Let’s start with the proposition that tree removal is the last resort. As arborists, lovers of nature, and Orlando professional landscapers, we want to protect as many trees as possible. A dying or ill tree may be saved with tree trimming. If it can be saved, let’s do so.
You are liable for injuries caused by trees on your property.
Of course, you are responsible for the trees on your property. Trees can become dangerous when they age, die, become diseased or suffer storm damage, and there is a strong risk of them falling. A falling tree landing on your home or vehicle will cause immense damage: cars are almost certain to be completely written off, and roofs, walls, and windows can be destroyed. In the worst case, a falling tree could kill or injure someone, and you are liable for that damage. Even part of a tree breaking off can be lethal. Tree trimming may be sufficient, but in many cases, removal will be the safer option.
Overgrown tree roots may be another reason for removal. When roots grow too big, they can damage the foundations of buildings, cause driveways to crack, and break power lines, irrigation systems, or water pipes.
Removing trees must be done right.
Tree removal involves felling the tree, disposing of the debris, and then grinding the stump to ensure that it does not continue to grow underground, potentially damaging other plants or property.
It may be tempting to remove the tree yourself, but this is generally not recommended. Tree felling is a dangerous activity, especially in suburban areas where there is a risk of the tree falling on nearby homes, cars, or other property.
Specialized equipment and an experienced team are required in order to ensure safe removal – and professional tree fellers also carry insurance in case of accidents, usually $1 million or more. Your homeowner’s insurance almost certainly won’t cover damage caused by a falling tree if you’re the one who cut it down.
Even if you feel confident to cut the tree down, you still have to consider whether you have the ability to dispose of the tree and grind the stump.
You may need permits for tree removal.
In many areas, you will need to apply for a permit from the city or county to remove a tree. This will involve a small fee. You will need to give the reason for removing the tree, and details of the tree to be removed, including photographs. You may also be required to submit a plan for replacing the removed tree.
If this is the case, you may want to ask your tree removal specialist to help. They should be well versed in the process and can help make it go smoother for you.