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When Big Trees Fall

 

 

 

Fallen Tree Montclair New Jersey
Tree Collapse on Neighbors House

 

Wow!

Is all I can say about some of the calls we get.  People frantic, crying and in a crisis.  At times it feels like I am a 911 emergency operator.

 

This spring we have seen some severe damage caused by trees that is gut wrenching to homeowners.  When we get there, we have to assess the damage, calm the homeowner and get logistics in order to safely remove a tree, that is wedge in with other trees, crushing a homes roof, tangled in electric wires and crossing a property line.

Tree Removal Tree on House
Tree On House

 

 

Assessing the Tree Damage

When Eugene gets a call and arrives at a big tree removal.  The first thing he needs to do is assess the how he can safely remove the tree.  Some key tasks are:

Property Damage

Making sure that no more damage is caused by this unstable falling tree.

Safety Procedure

How can this tree removal be done safely to the property and workers.

Utility Conflicts

Most often the trees fall into cable, electric and phone lines.  Care must be given to underground utilities like gas, water and sewer when the entire root system is pulled from the ground when the tree collapsed.

Logistics Scheduling

Manpower, weather and equipment need to be scheduled. If a crane is going to be used for the tree removal, this has to be scheduled.  Bucket trucks and climbing gear are needed to remove those large limbs dangling over windows, cars and other parts of the house or property.  Chippers and stump grinders need to set up to remove the trees limbs and branches and after the tree is removed, the stump ground safely.

Tree Removal Montclair New Jersey
Tree in wires

 

Calming the Homeowner

Imagine sleeping at night and hearing the crackle, the snapping of a large tree in your front yard.  The crashing and thud of the tree is echoing through your house.  But, you didn’t feel the shaking, that you thought you would.  You get up to find the tree, your tree crashed down on your neighbor’s home.

 

What do you do?  Who do you call?

 

The first thing is check on the neighbors to make sure they are safe.  Don’t do ANYTHING to the tree or area surrounding it. Electric lines, gas lines and a host of other DANGERS may be present.

Brennan’s Tree Service, Inc. works with you in these times of chaos.  From safety assessment, working with your insurance company to cleaning up the mess made by a large tree collapse.

 

Although this is a stressful time for you, Brennan’s Tree Service, Inc. has been handling large tree removals in the West Orange, Montclair, Millburn, Union and surrounding areas since 1964.  Bring order to the tree damage, removal process and calming homeowners nerves.  This is what we do.

 

Large Tree Removal West Orange New Jesey
Tree trunk is out of the yard. Ready to haul off.

 

Happy Customer Montclair New Jersey
Relieved and Happy Customer

 

 

For all your tree care needs, look no further than Brennan’s Tree Service, Inc.

Emergency Tree Damage in New Jersey

Brennan's Tree Service
Another Job well done by Brennan’s Tree Service

 

Emergency Tree Damage in New Jersey

We want to give an update of how Brennan’s Tree Service has been making out this spring.

Brennans Tree Service Storm Damage Emergency Tree Service
Close Call

The storms have been many and the damage they have caused has kept us busy to say the least.  It all start with those late winter snow storms.  Trees collapsing on cars, homes and yards all over the area.

We have had to remove limbs from living rooms where they have snapped off with the wet, frozen weather and when they hang over a home, gravity, plus the weight brings them crashing down and wreaking havoc on anything in the way.

 

Town with the most tree damage in NJ

 

Our calls have been from past customers, friends, family and new customers.  Towns like Livingston, Millburn, West Orange, South Orange and Montclair we saw the most tree damage, plus several other towns too.

 

Although we try to serve as many people as we can, when these storms hit, the phone is busy, yet we are busier in the field and can only do what time, conditions and man power allow.

 

For those people who called and we couldn’t handle the work load at that time, we apologize.

 

The best way to handle emergency tree damage

The best way to handle emergency tree service is to have any and all problem trees, limbs and branches pruned back or cut down prior to a storm.  An ounce of prevention is a pound of cure as the old saying goes.

 

Not sure about the safety of your trees, branches or limbs?

Another Happy Tree Service Customer
Brennan’s Tree Service ROCKS!!!

 

Give us a call, we would be more than happy to prevent a disaster on your home, car or property.

 

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Enjoy your Summer

Eugene Brennan

Branch Manager at Brennan’s Tree Service, NJ Licensed Tree Expert #499

Tree Removal Permit in Montclair, New Jersey

 

Tree Removal Permits in New Jersey

Yes, in some of New Jersey townships you need a permit to remove or alter a tree.  Like many people, we at Brennan’s Tree Service, Inc. don’t want more red tape in our lives and business, but here are some of the benefits of getting and having a tree removal permit.

