Low Balled? Low Quality: 4 Reasons the Lowest Estimate Might Not Be the Best Deal

Ever heard the phrase “More money, more problems”? Yeah, we thought so. But how about “Less money, more problems”? Hmm … not as common. Yet just as true, especially when it comes to bids for tree care on your residential or commercial property.

Quite frankly, when you get a bid that seems too good to be true, it almost always is. There are several reasons a tree removal company may low-ball you, but take our word for it: None of them are good. Here are four of the most common.

1. The Company Is Just Starting

Many companies just starting out figure they’ll have an easier time picking up work if they charge less. And maybe they will, but do you really want a newbie removing the limb that hangs over your living room? Probably not.

2. They Won’t Back Their Work

When a company bids low, it usually means they plan to make up for it in volume. Unfortunately, that kind of ethic often means they don’t have time to come back to your home and fix any problems or care for trees that need help after the job they did. You’ll find you have a very hard time getting a company like this to clean up their mess … which, let’s face it, is really your mess.

3. They Don’t Have Insurance

Some companies don’t do the right thing. Hiring a company without insurance might be cheaper … until a tree branch falls on your shed. Don’t let that happen to you.

4. They’re Just a Pine in the Rear

Here at Premier Tree, we like to say we take care of the pine in your rear. Sadly, though, some companies just are a pine in the rear. You can feel pretty safe in assuming that any company with a low bid falls into this category. Honest, effective, efficient companies charge what they’re worth, so look for a middle-of-the-road bid that you can afford, but that doesn’t signal more problems in future.

The Premier Tree Promise

Premier Tree Solutions is a growing tree removal business based in Atlanta, Georgia. We specialize in tree removal, trimming, pruning, cleanup, stump grinding, debris removal, storm cleanup and Bobcat work. Call us at 404-252-6448 for all your tree-related needs, and you’ll discover the Premier Tree difference. We guarantee it.

Rain Power! Harnessing Storm water for Your Garden and Trees

These days, “green” is all the rage. Being eco-friendly is more than a movement now; in many places (we’re looking at you, California and the Southwest), proper water management is a total necessity. That said, learning to be water-wise isn’t always intuitive. One of the best things you can do is to learn to use storm water for your garden and trees.

Enter the Rain Barrel

Storm water is an excess of water that runs across the surface of streets, gardens and grass because there is an abundance of it and not enough places for it to go. All this “free” water not only reduces your utility bill; it’s great for the environment if you can put it to good use.

That’s where rain barrels come in. Sticking these under your downspouts can help you collect dozens of gallons of water in a single storm, which you can then use to water your trees and garden. If you only have a bit to do, use a watering can. If you’ve got a lot more than that, get a siphon going using a hose. You can also use a large metal tub to collect water.

Mulch to the Rescue

In some cases, such as when you live in areas with heavy rainfall (think the Pacific Northwest and the South during spring and fall), you can collect water pretty easily simply by mulching your trees. Storm water will soak into the ground much more easily if you spread leaf litter or bark chips around the base of your trees and shrubs. Just be sure to keep the mulch 6 inches away from the base, or you could increase the likelihood of damage and disease.

When mulch seems dry, dip into your rain barrel for an extra dose of moisture and apply.

Premier Tree Solutions Can Help

While we don’t provide rain barrels, we can help you get your landscape shipshape to give your trees the best chance of remaining healthy. Healthy trees, fortunately, aerate the soil and give water somewhere to go, so they are also excellent at retaining storm water and reducing runoff.

Here at Premier Tree Solutions in Atlanta, we offer a range of services, including tree removal, tree trimming and pruning, bobcat work, storm cleanup and damage control, stump grinding, branch removal and clearing, debris removal, and other tree- or shrub-related care. Let us help you make your yard healthier today. Call us at 404-252-6448 for all your tree-related needs, and you’ll discover the Premier Tree difference. We guarantee it.