Safe, Injury-Free Tree Maintenance: Tips for DIY Work

Welcome to my blog. My name is Kerry, and I love to do DIY work around the home. While painting high ceilings and putting in garden beds seems to be easy for me, I find climbing into a tree with a saw to trim branches very scary and potentially dangerous. Luckily, over the years, I have gotten past the fear and have found ways to service my trees safely and efficiently without risking grave injury to myself. Sometimes, I admit that I have to call in the pros, but I'll help you identify when that's a necessity as well. Take a look at these posts. I hope they move, entertain and inform you.

Tree Removal Services: What You Need to Know


While trees are essential and can be around for years, there are plenty of reasons you may want to remove a tree from your property. The tree could be diseased or infested with insects. Perhaps it's dead or dying, posing risks of damage as well as injury because it's leaning towards a structure on your property or your neighbour's, or you may just need to clear space to erect a building or any other structure. Whatever your reason for removing a tree on your property is, you should always consider tree removal services. If it's your first time using tree removal services, you need to know a few things first to plan well for the project and make it a success. Here's what you should know.

Council Regulations

The first thing you need to think about is your local council's regulations. While laws will always vary depending on where you are in the country, chances are you'll need to obtain a permit from your local council for your tree removal project. You may be fined if you get rid of a tree without authorisation. Therefore, look into the regulations of your local council on trees on private properties and find out whether permits will be required to remove yours.

Condition of the Tree

The state of the tree will usually determine the complexity of the task at hand. This may, in turn, affect how much you will be charged for the service. For instance, extra care will have to be taken to remove trees overhanging your neighbour's property and those close to your house or any other structures in your home including fencing and power lines. In the case where the tree overhangs the neighbouring property, there could also be some laws applying to such situations, but you will want to talk to your neighbour first.

There could be underground hazards that need to be handled with extra care. For instance, if the tree stump has to be removed too, sewer, gas lines, buried cables, and other underground utilities have to be checked as well to avoid any potential damages.


Many homeowners tend to overlook this aspect but disposal of the material once the tree has been removed is something you should give careful consideration. Since disposal will in most cases add to the overall cost of the tree removal service, you may end up with quite a lot of material to dispose of once the tree has been removed and this will cost you more. Therefore, if possible, consider keeping the wood for mulch and other purposes.


6 June 2018