 

Tree Removal as a Natural Resource Asset:

A.

Trees and the urban forest are a valuable natural resource worthy of protection and conservation on a sustainable basis.

B.

Trees stabilize soil, help reduce storm-water runoff and wind erosion of soils, improve water quality, reduce noise pollution, reduce air pollution, sequester carbon dioxide associated with global warming, create shade and help reduce energy consumption in the summertime, lower ambient air temperatures throughout the Township during the summer, and provide habitat for birds and other species.

C.

Trees create scenic benefits that enhance local property values in the Township.

D.

The development of a mature and sustainable urban forest resource throughout the Township requires a comprehensive program for the management of the planting and removal of trees on public and private property.

 

Protecting Homeowners from Fraud or Unlicensed Tree Services:

A.

No tree within the Township may be removed or substantially altered by any person other than a tree removal contractor registered with the Township. The tree removal contractor shall endorse each tree removal permit application on forms provided by the Township.

B.

Be licensed in accordance with the New Jersey Tree Experts and Tree Care Operators Licensing Act.

C.

Maintain the required insurance;

D.

Hold a current valid registration with the Township of Montclair; and

E.

Display proof of same on each of its vehicles operating in the Township.

 

The Fines and Penalties for Non-Compliance of Tree Removal Permit:

A,

The Township Forester shall have the authority to enter onto any property in the Township and to issue a stop-work order to any person in violation of this article.

Violations of this article shall be punishable by a fine of no more than $1,000.

The Township shall revoke the registration of any tree removal contractor who has submitted a fraudulent tree removal permit application or a false certification.

Noncompliance with the provisions of this article may be grounds for denial of registration of a tree removal contractor.

 

The Fees of a Tree Removal Permit in Montclair, New Jersey:

A.

Application fee for a tree removal permit shall be $15 per tree.

A tree removal contractor shall pay an annual registration fee of $75.

Exemptions:

(1)

The tree removal permit application fee is waived for the removal of diseased trees or trees deemed hazardous.

(2)

The removal permit fee is waived for the removal of shade trees listed as invasive exotic.

(3)

An applicant with a financial hardship may request a waiver of permit fees by filing a personal financial hardship exemption request letter with his or her tree removal permit.

(4)

These fee exemptions do not constitute an exemption from any other provision of this article.

 

 

A List of Townships in Brennan’s Tree Service, Inc. Service Area Tree Removal Permit Information

Livingston, New Jersey:  http://livingstontownship.org/services/tree-removal/

Maplewood, New Jersey: https://www.twp.maplewood.nj.us/leaf-collection-landscapers/pages/tree-removal-permit

Summit, New Jersey: https://www.cityofsummit.org/187/Tree-Removal-Permits

Old Bridge, New Jersey: http://www.oldbridge.com/content/5146/5245/5529.aspx

Montville, New Jersey: https://www.montvillenj.org/DocumentCenter/Home/View/627

Westfield, New Jersey: http://www.westfieldnj.gov/index.asp?SEC=8EAE1399-9C08-40D9-B34C-15B81B26D7E1&DE=7C2A0BF2-FD11-4F50-A51D-EEDCF2E9F0FA&Type=B_BASIC

Englewood, New Jersey: http://www.cityofenglewood.org/filestorage/9306/9308/9398/tree_permit_app_2001.pdf

Bernards Twp., New Jersey: https://ecode360.com/11919201

Highland Park, New Jersey:  http://www.hpboro.com/index.aspx?NID=509

Chatham, New Jersey: http://www.chathamtownship-nj.gov/images/forms/Tree-Removal-Permit-Application.pdf

Ringwood, New Jersey: http://www.ringwoodnj.net/content/2347/2355/2381.aspx

Howell, New Jersey: https://www.twp.howell.nj.us/DocumentCenter/View/68

West Orange, New Jersey: https://www.westorange.org/DocumentCenter/Home/View/409

Watchung, New Jersey: http://watchungnj.gov/forms/Tree_Removal_Application.pdf

Monroe Twp., New Jersey:  http://www.monroetwp.com/polimage.cfm?doc_Id=346&size_code=Doc

Highlands, New Jersey: http://www.highlandsborough.org/hnj/Forms/Building%20Department%20Forms/Tree%20Permit.pdf

Woodbridge, New Jersey: http://www.twp.woodbridge.nj.us/308/Keeping-Our-Township-Green

