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Interested in our services? Here are some of the frequently asked questions we get from our customers about professional tree removal and brush clearing in Los Angeles. will help you understand exactly what to expect during our process. We’ve compiled these questions to help you determine what needs to be done with the diseased tree and the over-gown brush or vegetation in your backyard. This will also help you understand what you can expect from Green Leaf Zone, a licensed tree removal company, and its team of certified arborists.

Frequently Asked Questions About Tree Removal

Homeowners' insurance will cover a tree removal due to instances such as fire and storm. Contact your insurance agency for specific details. At Green Leaf Zone, we carry comprehensive insurance. 

You should consider removing a tree in several scenarios. These include when it's a wildfire risk, when it's dead, when it's dying, and when it has structural defects. So, if you're facing any of this, it's time to call professionals to have the three removed.

The importance of tree removal is multiple-fold. You are protected against wildfire, you decorate and maintain your landscape, and, finally, you ensure the safety of your structure. Doing so will also indirectly help protect the property of your neighbors.

Yes, besides the Occupational License, tree service companies need to be Licensed Arborists. At Green Leaf Zone, our staff completes training while complying with all licensing requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions About Tree Trimming & Pruning

The best time is anytime between late fall and early spring. If you want more detailed info, contact Green Leaf Zone about pruning before spring blooms emerge. The pruning cycle is typically 3 to 5 years. However, factors such as type and health should be considered in terms of the cycle that will work best for your tree.

Tree pruning costs anywhere from $80 to $1,000. A tree standing at 25 feet is at the lower end of the price range. On the other hand, 50-footers could be on the other end of the spectrum. The average pruning job costs $330. Call Green Leaf Zone for an exact estimate.

There are many reasons for tree pruning. Not only do you ensure wildfire prevention and protection, but also, you provide clearance, manage the tree's health, in addition to improving esthetics and tree structure. Moreover, you manage the flower or fruit production and reduce the shade.

The key to pruning a tree is cutting a wedge shape into the branch you wish to discard. Of course, you should only remove unhealthy or unwanted sections. It's essential to preserve as much healthy growth as possible. Never forget that your wedge shape cut should always be on the branch side of your tree – not on the stem or trunk. 

The three-cut method. First, make a small cut, several inches up from the branch collar on the underside of the branch. Then, complete a removal cut outside of the first cut. Lastly, cut the remaining branch stub away from the main stem, just outside of the branch collar. For more info, don’t hesitate to contact us!

Tree trimming helps the growth of trees and shrubs in a healthy manner, while pruning isn't just limited to tree maintenance. The term is often associated with the removal of unnecessary branches and sometimes even roots.

Frequently Asked Questions About Brush Clearing

First of all, brush clearing reduces fire risk. Since dry vegetation is a risk when it comes to fire, brush clearing is essential for fire protection purposes. There have been numerous cases, especially when the temperatures are high when a spark from a stray cigarette ignites overgrown grass and excess undergrowth, wreaking havoc on people's property. Additionally, it prevents wildlife infestations. If thick undergrowth grows, it's a breeding ground for pests. That means you are more likely to deal with a wildlife infestation. Clearing brush will help you avoid such problems. Furthermore, brush clearing increases the price of your property. Your curb appeal will be improved, the usable land size will increase, which will boost the land's value.

First, you should cut the woody brush using a tree pruner. Then, clear out the larger plants. Use a bow saw or chain saw to cut through the growth, and place the debris in a pile. This should be followed by the cutting of tangled underbrush using a string trimmer. Towards the end, clear the debris, and, finally, dispose immediately. 

You will usually spend anywhere between $20 and $200 per acre to clear the land of plants, shrubs, and smaller-scale overgrowth. Also, factor the removal of debris into your budget, which can cost from $100 to $800.

Yes. The fact that the LA City Council approved an ordinance in 2017 (it's still effective) to increase brush clearing and fire safety requirements in the Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zones is a testament to that.

First, they will get the job done more quickly. Not only that, your property will be safer as it is in the hands of pros. Work, of course, will be more efficient as professionals, such as ours at Green Leaf Zone, are experienced in dealing with all types of materials. Last, but not least, work will be done at affordable rates.

Frequently Asked Questions About Stump Grinding

Stump grinding is a process when a machine is used to excavate the tree stump. However, this process doesn't result in root removal. A stump grinder chews away at the stump wood that's left. 

Yes, it is truly necessary. First off, you make the place safer, thus protecting family members and neighbors. Also, in addition to the sanitation concerns, you improve the esthetics, potentially increasing land value.

Professional stump grinding prices average from $100 to $400. That depends on a lot of factors, including diameter. Contact Green Leaf Zone to get more comprehensive info about other factors that determine the price.

You can use the stump grindings in order to fill the hole left by the stump and then top it up with topsoil. Also, stump grinding makes excellent mulch. Moreover, you can also turn your stump grindings into compost. 

There are several steps that should be taken here. First, certainly, clear the area of debris. Then, you can use the grindings, for example, for mulch or turn them into compost. Finally, once you've done that, decide what else to do at the site.

No, grinding is a process that excavates the tree's stump without removing the root. There's no gaping hole in the ground associated with complete stump removal.

For one stump, the process can take from 15 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the stump size, location, and more. The usual factors such as diameter and girth determine the final duration of the process. 

While it's certainly possible to replant in the same spot after tree removal, that isn't ideal. In all likelihood, the last tree likely stripped the site's soil of essential nutrients that are vital for young trees. The sawdust that's the result of stump grinding could change the nutrient balance of the soil as well. So, choosing a new planting site is usually recommended.