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When to Call a Professional for Cutting Down a Tree

Safety is key when it comes to tree care. It’s important to keep trees healthy and well cared for so they don’t begin to pose a risk to people, animals, or property. Of course, this is often easier said than done since keeping trees healthy can often involve climbing into them to remove heavy branches. Sometimes, you’ll have no choice but to remove a tree from your property. But cutting down a tree can be a cumbersome task that requires a lot of specialized equipment, not to mention training.

With that said, it’s sometimes possible to remove a tree yourself, and sometimes it’s not. How do you know if it’s a job you can handle yourself or if it’s one you need to contact a professional for? Read to find out when you should contact a professional when cutting down a tree.

If the Tree Is Too Big


Whether or not you can easily remove a tree that’s on your property depends largely on its size. With some small trees, you may be able to just easily grab a hacksaw and remove it within a few minutes. Even with some slightly bigger trees, it may be possible to remove them with the right equipment and a little help. However, the larger a tree is, the more challenging it can be to remove safely.

Removing a larger tree—typically one that requires a ladder to access the branches—is a massive, multi-step process and requires multiple people, each with access to the right protective equipment. If you have a tree of this size on your property that needs to be removed, it’s not a good idea to climb up there yourself and start hacking away.

A professional arborist, such as the ones at Mr. Tree, will begin the tree removal process in a very methodical manner. For example, they’ll have to tackle the removal of larger tree limbs in a specific order. This is for safety reasons. It’s also crucial to have the right equipment, including ropes to lower the branches to the ground without damaging property on the way down. For very large trees, it’s often necessary to utilize a crane, which the vast majority of homeowners certainly won’t have access to.

akes training to ensure that when the tree is cut, it falls in the direction you want. The last thing you need is for a large tree to crash into your house or other property. A professional arborist will be able to guide the tree as it falls to ensure it doesn’t cause any damage on the way down.

If the Tree Has Already Died

Because cutting down a tree often involves climbing into it to remove the limbs first, it’s not safe to try to remove a dead tree on your own. If you attempt to climb into an already-dead tree with a chainsaw in hand, you may unexpectedly encounter a decaying branch and put yourself at serious risk. When a tree dies, the wood can rot quickly and become spongey, meaning that the tree could lack the stability you expect it to have.

If you suspect your tree is dead, or even very sick and weakened, contact a professional arborist instead of attempting to take on the job yourself. Your arborist will be able to determine where any diseased or decaying limbs and branches are, should they be there. They will then be able to remove these weakened parts of the tree safely, once again without the risk of damaging property or accidentally harming anyone.

If You Want to Get Rid of the Stump Too

When it comes to tree removal, cutting down the tree might actually be the easy part. Relatively speaking, of course: cutting down a tree still requires a great deal of skill and patience. Nevertheless, the real challenge may come after the tree itself has been felled because, after, you have to deal with the tree stump.

Even with a smaller tree, it can be very difficult to remove the stump after the tree has been felled. The tree roots will often have taken a very strong hold and grown very far outward in every direction. It won’t be easy to simply yank the stump out of the ground. Usually, it will need to be ground into mulch by a machine called a stump grinder. It’s possible to rent a stump grinder and use it yourself, but if you’re going to spend the money anyway, it’s usually just easier to hire a professional.

While it may not be as much of a safety issue as the other points we’ve mentioned, getting a professional to remove your tree stump can be a matter of convenience and cost savings.

If You Want to Plant a New Tree in Its Place

Of course, professional arborists do a lot more than simply cut trees down: they care for trees, prune them, and plant new ones as well. You may find that, if you do need to have a tree removed from your property, you don’t simply want to leave the spot bare. You may want a new tree, perhaps a smaller or healthier one than what stood there before.

With the help of a professional arborist, you needn’t leave your yard barren. You can discuss getting a new tree—or trees—planted anywhere you may like. They will be able to help you decide what species you want and care for a new tree while it’s still a sapling and until it has the strength to continue growing on its own. They can also regularly maintain and care for your tree to keep it in good health for many years to come.

Don’t Let Cost Be the Only Factor

Many people attempt to DIY projects such as tree removal because they’re worried that an arborist may be too expensive. While it’s true that there’s a cost involved in cutting down a tree, you should consider that this may actually end up saving you money in the long run. You should figure out whether you’ll really end up saving money when you do the job yourself, considering the cost of equipment purchases and rentals. And that isn’t even considering what happens if the tree damages any property when you cut it down. Professional arborists, such as the ones from Mr. Tree, are not only skilled in avoiding accidents, they are also insured. If you attempt to do the project yourself, you may discover that your insurance doesn’t cover any damage.