When your car needs a booster charge, you really don’t have to call in a towing service, or get an auto mechanic to come to your home or office. You can quickly DIY – get a jumper cable, or borrow one from a friend and have them give you a boost. It’s as simple as that! However, tree pruning in Long Island, or removing dangerous trees from your property isn’t something you can – or should attempt to – do yourself. The operation is fraught with risks, not just to you, but to neighboring properties, guests, residents, visitors, and pets.


The Risks Aren’t Worth It

The cost of pruning or removing a tree varies on many factors, from the age and condition of the tree, to its height, girth and the spread of its roots and branches. Those costs may also vary depending on the condition of the tree, its health, and its proximity to other structures and landscaping elements. But, is it worth saving those costs by either doing it yourself, or looking for less costly (and inexperienced!) alternatives for tree removal in Long Island

The answer: Definitely not! And here’s why:

1. If you are someone who can’t stand heights, or aren’t particularly handy with sheers or saws, pruning even a small tree poses risks. The danger of feeling faint or dizzy, or of mishandling an electric tree sheer, is too great a risk to take. It’s best to call a professional!

2. A diseased tree may not look overtly and outwardly so, but inside, it could be rotting away and hollow. If you aren’t trained to notice the signals, you could start pruning elements that are fragile, causing the branch or trunk to collapse and have unintentional consequences.

3. A medium-sized tree, 30 to 60 foot tall, may seem like an easy challenge, even for a less experienced arborist. However, damaged, leaning, or slanting trees sometimes have minds of their own. Without proper technique, tools, and expertise, tree pruning in Long Island, or a seemingly simple removal job can go terribly wrong. They may tilt in an unexpected direction, or deep and far-reaching vines and root systems may seriously damage nearby structures. 

So, even though you may think you’re saving money by doing it yourself, or by hiring a less experienced contractor for less, the final bill could be much higher than you anticipate. 


Financial Risks Too!

In addition to personal injury to family, friends, workers and contractors, the financial risks of not using professional tree removal in Long Island are very real. In addition to paying the cost to the less trained or experienced tree removal service, you’ll be responsible for covering incidental damages to nearby homes, businesses, and properties.  If this is a business premise, it’s likely that the cleanup operation, from a tree removal operation gone bad, will interrupt business for days. That might cost you more than you saved from DIY or using low-cost contractors.

In most cases, damages caused from use of untrained and unlicensed contractors may not even be covered by your insurance policy. Consequently, your insurance premiums may rise, as will your deductibles. The risks aren’t worth it. It’s worth the effort to pick up the phone, or just reach out online to a professional.