If you are finding yourself in a situation where a tree must be cut down but you lack the help of others to do it, then there is no need to worry. It can be done completely alone by you and your tools alone!
Felling A Tree Alone Vs Hiring An Arborist
Some people would insist on cutting a tree down by themselves, whereas other people would hire an arborist. Arborists, also known as tree surgeons, are paid professionals who will cut down trees for you. There are many factors to take into consideration if you cannot decide between these two options.
One huge aspect to take into consideration is the cost of the procedure. This means the cost of everything you need to prepare, to actually do it, and to finalize the whole thing. If you need anything extra that you do not already have, you will have to be willing to go and buy your missing tool. If you are not wanting to do something like that, then hiring an arborist might be more for you. They are more expensive, but are more efficient and take less time.
How much does an arborist cost?
The pricing of an arborist is very dependent on multiple factors. These factors include:
- How tall is the tree?
- How many limbs does the tree have?
- Where is the tree located?
- How easy is it to access and then cut down the tree?
Assuming your tree is around 60 feet tall and in a garden that is rather spacious, then you will be looking at a fee of nearer $1000. This does include the entire process including removal, which is not too bad.
How much will the tools cost to do it alone?
This is entirely dependent on what you already own. Some people may have absolutely everything they will need already stored in their shed, others may not be as lucky and will have to stock up on a few items. To best see what you still need there will be a list later on that shows everything you will require. As for pricing, even without anything being owned prior to this you will most likely spend less than you would on an arborist. They are professionals and you pay a premium for such, whether that works for you or not entirely depends on your attitude towards activities such as this. Some people would happily pay a premium for this to be done for them, whereas other people love to do it themselves. Neither group is wrong and it is all up to you.
Time Is Money
You hear this phrase all the time, so much so that it even applies now. The pricing of cutting down a tree also comes down to if you can afford the time it takes. While some may think of it as a daylong activity, some people cannot afford to have a day off or spend one of their free days doing such a thing. While not everyone has the same amount of free time, some people value theirs more or have other things planned on the days they get off.
If you are in a situation where spending your Saturday cutting down a tree is fine, then that is brilliant and you are good to go. However, other people may always have plans that they cannot cancel. So if you are finding it hard to justify spending a day cutting down a tree, then hiring an arborist is probably your safer bet.
Personal Physical Capabilities
Tree removal is hard work and falling a tree is nothing to scoff at. It is easy to bite off more than you can chew, especially when underestimating a large tree. This is why it is important to take your own physical health and capabilities into account before deciding to do this alone.
Anyone who has cut down a tree can tell you that it is hard and dangerous work. Not only can it go wrong and damage property, but it can also damage you. Tree surgeons have a staggeringly high death rate just because of this. They are on the lookout for falling branches, debris, and tree limbs all the time and can easily miss something. Not to mention how trees can sometimes fall in an unpredictable direction and cause damage on a mass scale.
Without being too morbid, when you are felling a tall tree or a large tree, you are taking a huge risk by doing so alone. If you are up for the task then make sure you take all the safety precautions necessary. If not, then that is absolutely fine, and hiring an arborist will be a better choice for you.
Cutting Down a Tall Tree Alone
Cutting down a tree on your own can be difficult, especially if the tree is tall. However, it is not impossible and as long as you’re safe and plan it out, can be quite easily achievable.
While a step-by-step plan would yield good results, there are a lot of things to take into consideration before you can actually begin the process of cutting a tree down. Tree removal is about a lot more than just cutting a tree down and hoping for the best. Before you begin cutting, there are a lot of proper safety precautions that you must have in places such as safety gear and escape routes.
Your number one priority throughout the entire procedure should be your safety, and anyone else’s who may be nearby. By this, I am talking about having the correct safety gear and multiple escape routes, a single escape route is okay but it is best to have two escape routes or more just in case of a falling tree going in an unpredicted direction.