South Orange, New Jersey: https://southorange.org/DocumentCenter/Home/View/73

East Brunswick, New Jersey: https://www.eastbrunswick.org/filestorage/887/586/596/TreeRemovalPermit.pdf

Berkley Heights, New Jersey: http://www.berkeleyheightstwpnj.gov/forms/tree-removal-permit-application.pdf

South Plainfield, New Jersey: http://www.southplainfieldnj.com/spnj/Departments/Departments/Building%20Department/Forms/Tree%20Removal%20Permit.pdf

New Milford, New Jersey: http://www.newmilfordboro.com/site/cpage.asp?cpage_id=180058940&sec_id=180013952

 

New Jersey

Recently, many townships in New Jersey are starting to preserve more trees by creating ordinances that protect ones on private properties. This means that even if private property owners want to remove trees, they might not be able to. Depending on the township, they can apply for permits to get a tree removed, but the township might reject the permit. The Trenton department of forestry has the right, as laid out in the city’s rules, to remove trees on private property that might be a hazard to other residents only after giving notice to the owner to remove it themselves.

 

Make sure you hire a New Jersey Licensed Tree Care Expert, like Brennan’s Tree Service, Inc.  License #499 and keep yourself from getting “stumped” by your township ordinances.

 

 

Storm Damage and NJ Tree Services.

Storm Damage and NJ Tree Services

Mark Twain famously said,

“Everybody loves to talk about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.”

Most tree care professionals will probably disagree with this assessment—a great deal of the work done on landscape trees is undertaken with the weather in mind.

For example, tasks like trimming, pruning and removal work to combat the effects of wind and snow; planting the right species for the local climate; creating shade to keep homes cool; the list goes on. And when stormy weather strikes, it’s tree care companies that are often the first call made by property owners to come in and make things right.

 

“During a storm, trees can end up anywhere—on a building, on a car, on power lines,” says Eugene Brennan of Brennan’s Tree Service, based out of Vauxhall, NJ.

 

With over three decades in the tree care business, Eugene says he’s developed a pretty effective system for prioritizing calls that come in to the office. The staff at Brennan’s Tree Service follows a protocol to ask for specific information that will help them determine how a particular storm cleanup call should be prioritized (existing customers always top the list).

Thanks to smartphones, the ability to receive visuals from customers instantly has proven very handy.  Eugene, says customers can send him images via smartphone so he can put priority and safety issues at the top of the to do list.

 

Eugene scouts to assess the drivability of various job sites, hoping to prevent a situation where a large truck, or piece of equipment, and ends up unable to get through.

 

The Post Storm Tree Removal Process

The first step in responding to a storm is always to make safety the priority, says Eugene. He thinks back to Hurricane Sandy, which struck the Northeast in 2012. “Obviously, even though we were getting calls [while the hurricane was happening], I’m not calling my crews in then. I’m not going to put someone on a roof in the middle of a hurricane.”

 

Brennan’s Tree Service conducts a pre-storm plan, where the crews are on notice and equipment is prepared ahead of the storm and the calls coming into to do many of the various storm damage tree removals.

With the Essex, Union and Morris county area being densely populated, housing is closely developed and a big tree can have an impact on several homeowners at once.  Brennan’s tree removal crews are on call and work long hours, sometimes for weeks to clean up after a storm rips through the area.

 

The Dangers of Storm Damage Tree Removal

Removing a tree from a front or backyard is a lot easier then removing a big silver maple or red oak from on top a house or building.  With more stress points, plus being careful not to do more damage to the property, care must be taken so limbs don’t snap back, puncture roofs, windows or worse have a heavy trunk crush a wall or snap the roof framing.  The trunks of a large tree are weighted in tons not pounds.

 

With downed electric wires and cables wrapped in the limbs, crew safety and shock hazards must me taken into account.  If needed, the electric company needs to be notified and Brennan’s Tree Service, lets them assess the danger and works with the power companies to remove trees and limbs to restore power and cable.

 

Not only downed wire, but underground utilities such as gas lines and sewer lines can be punctured when a storm damaged tree falls and a broken limb, is driven deep in the ground from the weight of the tree.  Eugene says, “We are listening for hissing sounds, smelling for gases and take site evaluations serious when first coming on the site.”

Working with Customers

Brennan’s Tree Service does not travel outside their normal coverage area to “chase” storm work—meaning that after a storm event, it’s often their own existing customers who they’re working with. Many time’s these are people who have suffered destruction to their homes and properties, so working with them means more than cleaning up the trees and branches.

