The Risks And Hazards Of Tree Removal — And How To Manage Them

If you have a tree that is dead, diseased, or interfering with your home, then having that tree removed is often the best option. However, tree removal does come with some inherent risks. Keep reading below to find out what those risks are, and what steps you can take to mitigate each risk.

Risk: The tree may fall in the wrong place.

The larger the tree, the more concerned you need to be about this. A big tree accidentally landing on your home, rather than in your backyard, can cause substantial damage. To reduce the risk of this happening, make sure you only hire a reputable, licensed tree removal company to remove the tree. The average landscaping company is not up to this task unless their workers have specific training and certification. Never attempt to fell a tree on your own. Predicting the direction in which the tree will fall is very difficult, especially if you don't have any experience in this regard.

Risk: Removing the tree may expose nearby trees to pathogens.

If your tree is diseased and that's the reason you are removing it, you need to worry about spreading the disease to nearby trees. When the wood is cut into, spores can be spread, infecting nearby trees. Any insects infesting the tree may also be scattered, finding new homes in the trees nearby.

The best way to prevent the spread of disease is to fell a tree in the late fall or early spring. Fungi and insects are less active at these times. Also, consider having other trees in your land sprayed with fungicides and insecticides before you have the diseased tree removed. This will give them an extra layer of protection.

Risk: The stump will cause someone to trip and become injured.

Your tree may be dead or diseased, but at least people can't look past it. A stump, on the other hand, presents a tripping hazard. You don't want someone to fall over it while walking through your yard. Address this issue by paying to have the stump removed along with the tree. (Many removal companies do not include this service unless you ask them to.) Generally, the tree removal company will then grind the stump down until it is flat against the ground and can be buried with dirt.

While removing trees does present a few risks, these risks are easily managed. Reach out to a tree removal company near you to learn more.