6 factors to consider before a tree removal

A tree removal operation may appear like a trivial task; Get a chainsaw, fell the tree, get it off the property. But hang on! There are possible consequences you’ve most likely not thought off and here is the list of things to keep in mind before doing a tree removal to avoid problems.

  1. Play by the rules: Be sure to identify and learn the laws guiding the removal of trees in your municipality, county or locality. Many local laws consider it an offense to remove trees within a size range due to environmental considerations. This is why it’s important for you to get acquainted with the necessary regulations.
  2. Check for buried utilities: It’s also necessary to either consult your local town planning unit or look up an infrastructure map to ensure that your property is not sitting on any buried utilities like gas lines, cables or sewers. Bursting open a gas pipeline or severing communication and electricity while uprooting a tree are not exactly desirable outcomes in any way, these should be avoided by taking the precaution of ensuring that the tree you wish to uproot is not within the range of these infrastructural amenities
  3. Border Issues: When getting rid of a tree, be careful to avoid disputes by being civil about overhanging trees. If you have some parts of the tree extending over your fence into the neighbor’s property, ensure that you get in contact with the neighbor and reach an agreement about how best to remove the tree. It is also necessary to stay apprised of local laws and know what the rules state about situations like that.
  4. Ensure all equipment are in place: Either you’re renting or using your own equipment, ascertain that they’re all fueled, in good working condition and properly maintained, a break down while cutting the tree can be both embarrassing or even fatal.
  5. Tree fall: Make efforts to mark out the likely direction in which the tree can fall. For trees that are close to a property like cars or even the house itself, this precaution is doubly necessary. Tilting and falling in the wrong direction could lead to permanent damage which would cost you a lot of cash for repairs or even replacements. Ropes and cords could be used to make the detached tree trunk fall in a safe direction away from any “damageable” property.
  6. Disposal plans: Do you have a small yard project you could use the cut tree for? Do you have plans with a local sawmill to come pick it up? These plans are necessary if you don’t want the severed log lying uselessly in your garden and disfiguring the environment. Make concrete plans to get it disposed of.

Put all of these factors into consideration and you’ll be sure to have smooth, seamless tree removal procedure.

A big thank you to Las Vegas Demolition for their support and making this post possible.

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