Removing trees is a serious business that requires training and the right equipment. If you have some trees you want to remove on your property, there are a few things you want to remember.

#1: Removal Should Always Be a Last Resort

It is a big deal to remove a mature tree. It takes years for trees to mature, which is why removing a tree should only be used as a last resort. If the tree doesn't seem to be in good health, have a certified arborist inspect it and let you know if there is any way you can save the tree. Cutting down the tree should be reserved for damaged trees that cannot be saved, as well as trees that are in the way of another project you want to undertake. Cutting down a tree is a serious decision.

#2: Hire a Professional

Second, when you decide to cut down a tree, you shouldn't hire just anyone with a chain saw to cut down your tree. You are going to want to hire a professional to cut down your tree. A professional arborist is someone who is trained on the proper way to cut down a tree without doing any damage to your home or landscaping.

Cutting down a tree can be a complicated process, especially for large trees. You can't just cut the tree at the base with large trees and allow it to fall. You need to carefully cut the tree, often in pieces, to prevent the tree from falling in a manner that will create more damage. A professional knows how to cut a tree and keep everyone and everything around it safe at the same time.

#3: Understand Regulations

In many areas, cutting down a tree is not just a personal decision. It is a decision that requires some red tape. Many cities and counties require inspections and permits before you can remove a tree. If your home is part of a homeowner's association, you may also need their permission before removing the tree. Make sure you have all the right permits before going forward with the tree removal.

#4: Plan for Lumber & Stump Removal

When you hire someone to cut down a tree, be sure to ask what you can do with the lumber. Some companies will cut down the lumber to firewood size for you and leave it for you to use. Others will run the wood through a woodchipper for you and turn it into woodchips, and still, others will haul it away for you.

Also, keep in mind that stump removal is different from tree removal, so if you don't want to have a stump to deal with, you will want to arrange to have it removed as well.

Getting rid of a tree is serious business. Only get rid of a tree that you can't save, and work with a professional. Be sure to get all relevant permits and permissions for your area and have a plan for the lumber and stumps that will be left behind.

For more tree removal information, contact a local tree service.