Is there a risky tree near you? As much as we love and appreciate trees, sometimes their threat of falling and causing damage is too high and the best step is to get them safely removed by an arborist before they damage property or people. Keep reading to learn more about tree removal and trimming.
As arborists with decades of experience safely felling trees, we have come across many unique circumstances that require a well thought through plan. This is not uncommon as our jobs usually involve trees near houses, fences, and other assets. Every tree and its local environment is also unique. Unbalanced weight leans, complicated branching, neighboring plants, shape of the land, tree rot, and more have to be assessed and accounted very thoroughly. Not only are the high-value and priceless assets at risk, but the lives of the tree removers are on the line in a very real way as well. Great care is taken to avoid disastrous issues and get the best result possible. Double and triple checking the situation from afar to the minute details is critical to avoid mistakes. Even a small miscalculation can make for a very dangerous and destructive situation which is why is highly recommended to only get professional, experienced, arborists to take out trees.
Brandon had a rotted pine tree in his backyard that looked easy to fell. He got out his chainsaw and practiced a cut he had seen before. The tree began falling away from the house and Richard promptly ran to safety. Uh oh, the tree didn't fall into the clearing Richard was aiming for because of an unforeseen lean and a sub-optimal cut. Even though there was only a couple of branches at the top of the pine, one caught on a nearby tree and the rotted tree became what we call a 'widow maker'. Weakly suspended in the air with the possibility of falling any moment and not possible to safely remove without special equipment. Not knowing what else to do, Brandon simply told everyone around that this half fallen tree is there so don't go near it. He expected it to fall soon as a gust of wind came but months later, parts of his backyard and a neighbor's are still unavailable for use because of the looming widow maker. Brandon didn't want to spend the money on fixing his mistake so there it remains, haphazardly refusing backyard access.
It could have been much worse but still this situation is very sub-optimal. It serves as a reminder to let the professionals handle some things.
We have boom lifts, tension ropes, climbing gear, various specialty tools and more that make practically any job achievable.