The dangers of DIY tree care and why it's best to hire a professional
While the idea of taking care of your own trees may seem like a cost-effective and easy solution, the truth is that DIY tree care can be incredibly dangerous, and in many cases, it's best to hire a professional.
One of the most significant dangers of DIY tree care is the risk of falling from or being crushed by a tree. Trees can be incredibly heavy and unpredictable, and if they fall or collapse while you're working on them, the consequences can be catastrophic. Even if you're an experienced climber, working on a tree without proper equipment, knowledge, and experience can put you at risk of serious injury or even death.
Another danger of DIY tree care is the risk of injury from falling branches or debris. Trees that are not properly trimmed or pruned can have weak or dead branches that can easily break off and fall, causing damage to property or injury to those nearby. Additionally, if you're not familiar with the proper techniques for trimming or pruning, you can inadvertently cause damage to the tree, putting it at risk of disease or death.
DIY tree care can also be harmful to the trees themselves. Improper pruning techniques can cause significant damage to the tree's structure, leaving it more susceptible to disease and pests. Furthermore, removing too much of the tree's canopy can cause stress and can lead to decreased health and overall lifespan of the tree. The picture below is an example of harmful DIY tree care. The branches are not properly pruned back to the branch bark collar which leaves stubs of dead wood. Diseases and insects can harbor in these areas.
DIY tree care can get you locked up!
Lastly, in some cases, DIY tree care is illegal. Many municipalities have strict regulations governing the removal or maintenance of trees on private property, and failure to comply with these regulations can result in fines or legal action.
In conclusion, while the idea of taking care of your own trees may seem like a cost-effective and easy solution, the truth is that DIY tree care can be incredibly dangerous, and in many cases, it's best to hire a professional. By working with a certified arborist, you can ensure that your trees receive the proper care they need, while also protecting yourself, your property, and others from the dangers of falling or being crushed by a tree. Not only do they have the knowledge, skills, and equipment to safely and effectively trim, prune, and remove trees, but they also can also provide you with a detailed report of the health and condition of your trees and provide you with recommendations for maintaining their health.
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