Shrubs are lovely. They put oxygen into the air, they give us shade, they’re a home for the birds, and they’re aesthetically pleasing. But sometimes, unfortunately, a tree removal is necessary. If a shrub is dying or is about to fall down, it may be necessary to ensure people’s safety by displacing it. Or, if you have a big gumtree in your backyard blocking a view of the sea, you may want to get rid of it. In any of these events, it is best to hire a professional to carry out the potentially dangerous work for you.
Here’s a list of 6 things you should do before the big day:
Check if the specimen is decaying
If your shrub is decaying, you need to get rid of it fast to avoid it falling down and causing any damage. Signs that a shrub is decaying include a hollowed out trunk, discolouration across a large portion of the trunk, insects and mushrooms living out of the trunk, and red dust on the ground below it.
Consider any environmental impacts
Before chopping down your shrub, check whether doing so will affect the environment and the local ecosystem in any negative way. Will it displace local animals or will they have alternative plants to go to? You may want to hire an arborist who can assess your situation and report back to you with any possible issues.
Consult with your neighbours
If the shrub is located within the borders of two or more properties, you may want to consider discussing the process with your neighbours and getting their permission first. Do this to avoid upsetting them or triggering any legal disputes.
Analyse any potential property damage hazards
If you’re doing the tree removal yourself, it’s vital to consider any potential risks to property. Also consider safety issues such as whether the shrub is close to power lines or if there are any branches that may be at risk of falling and damaging your roof. There may also be underground hazards, such as pipes and cables which need to be considered, especially when handling the stump and roots.
Check council regulations
You are generally required to confirm with your council to determine whether or not you can perform the tree removal. There are many regulations around the process so do check to find out what these are. You may be required to get a permit to avoid any fines or legal issues.
Certain concerns that the council has around the process include protected specimen, where certain shrubs are not allowed to be displaced except under certain conditions, or whether the land you’re working on is environmentally sensitive.
Ensure the person you are hiring is experienced and qualified
It’s generally best to leave this task to the professionals, unless you yourself are qualified. Ensure that the person you enlist has at least two years’ experience in tree removal work and has the necessary qualifications. They should also have insurance, so that you don’t get caught liable if there’s an issue on their end. By checking for these things, you reduce the likelihood of something going wrong.
A qualified arborist should also have the proper equipment for the job. Tools may include a chainsaw, a ladder, rope, an axe, wedges, a cherry picker, a stump grinder, a wood chipper, a removal truck and safety equipment.
By doing these six things before a tree removal, you can increase the likelihood of the process going smoothly. It is safest to hire an experienced, qualified arborist to do the work.