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Tree Removal 101: An Interview with Johnny Horton of Horton Tree Service

By Johnny Horton

Tell us a little bit about your company and its foundation.

Horton Tree Service was founded in 1967 by Homer Horton. Johnny Horton has been at the helm as President since 2008. Horton Tree is an accredited business thru the Better Business Bureau.

What are some important questions to ask the landscaper in preparation for the tree removal process?

Need to ascertain if the company you choose to do your tree removal is covered by general liability and carries workers comp insurance. If you tree removal is within 10' of power lines, the workers would need to be EHAP certified. Never pay before the work is completed.

What are the most common reasons homeowners request for a tree to be removed?

Reasons for removal of a tree: dead or hazardous trees, new construction (add-on or pool), more sunlight needed for yard, tree overhanging house or too close to the hose.

What are the steps involved in the tree removal process?

If the tree removal is in an open area we notch and drop but usually we have to piece out and lower down with ropes. Occasionally we do use a large crane on big and hazardous tree removal.

What are some common issues you face when it comes to tree removal?

Tight areas and numerous obstacles i.e.: roofs, gutters, fences, decks, sprinkler systems, etc.

What advice do you have for the homeowner during this process?

Home owners need to move all mobile obstacles such as flower pots, lawn furniture, barbeque grills, etc. and then stay a safe distance away from the work area.

What's the best way for people to get in contact with you?

Our preferred method of contact for a quote for tree service is the phone. Specific details can be gathered at the time of the call. We also have a quote request on our website and that is followed up on daily. Our company can be found at www.hortontree.com.

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