Tree removal is often something people think is done during the summer, but that’s not true! Regardless of the time of the year, trees need to be assessed and treated regularly by a certified arborist.
After a winter storm, a lot of trees are damaged and may need to be removed. The key is to make sure the tree is removed before it falls on its own, and regular check-ups are the best way to ensure this happens! Aside from storms, there are plenty of reasons why a homeowner or business owner might be in need of a tree removal service. For example, the tree should be removed if the tree is:
- Poses a safety hazard
- Structurally weak
In addition to tree health, some people may remove a tree for aesthetic reasons. The tree could be blocking a view, getting in the way of a garden, or the landscape is going to be replaced with an outdoor living space. Landscape professionals who require tree removal in order to move forward with a client’s project would contact an arborist to get the job done correctly. This is extremely important, as choosing a novice team to remove a tree can ultimately end in irreparable damage to the home and the landscape. Luckily, Belknap Landscape has on-site arborists, so we are able to avoid that extra step.
An experienced team of arborists will have several certifications, including, hazard and storm damage identification, tree disease and health, and home danger assessment. The Tree Care Industry Association is an outstanding resource for hiring arborists with extensive experience collaborating with tree service companies and landscape professionals. Belknap Landscape is TCIA certified and NH Arborist Association certified, making us highly qualified for any and all tree care services. In addition to tree removal, arborists can also assist in the preventative care of trees. They assess and treat disease, prune and remove dying limbs, and control pest management.
At Belknap Landscape, safety is our first priority as we approach every tree service with a set plan in place. Here’s the proof! Watch this video of our team of arborists doing what they do best.
The steps to planning a tree removal are as follows:
- Assess the Landscape: Check to be sure that no matter where it falls, it will fall in a safe spot free of any buildings, wires, vehicles, and other trees.
- Diagnose the Tree: Check for dying limbs, rotting in the trunk, and general health to the tree. If there is damage or rot in the trunk, it may be much more difficult to control the way the tree falls. A professional will be able to assess the environmental risk and remove the tree accordingly.
- Begin the Tree Felling Process: Assess your surroundings for potential human interaction and establish no entry zones.
- Know what’s underground: utilities, septic tanks, leach fields, etc
- Know what’s above ground: power, cable, phone lines. Contact your utility provider to protect everyone involved by wrapping or temporarily dropping power lines
In the video, you see the tree felling process. This is the strategic disassembly and removal of the tree. As you can see, the two arborists start at the top of the tree and work their way to the base. Once they reach the base of the tree, they decide to take the rest down at once. This video is a perfect example of how a safe tree removal is done using an expert’s knowledge, a safety assessment, and successfully tested removal process. In this specific case, the close proximity to the house and the slope of the hill were no longer issues because the project was executed by professionals. Had this been attempted by people who are not experts in the field, this tree removal may have had a very different outcome.