Brennan’s Tree Service, serves the Short Hills, Montclair, West Orange, Summit, Mountainside, Irvington, Caldwell, Union, Madison, Scotch Plains, Berkley Heights and surrounding communities.

 

“Usually with storm work, you have to work with the insurance companies—understanding who pays, and how you get paid,” says Eugene. He adds he often has to assist the homeowner in communicating with their insurance company.

 

Brennan’s Tree Service says, “You may have no recourse with your insurance company because your trees didn’t hit anything. The way insurance companies work is, if the tree doesn’t hit a house, car or structure. Insurance companies don’t pay to remove the tree.  Even if a tree does hit a house, a homeowner’s insurance policy typically will only pay to get the tree off the house—not for any of the related cleanup and debris removal work.”

 

And storm cleanup isn’t something that occurs only after large “named” storms that make the news. “A couple of Friday’s ago we had a very windy day.”  A couple of emergency calls came in, then some more, and eventually two of the company’s crews were brought in to respond. Sometimes, Eugene adds, it’s something as simple as a summer thunderstorm, heavy wet spring snow or winter ice event that causes tree damage that needs to be cleaned up. Because talking about the weather is one thing, but when you’re in the tree business, people want you to do something about it.

 

Brennan’s Tree Service is available for all your tree care needs.

 

We offer pre-storm assessments and trimmings, to post storm clean-ups.  Brennan’s Tree Service a trusted tree care service, serving Essex, Union and Morris Counties of New Jersey, since 1964.

 

Related News about the latest storms.

Trees topple by the dozen across state as wind hits 70 mph

Tree crashes onto house in New Jersey during storm

Snow and wind keep tree services busy

The Dangers of Tree Removal

 

The Dangers of Tree Removal

Tree Care Expert NJ Dead Branches
Dead Branches

Tree care work in general is hazardous, but tree removal is especially dangerous. Successfully felling a tree requires knowledge of tree physics, biology, dangerous tools, advanced cutting techniques, and more. Homeowners who attempt their own tree removal may be injured by falling limbs, malfunctioning equipment, or the tree itself.

 

Common tree removal risks include:

Power lines.

Brennan's Tree Experts Power Line Work
Power Line Work

Working near power lines is dangerous. You should always assume that the wires are live. If you, your tools, or the tree hits a power line, you may knock out the power in your neighborhood – if you’re lucky. Most likely, you will be electrocuted. Another myth homeowners may believe about power lines is that the black coating on them is insulation. This is not true. The black coating on power lines is weather-proofing for the metal cable. You can still get electrocuted through the weather-proofing.

Power line and tree maintenance explained here.

Improper equipment.

OSHA requires tree removal professionals to wear protective gear from head to toe. Tree care professionals are also trained in using equipment such as chain saws, ropes, cranes, and wood chippers to safely fell and dispose of a tree. Homeowners would need all of this equipment – and the requisite expertise – to perform a safe removal.  Without it, they expose themselves to unnecessary risk.

Decaying wood.

A dead or dying tree is often decaying from the inside out, making it extremely unstable. Even professionals sometimes use cranes to remove such deadwood. If you think your tree is starting to decay, find a professional tree care expert to remove it before it collapses. There are critical tree structure assessment processes to understand when removing decayed trees, so professional help is necessary.

Gravity.

Tree falling on house
Whoops. That wasn’t planned.

Once the tree starts falling, you have no control over where it goes. It also may not fall the way you expect it to, even if you try to influence it with carefully cut indentations or ropes. Poor judgment could result in the tree falling on property, homes, power lines, or people.

Homeowners should never attempt their own tree removal. It isn’t worth the risk, and will likely cause more problems than it solves.  Will your homeowner’s insurance cover damages or injury should it happen?

 

If you have a tree that needs to be removed, Call Brennan’s Tree Service and a professional tree care expert will be able to determine the best way to safely remove your tree.

 

Breann’s is a licensed tree care expert with the state of NJ.  Our license number is #499.

The Benefits of Getting Your Trees Serviced in the Winter.

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The Benefits of Getting Your Trees Serviced in the Winter.

 

  • The trees are dormant

  • You can see the structure of the tree

  • The ground is harder, so the equipment doesn’t impact the yard

  • Discounts on the service

  • Better blooms in the spring

  • In harmony with nature

 

As your trees lose their leaves in the fall, they are preparing for the long cold winter ahead.  This is a perfect time to have those limbs pruned, trees shaped and in the worst case  trees removed.  This is the time of the year that little impact is done to the trees growth.

