When it comes to tree care, some jobs better left to the professionals. The rule of thumb when deciding to hire an arborist is unless you can work with both feet on terra firma, you should hire a professional tree service.
Working at height requires proper training and protection due to a number of risky variables such as electrical wires, wildlife, nearby fences, buildings or homes.
Third-generation arborist and STIHL spokesperson Mark Chisholm also recommends calling in an expert if:
- A tree has large limbs that are broken or hanging and it requires overhead chainsaw work, it could be very dangerous to handle alone.
- A tree is uprooted or downed, it can create an unnatural pattern of pressure points and tension. A chain saw operator may be in severe danger if attempting to cut a tensioned limb or trunk (called a "springpole") – it may have an extremely violent, catapult-like reaction.
- Branches are too close or touching utility lines. In this case you should call your local utility company – NEVER attempt to move them on your own.
In general, when there is any task you have not been properly trained to handle or are uncomfortable taking on, call for a professional opinion. To find a certified arborist near you, visit treesaregood.org.