Stay safe this year, hire a professional
There are many times in life that you might think to yourself, “How can I save a few dollars?” Thanks to the trusty internet many people are accepting the DIY challenge more than ever. Just yesterday I came across an article about a women who built an entire house by only using YouTube videos. I applaud her for her ambition, however I can’t help but wonder how many problems will arise in the (near) future. There is definitely a time and place for a DIY project, building a house and Tree Work is NOT one of them.
Here are some reasons why you should hire an Arborist:
Tree structure and health
Trees are so complex that there is no way for you to look at a tree and know what is going on inside of it – unless you’re a certified Arborist. Many trees are susceptible to diseases that you don’t even know exist! You never want to cut into a tree without understanding the structure and considering all factors. Have you ever heard of a Barber Chair? Exactly!
Without being able to properly identify a tree, there is no way you can know whether the tree you are about to chop down is endangered. Sure you can use Google, or a Plant Identifying App, but are you willing to bet thousands of dollars in fines on that App? I sure hope not.
You might think “hey that tree is leaning away from my house, it will land right over there.” Guess again. There are special techniques used to guide a tree to a safe location, including but not limited to; notching, ropes and pulley systems, etc. And let’s not forget the dangers of overhead wires like power lines.
Improper tools and Equipment
First off, if you are planning to use a ladder… watch a little YouTube and see what can happen. A ladder is not a logical way to remove a tree, it is not sturdy and can be wiped out VERY easily. Many fatalities happen due to improper use of a ladder. A dull chainsaw is another accident waiting to happen, especially if you are using it without proper PPE.