Tree Cutting Business Booming After Fay

By: Rayne McKenzie Email
By: Rayne McKenzie Email

Tropical Storm Fay moved across the Wiregrass, causing flooding and power outages.

Winds from the storm downed trees across the region, and residents continue clean up efforts.

Because of the storm's aftermath, the tree cutting business has picked up significantly.

As you might imagine, it's not just small branches and twigs that were affected during the storm, but large trees as well.

Some are putting resident's homes in jeopardy and that's when professional tree cutting services are called in to take care of the problem.

Tree service professionals have their work cut out for them after Fay moved through the Wiregrass area.

Hubert Farmer, owner of Aaron's Professional Tree Service said, "We've had several called in. We just haven't been able to get to them all; we're trying to get to the ones that are dangerous. "

Hubert and his crew have been cutting trees for more than 40 years now. They say most residents don't understand how dangerous trees can be during this time of year.

"When tornados and all come through and the wind comes through, the ground is so wet and the trees go to blowing over because they have no support to hold the base of the trees," Farmer explains.

And, while it’s safe for you to clear away twigs and branches from your yard, it's probably best to leave tree cutting to the professionals.

"You best know what you're doin’ when your out here doing this work because it is dangerous,” Farmer reiterated. “A lot of people will try to do it on their own and the next thing you know, they are headed to the hospital."

It’s also important to note that if you have property damage from a tree on or off your property, you should immediately call your insurance company so they can advise you about what is covered and who is responsible.

Another tip: in order to cut down trees anywhere except on your own property you have to have a business license and insurance to cover yourself and the property where you'll be performing the work. That means you can't legally cut down trees for friends even as a favor without that license.

The cost of tree cutting varies anywhere from $100 to $500 dollars a tree, depending on the size and proximity of it to other structures.

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