Tree Removal 101

Tree Removal

Tree removal is an integral aspect of landscape architecture. It refers to the controlled removal of a tree, shrub, or other vegetation to make space for other design components. Tree removal may be used for many reasons, including aesthetic, economic, and legal concerns. The techniques used depend upon the scale and magnitude of the tree, its location and characteristics, and local or regional conditions.

There are several tree removal options. Low-maintenance alternatives include thinning with pruning and cutting, while high maintenance choices include felling and uprooting. The extent of tree services required will determine the frequency and type of removal, as well as the equipment used and methods employed. For smaller trees that do not need to be completely removed, a simple thinning process using herbicides, pesticides, or a flame can often achieve good results. For larger and denser trees, removal methods such as felling or uprooting are more appropriate.

Tree felling and uprooting require specialized equipment and skill. Removing large branches is particularly challenging because of the risk of injury to operators and property, as well as the potential environmental impact resulting from improper disposal. Tree removal requires permits in most jurisdictions and ongoing periodic inspection to ensure compliance with rules and regulations. Tree service providers are required to apply a variety of tools and chemicals to remove larger and thicker branches and limbs; these practices are regulated by the responsible agency, in most cases the Department of Transportation (DOT).

The process of removing a tree presents unique legal challenges for private property owners. In most states, tree removal requires a permit, typically issued by the Department of Transportation. In some areas, local governments require a property owner to remove a tree before converting the property into residential housing. Tree service companies are required to acquire a state permit before taking on residential customers.

The DOT requires three steps when removing trees: assessing the tree’s condition, removing the dead and decaying limbs, and clearing the site of brush, grass, and other vegetation. Most states have no severe tree removal restrictions; however, a few will post a prohibited tree removal sign when it comes to high-voltage power lines. In addition, some areas may require that power lines are removed and replaced by a company certified in tree removal and stump removal. Additionally, some cities and towns will ban pole and cable TV pole placements on city streets or blocks where tree removal is a priority. 

Before any tree removal takes place, it’s essential that trained professionals remove the stump and all surrounding materials safely and completely. Stump removal is often best left to a professional tree removal service because of the complexity involved and potential damage to power lines and telephone lines if the process is attempted on your own. Tree removal companies use state-of-the-art equipment and techniques to safely remove even the most stubborn stump or tree stump. They also use special tools and methods to prevent future issues with roots moving back into the street or gutters.

Many homeowners wonder about the legalities of removing trees on their own. While it’s possible to get fines if a police officer finds you in the act, this is not common. It’s also not recommended that homeowners attempt to remove a tree without professional assistance because pruning can significantly reduce the life span of a tree and increases the risk of injury to you, your family, or your pets. Some homeowners may feel uncomfortable pruning their trees on their own, but many people are willing to invest the time and money in learning how to remove trees properly. Even if you are unsure of how to remove a tree, investing in a few years of education and practice will pay off for you and your family in the long run.

Tree Removal San Diego¬†able to help you with liability and permits. If you are unsure about whether or not a tree needs to be removed, find out if the property owner has a permit. Some private residences have a right-of-way that allows the trees to be removed without a permit, but if there isn’t a right-of-way, it’s usually illegal to remove the tree without one. Tree removals should always be done by a licensed and insured company that has the proper insurance to protect all of its customers.¬†