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Now that summer weather is here, we're all planning to spend more time outside.

When the weather turns warm, one of the first things we do is prepare our yards for all those cookouts and holiday celebrations. We've talked about landscaping and lawn care before here on "Your Home," but we've never addressed trees. When is it necessary to call on a tree service?

Tree service expert Matthias Keib said, "Typically it's a wide array of things. Either one, they want to get more sunlight or two they just want to do a lot of preventative maintenance. A lot of people just want to get an assessment of what's going on and how to clean it up."

Residential tree care requires more than just removing unwanted trees and shrubs. You heard Keib mention preventative maintenance. His crew was tackling just that at the property where we met up with him.

Keib said, "The problem with oak trees is that they're real acidic. You get a lot of moss and mold growing on the ground. One has also got a pretty good lean to it and that's why we're taking it down. It's leaning over the power lines, towards the neighbors and they're trying to enhance the property. They have kids and don't want to be taking any chances in the future."

We always talk about going green here on "Your Home" and what do you typically do on Earth Day when you're thinking about going green? Most people plant a tree. So can cutting down a tree be considered green? Most people don't think so, but you'd be surprised.

Keib said, "I'm not one to come in here and say, we're a really green company because at the end of the day we burn a ton of fuel. But everything that we take down gets recycled. A lot of the wood gets sent off to a second provider and they actually turn around and sell it as fire wood. Some of it goes into lumber and then the big wood that you can't really work with gets ground up and that also gets turned into mulch. Nothing that we bring down gets turned into just trash."

Can you trim and prune your trees by yourself? Sure. Taking down a tree, however, is not for the do-it-yourselfer. Keib strongly suggests you leave that up to the professionals.

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