3 Safety Tips For Hazardous Tree Removal

Posted on: 12 July 2023

Do you have a hazardous tree in your yard? A tree becomes hazardous when it is in danger of falling at any time. This often happens when the ground underneath the tree softens, and the tree begins to lean. It can also happen when the tree has rot, cavities, white ant infestation, or other issues that can affect the trunk's stability. Hazardous trees should be removed before they fall and cause serious injury. It's always wise to use a professional for this kind of work. Below are a few tips to remember when removing a hazardous tree.

Mark the felling area. You can probably predict the general area where the tree will fall. It may already be leaning in a specific direction. Or you may use ropes or a chain to pull the tree in the desired direction. Either way, mark off the felling area. Use visible markers and signs to keep people out of the area. If you have pets or kids, ensure they won't wander into that area. Also, talk to your neighbors about tree removal. Let them know when you will do it and what areas to avoid. If the tree may partially fall in a neighbor's yard, talk to them first so they know what you're doing.

Contact utility companies. One of the biggest risks in tree removal is that the tree will hit power lines. If that's a possibility, no matter how remote, contact the electric company. They can come out and either de-energize the lines or partially remove them until the tree is down. If you are digging up the tree's roots, you also want to contact the water company and the local agency that marks underground gas and electric lines. They can highlight various lines and ensure that you avoid further damage.

Work with a team. Removing a hazardous tree is a dangerous job. Someone may have to climb the tree to cut branches or to reduce the height before the tree falls. You may need partners to spot you or to help guide the tree to your preferred felling area. They can also help keep kids and neighbors out of the work area. When the tree is on the ground, you'll likely need multiple people to cut it into smaller pieces and remove it from your yard.

The best way to remove a hazardous tree is by hiring an experienced professional. They can make sure the tree falls safely without causing harm and damage. They can also cut the tree into smaller pieces, remove it from your yard, and grind the stump. Contact a local company like Gastelum Tree Service for more info.


Keeping Your Trees Healthy

About a year ago, I realized that our front trees were starting to look a little funny. Some of the leaves were wilted, but we weren't anywhere near autumn. The bark on the trunk also seemed to be rotting away, which was frustrating and disappointing. Fortunately, a friend of mine told me to call a professional arborist for help. He came out, inspected the trees, and injected some special pesticides into the trunk. Within a few months, they started to look a lot better. Our arborist also trimmed our trees to reduce the weight load on the branches and to improve their shape. Check out this blog for information about tree trimming.