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Tree Service FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Question: How do you climb a tree?

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?

*High Angle Tree Service LLC does not provide legal advice. Any information provided here is not intended to be a substitute for legal services from a competent professional.* 

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?

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?

Yes. Tree trimming and removal is a taxable service per the following rule:

The total sales tax I charge on each service is 7% (6% to the State of Iowa + 1% location option sales tax in Linn County and many other Iowa counties.)

Question: Are you a certified arborist?

Yes. I am an ISA Certified Arborist IW-0059A and can conduct Tree Health Assessments as a service.  If in the Iowa city area, I recommend using ISA Certified Arborist Virginia Miller (630) 649-9661 

Question: What is tree cabling?

Tree cabling is a technique used to increase a tree's longevity and reduce reduce risk of splitting. As cabling 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  I can assess your tree for potential ash bore damage as part of a Tree Health Assessment service.

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