There will always be those instances where it doesn’t seem necessary to call in the tree management professionals. This usually applies to relatively minor domestic scenarios, where one or more trees need a little TLC. When it comes to the kinds of smaller trees that can be accessed easily enough, it’s often safe and advisable to take the DIY approach. But when it comes to trees that are somewhat larger or in some way more awkward, it’s important to take into account a number of key health and safety considerations.
The biggest problem when it comes to tree management and maintenance is that trees have a tendency to be somewhat unpredictable. You think you know what you are doing and can predict exactly how things will pan out the reality often turning out to be quite different. All of which is why it pays to err on the side of caution and never take health and safety for granted. There’s always professional assistance out there as and when required, but for anyone looking to tackle a tree maintenance job at home, be sure to bear in mind the following essential safety tips at all times:
Never Go It Alone
First and foremost, if you are planning to tackle a tree in a manner that a) involves you scaling the tree or b) involves chopping the whole thing down, don’t even think about going it alone. Even when it seems like a relatively straightforward job, trees have a habit of throwing you any number of curveballs at entirely unpredictable moments. While the likelihood of having an accident may be comparatively low, this doesn’t mean it isn’t important to have someone else there with you, just in case. Professional tree management and maintenance crews never attempt jobs alone an example you should definitely follow when getting to grips with any DIY tree maintenance at home.
Equipment You Can Trust
Make no mistake about it the quality of the tools and equipment you use to get the job done will have a direct impact on health and safety. Not to mention, the overall quality of the result you can expect. Just because it’s technically possible to go about certain tree management and maintenance jobs using whatever generic tools you have lying about doesn’t necessarily mean that this is the best way to go. Of course, particularly close attention should be paid to things like the ladder you intend to use, any harnesses you should be using for taller trees, chainsaws for cutting and so on. In addition, you need to ensure that you have the appropriate personal protective equipment for the job, in order to protect your face, hands, eyes, feet and so on. It simply isn’t worth taking the risk with substandard or incomplete equipment.
A Job You Know You Can Tackle
Before even getting started in the first place, you need to take a few steps back and honestly question whether or not this is a job you know you can tackle. There is a big difference between having 100 confidence in your abilities and simply hoping to make it up as you go along. Whatever kind of tree management job it is you plan to carry out, it is a good idea to first get yourself online and find out exactly what it entails. Alternatively, you could speak to the professionals. While the crux of the job may be relatively straightforward, it may also present any number of complexities and potential safety issues that you were not aware of.
Expect the Unexpected
As we touched upon right at the beginning, trees have a habit of behaving in unexpected ways. Branches that appear to be healthy and solid give way, the entire trees that appear to be in the prime of health fall down, a tree that seems 100 guaranteed to fall in a certain direction when chopped down lands on your car and so on. As such, it’s critically important to not only expect the unexpected, but ensure that you are prepared for absolutely every possible eventuality. It’s never a good idea to underestimate the complexity of tree maintenance, nor is thinking you can predict exactly what is going to happen.
Consult the Experts
Last but not least, it’s always advisable to consult the experts before going ahead with any kind of DIY tree management or maintenance that may pose even the slightest safety risk. Even if it is simply to be advised on the best course of action, this is the kind of advice that goes a long way. And of course, if you find yourself looking at a tree management job that seems a little too big or complicated for you to handle personally, it simply makes sense to hand it over to those who know exactly what they are doing.
For more information or to discuss any of our tree management services, get in touch with the Target Trees team today.