Are you self-reliant or try to be as much as possible? While it’s great to be independent, there are certain situations where the best option is to enlist the help of a professional. This is especially true when it comes to removing a tree from your property. Think about it. Most of us have seen videos on YouTube or Facebook of people cutting down trees only to have it fall on their home. Whether it’s carelessness or an honest mistake, these results are no laughing matter. That’s why Westcoast Tree Care would like to compare DIY removal to professional Portland tree care services.
Tree care is dangerous, even for professionals who specialize in it. In fact, according to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, certified arborists have a fatality rate that is more than three times that of an average U.S worker. Why? Arborists deal with the tremendous weight of trees, and it’s not always possible to know exactly where it will fall and when. Furthermore, professionals in this industry are often subject to steep terrain and poor weather.
Another reason to enlist the help of a certified arborist is to avoid legal liability if something goes wrong. If someone nearby gets hurt or damage is sustained to a neighboring property, you are the one responsible. A licensed and insured professional eliminates this potential burden from your shoulders.
In addition to the professional training and experience of a certified arborist is the use of specialized equipment that Portland homeowners don’t likely have. Even if you have the skills to get the job done, it doesn’t make financial sense to purchase or rent the equipment needed for a one-time job.
There are proper techniques for trimming, pruning and removing a tree. The potential for danger is constant. Improper cutting techniques can lead to injuries and property damage. It can also lead to the loss of an otherwise healthy tree.
Even if you think you know what you are doing, nothing is guaranteed that a tree or branch will fall in the direction you intended. There are so many considerations that need to be accounted for. Furthermore, removing a tree is much more than cutting at the right angle. Tree care techniques need to be tailored to a tree’s specific condition, weather conditions, surrounding property, and much more.
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Certified arborists go through these processes and use potentially dangerous tools all the time. Since risks are not always easy to identify, training and experience always trump well-intentioned DIY ambition. If you have a tree on your property that needs trimmed, pruned or removed, contact the certified arborist at Westcoast Tree Care by filling out our form online or give us a call at 1.800.767.8733 for a no-cost, no-obligation quote.