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What do I do when an unexpected storm, flood or disaster strikes my area?

When these events take place it can be troubling to look out at your yard to find your trees uprooted or damaged, large limbs cracked and fallen and your beautiful landscape devastated. Tower Tree Services has a solution to your dilemna, we have the skills and equipment to cleanup and restore your yard, commercial or residential location. No need to worry, after we have finished you will never know there was a storm event.


A lot of damage may result from deferred maintenance. Large top heavy trees with large crowns are a likely target for high winds to topple limbs and entire trees. Let us assist you in preventive maintenance through the year so your trees are protected from high winds that can strike Orange County. By removing and thinning branches through the years can help reduce the risk of cracked and broken limbs. When high winds come and your tree has not been kept trimmed there is a large resistance and damage is sure to come. When the wind comes and finds less resistance, there is less damage.


When your trees are already compromised from insects or disease, limbs are much more likely to split and crack when heavy winds come. Call us when you see any signs of insect infestation so we can quickly give treatment.


It’s a good idea to do a quick survey of the damage before jumping in if you decide to tackle this yourself. With large trees after heavy rains, winds or earthquakes, they can be unstable and cause further injury to yourself or personnel working on removal. If you call Tower Tree Services, we have trained professionals familiar with storm damaged environments. Safety is our top priority in addition to restoration of your yard. Some trees will be able to be saved by cable bracing, even large splits from lightning or wind damage, cabling can save trees. We can also assist you when making the decisions to remove or save.


When a tree is fallen from wind or other damage, removing it depends on the size of the tree, mainly the height. Other things to be considered are how easily is it to get to? Are there fences, structures blocking access to the fallen tree. In general, you can expect anywhere from $200 and up to $2000. This is hard to generalize but average removal probably in the $650-$800 range with variations. That is why Tower Tree Services offer free estimates to see if this is within your budget. We can remove small trees safely for $150 – $400. Once the tree exceeds 30-50 feet tall, costs could exceed $500-$1200. A mature Oak or Maple tree that is eighty feet tall could run $1300 to over $3000 to remove. There are other considerations like tree girth and smaller trunks will cost less. If a crane is required this will raise the price $400-$700. If the tree has already fallen on the ground, this will reduce the cost substantially. If you live on several acres and suffer storm damage to several trees, we can quote per acre. Make sure to check with your city and county to see if a permit is required.

If you do get some very low bids, be careful, make sure they are insured and certified arborists so they are using the most modern techniques. If an uninsured person comes on to your property and injures himself with a chain saw or fall, this can be a huge loss. Some court jurisdictions will hold the homeowner liable for medical treatment or in some cases losses from disabilities.

Home Owners coverage will generally pick up liability if its an owner occupied property, if a rental property there is likelihood the owner would be exposed to large losses. So make sure if you are a landlord and your tenant calls you with a tree fallen on the roof, you call an expert to avoid an amateur getting up on your roof and falling or causing property damage. As a landlord is considered a business, they are held to a higher standard than a homeowner.


Caring for your Palm trees requires careful attention. In California the most common palms are the Cocconut, Date and the Canary Island palm. Each of these have unique needs, the right climate, growth patterns drought tolerance, temperature, etc. Consider the height and breadth of your new palm, is it next to your home or business. is it going to get the correct amount of sunlight, will it block needed light? These three are very suitable for desert, coastal areas, and do well in Riverside, Orange and San Bernardino counties. They do well in hot and cold climates as far North as San Francisco and south to San Diego.


The most common questions about caring for your palm trees is how to prune away dead fronds. These can be fire hazards if left on the tree, they are unsightly and stunt healthy growth. Pruning increases air circulation, light penetration, appearance, and help withstand high winds. Dead fronds are brown or yellow and do not add any growth. They should be cut away at the base being careful not to damage the living part of the tree. In large trees, spikes should never be used as these cause wounds in the tree where bacteria and disease can get a foothold. If working on more than one tree, its always best practice to sterilize your pruning tools with a mild bleach solution. Tools can spread diseases to other trees. Make sure your pruning tools are sharp. Its always a good idea to wear gloves and long pants and sleeves.


After pruning be sure to clean up the dead fronds to prevent any spread of diseases or pests. Give your tree a good watering to help recover from the stress of pruning. Keep an eye out for any signs of damage or disease. This may show as yellowing leaves, wilting fronds or any changes in appearance. Feel free to call your Tower tree services team to get help.