Making Your Trees Safe and Inviting for Your KidsMaking Your Trees Safe and Inviting for Your Kids

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Making Your Trees Safe and Inviting for Your Kids

When many people talk about trees, they talk about pruning them or blocking their roots from hitting sidewalks or other things. I rarely hear anyone talk about making their trees more hospitable for their kids. Hi, my name is Gina. I am the mum of four sons, and if they couldn't climb the trees in our yard, they would be jumping on my furniture and climbing my walls all day long. Luckily, I have a friend who works in the tree service industry, and he has helped me with everything from assessing the safety of dead branches to adding swings to the trees to pruning them for easier climbing. As he can't be everywhere, I decided to share the tips and tricks I've learned from him and from our experience with trees. Enjoy!

General rules of thumb in hiring a tree service company

The yard, with all its trees, is one part of the home where families get to enjoy each other's company as well as that of the neighbours and close friends. The trees therefore should be kept in a condition that makes the yard suitable for hanging out. From chopping off unsafe overhanging branches to uprooting old stumps to make space, tree service makes the yard a better place.

If the home owner cannot do the tree service personally, there are companies, such as Rallis Timber Pty Ltd, that have the expertise to offer these services at a fee. The professional companies do this service more efficiently and in a manner that involves safe measures. To acquire the services of the professional and legitimate companies, one should take into consideration the following points.

How legit is the company?

The first thing to consider before inviting the crewmen over to your house to take care of the trees in your yard is the legitimacy of the company. The company should possess a license to operate in the area. Endorsement of the company by recognised institutions like the Tree Contractors Association Australia goes a long way in ensuring that the company operates a legitimate business.

The reputation of the company is also a good way to gauge its validity. Word of mouth from the neighbours or online reviews is a viable way to check if the company does good work and they can be trusted and hired.


Tree work is quite a dangerous business that is prone to accidents. It is therefore imperative that the homeowner checks that the tree service company has insurance so that any damages to property or life resulting from the work are not charged to the client. There should be correspondence with the insurance company itself to make sure the certificates are valid.


Before settling on the first company that offers a quote for their services, one should browse around a little more and consider the amounts quoted by others in the same business. It is vital that the prices which are under comparison are for the same services. One can then decide if the price is worth the service it was quoted for.

Once the company has been picked, payment should not be made in advance. It is better if the tree service is done first and payment only issued if the service meets the satisfaction of the home owner. In this way, one is sure that the work will be done to completion with no risk of the contractor absconding with pay and leaving unfinished work.