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April 16, 2021

8 Common Tree Removal Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

8 Common Tree Removal Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

8 Common Tree Removal Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Getting rid of old trees in your backyard requires knowing what can hinder your progress. Here are common tree removal mistakes and how to avoid them.

Thanks to internet videos and manuals, everyone has developed a can-do-anything attitude. If you are considering cutting down trees in your backyard, think twice about it. If you don’t have the necessary experience to cut down any tree, ensure you avoid the job altogether and leave it to professionals.

There are many risks involved in trying to cut down a tree by yourself. These risks may include damage to property and severe injuries. A professional will do the best possible job, ensuring your property and family members’ safety.

This article will highlight the eight most common tree removal mistakes and how to avoid them. While you may be tempted to remove a tree from your property, remember to avoid the following mistakes:

1. Ignoring the Surrounding Areas

While most people believe that ignorance is bliss, this saying doesn’t apply to this case. It’s quite the opposite. If you are attempting to remove a tree and you have no idea of what you’re doing, you may face severe consequences and cause a lot of damage.

The first thing you should do is assess the location of the tree.

Where does it stand? Is it near the house? Are there any electricity wiring cords around?

Taking note of the surrounding will help you avoid property damage. It will also help avoid taking down the power line, which may cause a fire.

Ensure you also inspect the ground. Are there any obstacles that may cause a trip and fall accident? Large rocks and roots that grow above the ground may lead to a fall. Such an accident could be fatal, primarily because you will be operating a chainsaw.

2. Not Knowing How to Use a Chainsaw

There is a high chance that you will not use tree removal tools such as a handsaw or an axe to cut down your tree. Using a chainsaw is easier, faster, and more convenient. However, you should be very careful when operating a chainsaw as it can be quite dangerous.

Did you know that there are over 23,000 chainsaw-related injuries treated in hospitals every year? This report highlights the dangers of using a chainsaw even if you are experienced.

While it may seem easy to operate, there are essential things to pay attention to. Confirm that every part of the saw is in place, and it’s oiled up properly. A single distraction or mistake when using the saw could lead to severe damage and fatal injuries.

3. Leaving a Tree Stump

Almost everyone makes this mistake when doing a DIY tree removal project. While there are potential problems with tree trumps, the biggest one is that it’s an eyesore. The stump may also lead to termite infestation in your property.

Termites can cause significant damage to the wooden elements of our house and your furniture. They are also quite annoying. The best way to avoid this mistake is by contacting a professional tree removal company to grind away the stump.

4. Forgetting to Wear Personal Protective Equipment

Cutting a tree is a hazardous activity. Wearing your protective gear could be the lifeline between doing the job right and spending hundreds of dollars on hospital bills treating your injuries. Essential protective gear when cutting a tree includes a hard hat, protective glasses, and gloves.

There will be a lot of splinters flying in every direction. The glasses will protect your eyes, while the gloves will cover your hands. A splinter could get stuck in your hand causing severe pain.

The hard hat protects your head from falling objects which are pretty common when removing large trees. The cap will reduce the falling objects’ impact, helping you avoid potential head trauma or brain injuries.

5. Trying to Cut Down a Rotten Tree

A rotten tree is the easiest type of tree to cut through. This is because everything inside the stem and bark is rotten and dry. However, a rotten tree is the most dangerous to cut down because it can collapse and fall off at any time.

So what is the best way to deal with a dead or rotten tree? The answer is to look out for signs of a dying tree and then leave the job to professionals. A dead tree is like a stump, just bigger and more dangerous.

6. Trying to Handle Everything Alone

Cutting down a tree is not a one-person job. Don’t try to handle it all by yourself. This will increase the risk of doing a botched job or causing preventable accidents.

Instead of trying to do everything yourself, call a professional to do the job for you. They have the expertise and personnel to handle the job better than you could.

7. Assuming That All Will Be Well

Do you know how to make the tree fall in the right direction? Until the tree touches the ground away from anything significant, your job is not done. You may think the tree is falling in the right direction only to fall on your roof.

Don’t assume anything until everything is done. No matter how much preparation you have done, something could always go wrong. Stay focused until the tree safely hits the ground.

8. Being Too Confident

This is the worst mistake of them all, assuming that you know everything about tree removal and nothing could go wrong in the process. Before you cut off a tree, do some research or call a professional to get the job done.

Never assume that you know everything. This could lead to you overlooking essential safety measures, resulting in injuries and property damage.

Call Us Today and Avoid the Above Tree Removal Mistakes

While we don’t want to discourage the DIY projects, it’s safer to call us to help you remove your tree. Some of the above tree removal mistakes can lead to severe damage and injuries. Unless you are dealing with a small tree in the safest conditions, the best thing you can do is call a tree removal company for assistance.

At Canopy Tree and Land Co., we are ISA certified arborist, licensed and insured to handle all your tree removal needs. Our company is committed to environmental sustainability, friendly service, and employees’ and clients’ safety. Contact us today for expert tree removal services

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