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We know you do have options of doing it yourself or contacting another tree company like ours. On this page who offer some advice and things to consider before cutting down a tree yourself. Topics we cover are ; the cost of tree removal, permits needed and safety considerations.
How to cut down a tree saftely
Cutting trees is a dangerous process. If performed incorrectly it can lead to damage to property and pose bodily harm. Safety and experience are important factor to consider when cutting down a tree and please make sure you use the proper equipment.
You can use a reciprocating saw to cut small-sized trees and prune tree branches, limbs, and bushes. You should use a rough wood blade with 2-6 TPI or a variable TPI wood pruning blade. Depending on the toughness of the wood, you should opt for a high carbon steel blade or a Bi-metal blade for the best results.
Before you proceed, let me warn you that be realistic about the size of the tree you are going to cut. Do not attempt to chop down a huge tree with a reciprocating saw. This versatile tool should only be used for cutting down small-sized green woods and branches.
Decide if it's safe
If you’re reading this page, you’re probably looking to cut down a tree a bit bigger than the struggling fruit tree you planted three years ago. This means you need to take safety precautions from the start.
Assess the tree’s condition
Hopefully you have already given the tree a checkup to see if it needs to come down. We have additional information on damaged trees on our emergency tree care page. If it has a lot of broken, loose, or dead branches, or if your tree is diseased or dying, you can go ahead with your tree removal. But be aware that dead branches can come down on you and could cause serious injury.
Estimate the fall area
Use caution if power lines are nearby. Don’t attempt to cut down a tree if there’s any chance it could fall on the lines, or your equipment could touch the lines. Know which way it will fall and the distance. These are all very important steps in preparing to remove or cut down a tree.
What about permits ?
There are rules and regulations about cutting down a tree and you should check your local ordinances to be sure you are in compliance. Below is an example – information for Tree Removal Permit, Smyrna, Georgia.
A permit is required to remove any living tree with a dbh of 24 inches or greater on property with no development activity.
• The tree removal permit is only required for trees 24 inches diameter breast height (dbh) or larger (measured at 4 ft off the ground).
Trees smaller than 24 inches of any genus can be removed without a permit.
• A permit application must be completed and issued prior to tree removal. Multiple trees taken down on the same
property will fall under one tree removal permit.
• $100 fee per tree removal permit.
Tree Removal without a Permit
• Tree removal without a permit requires double recompense by replanting two 2-inch caliper trees per 24 in tree removed; OR
• The property owner will be required to pay $800 into the Tree Bank per 24 in tree removed if they decide not to replant the tree on-site.
All areas within metro Atlanta have their own set of requirements and code regulations. Before considering removing trees from your property or business, you should know the applicable ordinance code. Here is some more information on Marietta, Cobb and Fulton Counties
Cost is always a factor
Consider your options
Our company, staff and crew are professionals equipped with the expertise and experience to handle large jobs ranging from an emergency tree service to a simple pear tree removal.
We use the latest equipment and techniques to ensure that your property is left looking better than when we arrived. You do have options when cutting down a tree. Because of the danger to yourself and to your home compare to our affordable rates – before you lose a finger give us a call for a free estimate.