What You Need to Know about Tree Removal
Last Updated Aug 1, 2012 · Written by Jaclyn Fitzgerald
Trees are one of the best aspects of any garden, providing shade and looking majestic. Unfortunately, there are times when trees need to be removed and if this is the case, you’ll need to hire a tree removal professional. If you’re at all curious about the tree removal process, here’s everything you need to know. For more information or to hire a tree removal professional, check out your local arborist or tree lopper.
Why Do Trees Need to Be Removed?
While trees are a beautiful addition to any garden, there are some circumstances in which the best course of action is to have them removed. Some situations where trees may need to be removed include:
- If they are diseased or infested with wood boring insects
- If they have been planted in the wrong place
- If they are posing a threat to yours or neighbouring property
- If you need more clear space to erect a house or building
- If the tree is dead or dying
Who Removes Trees?
If you have a tree that needs removing on your property, you might be wondering who you should call to take care of it (never do it yourself as it can be quite dangerous not only to people but to surrounding property). You have two main choices in professionals that can do the job – an arborist or a tree lopper. Arborists and tree loppers do share some skills but arborists are more highly trained, giving them a greater depth of knowledge in working with trees.
Do I Need Permission to Remove Trees?
If you are considering removing a tree on your property, the first thing that you’ll need to do is to contact your local council in order to find out what their rules and regulations are. In most cases, you’ll need a permit to be able to remove a tree. Some trees are also classified as being protected, and if this is the case, you may find it very difficult to get the necessary permission to remove the tree. Simply speaking, always check with your council before you put any plans in motion.
What Happens to the Tree Being Removed?
If you are having one or more trees removed, you might be wondering what happens once the tree is fully cut down and removed. The arborist or tree lopper should be able to dispose of all limbs and debris and remove the tree stump for you. If you want to keep the wood and have it turned into mulch, ask if the professional can do this for you. In some cases, mulching the tree for your garden use can reduce the cost of tree removal as the professional doesn’t have to pay for disposal.
What Should I Look for in a Tree Removal Professional?
To have trees removed from your property, you’ll need to employ the services of one of the professionals outlined above. You should always make sure that the professional carries the correct insurances – at least public liability and personal insurance. Ideally, they’ll also have professional indemnity insurance. Of course, you’ll want to make sure that your professional is fully qualified and experienced, and that they have good references. Also check how much the professional charges for tree removal, and what they include in that quote.