Tree Removal Tips After a Storm

Tree limbs or fallen trees can sometimes be seen in your yard after a storm. If you’re trying to clean up the debris by yourself, there are some tips that you can use so that you don’t injure yourself or anyone else. Make sure you have the proper supplies for the tree removal process and that there are no other dangers in the yard.

Teamwork 
If you see that the limbs are too large for you to lift on your own, then ask for assistance so that you don’t injure your back or your legs. Limbs that are hanging from high areas in the tree should sometimes be left to a professional who has the proper equipment to reach these heights. A benefit of having a team of people removing trees from your yard is that one person can point out any potential issues that could result from cutting down a tree that is damaged or could make sure your home isn’t in the way of limbs and trees that are removed.

Safety First 
storm can bring down more than trees and limbs. Power lines can also come down during a storm. Before you begin working in your yard, you need to ensure that there are no live wires. You also need to wear the proper safety gear, such as goggles and a hard hat.

Start Small
The smallest limbs and branches should be removed first. These tend to weigh less and are often easier to grasp instead of large limbs and complete trees. If there are branches and limbs hanging from the tree, then you want to remove those before you do anything about removing the rest of the tree. Any bark that has been damaged should be removed so that it doesn’t become a projectile in a future storm. Cut any branches so that they are close to the tree if you don’t plan to remove the entire tree.

Keep in mind that your tree might not be completely perfect after a storm. If you see that the tree is leaning or that there are exposed roots, then it’s often best to go ahead and remove the tree instead of trimming the branches and cutting them so that they are flush with the tree. Any damage that is extensive or that could result in the tree falling over onto your home or another piece of property should be left to an arborist.