They might be some of the most beautiful features of the Great British landscape in general, but nevertheless, there are some instances when they have just got to go. It could be that a tree has become dangerous or simply a nuisance for any number of reasons. In any case, you’ve made the decision to get rid of the tree and get rid of the tree you shall.
The question being how best to go about it?
Is Tree Removal Necessary?
Well, the first thing to think about is whether or not it is really necessary for the tree to be removed. Generally speaking, tree surgeons and arboreal experts in general believe that tree removal should be considered as a last resort only. That said, there are certainly instances in which tree removal is more than justified, which include the following:
- When a tree is damaged, diseased or dead and poses a danger to the surroundings.
- Trees that are situated in an area that for any given reason needs to be repurposed.
- If the tree is dangerously close to your property or is encroaching onto the property of others.
- When a tree is in danger of falling due to damage or its positioning in general.
DIY or Pro Removal?
Unless you are looking at a particularly small and manageable tree, you might want to think twice about tackling it yourself. There’s nothing to say you will not be able to successfully disassemble and remove the smallest of trees without any real difficulty. However, when it comes to trees of even a relatively modest size, they have a nasty habit of behaving in a somewhat unpredictable manner which can present a variety of dangers.
Bear the following in mind before getting started:
- How tall is the tree? As a rule of thumb, if there is limited space available and/or the tree is any taller than your garage or property, it usually makes sense to call in the experts.
- Are there nearby hazards or obstacles? Be sure to think very carefully about any potential obstacles or hazards in the area. You never know what might happen when you start chopping away at the tree are you 100 sure it isn’t going to pose a threat to anything in the vicinity?
- Do you have the right equipment? Bear in mind that along with cutting the tree down, you will also need to break or chip it down into smaller pieces for removal. If you do not already have all the equipment you need, it could work out more cost effective to call in the experts.
The Tree Removal Process
Exactly what is involved in the tree removal process will come largely down to the size, position and condition of the tree. What’s more, the service packages offered by tree maintenance and removal companies often differ significantly from one to the next. As such, whichever business you decide to hire to get the job done, be sure to ask exactly what is and is not included, before going ahead.
The first step in the process is to carry out a full inspection of the tree and its surroundings, in order to come up with the best possible approach for dismantling and removing it. After this, the time comes to begin slowly and carefully dismantling the tree, which usually means first removing branches and limbs, starting from the bottom and working upwards. If there is sufficient space to fell the entire tree all at once, this may be the simplest option. Nevertheless, it is often necessary to scale the tree and gradually dismantle it from the top down, one piece at a time.
If it is necessary to remove the stump of the tree as well, this can be an intensive job in its own right. Once the tree has been successfully dismantled, it is a case of them chipping, grinding or in some way processing the wood into smaller and more manageable pieces, in order to be used or disposed of accordingly. As there are thousands of uses for waste wood and wood chips, we ensure that absolutely nothing goes to waste and highly recommend making use of as much of what is left over as you possibly can.
Regulations Regarding Tree Removal
One extremely important thing to bear in mind is that depending on where you live and the size, nature and location of the trees you wish to get rid of, there may be red tape to overcome, before getting started. This is particularly true in instances where trees are of a large size or in some way encroach onto property that does not belong to you. As such, it is a good idea to get in touch with your local council before getting started, in order to ensure that you do not unknowingly break any rules.
For more information or to discuss our tree removal services, get in touch with the Target Trees customer service team today.