 

The leaves gone now, so it is much easier to shape your trees as all the branch, limb and trunk structure is visible.  All those dead branches, limbs going in wild directions and a balance of trunk/branch/limb sculpting can be easily seen.

 

With most tree services, heavy equipment is needed.  From bucket trucks, cranes and stump grinders, equipment is needed to do your tree work in a safe and professional manner.  A licensed tree care expert knows how to do the work properly, professionally and with a light impact to other landscapes.  Winter is the best time to get those big trees serviced and for those trees in soft soil or heavily landscaped areas serviced as to not impact the growing season or soft soils.  The last thing you want is rutting or disturbed landscapes.

 

The winter months are normally a slow time for most businesses and a tree service is no different.  Many will offer discounts to keep their workers busy through the cold months.  Good help is hard to find and most tree services will be willing to negotiate a fair cost on your tree removal or pruning service to keep those good workers working.

 

Winter tree servicing makes a big difference in your spring blooms.  With the removal of selected branches and limbs, the stored energy your tree has, come spring, really makes the trees have a healthy bloom.  Plus, disease and insect infestation will be almost non-existing.  Bugs are gone and air borne tree diseases are very low.

The winter is the best time for tree service work, because it works in harmony with nature.  There are no birds nesting, squirrels and other tree living animals are hibernating or tucked away for the cold winter days.  There are no young of the year to disturb.  Winter is the perfect time to have your trees serviced if your trees are the playground of birds and small mammals.

 

Call Brennan’s Tree Service Today!

(973) 325-5663

Guide to Fall Tree Care

 

Guide to Expert Tree Care (Fall)

Tree Care Experts New Jersey
Summer growth branches should be pruned back to help your trees survive the snow and ice storms winter brings.

Fall is the time to prepare your trees for the cold months ahead and encourage growth in the spring.

 1) Time to plant new trees: 

Fall is the best time to plant new trees . Since temperatures are cooler and there is less chance of stress from the sun, drought or high temperatures, newly planted trees get the chance to get adjusted to their new home, with all the stresses of insects, heat, etc.

Fall is the time to plant new trees.

 2) Fall fertilization:

To help your trees survive the harsh winter, they should be fertilized in the fall.  This help them thrive come spring instead of stunned growth.  In nature, all animals try to put on the pounds to make it through the winter, your trees are no different.  The drop their leaves to conserve energy.  Give them a good feeding before winter sets in.

Tree Fertilizer
Spring blooms are so much prettier with a good fall fertilzer.

 


3) Good watering:

Fall is the season to give your trees plenty of water before the winter months, quenching your trees’ roots.

Watering should be enough to penetrate the top 12 inches of soil.  This is the area your trees need water the most.

If your trees are on higher ground or have no irrigation, a good subsurface water is need going in the winter months.

Well watered trees, have less decay and dead branches come spring.

 

4) Pruning:

As the leaves drop, you can see the summer growth of new branches.  This is the time of year to trim those branches to make a fuller, healthier looking tree in the spring.

Another thing to consider in when pruning trees in the fall, is the coming snow and ice storms.  Will some of those branches, limbs and split trunks survive?

You should call a New Jersey Certified Tree Expert to have your trees evaluated.

 

Does your trees need a helping hand?

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Give Your Trees a Helping Hand

For more tree care information, contact Brennan’s Tree Experts, Inc. Proudly serving Union, Somerset, Middlesex, Essex and Morris Counties since 1964.

Licensed NJ Tree Expert #499

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(973) 325-5663

 

About Us

Tree Services

Eugene M Brennan Tree Experts Inc. is a family owned, second generation tree care company, originally established in 1964 by Gene’s father, Eugene R Brennan. Brennan Tree Experts provides year round tree care to both residential and commercial properties in Essex, Union, Morris and surrounding counties.

As your tree care professional, Brennan’s Tree Experts offers the following services; pruning, tree removal, storm damage, new plantings, preventive care, tree maintenance which includes fertilization and pest and disease control, cabling and bracing, lightning protection and vertical mulching (deep aeration).

As a New Jersey Certified Tree Expert, Gene will advise and provide diagnoses of your trees, recommend treatments, and if need be, complete evaluative appraisals in situations that necessitate experience in the science of arboriculture. Both Eugene and his father have attained the designation of New Jersey Certified Tree Expert which means that they “have been examined and proven to be competent in the science and art of diagnosing, treating and preventing tree injuries” by the New Jersey Board of Tree Experts and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.