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A dead tree in the yard is an eyesore and a danger. More limbs will fall down with every storm, and the bulk of the tree may be brought down at any time by a strong wind. As the tree falls, everything in its path is in danger, so it’s best to have a dead tree professionally removed before this happens. While you may be tempted to do this project yourself, it’s far better to leave this one to an experienced crew.

The Weight of Branches and Trunk
Why You Shouldn't Remove A Dead Tree Yourself
A single limb on the ground can have some weight behind it, and the trunk and larger branches can weigh far more than you can handle on your own. You don’t want to just start cutting the tree apart and allow everything to fall to the ground in an uncontrolled manner. In addition to endangering anyone or anything on the ground, you also place yourself in danger. If  branches get tangled in your clothing or you fail to see how some branches are interconnected, you could wind up being dragged down along with the tree limbs.

Lack of Safety Equipment
Why You Shouldn't Remove A Dead Tree YourselfTree care professionals go through training to learn how to safely bring down a tree, and they also have the specialized harnesses and safety equipment to reduce their risk of injury. By the time you go out and purchase the necessary materials, you probably could pay a company to take the tree down for you. The experts will also come in with an entire crew to do the work. In addition to having a person in the tree doing the cutting, they’ll also people on the ground with ropes to guide the direction branches fall in and keep everything under control.

The Risk to Nearby Structures
Why You Shouldn't Remove A Dead Tree YourselfA dead tree that’s near your home is particularly dangerous. Some branches may hang near or over the structure, and they require special attention when removing the tree. Guide ropes and extra assistance are necessary to pull the branches away from any nearby structures. Additionally, special cuts are made to help direct the branch and ease movement in the safest direction.

Problems with Debris
Why You Shouldn't Remove A Dead Tree YourselfYou may be looking at the logs and thinking it would make good firewood, but be prepared to rent the right equipment. In addition to a chain saw, you’ll also need a log splitter to break everything into more manageable sizes. Most removal companies are happy to leave the larger logs for you if you’re willing to go through the process of shortening and splitting the larger pieces. If you don’t have a fireplace or just don’t want the hassle, then you can ask the company to haul off the logs for you.

Beyond the logs that must be cut down and disposed of, there will also be chips, smaller branches and an incredible amount of sawdust. Picking up the larger debris and spreading out the remainder is a chore that most people would rather avoid. When you hire the professionals, you won’t have to worry about this extra work.

If you have a dead tree in the yard, then it’s best to leave the removal to the professionals. They have the equipment, skills, and experience necessary to bring the tree down without harming people or nearby structures. They’ll also take care of the cleanup for you, so that you can just start enjoying the new landscape.

Source
American Tree Masters LLC is a full-service Phoenix tree trimming and removal company in Arizona.

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  • Gary Birtles

    I have seen a lot of videos on the internet of people getting injured attempting to remove trees. I think it is a smart idea to have a professional take care of any tree removal. There are some great points here. http://www.ooalinc.com/about.html