There are many reasons why people choose to plant trees on their property, which include to improve the appearance of the landscape and to provide shade. It's often necessary for homeowners to contact a tree service to trim their trees, care for diseased trees and to remove trees. We aren't affiliated with tree service professionals but we think homeowners should understand the importance of tree specialists and why their services are needed. We researched tree care and talked to professionals in the tree service industry to obtain the information we needed for this blog. As you read these articles, you'll learn when it's necessary to contact a tree service to maintain and care for your trees.
Any type of tree work can be dangerous, but when the tree work involves removing a tree, it is particularly hazardous. In order to remove a tree successfully, it takes a significant amount of knowledge regarding the physics and biology of the tree, the use of dangerous tools, cutting-edge tree cutting techniques, and more. It is not recommended for homeowners to attempt to remove their own trees, as there is always the risk of injury as a result of malfunctioning equipment, falling limbs, etc. Keep reading to learn some of the common risks associated with tree removal.
Protective gear is necessary to wear when working with any kind of equipment and removing trees. In fact, it is required by OSHA for tree removal professionals. These professionals are thoroughly trained in utilizing equipment like ropes, chain saws, wood chippers, and cranes, all of which are needed when safely removing and disposing of a tree. For homeowners to pull off the job safely and properly, they would require all of this equipment and the experience to use the tools. If they don't, then they are placing themselves at unnecessary risk of injury.
It is always a risk to work near power lines, and it is always important that you assume that the wires are hot/live. If you, the tools that you are using, or the tree strikes a live wire, you may not only cause the power to go out in the neighborhood, but you may also become electrocuted. Some homeowners assume that the black coating that is on the power lines is insulation, but the truth is that it is weatherproofing and is not protection against electrocution.
When a tree is dying or already dead, it means that there is decay occurring from the inside out. This also means that the tree is incredibly unstable. Some tree professionals will use cranes to remove these types of trees. If you believe that your tree is beginning to decay, then you should get in touch with a professional for tree removal services before it has a chance to collapse with zero warning. There are certain tree biology processes that should be understood when removing any decayed trees.
As soon as a tree begins to fall, you will no longer have control over where the tree goes. More often than not, the tree will not fall where you want it to, even if you carefully attempt to influence the tree's direction with ropes and cut indentations. Poor judgment may result in the tree falling onto power lines, dwellings, or individuals.
All in all, if you have a tree that needs to be removed, it is recommended to contact tree removal services instead of trying to do it the task yourself to avoid unnecessary risk.