob Lolly pine tree averages about 40 ft in height but has a very skinny trunk with an average diameter of only 18 inches. They are a popular fixture in residential landscaping but sway even in the slightest of breeze. The combination of the Lob Lolly Pines, tropical storms and homes built right on top of each other, has made residential tree removal a challenge. Llewellyn’s Construction has been called out on numerous occasions, to remove one of these 40’ tall pine trees that has fallen against the side of a home. When the tree is located in a backyard, our equipment is rendered useless…in the traditional fashion. Experience and creativity comes into play. On such occasions, we have been forced to anchor the tree, with chains, to the arm of an excavator and lift the entire tree away from the house, over the roof and neighboring fences, to a safe location. This location is usually on the street where we cut it into sections for disposal.

Every residential tree removal project is unique with its own set of challenges. From making sure there are no roots or vegetative debris left in the area designated as the construction site for a house pad to hurricane disaster tree removal, Llewellyn’s Construction has the experience, the equipment and manpower to get the job done correctly and to your satisfaction. Call us today for a free estimate


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