SIX TWELVE had two huge trees in the front yard. Two huge, dead trees.
One was beyond salvage. We're talking dead as a doornail.
The other was dying and rotting from the inside out. There were still some viable branches showing, but after having a certified arborist look at it, it was determined that it was also not salvageable.
A couple of quotes later (we're obsessive about multiple quotes, can you tell?) we hired the lowest bidder to take down both trees and to grind the stumps.
As it turns out, insuring your workers above a certain height becomes insanely expensive for landscape companies. Some companies do not want to pay the higher insurance rates and therefore won't even take certain jobs if they are above a certain height. Our trees were slightly on the large side. One of the quotes was close to $3,000.
The lowest was less than half of that.
I'm going to bet that the guy we hired doesn't insure his employees at the higher elevation rate but does the work anyways.
We didn't know about this insurance until after the work had been completed mind you.
But both trees are gone, the stumps are gone and now it's time to rake up and start planning for new trees, pots and landscape. The house is more prominent but also a little too exposed. Lots to consider.