Frequently Asked Questions

There’s a lot that people don’t realize about quality tree care. It’s more than just cutting down trees in your backyard. You want you trees taken care of in a safe and responsible manner. Find out more about how tree services work, and what we can do for you. Take a look at our answers to some of the questions we hear most often.

How long has Blackhawk Tree Services been in business?

Blackhawk Tree Services was established in 1976. We have more than 40 years of professional experience to make sure we get the job done right.

Why Should I Hire a Tree Service?

Trees are living organisms, and that means that they each grow differently. When you take advantage of a tree service, you take the unpredictability out trees around your home or business. That lets you keep them looking great while protecting your property against the dangers neglected trees present. Tree services include things like:

  • Basic pruning and trimming
  • Tree removal
  • Risk assessments
  • More complex services like stump grinding and removal.

If you’re interested in enhancing the look of your space, an arborist can offer several means for helping out.

Why Should I Choose Blackhawk?

Blackhawk Tree Services has been serving the needs of the Triangle for 41 years. While other arborist services just get the job done, we go above and beyond to take care of your individual needs in a fast friendly way. We offer a wide range of services to keep your trees looking good and prevent them from being a problem in the future.  

Our friendly team of tree experts are ISA-Certified, which means that they know exactly what they’re looking at when they see a tree issue. That sets us far apart from the competition. When we see a problem, we know exactly what we’re looking at, the best way to fix it, and how to promote positive growth in the future.

What does a tree care service do?

A tree care company can perform a variety of jobs. This can range from fungicide / insecticide spraying to pruning to complete tree removal. It might also include stump grinding and emergency services. Call today to see what Blackhawk Tree Services can do for you.

Will my insurance cover tree removal?

If there is damage to your personal property ie. buildings, fences, drives, etc. then possibly yes. If a tree falls from your neighbors yard onto your house, your insurance will normally only cover the cost for removal and damage to your property line, the neighbors will cover their property line, or vice versa. In most cases this assumes that you were not aware of problems with the tree and neglected to take care of it earlier, so if you see a tree dying in your yard, best to address it early on.

Is Blackhawk a certified company?

In North Carolina, tree companies are not required to be certified or licensed. We are registered with the North Carolina Secretary of State’s office as a Corporation and carry all required insurance including Liability, Auto and Workmans Comp. We also have ISA certified arborists through the International Society of Arboriculture.

Will tree removal destroy my yard?

Blackhawk is dedicated to protecting your yard and much as possible and strives to leave the yard looking better than when we arrive. All attempts are made to minimize impacts to your yard for landscaping when performing tree services. However with the nature of tree services, equipment, removing debris, etc. some impact is to be expected. 

What should I expect when Blackhawk comes out to my site?

When we initially come to your site, we’ll run through an evaluation of your property. We’ll talk to you to find out what kinds of issues you’re worried about and assess the trees to make sure we grasp the full scope of the situation. When it’s time for us to conduct service, we’ll arrive and set to work efficiently implementing equipment in a way that won’t disturb you or your neighbors. We work quickly, quietly, and we aim to do every job right the first time. Once we’re finished, we make sure to clean up so that you don’t have to worry about a thing and so you can get focus on what matters.

Is my tree dying?

Dead trees pose a huge safety hazard. If they get left alone too long, they can fall. And a tree weighing several tons can cause some serious damage. Because trees grow so large and have different levels of dormancy, it can be hard to tell if your tree is dead sometimes. Just because it doesn’t have any leaves on it doesn’t mean your tree has died. Sometimes it can just be dormant. If you think your tree may have died, we can give you a confirmation one way or the other. Plus, if it is dead, we can remove it for you to prevent any problems it might cause for you in the future.

How often should I have my trees pruned?

Different species of trees grow at different rates, so it can be hard to tell exactly how often your tree needs to be pruned. Some need it once a year, others every other year, and some only need pruning every seven years. To keep your trees looking their best, we can give you a consultation any time to make sure your trees are all looking their best all year long.

What makes trees dangerous?

Trees aren’t inherently dangerous. But because they often grow upwards of 80 feet and can weigh multiple tons, their falling poses serious damage to anything in its path. Because trees are living organisms, they are subject to diseases and death. Once a tree is dead, it’s only a matter of time until it falls. A Tree doesn’t even have to be sick to pose a risk. Because individual limbs can die, they pose a falling risk, often weighing hundreds of pounds, enough to destroy a car

Do you use spikes when climbing trees?

The team at Blackhawk care about your trees. Spikes can damage a tree and leave unattractive wounds which can lead to insect infestation, disease and/rot. The only time spikes are used are in the case of complete tree removal. 

Why is pruning important?

Pruning helps keep your trees healthy and looking great. Blackhawk Tree Services will perform low-impact pruning to give your trees a polished appearance. We will also remove any limbs that might make your yard unsafe.

How often should I prune my trees?

It depends on the tree. Every tree grows at a different speed. It could be once a year, or once every few years. Have one of our experts take a look at your trees.

Why should I look after my tree health?

Trees can fall victim to all kinds of things. This includes rot, insects, diseases, and much more. Dead and dying trees are more likely to fall or lose limbs. This can damage your home or property. Blackhawk can look at your trees and recommend the best course of action.

What is emergency tree removal?

Sometimes the unexpected happens. Bad weather and other circumstances can lead to downed trees. Blackhawk Tree Services can quickly and safely remove trees that have fallen on your property, home, business, or car.

What is stump grinding?

Stump grinding is the breaking down of stumps left over from downed trees and other old removal jobs. Blackhawk uses the most powerful, cutting-edge equipment. This lets us get the job done fast, and get it done right.

Why do I need stump removal?

There are lots of reasons. For one, stumps are unsightly and spoil the look of your otherwise beautiful yard. Another is that stumps can develop fungal infections and insect infestations that can spread to the rest of your yard. If left untouched, they might even grow a new tree!

Can I get commercial tree services?

Yes. Blackhawk Tree Services is pleased to offer a number of services to business and commercial property owners through the NC Triangle area. As an experienced, fully insured team of tree professionals we are prepared to handle all of your tree care needs.

Are you available in emergencies?

Tree-related emergencies can be devastating. For something as big and heavy as a tree, it can take a lot of power to move it. Especially if it’s blocking a road or a pathway. Or destroying personal property. Blackhawk offers emergency tree services that can take care of any problem soon after it occurs. That means you can focus on recovery and not have to worry about how you’re going to get rid of the thing.

Crane Removal

We offer various methods to prune or remove trees from your yard. During our estimate we will evaluate the best method to use including manual rigging, bucket truck or crane removal.  Many times we get asked the question doesn’t the use of a crane increase the cost, the answer is not in many cases, while cranes are expensive they also lower the time required to remove and clean up the wood and debris from your yard and can minimize impacts to your property.