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How to Safely Trim and Remove Trees

Tree trimming and removal can be dangerous tasks if not done properly. In this blog, we will discuss the safe way to trim and remove trees from your property. We will also talk about the importance of hiring a professional to do this job for you.

Tree Removal and Trimming

  • The most important part of tree removal or trimming is to call your local city hall and ask for an inspection. Some cities require property owners to get permission before removing any tree more than 6 inches in diameter. These inspections are typically free of charge.
  • Remember, safety first! Be sure to use a bucket truck or a bucket on a boom truck when you have to work at heights where the ground beneath you is not level or stable enough for safe footing. Always have one other person on the ground with you just in case something slips out of your hand and someone has to catch it before it hits the ground below.
  • Always aim for a smooth cut that is flush with the trunk or limb. Never make a cut that leaves a jagged edge.
  • If you still choose to do it yourself, always remember to stay at least 10 feet from any power lines, even if they are dead. A large tree that falls into or near an energized power line could electrocute the person cutting it.
  • Be sure to wear protective clothing, safety glasses and good work gloves. Make use of every tool at your disposal, including ladders, ropes, chainsaws, clippers and wedges.
  • Always be aware of what your tree might fall on when cutting it up before removal from your property. Remember basic geometry- the heavier the branch, the farther it will travel after the trunk snaps. Think about what’s underneath your tree before you begin cutting!
  • Never approach a falling tree head-on. Turn and run away from it to avoid being crushed or receiving a lethal injury from a falling limb.
  • If you choose to hire a professional for this job, be sure they are licensed and insured.  Verifying if the service provider has tree service insurance can save you and your yard a lot of unnecessary trouble in the future. Make sure they have plenty of references and can show their work history. Check with your city hall to see if the arborist you hire has been certified by them as well as any certifications, they may have achieved through organizations such as NAA (National Arborist Association). This way, you can rest assured that your trees are in capable hands.
  • During trimming and removal of a tree, always cut off the branches first. This will make it easier to see what you are doing and you won’t have us worry about getting hit in the head with falling branches while removing the trunk. Work slowly and be sure to keep your cuts at least 6 inches away from any remaining bark on the tree trunk. If you are planning on using heavy machinery for this job, do not cut too deep. That way, you can avoid cutting into or damaging underground utility lines or other sensitive areas beneath ground level. We don’t want any accidents involving injury or damage!

When it comes to the safety of your trees, you shouldn’t take any chances. That’s why it’s important to hire a tree service that can completely remove the risk of dangerous conditions and keep your trees in top-notch condition. Tree time Service is known all throughout the city for our expert arborist services and affordable prices! Don’t trust just anyone with your trees – choose an arborist who knows what they’re doing and are responsible enough.

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