Trimming the trees on your property can be more complicated and even more dangerous than you might expect. It's not unusual for homeowners to try to handle this job on their own, only to wind up with fallen branches on their roof or with serious injuries. They may also see that their tree begins to rot or wither within the next few months or years. While you may be able to cut a few low branches that are easily accessible and on a tree that isn't near anything else on your property, note when it's best to leave tree lopping to the professionals.
1. When the tree is near power lines
Don't assume that because branches that need to be trimmed are away from power lines that the job will be safe. Branches can bounce when cut and wind up falling on the opposite side of the tree. It's also more difficult to hold and direct branches with ropes than you may realize. Remember too that if you suffer a fall while on a ladder during your tree trimming, this is dangerous enough, but if you were to fall into power lines this can be fatal. If there are power lines anywhere near the tree to be trimmed, always call a professional.
2. When branches are near a neighbor's property
As with power lines, branches don't need to actually hang over a neighbor's property to cause damage. They may bounce and swing toward a nearby property and wind up on someone's home or car. Your homeowner's insurance may not cover such damage if you do the work yourself. However, a professional tree trimmer will not only be more skilled in controlling falling branches, but they will have special liability insurance that protects them and you from the cost of such damage.
3. If you're not sure if the tree is dead or salvageable
Trimming branches can affect the health of trees. If you're not sure if the tree is completely dead and needs removal or if it can be salvaged, call a professional. He or she can note if a good trimming can remove dead branches that will in turn allow for new growth, and that will make the tree healthy again. On the other hand, they may see that the tree needs more than just branches cut down, if the entire trunk is dead and the roots not salvageable. In those cases, it's best to have the tree completely removed.
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