Category Archives: Tree Removal

7 Reasons for Spring Tree Care Services in Short Hills, New Jersey

The robins have arrived and Spring is only days away.  The winter wasn’t to bad this year in Short Hills,  but it is that time again to have your tree’s cared for.  Here are 7 Reasons to care for your trees now.

Brennan's Tree Service, Large Branch Removal with Crane
Large branch removal with a crane.
  1. Get your trees pruned before the birds build their nests.  As nature lovers, we hate to disturb any wildlife.  By getting your trees pruned early (Before the end of April) we can get the limbs pruned back, trees in a nice beautiful shape and structurally healthy.  Plus, the birds will build their nests on healthier branches.
  2. Clear out those dead branches.  Nothing worse than seeing a tree full of leave…accept for that one spot.  Or that big dead branch among the leaves.  Ready to crash down with any summer storm.
  3. Get those trees pruned before the bugs arrive.  Insect damage on trees can kill the tree in a matter of a year or two.  By getting the limbs cut back now, the tree has time to heal over and not attract the bugs of summer.
  4. Savings and faster service.  Most tree services are a little slow in the spring as people assess their properties.  By getting your trees cared for in the early Spring, you can get an opening in their schedule easier and normally at lower prices.  Think supply and demand.
  5. Get the full bloom of your trees, by cutting out the older branches that are more likely to grow more branches and less budding blooms.
  6. Get your trees shaped so when the leaves come in the summer, your tree has that perfect shape and adds plenty of curb appeal or a nice looking tree to look at from the back patio on a warm Summer’s eve.
  7. Save your tree.  Over the winter trees go through a lot of stress.  Rain gets into cracks and crevices and then freezes.  Expanding and doing damage to the structure of big limbs and split trunk trees.  The value of a large beautiful tree on your property is priceless.  A 40 year old oak can’t be replaced.

So there you have it.  Seven good reasons to have your trees cared for this Spring.

Make sure you give Eugene a call at (973) 325-5663

Brennan’s Tree Service Inc.

Providing You Great Tree Service Since 1964.

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.

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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.

 

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Tree trunk is out of the yard. Ready to haul off.

 

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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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Facebook Review Brennan’s Tree Service

 

 

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.