The Role of Arborists in Tree Removal
Felling a tree is not as easy as you think. Tree removal requires professional care by people called arborists. Arborists use their knowledge of tree anatomy and biology, along with climbing and trimming abilities. Their works are to plant, maintain, and extract trees and other woody plants.
Risks of DIY Tree Removal
Some homeowners who tried tree removal ended up having injuries because they did not know what to do once they climbed up the tree, they did not know what to cut, and sometimes, were afraid to go down. After all, they realized they are up in the branch of a tree so high. Trees are considered assets or liabilities. There are some risks if an inexperienced person would do tree removal. It can either cost you because of not being able to remove it well so you would hire an expert or cost you even more because you did not cut or remove it.
Safety Concerns of Tree Removal
Listed below are some of the safety and risk concerns of doing tree removal on your own:
Make sure you have the right equipment to use. If you have already experienced cutting trees on your own, it would be easier to gather all the tools and equipment needed — chainsaw, branch shredders, wedges, ax, rope, and a ladder.
You might need to use a ladder if the tree branches are too high. It is best to seek help from an arborist, but if you want to do tree removal, proceed with caution as this increases the risk of falling.
Consider the location of the tree you want to remove. There are trees we want to remove that is just near our houses or any buildings. Again, if you were to do tree removal on your own, be sure to proceed with extra caution because small branches are usually a lot thicker and heavier than they seem.
Falling of branches is the most common risk as big branches have to be cut into small ones. Again, small branches are normally heavier than they look and can inflict serious crush injuries or death.
Cutting down a large tree requires an arborist’s knowledge, qualifications, and experience because it is dangerous and time-consuming.
Considerations for Cutting Trees
Make sure you know the rules and regulations when cutting trees. There are different laws implemented in cities/states if you were to fell a tree. In Toronto, a city permit is necessary to cut any tree whose trunk is 30 cm (12 inches) in diameter or greater at a height of 1.4 m. (4.5 ft.). There are also times when a neighbor’s house overhangs part or even much of a tree whose trunk is on your property. Again, you can review municipal bylaws that might extend to certain cases, but it is best to reach out to your neighbor and hopefully get their approval before cutting a tree that hangs over your neighbor’s land.
There is nothing wrong with you trying to cut a tree but hiring a professional is still the best option. If you want to try and experience the art of tree removal, proceed with caution. Doing your tree removal means being responsible for your safety and well-being as well as the people around you.