The 11 Hazards of DIY Tree Removal

DIY tree removal seems simple when you’re contemplating cutting down a large tree on your sofa. However, outside in the real world, things are more complex. Below, the professionals from USA Tree Experts LLC, your expert tree service in Farmington, CT, lists the hazards of DIY.  

The Height

You must trim branches, starting at the top and working your way down. Balancing on a ladder wielding a chainsaw takes a great deal of experience. If you slip once, you could tumble out of the tree or accidentally cut off one of your limbs. 

Chainsaws are Dangerous

Chainsaws are very powerful, so you must be adept at handling one before you consider climbing up a tree with one. If the machine hits tough wood or metal in the wood, it is likely to kick back. As the user, you’ll bear the brunt of this recoil. 

Incorrect Math

You need to approach removing a tree with a high degree of accuracy. You should consider the following: 

  • Where it is best to cut
  • Which limbs to remove 
  • Where the tree will fall

Making mistakes during DIY tree removal can result in the tree falling the wrong way and causing significant damage. 

Power Lines

DIY tree removal near power lines is risky, especially if the lines are live. If you lose control of any branches you cut and they fall on the cable, they may shear the wire. If it lands on the wire, there’s a substantial risk of the energy electrocuting you or someone on the ground. 

Decaying Wood

Understanding the tree’s anatomy and what to look for is essential for successfully felling the tree. Without experience, you will not recognize dead or rotten areas of wood that destabilize the trunk if you remove the supporting branches. These circumstances make DIY tree removal more dangerous. 

Debris and Loose Branches

When you cut down a tree, there’s always a chance of random branches and other detritus falling out. That’s why professionals always work out escape routes with their team on the ground and keep the area completely free. 

Little or No Safety Gear

If you own a chainsaw, you probably have ear muffs, safety glasses, and gloves. If you plan on taking down your tree, you’ll need to add a harness and pants that can prevent the chainsaw from accidentally cutting you. 

This gear is pricey, especially considering that you’re unlikely to use it again. USA Tree Experts LLC is highly affordable, making your equipment purchase not worth the expense. 

Your Insurer

Insurance companies are picky about who can perform tasks such as tree trimming. If you accidentally drop a tree on your home, the insurer may not compensate you because you were not qualified to perform the task. 

Property Damage and Liability Issues

If a branch drops onto someone or their property, you’re responsible and could potentially face expensive medical or repair bills. You might also face a civil suit for reimbursement for mental anguish. 

The Clean Up

Let’s assume that you perform every task perfectly. To remove the large pieces of wood remaining, you’ll need to slice them up into smaller, more manageable chunks—and then deal with the root system. 


Depending on your city’s bylaws, you might need a permit to fell a tree. If you go ahead without proper permission, you risk facing severe fines from your local authorities. 

It’s best not to take a chance with your health and that of your family. If you don’t know what to consider when removing tree stumps, call USA Tree Experts LLC today at (860) 877-5803. Forget about DIY tree removal; let the experts take care of your trees today. 

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