Chopping down a tree in VA Beach is easy, right? Trees don’t fight back, they just stand there, nice and still and ready to be felled.
So rev up that rented chainsaw and bring that big boy down…. Right onto your truck.
Truth is – and most people are wise to this – tree removal is a lot more complex, and dangerous, than it may seem. This is why it’s usually a good idea to leave it to the experts. Just in case you needed a little more convincing however, here are 4 things you need to know before you start chopping trees.
Tip of the Iceberg: Part 1
What you see with a tree is most definitely not all you get. As a friend of mine who own his own tree business like to say: “If you think that getting rid of a tree from your yard extends only to what you can see above ground level then you are sorely mistaken” and it true 99 percent of the time. If you’ve got any questions regarding roots and precautions visit treeserviceprosvabeach.com and reach out to my buddy Tom, he offered to help any of my readers.
It is just as important to remove the stump and associated root system as it is to remove the tree growth above ground level.
Tip of the Iceberg: Part 2
Speaking of what lies beneath, it can also be a whole harder to get rid of the stump and root system then the actual tree itself. This can really be an area where it pays dividends to bring in a professional, because there are a range of ways to destroy and remove the roots and stump.
Another thing to bear in mind when tacking the root system is underground obstructions. Some people think they can just dig out the roots with a digger or good old-fashioned elbow grease. That works to a point, until you accidentally dig through buried cables or gas pipes.
If the tree you are looking to bring down is out in the middle of a big yard then that is one thing. It’s quite another if the tree is close to your house – or your neighbors. It’s even worse it it’s near a road or power lines.
The pros can bring down a tree in a controlled fell, they can paint an X on the ground and the tree will fall right on top, protecting all nearby property from damage. Unless you feel as confident in your chainsaw skills, if there is anything within the radius of a falling tree you want protected, consider bringing in the pros.
Learn more about proximity and getting rid of nearby trees:
Are you Insured?
Before you start hacking at your tree, take a peek at your home insurance policy. Are you covered for any damages that may occur?
We’re not just talking about damage from dropping the tree onto your garage roof or your truck here either. You need to be covered for personal injuries too. Tens of thousands of Americans injure themselves with chainsaws each and every year and, without getting too morbid, you can get the kind of injuries that come with serious medical bills.
Unless everything – and everyone – is completely covered insurance wise, leave the chainsaw in the shed.
So give all of that a good think over before you start your tree felling project!