With home ownership comes the responsibility of caring for the home, both inside and out. Many small tasks can easily be accomplished by the home owner and don’t require the services of a professional. Tree care is similar to other home duties. General maintenance tasks, such as changing the filters on your furnace are easily completed by the homeowner, while larger projects, such as installing a new furnace, will probably require the services of a professional.
Ask yourself these questions to determine if the needed tree care requires a professional:
Will the tree work require a ladder? If so, the work may be best left to a professional. Climbing a tree requires proper training and equipment. There are a number of dangerous scenarios that can arise, including contact with electrical wires. Each year, amateur tree pruners are injured or killed when they unknowingly come in contact with a live wire.
Are the branches to be removed within reach of a handsaw, pole saw or pole pruner? If so, this can probably be done by the homeowner. Use caution when removing branches directly overhead. These branches may fall unexpectedly.
Are there other possible causes for the tree damage? For example, is the overall health of the tree compromised? A Certified Arborist will inspect and determine the damage causes. A Certified Arborist will recommend long term solutions, rather than putting a temporary “band aid” on the problem.
The benefits of using a professional tree care company are numerous. Professional Arborists and tree care companies work according to American National Standards for tree care. They will safely perform the tree work, using the proper equipment and the liability is placed on the company, rather than yourself.
For the safety of yourself and your family, make certain you’ve made an informed decision on doing it yourself or hiring a professional. Do this before beginning any tree and shrub work.
Contact us for more information on the services a Certified Arborist can provide and the benefits of using a professional tree care company.