Three Ways That Removing A Tree Yourself Can Turn Into A Nightmare

Posted on: 6 April 2015

Removing a tree seems like a pretty simple job. It's a big job, but how hard is it really? It turns out, there's a lot more to it than most people are aware of. If you're trying to remove a tree on your own, it's easy to make one of several very common mistakes. Here's a look at a few things to avoid if you're trying this job yourself. 

Not Taking Away the Stump

Removing a stump is often more challenging than removing the tree, so many people choose to leave it for later removal. But leaving a tree stump in your yard is an open invitation for termites. And if termites are near your home, they can move inside your home. A termite infestation can be incredibly damaging to a home, so it's best to not invite them near in the first place.

Not Being Aware of Your Location

If you're trying to remove a tree yourself, you're probably aware that you need to move your vehicles out of the way and lean the tree away from your home. But there's more to pay attention to. When using a chainsaw, make a note of any roots or rocks that you might trip over, and make sure your chainsaw is locked when you're not cutting. Pay attention to any hills that a tree might roll down after it's cut, and make sure any pets are secured inside your house or inside a fenced in area.

Not Removing the Right Trees

It's obvious that a dying or diseased tree should be removed, especially if there's danger of it falling onto a house or vehicle. But before you remove a tree for aesthetic reasons, there are a few things to consider. For starters, consider how much money and time it will take to repair the landscaping where the tree was. Based on the location (like if the tree is on the side of a hill or would leave an unusually large hole), this could be an incredibly expensive fix. In addition, consider that trees can increase your home's value and lower your air conditioning costs. Make sure you're choosing the right trees to remove.

Of course, even if you make a point to avoid these mistakes, there's still a lot that can go wrong when trying to remove a tree yourself. That's why it's often best to just trust the job to the professionals. They likely have plenty of experience dealing with situations just like yours, and can make sure the job gets done right the first time. Find out more through a company like Kansas City Tree Care, LLC.