When I moved into my house, I noticed that there were a few trees that were significantly overgrown. I knew that I had to do something to make things right, so I started looking for tree trimmers in the area with the kind of experience I needed. I worked with them to figure out what needed to be done, and after they offered a fair quote, I had them begin work. The difference they were able to make was amazing, and I was really impressed with their contribution. This blog is here to help people to make their trees like new with the help of a professional arborist.
Tree removal and lot clearing can be a dangerous act; it becomes even more dangerous if the tree you wish to remove is growing on a steep slope. Here are four major reasons DIY tree removal isn't suitable for a huge tree on a steep slope:
There Is a Risk of Destabilizing the Slope
There are many reasons why cutting down a big tree on a steep slope can destabilize the slope. This instability can either be short-term or long-term. Here are some instability options to consider in the short-term:
In the long term, the death of the tree will expose the slope to water damage, which may cause dangerous earth movements on the slope. This is why you may need special permission from your local government before removing a tree on a steep slope.
Risk of Injury and Property Damage
Cutting a tree on a steep slope is extremely dangerous; it can result in serious injuries or property damage. Such a tree can cause injury and property damage by rolling down the slope or falling prematurely. It can even be worse if the property downstream isn't yours; you may even face a personal injury claim. Then there is the added risk of operating on a steep slope faced by the personnel removing the tree. This latter risk is even higher if the slope is slippery, for example, if it is rainy or snowy.
Even if you do manage to remove the tree safely, there is still the difficulty of transporting it from the slope or from the valley to which it may roll. The bigger the tree, in terms of diameter and height, the more difficult the transportation may be. Complicating matters is the fact that the removal of the tree may call for the use of heavy machinery or tractors, which contribute to slope instability as previously discussed.
Therefore, even if you were planning to handle your tree removal project as a DIY service, think twice if the tree in question is huge and located on a slope. The inconveniences discussed above may not be worth the money you might save, if any, by going the DIY route. Talk to a tree removal company on what needs to be done to remove the tree safely.