Trees are a wonderful asset when added into your home landscape.
Whether for ornamental purposes of the beauty gained from their foliage or blossoms, for the shade they provide, or even for practical purposes like the addition of fruit trees to produce edible rewards. Trees add much to the financial as well as the aesthetic value of your property.
But like other aspects of your property, trees require maintenance. For your deciduous trees, leaves must be removed or mulched at the end of their growing season. Evergreen trees are a source of ready made mulch (as in needles under your pine trees), or a nuisance of needles blowing into and suppressing your lawn.
And as smaller limbs and twigs die out and fall, they have to be removed. But the bigger maintenance concern comes when larger limbs have to be cut out or when entire trees have to be removed from your landscape.
How do we as homeowners and landscape managers go about approaching these tasks?
Should we go about tackling the jobs ourselves with our hand tools or power tools? Or should we accept the fact that some jobs are either just too big or too dangerous for us to handle, and seek the services of a professional contractor?
A variety of hand tools are available to the homeowner for tasks like thinning out limbs from the interior of your fruit trees to make them more productive. Lopping shears or small hand held bypass pruning shears are ideal for these chores as are small bow saws.
As the job gets a little bigger or the limbs we need to reach get a little higher off the ground, a good telescoping pole pruner serves well for reaching up and in to make cuts Most of these have a saw on the end for the bigger limbs and a bypass pruner operational by means of an attached rope.
For power tools, certainly the chain saw makes fast work of tree limbs that are accessible. And pole pruners that have a small chain saw attachment help us to reach up and in for cuts farther up the trunk.
For using tools like these, a good rule of thumb is to never operate any kind of power tool when you are elevating yourself off the ground to reach your work site. In other words, if you need to climb a ladder to do the work, DON’T do it! It’s simply too dangerous.
This brings us to that other method of getting the job done--calling a professional contractor. These people are knowledgeable, experienced, and have the proper equipment to do the job safely and efficiently. You might think you can take down that big tree with your chain saw, but a slight miscalculation or a gust of wind could send that falling tree across your car or the roof of your house.
Don’t take the chance. Reach for that always available hand tool that every homeowner has--your cell phone. And call a contractor to come out and safely do the job!