We know it can be tempting to do it yourself but tree pruning is best left to the experts. Removing branches with a chainsaw is dangerous work requiring knowledge of trees which can only be learned through study and years of observation. Professional arborists and tree surgeons have specialised safety equipment and safety training in climbing. It’s not always obvious to the untrained eye where the danger lies or which branches are rotten or weak.
It’s important to know the right way to cut branches and tree limbs. Incorrect tree pruning causes damage to trees and seeping wounds or splits which expose the tree to disease and pests.
Before you risk picking up the chainsaw or start sawing any branches consider the following about DIY tree pruning.
Reasons to call the experts
- Chainsaws are extremely dangerous especially at height
- You may fall out of the tree or off a ladder
- Branches may appear safe to the untrained eye but can in fact be rotten or weak
- You may damage your property or your neighbour’s
- There is a risk from electrical hazards or powerlines
- Branches are unpredictable in the way they fall
- You risk breaking ACT regulations about pruning branches on trees above a certain size
- Tree pruning can be damaging to the local ecosystem by removing wildlife habitat of protected species
- It’s difficult to get rid of the branches and mess
Call TreeWorks on 1800 873 343 for a free, no obligation site visit to discuss using a professional to trim your trees.