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.

Problem Tree Removal and Pruning Information


Do you have a problem tree in your garden? Perhaps it's too large for the space, or maybe it is badly damaged. Depending on the situation, removal or pruning may be the solution.

Is the Tree a Native Species?

Many native tree species are protected, which means you can't simply remove them until you get the proper permissions and permits from the local council. Generally, this is a straight forward process in the event the tree is dying or badly damaged and posing a risk. Pest species and non-native trees typically aren't under any protections so these may not need permissions, although this does depend on your locality and other concerns such as the risk in bringing down the tree.

What Is the Reason for Removal?

You are more likely to be granted removal permissions for a native or protected tree species if there are extenuating circumstances. A tree plagued by pests or diseases that are contagious or hard to cure may be a good removal candidate. Severe damage that the tree is unlikely to recover from is another good reason. Even healthy trees can qualify for removal due to extenuating circumstances. For example, if the tree is posing a risk to nearby buildings or infrastructure, permission may be granted.

Can Pruning Solve Any Issues?

Another to consider is whether the loppers can solve some of the problems posed by a tree. Damage that looks severe, such as several dead branches, may be relatively minor once your tree expert removes them and balances out the crown. Overgrown branches and balance issues in the crown are other common issues that pruning fixes. Some pests and diseases can also be managed with deft pruning to remove infected wood to prevent the problem from spreading.

How Large Is the Tree?

One thing pruning can't remedy is extremely overgrown trees. Lopping should only be used to trim back trees by small amounts; severe pruning stresses the tree and can lead to death. One common mistake that is often made in an effort to bring an overly tall tree down to a more ideal height is topping. This is when the top branches are sawed off at the desired height, resulting in a flat-topped tree. Not only does it look bad, but it also stresses the tree and it likely won't recover. If standard pruning won't control the size of the tree so it is safe on your property, you may need to get council permission to remove it.

Contact a tree removal service if you need more help with a damaged tree on your property.


22 April 2021