Who is Responsible for a Tree? It Depends on Who Owns the Tree

A tree grows on a Massachusetts residential property.

Removing a tree on your property isn’t always a straightforward process. The first thing you need to know is if the tree is actually yours. Just because it’s “on your property” doesn’t always mean you have permission to cut it down. Even when you determine that a tree is yours, there are often additional considerations related to land use and habitat classification. It’s a good idea to check out all of these available resources before you hire a tree service to remove your tree to save yourself from potential legal trouble and to keep you from wasting money.

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What Happens to Roots When Trees Are Cut Down?

A tree stump and roots remaining after a tree removal on a Massachusetts property.

A tree removal doesn’t actually mean that the entire tree is removed. Depending on what you choose, you will be left with a tree stump or shavings from tree stump grinding, and tree roots. Lots of roots. Though tree roots are mostly underground, the importance of a tree’s roots cannot be overstated. Not only do roots bring water, nutrients, and oxygen to the rest of the tree, but the roots also act as an anchor, keeping the tree steady through high winds and rough weather.

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When To Remove A Tree

An American Climbers tree climber works to remove a tree near a home in Massachusetts.

There are signs to look for that will help you decide when to remove a tree from your property. Read this article to learn about those signs and know what to do when you spot them.

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Removing Trees in Confined Spaces

A photo from the point-of-view of an American Climbers crew member as they work to remove a tree in a tight spot between two buildings.

Tree removal is challenging, especially in confined spaces. Here’s what you need to know about removing trees in tight or narrow areas, including small backyards, between buildings, and near power lines.

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Dead Ash Tree Removal in Massachusetts

An ash tree that was killed by EAB, emerald ash borer.

Dead ash trees are brittle, unstable, and prone to unexpected failure, making ash tree removal a dangerous job that requires skilled tree removal professionals and specialized equipment. Here’s why you should remove a dead ash tree from your property and how to find the right tree service to do the work safely.

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