Do you have a group of trees in your garden that block the sun, obstruct your view, or fill the garden with mountains of leaves every autumn? Perhaps you have one or more trees that are simply so over-grown that they have become unstable/unsafe. If so, you may well have considered getting rid of them, but how would you go about it?
You may feel capable of doing the work yourself, sawing a lumberjack-style wedge out of the bottom of the tree trunk, and watching it fall to the arboricultural reports ground while you resist the temptation to yell "Timber!"
While you may very well be capable of all of that (and it would surely be a lot of fun!), there are a number of safety - not to mention, legal - considerations that simply cannot be ignored.
For example, it is important to consider not only your own safety, but the safety of nearby people and animals. Because it is very difficult to predict the direction in which a tree will fall using the traditional tree-felling method, the safety of nearby human beings can never be guaranteed.
Then there is the risk to nearby property. Trees are often much longer than they appear upright and would therefore fall across a larger area than you might expect, making it all too likely that a nearby house or garage/shed would suffer the impact of the colossal tree that you're toppling.
There are also the legal and social issues to consider, like boundary issues, community attachment to "heritage trees", property ownership, problems arising from roots that cross property boundaries, and disputes over obstructions of views to name a few.
So what is the solution? Hire a professional arborist or "tree-surgeon".
The fundamental issue is simple: trees require specialist attention. Arboriculture encompasses the management as well as study and cultivation of all types of trees and shrubs.
An arborist or "tree surgeon" is an arboricultural professional specialising in the safe, controlled treatment or removal of healthy or damaged trees. The best of these are highly trained and qualified in their field, and use state-of-the-art tree removal equipment.
They will also adhere to all current legislation as well as health and safety regulations, and provide a full service, from assessment and advice, right through to clean-up and waste disposal/recycling.
If you are considering the removal or extensive treatment of one or more trees on your property, be sure to seek the help of a professional arborist before attempting any work on your own.