Some homeowners may wish to save some money by lopping their trees on their own without involving a professional. This article discusses some of the potential risks that such homeowners should assess before they embark on that tree lopping exercise.
Ask yourself whether you have the right equipment for the task. Tree lopping often requires the use of several tools, such as ropes, chainsaws and wood chippers. Trying to rely on improvised tools alone can expose you and others to safety hazards. You should, therefore, embark on that project once you are sure that you have assembled all the tools or equipment needed for that job.
You should be extra careful in case any of the trees that you want to lop is located near an overhead power line. Any contact between a tool or a section of the tree and the power line can cause you to be electrocuted. You may also disrupt the power supply to the area served by that line which you have damaged. It is advisable to let the utility company lop trees that are close to power lines.
Another hidden risk that hobbyists hardly consider is the possibility that the tree they would like to lop has been decaying for a while. Trees usually start decaying from their internal parts. It can take a long time for the decay to show externally. It is, therefore, possible that the decay in the tree will cause it to fall in a way that you hadn't anticipated. Such an eventuality can catch you by surprise, and you can fail to get out of the way quickly enough. The hazards of decaying trees are so serious that many professionals make use of cranes to lop or remove such trees.
The force of gravity can act upon the trees that you are lopping in unexpected ways. For example, the tree can fall in a different direction from the one you desired even if you tried to use ropes to influence where that tree branch drops. Secondly, the tree can fall more rapidly than you had anticipated. This rapid fall can cause the tree to shatter and send fragments flying in all directions. People or property can be affected by those fragments.
It is advisable for you to contact an experienced professional in case you want to prune or lop some trees on your property. That expert will take all the necessary precautions in order to reduce the likelihood of a hazard occurring during the exercise.
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