Tree removal isn't as simple as chopping down unwanted trees on your property. There are many factors that are at play during safe removal, and thus a few things you need to know about the process.
1. You May Need Permission
In many cases, permission is needed from one or more places before removal can begin. Many municipalities have permitting requirements, particularly for larger or still living trees. You may also need permission from a homeowners association or neighborhood association. In some areas, trees that sit on city easements or that overhang a neighbor's property may also require removal permission from the city or neighbor.
2. Utilities Have to Be Notified
Utilities should be notified for most tree removals. If there are overhead power lines nearby, utility notification is obvious since the power may need to be cut off temporarily during removal. Underground utilities, such as gas or water companies, should also be notified. This is particularly true if you will have the stump removed or ground down after tree removal.
3. Service Packages Can Vary
Every tree company provides varying service packages. The most basic service may only involve removal of the tree, typically along with removal. You may also choose packages that mulch the tree and leave the mulch on site for your use, or those that cut the tree into logs you can keep for use in a fireplace or fire pit. Other add-ons include site cleanup, stump removal, and even landscaping replacement.
4. Specialty Equipment May Be Needed
Not every tree can be cut down with just a chainsaw or ax. Often, specialty equipment is needed. Tall trees may need to be limbed first, which means the service may need to use rigging and climbing gear, or bring in a lift truck to reach the upper parts of the tree. Winches and ropes may be needed to lower sections of the tree to prevent damage to things below. Your service will determine what equipment is needed before removal begins.
5. Property Protection Is Required
It's often necessary to protect some parts of the property before removing the tree. Roads and sidewalks may need to be temporarily closed during removal, for example. Nearby landscaping may require covering to protect it from falling branches. Your service may even recommend that you skip watering the lawn for a couple of days, as a dry lawn is less likely to suffer damage from the heavy equipment sometimes needed for tree removal.
Contact a tree removal service if you have more questions.