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The Dangers of Tree Removal

 

The Dangers of Tree Removal

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Dead Branches

Tree care work in general is hazardous, but tree removal is especially dangerous. Successfully felling a tree requires knowledge of tree physics, biology, dangerous tools, advanced cutting techniques, and more. Homeowners who attempt their own tree removal may be injured by falling limbs, malfunctioning equipment, or the tree itself.

 

Common tree removal risks include:

Power lines.

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Power Line Work

Working near power lines is dangerous. You should always assume that the wires are live. If you, your tools, or the tree hits a power line, you may knock out the power in your neighborhood – if you’re lucky. Most likely, you will be electrocuted. Another myth homeowners may believe about power lines is that the black coating on them is insulation. This is not true. The black coating on power lines is weather-proofing for the metal cable. You can still get electrocuted through the weather-proofing.

Power line and tree maintenance explained here.

Improper equipment.

OSHA requires tree removal professionals to wear protective gear from head to toe. Tree care professionals are also trained in using equipment such as chain saws, ropes, cranes, and wood chippers to safely fell and dispose of a tree. Homeowners would need all of this equipment – and the requisite expertise – to perform a safe removal.  Without it, they expose themselves to unnecessary risk.

Decaying wood.

A dead or dying tree is often decaying from the inside out, making it extremely unstable. Even professionals sometimes use cranes to remove such deadwood. If you think your tree is starting to decay, find a professional tree care expert to remove it before it collapses. There are critical tree structure assessment processes to understand when removing decayed trees, so professional help is necessary.

Gravity.

Tree falling on house
Whoops. That wasn’t planned.

Once the tree starts falling, you have no control over where it goes. It also may not fall the way you expect it to, even if you try to influence it with carefully cut indentations or ropes. Poor judgment could result in the tree falling on property, homes, power lines, or people.

Homeowners should never attempt their own tree removal. It isn’t worth the risk, and will likely cause more problems than it solves.  Will your homeowner’s insurance cover damages or injury should it happen?

 

If you have a tree that needs to be removed, Call Brennan’s Tree Service and a professional tree care expert will be able to determine the best way to safely remove your tree.

 

Breann’s is a licensed tree care expert with the state of NJ.  Our license number is #499.

The Benefits of Getting Your Trees Serviced in the Winter.

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The Benefits of Getting Your Trees Serviced in the Winter.

 

  • The trees are dormant

  • You can see the structure of the tree

  • The ground is harder, so the equipment doesn’t impact the yard

  • Discounts on the service

  • Better blooms in the spring

  • In harmony with nature

 

As your trees lose their leaves in the fall, they are preparing for the long cold winter ahead.  This is a perfect time to have those limbs pruned, trees shaped and in the worst case  trees removed.  This is the time of the year that little impact is done to the trees growth.

 

The leaves gone now, so it is much easier to shape your trees as all the branch, limb and trunk structure is visible.  All those dead branches, limbs going in wild directions and a balance of trunk/branch/limb sculpting can be easily seen.

 

With most tree services, heavy equipment is needed.  From bucket trucks, cranes and stump grinders, equipment is needed to do your tree work in a safe and professional manner.  A licensed tree care expert knows how to do the work properly, professionally and with a light impact to other landscapes.  Winter is the best time to get those big trees serviced and for those trees in soft soil or heavily landscaped areas serviced as to not impact the growing season or soft soils.  The last thing you want is rutting or disturbed landscapes.

 

The winter months are normally a slow time for most businesses and a tree service is no different.  Many will offer discounts to keep their workers busy through the cold months.  Good help is hard to find and most tree services will be willing to negotiate a fair cost on your tree removal or pruning service to keep those good workers working.

 

Winter tree servicing makes a big difference in your spring blooms.  With the removal of selected branches and limbs, the stored energy your tree has, come spring, really makes the trees have a healthy bloom.  Plus, disease and insect infestation will be almost non-existing.  Bugs are gone and air borne tree diseases are very low.

The winter is the best time for tree service work, because it works in harmony with nature.  There are no birds nesting, squirrels and other tree living animals are hibernating or tucked away for the cold winter days.  There are no young of the year to disturb.  Winter is the perfect time to have your trees serviced if your trees are the playground of birds and small mammals.

 

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Guide to Fall Tree Care

 

Guide to Expert Tree Care (Fall)

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Summer growth branches should be pruned back to help your trees survive the snow and ice storms winter brings.

Fall is the time to prepare your trees for the cold months ahead and encourage growth in the spring.

 1) Time to plant new trees: 

Fall is the best time to plant new trees . Since temperatures are cooler and there is less chance of stress from the sun, drought or high temperatures, newly planted trees get the chance to get adjusted to their new home, with all the stresses of insects, heat, etc.

Fall is the time to plant new trees.

 2) Fall fertilization:

To help your trees survive the harsh winter, they should be fertilized in the fall.  This help them thrive come spring instead of stunned growth.  In nature, all animals try to put on the pounds to make it through the winter, your trees are no different.  The drop their leaves to conserve energy.  Give them a good feeding before winter sets in.

Tree Fertilizer
Spring blooms are so much prettier with a good fall fertilzer.

 


3) Good watering:

Fall is the season to give your trees plenty of water before the winter months, quenching your trees’ roots.

Watering should be enough to penetrate the top 12 inches of soil.  This is the area your trees need water the most.

If your trees are on higher ground or have no irrigation, a good subsurface water is need going in the winter months.

Well watered trees, have less decay and dead branches come spring.

 

4) Pruning:

As the leaves drop, you can see the summer growth of new branches.  This is the time of year to trim those branches to make a fuller, healthier looking tree in the spring.

Another thing to consider in when pruning trees in the fall, is the coming snow and ice storms.  Will some of those branches, limbs and split trunks survive?

You should call a New Jersey Certified Tree Expert to have your trees evaluated.

 

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For more tree care information, contact Brennan’s Tree Experts, Inc. Proudly serving Union, Somerset, Middlesex, Essex and Morris Counties since 1964.

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About Us

Tree Services

Eugene M Brennan Tree Experts Inc. is a family owned, second generation tree care company, originally established in 1964 by Gene’s father, Eugene R Brennan. Brennan Tree Experts provides year round tree care to both residential and commercial properties in Essex, Union, Morris and surrounding counties.

As your tree care professional, Brennan’s Tree Experts offers the following services; pruning, tree removal, storm damage, new plantings, preventive care, tree maintenance which includes fertilization and pest and disease control, cabling and bracing, lightning protection and vertical mulching (deep aeration).

As a New Jersey Certified Tree Expert, Gene will advise and provide diagnoses of your trees, recommend treatments, and if need be, complete evaluative appraisals in situations that necessitate experience in the science of arboriculture. Both Eugene and his father have attained the designation of New Jersey Certified Tree Expert which means that they “have been examined and proven to be competent in the science and art of diagnosing, treating and preventing tree injuries” by the New Jersey Board of Tree Experts and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.