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Risk Factors You Should Know Before Trying DIY Tree Removal

If you haven't tried felling a tree before, you might assume that it's one of the simple tasks you can handle, provided you have the time. However, the truth is that tree removal work is complex. As such, the only way to be successful is to understand how the process works and know the advanced tree-cutting methods. Also, you need to learn how to use dangerous tools such as chainsaws to maintain safety and efficiency. Because of these reasons, this task should be assigned to professional arborists. Below are risk factors in tree removal to help you understand why you may need to skip DIY.


It's difficult to determine where the tree will land if you don't know the cutting techniques arborists use. With DIY, you are likely to miscalculate where the tree trunk and branches will fall, increasing the risk of accidents. Even if you influence the direction with proper cutting methods or ropes, you might still miscalculate due to gravity. More so, the project will be complex if the tree is near your neighbor's property or utility lines. So, allow a seasoned arborist to handle the tree removal work because they are experienced in how gravity affects the direction of felling a tree.

Lack of Knowledge or Mishandling Equipment

The availability of proper tree removal equipment will ensure the task is completed efficiently. But, having the equipment isn't a guarantee that the tree removal process will succeed. This is because whoever handles the task needs to know how to use all the tree removal tools and equipment. However, since most devices are dangerous, like chainsaws and wood chippers, no untrained hand should use them. This is because mishandling these tools can cause devastating effects like serious injuries. On the other hand, arborists are trained and experienced in using tree-cutting tools, allowing them to do a perfect job.

Rotting Wood and Unstable Tree

One of the things arborists do before felling a tree is perform an inspection. This step determines the state of the tree so they can create a viable tree removal plan. Say they realize that the tree is decaying internally or is unstable. In such a case, they'll take precautionary measures during removal. Conversely, if you choose DIY, chances are you do not inspect the tree, and the task will be handled blindly. Sometimes, the tree can collapse without warning due to instability or internal decay. Such an incident puts you and everyone on the property at risk.

Clearly, tree removal is a complicated task that should only be assigned to an arborist. In addition, these professionals charge a reasonable rate, so you don't have to worry about overspending. Besides, the safety of everyone and everything on your property will be guaranteed. 

For more info about tree removal, contact a local company.