Pruning done correctly promotes tree health and longevity, and makes your tree stronger, safer and better looking, so it might be tempting to give it a go yourself – right? After all, you could be forgiven for thinking that tree branch removal is a pretty simple, straight forward task. However, there are serious, inherent risks that come with removing tree branches. Not to mention that pruning done incorrectly can actually make your tree sick, weak and at increased risk of disease and pest infestation.
So why can it be dangerous to remove tree branches yourself? We’ll explain below.
1. You could die or be seriously injured
The dangers of working with trees are very real. Many people have been killed or seriously injured when doing DIY tree work – don’t become a statistic.
2. Tree branches can be much heavier than you think
A falling tree branch that looks relatively small from the ground can actually do a lot of damage to you and your property if not handled safely and correctly. Tree branches can be deceptively heavy and become serious hazards when falling metres to the ground.
3. You could damage your tree
Unless you are cutting specific branches for a specific purpose, you’re doing it wrong, and you could actually be causing your tree to become weak and more prone to falling over in severe weather by compromising its structural integrity. The tree can also be at an increased risk of pest infestation and disease.
4. Chainsaws and power tools
Using chainsaws and other power tools is dangerous under any circumstances, but when you’re up a tree? Even more so. Need we say more?
5. Injury from dead or sick falling branches
While in the process of removing a branch, you may not be aware that there is a huge, heavy, dead branch, just above it. The movement of the tree can cause the dead branch to fall which can obviously be extremely dangerous if you’re not expecting it.
6. Not using or wearing the appropriate safety gear
Doing tree work safely requires the appropriate gear and tools. Doing work without it increases your risk of death and serious injury.
7. Standing on ladders
Falling from ladders accounts for hundreds of injuries every year. Add to that the fact that you’re probably holding a chainsaw or other sharp implement while looking up and trying to cut a branch down equals DANGER!
8. Damage to property
If you’re lucky enough to make it unscathed, your house and property may not be. Falling branches can cause thousands of dollars’ worth of damage to your home, your car and other property.
Get Help From The Professionals
Qualified Arborists study tree structure and know exactly why they are removing certain tree branches. They know through knowledge and experience how to improve a tree’s health, strength and vitality by utilising correct pruning techniques as well as how much to remove and why. They don’t just cut a few branches off here and there and hope for the best.
A professional Arborist will carry out a thorough inspection of your tree, and will identify any hazardous limbs before doing any cutting. They will assess the worksite and note any structures, powerlines or other services in the vicinity. They will come equipped with the requisite safety equipment and will employ measures to safely work on your tree without putting anyone or anything at any unnecessary risk. Plus, they’ll clean up all the mess once the job is done – too easy!
When it comes to tree branch removal, why take the risk? Hire a professional Arborist for your total peace of mind.
If you’re looking for professional tree care services, look no further than Aussie Tree Solutions. We come backed with over 35 years of experience in providing expert tree care and maintenance services across Brisbane. Whether your trees need a prune, you need to have a tree completely removed, or you just need some expert advice, we’ve got the solution.