FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
Question: How do you climb a tree?
Answer: Many tree companies use a large bucket or boom truck to reach high in the tree from the road or hard surface. My specialty is accessing the tree canopy where bucket trucks are unable. This is a lower impact option for those not wanting a bucket truck to drive in their yard. I have two ways to climb the tree. One is to spike/gaff the tree (only used for complete removal since the spikes make wounds in the tree). The other way is with ropes and ascenders which will leave no wounds in the tree and is the preferred method.
Question: How can I handle my neighbor's encroaching tree branches over my property?
Cedar Rapids does not have a specific city code for this matter and it is best to ask permission before removing any branches on trees you do not own. Iowa follows the common law or “Massachusetts Rule.” Thus, a landowner may trim a neighbor’s trees branches from his own side of the fence line. He may also dig up roots from his neighbors trees if they cross onto his property.
Question: How fast can I anticipate High Angle Tree Service to complete the work once started?
Answer: Most jobs I bid to complete in a day (*weather dependent). Some more complex work may take longer.
Question: Is sales tax required for tree services?
Answer: In the State of Iowa I am required by law to pay %6 sales tax for all tree work and a %1 percent local option sales tax in Linn county and many other Iowa Counties.
Tree trimming and removal is a taxable service as per the following rule: https://www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/iac/rule/10-19-2011.701.26.66.pdf
Tax is due on all required charges for this service - not including transportation charges. This would include a charge for rental equipment.
Question: Are you a certified arborist?
Answer: No, If you have a diseased tree , I would recommend you consult with an ISA certified arborist. I recommend using ISA Certified Arborist Virginia Miller. She can assess your trees overall health and treat ash trees for EAB (emerald ash borer).
Question: What is your experience level?
Answer: I have been using chainsaws and cutting trees for 9 years, starting with my time as a wildfire crewmember with the USFS in Durango CO, Rapid City SD, Bemidji MN and many other western states. I've been training with the Cedar Rapids Fire Department for 7 years for fire fighting and also high angle technical rescue technician.
Question: Can you cable trees?
I can cable your tree. I use a Dryad dynamic rope cable. I generally cable as a preventive maintenance option for a tree that has a high risk of splitting. I currently do not cable with metal wire or brace trees. Cabling a tree does not guarantee its longevity or safety. I recommend inspecting all installed cables once a year.
Question: Is Emerald Ash Borer Widespread in Cedar Rapids?
The EAB is an exotic beetle whose larvae embeds and destroys the inner bark of ash trees. Unlike other trees, which remain relatively stable after they die, ash trees lose moisture internally very quickly and begin to fall apart soon after they die creating a hazardous situation. The city of Cedar Rapids is in the process of removing all infected parkway ash trees (more information can be found at cedar-rapids.org/EAB)
High Angle Tree Service LLC works with a ISA Certified Arborist and licenced pesticide applicator to assist homeowners who want to treat their ash trees for EAB.