Removing a tree requires more than simply cutting it down. The following are three additional services you should look into if you need to have a tree removed.

1. Wood Service

In some cases, there is value in the trees you are having removed. Depending on the type and amount of trees, you may be able to sell the timber for a profit — or at least get a discount on the removal costs. If you only need one or two trees removed, they may have value for your own needs. The trees can be split down into firewood or fed through a woodchipper to be turned into mulch.

Ask the removal service if they provide any type of finishing packages for the wood. Some will sell useful timber for you, while others provide chipping or splitting services on site. Of course, you also have the option of splitting or chipping the wood yourself after the removal crew leaves.

2. Stump Removal

Unless a tree is very small and can be dug out, tree removal always leaves you with a stump that you will have to deal with eventually. Leaving the stump in place is unsightly, makes lawn care more difficult, and can attract pests to your yard. Your options for removal are grinding it down or using a chemical stump killer to speed the decomposition process.

A tree removal service will generally offer to grind the stump as an option or as part of their services package. Grinding is much quicker than a DIY chemical stump killer. The service uses a piece of equipment called a stump grinder to shred the stump down to sawdust. You won't have to worry about the stump resprouting because there will be nearly nothing left once the process is complete.

3. Site Restoration

Tree removal does leave a scar in your landscape. You will have the hole where the stump was, as well as a bare area with no lawn or other landscaping. The best remedy is to fill the hole with topsoil, leveling it to the surrounding grade as smoothly as possible. You shouldn't plant a new tree in the site right away. Instead, plan to put in grass or a garden bed.

Most tree removal services don't provide full landscape restoration, but many have bonus services to get you started. For example, they may provide topsoil and site leveling following tree removal.

Contact a tree removal service company in your area for more help, like Pete & Ron's Tree Service, Inc.