3 Tree Removal Tips From A Qualified Arborist

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There are a lot of factors when taking down a tree, many of it starts even before you fire up the chainsaw. Safety will always be first and there are also some things about clearing activities post-cutting that you will need to consider. You will also need the right tools and materials to do the job safely as accidents can always occur and the damages will be serious both to you and the surroundings. Doing it right is the only way to do it.

The following tips involve assessing if the job is necessary and if you are qualified to do it yourself. This article was kindly provided by Pro Tree Services Geelong, if you need tree removal in Geelong give them a call. Making a tree fall to where you want it is the main objective here, this includes the branches. If a tree has expansive branches that may cause some difficulty in taking it down, then dealing with them first might be a sound approach.

Here are some tips worth considering for a tree removal project:

  1. Is the Removal Required?

Sometimes the tree might not need to be removed, even if it is damaged or represents a problem. An expert arborist can take a look and tell you if you really need to get rid of the tree. It is usually recommended to choose removal as a last solution. Trees are important for the environment and they can also make your property look better.

Make sure that you discuss with a specialist first, someone who knows how to treat many of the problems of a tree. If you ask a contractor, he might suggest removal, as it is the simplest solution.

While a tree might be a part of one’s property, the decision to remove it does not always rest entirely on the homeowner. Cities and counties can regulate tree removal, often requiring inspections and permits before a tree can be removed. Homeowners’ associations may also insist on approving all removals. Reputable tree service companies will assist homeowners with acquiring the necessary permits and coordinating a schedule for the removal.

You should also discuss with your neighbors if the tree can fall on their property and damage it. You can even use a certified letter to request the tree’s removal. The letter can be used even in the insurance claims process if the tree inflicted damage on your property.

  1. Is the Job Safe for a DIY Removal?

If you need to use a ladder to reach and remove tree limbs, chances are that tree is too big for you to remove safely. Bringing a chainsaw up a ladder could bring about many things that could go wrong. You will be placing yourself and your home in harm’s way. There is also the chance that the tree limbs you’re cutting could fall on your home, go through a window, hit you, or even hit the ladder, knocking you off while holding a moving chainsaw. Tree limbs that are large and come crashing down are completely unpredictable, which makes a dangerous sight.

There are many available landscape projects you can do yourself, but this isn’t one of them. If you hurt yourself, you’ll be pinched with medical bills, and if you damage your home and your neighbor’s, you’ll have to pay for those repairs, too. 

If you don’t need a ladder to remove a tree then it’s safe to say that you can remove it yourself. If you have any doubts about whether it’s safe to remove the tree on your own, contact an arborist, and they’ll provide guidance.

If you’re ready, here’s how to do that safely:

  • The day before you plan on doing the removal water it so that the soil is more amenable for digging.
  • Measure how many inches your tree trunk is. For every inch, plan to dig 6 inches deep to reach the entire root system. Based on that depth, dig around the tree’s roots, which could extend out to the outer edge of the tree’s canopy.
  • Using leverage, wiggle the root ball out. If the roots are intact, you can transplant the tree. Or if you want to dispose of it, cut it up with a chainsaw. If you go that route, wear protective eyeglasses, earplugs, and gloves.

  1. Safety of the Surroundings

When a limb or tree falls, it can, unfortunately, do damage to more than just the owner’s property. If it is near or leaning up against a solid structure (such as a house or garage) or near any type of wiring that could potentially be very dangerous (overhead wires) you really should get professionals to remove it. You will want to remove the entire tree while not causing major damages to the building below. A lot of times roots may have grown under the building as well. With dangerous wires or anything around, you need to be extra careful while getting the job done.

There are a lot of materials on how to bring down a tree out there. But if you live in a residential area where people’s houses are in the way then it’ll get a little complicated. Removing a tree is one of those projects, unlike painting or carpentry, this requires more experience and knowledge. If you’re planning to remove a tree consider the tips above to save you from headaches and injuries.

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