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Why is Do-it-Yourself Tree Care Dangerous?

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Though it may seem simple, tree work is actually extremely complicated, technical and dangerous. Homeowners have been injured and even killed by falling limbs, faulty equipment, or general carelessness while attempting “do-it-yourself” tree work.

Common accident factors include:

  • Use of extension ladders. If you need to use a ladder for your tree care work, think twice. If your ladder does not extend at least 3 feet past the branch, cutting off the end of a branch will cause the branch to rise up beyond the ladder. Many ladder related fatalities occur this way. Do not make the mistake of setting the ladder on something unsteady to get the reach you need.
  • Improper tools. Faulty tree care equipment, such as a dull chain saw, can cause terrible accidents. It is very easy to lose control or misuse the tools, which often results in a trip to the hospital.
  • Lack of knowledge about tree physics and biology. Aimlessly hacking away at the tree with your axe or chain saw is dangerous! For example, homeowners are often tempted to cut corners by removing limbs in massive, unwieldy sections. The weight makes the limb section difficult to control, and this may damage the tree – or you.

If you are at all uncertain about what could happen by attempting your own tree work, contact a qualified tree care professional. Safety is the cornerstone of the tree care profession, and professional arborists have the experience and training necessary to navigate hazards.

In particular, arborists are trained to:

  • Identify trees or branches with decay, cracks or unbalanced weight
  • Avoid nearby overhead electrical wires and other conductors
  • Prevent falls from trees they are working on
  • Remove portions of or entire trees without causing bodily harm or property damage

If you need tree work, click here to find a professional arborist in your ZIP code. Doing so may prevent an injury, or even save a life!


23 Comments on Why is Do-it-Yourself Tree Care Dangerous?

  1. It amazes me how much people will risk to save a few bucks.I won’t even change my own motor oil these days let alone trim a tree by myself. Better to leave that sort of thing to trained professionals.

  2. Safety is the most critical part of tree surgery. Great advice thanks.

  3. I appreciate the information on how doing your own tree trimming can be dangerous. I agree that it is so important to have the correct tools for tree cutting, it can make a big difference in the safety of the project and it can possibly save you from injuries or other accidents. My dad has been wanting to get a tree trimmed in his front yard, I will be sure to share this information with him.

  4. Do it yourself tree care can definitely be dangerous for the trees as the average joe doesn’t not have the level of understanding necessary to make the correct trimming decisions. A distinction that should be made here is that every guy in the phone book that advertises tree care is not an expert. A certified arborist is essential for both tree health and ensuring that all care is taken with regard to safety and care for the client’s property.

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  5. Good article on the dangers of going at it alone. Tree trimming or tree removal can have messy unintended consequences. It is always best to hire a professional that knows what they are doing!

  6. This is a serious topic. If you aren’t 100% sure you have the skills and training needed to take down or trim trees yourself don’t do it. It’s just not worth it. Just hire a professional, I have seen many trees on top of roofs and cars and if they had it to do over again they all say the same thing. I should have hired out. Please be careful out there.

  7. I appreciate this article. I think it’s important to note that tree care can be easy and safe. However, the bigger things, like trimming large branches should be left for the professionals. I haven’t always been the best at following that advice, but I’ll be sure to remember next time when I’m trimming my pine tree.

  8. A friend of mine got hurt while trying to remove a tree himself. It’s not as easy as some DIY’s make it out to be. I think out of the three factors listed, it was because he didn’t have the right tools. It’s one of the reasons why I believe it’s best to just have a professional remove a tree.

  9. Yes! So glad someone finally wrote an article about these dangers. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been called to do a job after someone tried it themselves using an extension ladder. Definitely not the tool to use to get you up in a tree!

    It’s worth it to have a professional, experienced Arborist do the job.

  10. Yes! So glad someone finally wrote an article about these dangers. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been called to do a job after someone tried it themselves using an extension ladder. Definitely not the tool to use to get you up in a tree!

    It’s worth it to have a professional, expereinced Arborist do the job.

  11. I totally agree with this post. While climbers are trained and experienced sometimes even the professionals get hurt while on the job.

  12. Thanks for the helpful post on why tree care can be dangerous. I have two really large trees in my backyard, that I want to have removed. I was considering trying to do it myself, but I think that it might be too dangerous. I like what you said about the proper tools. I wouldn’t know where to even start with the tools and techniques for removing those large trees. I will be sure to call a tree removal service. Thanks for the help!

  13. Great information! We have seen some mishaps and it is not worth it. The homeowner should look into having a local profeesional tree care company to handle tree removal and tree pruning. It is dangerous and should be handled by a professional.

  14. This is some really important information for any DIY aficionados out there. I agree completely that it is far too dangerous to try to do most tree care work on your own, and I know far too many people who have hurt themselves because they didn’t think they needed a professional. But hiring a tree care service for removing or pruning trees is very important, and choosing not to can put you in a lot of danger. Thanks so much for writing!

  15. This is some great information, and I appreciate your point that tree professionals will know how to work safely. I have a very large apple tree in my backyard, and I would like to prune some of the branches, but I’m worried I would injure myself. I’ll definitely look into having professionals come and do it instead so the job is done safely. Thanks for the great post!

  16. Very dangerous indeed, we know f a customer who purchased all the right gear but didn’t have the expertise to carry out the task, he ended up staying in hospital for 8 weeks.. Needless to say, for difficult tasks like this its worth getting in the professionals with years of experience to execute the task.

  17. Great read, I try to preach this on estimates to my customers on a weekly basis. Very good points in this read.

  18. I agree that do-it-yourself tree care can be very dangerous. That is why you should always hire a professional tree service for your tree care needs. Like you said, arborists are trained in how to safely perform tree care work. When it comes to working at such great heights, safety is very important.

  19. I have seen a neighbor have one of the ladder accidents. Luckily he dropped everything and was able to grab the next branch over. I helped guide him from the ground as he descended the tree.

    • builder to remove trees on the lot that are in or close to the fnpooritt of the home. As I’ve written about before, you can’t remove certain trees without a permit, and trees such as live oaks are expressly

  20. I appreciate you sharing this article. I think it’s important to not that some forms of tree care can be easy and safe. However, the bigger things—like trimming large branches—requires professional help. I haven’t always been the best at following that advice, but I’ll be sure to remember next time when I’m trimming my pine tree.

  21. Interesting post about some of the dangers that could be involved when engaging in tree care. Thanks for the post.

    • Blue Rivier served us twice this year. In the sirpng the guys came to trim the 150 year old American elm tree as well as trim our old crabapples. When we were hit later by the Halloween snow storm with all the leaves still on the elm tree, branches began to crack, break, hang and dangle. The Blue River crew arrived on Halloween morning to clean up the widow-makers that threatened our little trick or treaters. Great service, skilled job, excellent cleanup. I won’t use anyone else.

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