Regardless of why you decide to remove a tree on your property, there are important considerations to take-- especially when it comes to the safety of you, your family, and your home. There are a variety of reasons you may want to remove a tree on your property. Perhaps the tree (or a group of trees) is blocking the view to a gorgeous landscape or natural beauty. Your tree could be sick, diseased, or dehydrated. Perhaps a tree is growing dangerously close to your home. Regardless of your reasoning, you must make sure to understand that tree removal is a very dangerous process that needs to be performed with care. The condition of the tree will affect the precautions you need to take when removing trees from your property, and you should undoubtedly consult a professional if you decide you are going to remove the tree yourself—as it could mean serious damage to your home and property if things go wrong.
Basic Tree removal is not the same as cleaning up the destruction of a tree after a storm. Branches of a tree may be scattered over your property, or a tree may be partially uprooted. This, however, is still fundamentally different than pulling up a living tree from the ground. The root systems of these trees are usually very complex and strongly held. If you are removing a tree merely because it is blocking a view that you want from your home, things will be a bit easier than removing one ridden with the disease or threatening the foundation of your home. However, this does not mean that it is an easy process. To avoid injury or potential damage to your property, it is best to call a professional tree cutting service or contractor.
As mentioned, there is a bit more care that goes into removing a tree that is diseased or too close to your home. When you remove a tree that is diseased or dehydrated there is great potential for the weakened branches to snap and fall during the removal. Therefore extra care and precaution need to be taken to ensure the safety of your family and home. People tend to underestimate the extent to which trees grow under the ground. This can result in the roots growing too close to your home and causing structural damage to the foundation. This makes things tricky during the removal process because you obviously don’t want the removal to cause additional damage to your home, or result in costly insurance claims.
A very important point to bring up then is to make sure when you plant trees on your property to plant them very consciously. Be sure not to plant them near any power lines, or in a location where growing into power lines could become a possibility. Be sure to allow plenty of space between the tree and your home for the roots to grow without damaging the foundation of your house. This also includes being close to driveways, septic tanks, and other extensions to your home. Preventing these damages is much easier (and cheaper) than removing trees and repairing these structures in the future.
The most important point, however, is to always maintain a safe environment for you and your family. If you notice a change in the condition of your trees that may indicate that it is sick or becoming dehydrated, call a professional immediately. This will prevent any accidents that could happen from a fallen branch. That being said, when you do decide to remove a tree, be sure that an experienced tree cutting service or contractor either perform the job or gives you proper instructions on how to do it yourself with the proper safety precautions taken.