If you have a tree on your property that is causing problems and badly needs to be significantly trimmed or removed, the best solution is probably to hire a professional trimmer or tree removal service. But if you insist on trying to trim or remove it yourself, it's important that you do as safely as possible. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when trimming or removing a tree.
Don't Do It Alone
Don't ever climb into a tree or start one chopping one down without someone to act as a spotter. He or she can notice signs of trouble from down below while you are up in the tree cutting branches off. If the tree becomes unstable quickly, you may only have a limited amount of time to climb down or jump out of the way. Someone who is focused only on safety while you do the actual work is pretty much a necessity.
Be Wary of Power Lines
If your tree is near a power line or two, you'll have to be extra cautious. Always assume every power line you see is fully energized and capable of zapping you. Avoid putting anything metal or otherwise conductive like a ladder anywhere near the power lines. If you notice a tree branch suddenly falling in the wrong direction, let go of the branch completely so you are not touching it when it brushes up against the power line.
Always Test Your Support
A ladder can get you up into the tree but at some point you might have to step on a branch or two if you are trying to be intricate about what you trim or remove. Don't ever blindly step onto a branch without first testing it to make sure it can handle your weight. This is especially a good idea if the reason you are trimming or removing the tree is because it has dead or infected branches.
If you've never trimmed or removed a tree before, the safest option is to contact a professional tree removal service and have them come out to your property. If you think you can handle it yourself, make sure you have a spotter at all times and be wary of power lines and the structural integrity of the tree as you climb. If you begin a tree trimming or removal project and encounter difficulty, there's no shame in contacting someone who can help you.