Common Mistakes in Do-It-Yourself Tree Removal
With how-to guides gaining more and more traction in today’s world, Do-it-yourself projects have become commonplace. From pruning to tree removal and everything in between, DIY has pitched a tent in tree care. And for good reason. It promises to be fun, convenient, and, foremost, cost-effective. Some DIY enthusiasts love the great outdoors while others like to do a little manual work.
DIY tree removal can be a fulfilling task if done rightly. Sadly, DIY Tree removal is a dangerous venture especially if it calls for power tools like the chainsaw. Let’s put things in perspective: over 30000 people are injured by chainsaws each year, with nearly a third being fatal. And that isn’t all: there are several other mistakes and pitfalls of DIY tree removal. Here, I will walk you through common mistakes do-it-yourself are poised to make in tree removal. Read on and you will thank us later.
Using Chainsaws without Proper Skills
The sad truth is, there is more to the chainsaws than meets the eye. Sure, they can arouse your adrenaline when they rev up and hack into tree trunks. But chainsaws are very powerful and treacherous. For one, a chainsaw can lunge back at you in a phenomenon called “kickback.” Kickback is sudden and is fatal in some instances.
Tree removal can involve dizzying heights. DIY tree removal isn’t ideal for such situation. Some people make a mistake of climbing great heights to remove tree branches. This way, you are courting dangerous falls.
Improper Tree Cutting
Nothing causes more damage to property and injuries than cutting trees without “hinging.” What is “hinging” tree? Before you hack into a tree, you need to know where to direct it. Of course, it should be away from buildings, other trees, vehicles, and so forth. “Hinging” entails the act of giving a tree a falling direction by creating a wedge-shaped cut using a chainsaw.
Mistakes tend to be profound if you are an amateur. If you don’t create a sufficient falling “hinge,” the tree is bound to fall in any direction. The directional notch should not exceed 20% of the tree’s diameter.
Removing Trees that are Too Close
This DIY pitfall can cause branches of another tree to snap. Also, you are going to disrupt root system of the remaining trees. By exposing them, you are making the tree susceptible to diseases and decay.
Trees can fall or lean against power cables because of heavy winds and powerful storms. Newsflash: you shouldn’t remove that tree without professional help. Many DIY mistakes arise from power line problems.