Tree removal isn’t as simple as taking a chainsaw to the trunk. It’s actually a pretty dangerous job that requires proper evaluation and planning if you want to avoid damage to your house or other structures, destruction of landscape features, even serious injury.
By bringing in professionals like A Touch of Class Tree Service, having a tree removed from your yard will be far less perilous and far more successful. A knowledgeable and experienced specialist will typically start off with a discussion to answer the following questions:
- Why does this tree need to come down?
- Is it dead, rotten or have Ash Borer Disease?
- Is it located in a dangerous area?
- Can part of the tree be saved with a thorough pruning?
- Are there power lines touching or nearby the tree?
These are all serious issues that must be assessed before developing a plan to remove a tree while ensuring the safety of your home, yard and the tree removal crew.
Remember, Tree Removal is Very Dangerous
Before we get further into the process of having a tree removed from your yard, let’s talk about why the DIY route may not be right for your tree felling needs.
First and foremost, numerous people trying to remove trees around their homes are injured and killed each year. The statistics do not lie, and according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there are typically over 100 tree and landscape fatalities every year.
Believe it or not, a mature tree can weigh 10 tons or more. Can you imagine an impact with this kind of weight behind it? You could easily crush your car, destroy your house or even take out a neighbor’s home. And if it fell on a person, the results would be devastating.
Safely removing that tree in your yard is not to be taken lightly.
Even professionals are at risk when on the job. The Tree Care Industry Association reports that arborist professionals have a ten times fatal incident rate on average than all other related industries. Loggers, on the other hand, are in greater danger and rate at 30 times higher.
Meanwhile, homeowners endure five times the number of injuries that professionals experience just in pruning and trimming procedures alone. These statistics can also include power tool accidents, but the main incidents were from falling limbs and branches. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics states that there are 200 tree related fatal injuries in the U.S. every year.
Those are some powerful reasons to call in the professionals!
Having a Tree Removed from Your Yard, Safely
As we said, the process of tree removal may seem relatively straightforward, but it is truly a job for the professionals with experience and a clear understanding of the dynamics of tree felling.
Here at A Touch of Class Tree Service, we use state of the art equipment and safety protection to get the job done as simply and cleanly as possible. We use head to toe protective gear before proceeding with a tree removal job, including helmet and face shields, eye goggles, ear protection, leg and foot gear, and gloves before operating any machinery.
We also carry all the necessary safety equipment such as harnesses, picks, ropes and other tools of the trade. OSHA has numerous regulations that we strictly follow when removing trees.
Here are the basic steps and considerations that go into safe tree removal:
- Contact the utility company about grounding the lines before starting on the job.
- Examine the yard and surrounding area for hazards, including within the tree itself.
- Assess the size of the tree to determine if it can be removed with a chainsaw or if more heavy-duty equipment and advanced methods are needed.
- Estimate the felling zone, giving ample space, then decide on the need for ropes, chains, or other tools to ensure it falls into that zone.
- Notch and wedge the tree in the direction it needs to fall.
- Once the tree is down, remove the limbs and cut large parts down for haul-away.
- If inclement weather is imminent, the having a tree removed from your yard will need to wait for a better day.
The Cost of Safe Tree Removal
The most frequently asked question is how much does it cost to have a tree removed from your yard? While flat pricing would be ideal, it all really depends on what the job requires and can range from $125 to $1500 and even more for safely removing that tree in your yard.
Typically, the size of the tree is what determines the cost. The process usually includes cutting the tree down, trimming and chipping the branches, and chopping larger pieces into more manageable ones.
You may encounter extra costs if you need stump grinding, wood hauling or wood splitting. Sometimes you may be charged mileage fees if the location is a distance away. We’ll walk you through everything when we discuss your quote, so there will be no surprises.
It’s Time to Put the Chainsaw Down
Now that you know what goes into safely having a tree removed from your yard, including how dangerous it can be to attempt it yourself, talk to our team at A Touch of Class Tree Service. We’ll make sure it’s done properly and your yard is as good as new when we’re finished. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that the job was done safely with a reputable company.
We also provide 24/7 emergency service along with plant health services, firewood sales and delivery, snow removal, tree cabling and bracing, stump grinding and lot clearing to name a few.
So, whether you need help with tree damage after a storm or want healthier plants in warmer seasons, A Touch of Class Tree Service is the only call you need to make. Call or contact us today for your appointment and let us provide peace of mind.