We hired Family Tree Service, Inc. to take down 12 trees in our yard. Its employees just finished their work this morning and its trucks have been in our yard since they started working here last Thursday afternoon. There were six white pine trees and an assortment of deciduous trees including an ancient ash tree that needed to be removed. Some of the trees were huge so it was a big job.
Getting to this point has been, frankly, an ordeal.
It was an ordeal because we missed the Conservation Commission meeting deadline September because our package wasn’t completed correctly. It was an ordeal because we had to go back to a second Conservation Commission meeting after having been continued during the first meeting in October. Some of the Board members wanted to walk the property after hearing our initial pleading. We were also asked to have an arborist file a letter of opinion so we hired a competent guy named Rob McKinney of Bartlett Tree Experts to analyze the situation and write a letter but it was an expense that we didn’t expect and it wasn’t cheap. We were lucky that the Conservation Commission had two meetings scheduled in October so the delay wasn’t too onerous. It was an ordeal to pick a tree removal company. I reached out to seven tree removal companies but only got quotes from two of those companies.
We were required to work with the Town of Stoughton’s Conservation Commission in order to get approval to remove the trees because our property abuts Britton’s Pond. The Conservation Commission does its best to protect Stoughton businesses and residents from the threat of unhealthy pollution and the specter of potential property damage so I respect the process and, although cumbersome, I don’t consider it an unnecessary hinderance. James Conlon, the Conservation Agent, was even good enough to work with me in completing the WPA Form 1 – Request for Determination of Applicability and the other parts of the package. He didn’t have to do that. It’s also important to remember that all the members of the Conservation Commission are volunteers.
Now for the good stuff…
The guys at Family Tree Service, Inc. of Marion did a great job. They worked their asses off from the time they started until the time they left. I never heard any of the guys complain and they had plenty of reason to because it was cold and rainy most of the time and the work was sometimes grueling. Its owner, Ron Demers, actually listened to my thoughts during our initial meeting and was responsive to my calls and text messages throughout the process although he barely tolerated my tedious sense of humor. I give him credit because he was the only tree removal company representative who actually approached us and I, being in the sales profession, appreciated that. Family Tree Service, Inc. also charged us a fair price. I would definitely recommend Family Tree Service, Inc. to any property owner in Bristol County, Norfolk County or Plymouth County.
Thinking about having trees removed? Here’s some advice…
Do you have a manicured lawn? Yes? You may want to hire a tree removal company that has a crane. Your yard will most likely get trashed if you hire a tree removal company that doesn’t own a crane because the branches and leaders and trunks all have to be dropped. Gravity ain’t kind. Add the Bobcat and other equipment like the chipper and your yard will soon look like Hiroshima or Nagasaki.
Here’s the rub. Cranes are expensive to buy and maintain so you’ll be paying dearly for that convenience. We knew that we’d be landscaping so we weren’t worried about having our yard get trashed because it’s already trashed after having gone through many decades of neglect, the prior owner did very little tree pruning or removal, and two years of construction. Your yard will still not come out unscathed even if the tree removal company owns a crane because the trees still need to be laid somewhere and chopped into manageable pieces.
Are you a Stoughton resident who will be going through a similar process? I’d be glad to give you my opinions on what to do and what not to do. Who to consider and who to avoid.
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