Are you the owner of a tree with dead or broken limbs? Do you want to clean up your tree so that it is healthier and has a nicer appearance? While you may be tempted to do the pruning yourself, that may not be a good idea. Here are some reasons why you should consider hiring a professional to take care of it for you:
Safety: Tree trimming can be dangerous work. Not only are broken or diseased limbs often high off the ground, but they can also be quite heavy. When cutting off a branch that is above your head, it can crash down suddenly and may strike you on the way down. Even if you think you know which direction the limb will fall, its course could be altered if it bounces off lower branches. As a result, anything underneath the tree, such as your house or a vehicle, could also be in danger. A tree service will use professional equipment to ensure that everything is safe. Depending on the height of the tree, they may use a small crane to support the tree limbs so that they don't break off and fall suddenly. If it's a smaller tree, they may simply use slings and a pulley system to keep the branches from dropping to the ground as they get cut away. As a result, both you and your property will be protected from harm.
Insurance: If you opt to prune your tree yourself anyway and one or more of the limbs happens to damage your roof or your vehicle, you could be looking at expensive repairs. Depending on your insurance policy, this type of damage may or may not be covered. If it turns out not to be covered, you'll have to pay for the repair bill out of your own pocket. But when you hire a reputable tree trimming company, they should be bonded, insured or both. Should a tree limb somehow slip free of its restraints and cause damage to your property, the company's insurance should take care of any repair bill.
Tree health: Some trees need to be trimmed very aggressively in order to remain healthy and disease free. Other trees only need light trimming and may start to die if too much is removed at once. If you don't know which type of tree you have, your attempts at tree trimming could actually do more harm than good. Even if you do know which type of tree you have, it can be difficult to know exactly which limbs should be removed for the healthiest possible tree. Tree trimming professionals are going to be familiar with a wide variety of tree species and pruning methods. No matter what type of tree you have, they'll be able to make sure that it's pruned correctly for the healthiest and most vigorous growth possible.