Why Hire a Tree Company Instead of Doing It Myself

Tree Services include tree removal, stump grinding, pruning, plant health care, root management, storm damage cleanup, emergency service, preservation and evaluations, and more. Some of these jobs can be done by a home owner, but others are best left to trained professionals who can do the job safely. An accident cutting down a tree can cost many times what a tree service professional would charge, let alone your life.

A homeowner can prune trees when they are small. Under 12′ tall is a good example size for a home owner to pursue pruning. Pruning will help develop a good branch structure, with the proper development of limbs and shoots. Dead, broken, and split branches should be removed from the tree. Branches can be thinned as necessary. When pruning a tree, pruning cuts should never exceed more than 25% of the live canopy of the tree.

There are 4 types of tree pruning;

1) crown cleaning includes pruning dead or diseased limbs from a tree canopy.

2) crown raising includes elevating the low hanging branches on a tree, sometimes done for lawn mowers or views.

3) crown reduction includes reducing the height selectively of a overall canopy. And

4) crown thinning which includes lightly thinning some of the live interior branches of the canopy. Topping or cutting back the canopy is never recommended.

As much as the homeowner may wish to save their trees, removal may be necessary at some point. Dead, dying, and hazardous trees will have to be removed. There are many ways a tree can die, most often the reason is urban forestry such as compacted soil, nutrient deficiencies, or extreme environmental changes such as droughts. Sometimes trees get too big for their area, especially if they were planted to close to a house. Improper planting is a common issue among our landscape.

Tree removal can be very dangerous. This is particularly true if a large tree is close to a house, a high tension power line, or a street. Even when a relatively smaller tree can be cut down, it is still dangerous for the homeowner. There are many things that can go wrong. Such as, making an improper notch and improper fell cuts, not estimating the weight or lean of a tree correctly, and improper chainsaw use. There are many factors of tree work that require safety precautions, training, and actions by the professionals who do tree removals each day. The safe use of a chain saw requires safety training, and workers are required by ANSI standards to wear all of their PPE – personal protective equipment. This includes chaps, proper eye-wear, hearing protection, safety gloves, and hard hat. Professional companies that are Accredited by the Tree Care Industry Association are required to have safety meetings each week. Companies that take safety seriously have a safety policy and disciplinary program, a company safety manual, and safety training program.

Professional tree service workers have the proper training, experience, and the equipment to complete removals safely. Their personnel can climb a tree and cut it down piece by piece using proper ropes and equipment taking special care when a tree being removed is too big and too close to house and power lines. The workers have the climbing equipment, the safety lines, and the training to do the job properly. Cranes or bucket trucks are sometimes necessary to remove trees in tricky places, especially when power lines are involved. Tree companies that are not certified to work within close proximity to high tension power lines must abide by OSHA standard and keep over 15′ away from the lines. Unfortunately, there are far to many injuries, and deaths for both extremes – tree professionals and the neighbor kid cutting down trees.

Once a tree is cut down, there is still the stump. It can take many years for a stump to rot. After it rots, there is a hole left where the stump was. A stump can be removed with a stump grinder. The lawn can be restored immediately without waiting for an unsightly stump to decay. Stump grinders can be rented, but the work of stump removal is difficult, noisy, and dangerous. Using a professional, fully insured, licensed, certified, and accredited tree service company is the intelligent way to go.

Visit JL Tree Service Inc’s website for more information about tree removal.

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