Dangers of Cutting Down a Tree Yourself

Like many home projects, the idea of DIY tree removal can be alluring. From cost savings to immediate gratification, the potential payoffs may seem worthwhile. But if you’ve ever watched cartoons, you know that the main character doesn’t tend to fare well after yelling “timber.” And frankly, there’s nothing comical about the following risks of felling a tree on your own.


Certified arborists have equipment like complex rope systems and climbing gear, an assortment of saws, and hydraulic systems to work with. They’re also protected by helmets, harnesses, and other safety equipment. Without these essentials (plus ample training and experience), tree removal becomes exponentially more dangerous.

Even if you’re comfortable working on ladders and using chainsaws, you probably don’t use the two together, and they make for a deadly combo. You’ll be working against your center of gravity — an awkward challenge even for people with superb balance. It’s also far too easy to miscalculate the details of tree chopping. From the size of the branch to the angle of the fall, these factors shouldn’t be left to guesswork. Arborists perform thorough assessments of a tree’s species, position, and health to make informed decisions with every cut.

Property Damage

If the risk of hurting yourself isn’t a deterrent, consider the potential risks to property. Trees cut down near property lines could even lead to lawsuits from (understandably) irate neighbors. Large limbs and trunks can take down fences, damage roofs, and leave sheds in shambles. They can also take out power lines and damage other utility structures.

Whether you have a sprawling yard with ample space, or you’re tucked in neatly among neighboring homes, arborists know how to perform tree removal without damaging surrounding property. We’re experts in urban tree care, and we also have cutting-edge tools like JAWS that allow us to remove entire trees without having to climb them. The result: a safer, more efficient way to take down even the trickiest of trees.


Do you need a permit to remove a tree? If so, when, and who should handle it? The answer will vary based on factors like your location and the size of your tree. But if you’re located in or around Atlanta, chances are you will need to acquire a permit from your local government office before pursuing tree removal. Failure to do so could result in fines of up to $1,000 per tree, so this is a step you won’t want to skip. If you’re working with a local arborist, they should be familiar with the process and can explain what to expect.

And while we’re on the subject of costs, keep in mind that you’ll be on the hook for any damage caused by a tree you chopped yourself, as homeowners’ insurance is unlikely to reimburse you. That’s another reason to work with a trusted tree removal company: an insured company will have a policy to cover costs in the unlikely event any damage occurs.

Still wondering if professional tree removal is right for you? Allow our arborists to come out for an assessment. We can discuss options and help you find the best solution for your tree care needs. Contact us here or by calling 404-252-6448.

Reasons Why Your Trees May Not Be Looking Their Best

Trees are meant to add aesthetic value to your property. When they start to become more of an eyesore than an enhancement, however, it’s time to do some investigating. What could be making your trees look unhealthy? Our certified arborists can provide an accurate diagnosis, but here are some possible causes to consider first.

What Are the Signs of Poor Tree Health?

Leaves are a strong indicator of tree health. If they’re missing or distorted, it can point to a bigger problem. The absence of fruit or flowers is likewise concerning.

Of course, there are obvious signs a tree isn’t faring well. Dropped limbs, noticeable rot, large cracks or splits, and a severe lean are all evidence that a tree probably can’t be salvaged. In these cases, removal is the safest option for your home and property.

There are other ways to determine whether a tree needs help, but you may need to look a little closer. For instance, examine for mushrooms at the base of the tree or growing up its sides at least once a year. Since fungi love decay, this is a telltale sign of rot. Lesions, cankers, and other abnormalities on the bark can also be indicative of problems like pests or disease.

Possible Reasons Your Trees Aren’t Looking So Good

Now that you know what to look for, here are some other possible reasons behind poor tree health.


Insects like pine borer beetles can wreak havoc on your trees and shrubs. While these particular pests like to feed on trees that produce cones, other pests like Ambrosia Beetles prefer freshly trimmed branches. Wilted or discolored leaves, nests or webs, and the presence of small insects are all signs of an infestation. Since each species calls for a unique approach, you’ll want to call in the experts for pest problems.


Like humans and animals, your trees can be affected by disease. Viruses, bacteria, and fungi can all enter your tree’s system and cause illness. In addition to the signs described above, some other symptoms of disease include peeling or missing bark and misshapen blooms. One fungus in particular, Armillaria, can kill trees quickly by attacking their roots. It’s drawn to dead trees and stumps, which is why prompt tree and stump removal are vital to keeping your living trees healthy.

Weather Damage

Most trees are resilient enough to withstand major storms. But even the healthiest limbs and trunks may not survive direct lightning strikes. Some such incidents will only leave a scar, but don’t be surprised if your tree shows signs of poor health several months later. Even if there’s little to no visible damage, lightning can fry a tree’s root system, leading to catastrophic damage and eventual decay.

Lightning isn’t Mother Nature’s only weapon: dry spells can leave trees looking lackluster, while extreme droughts and deep freezes can take out saplings and other vulnerable trees. Mulching around your tree’s base is an easy way to protect it by locking in moisture and warmth for protection during seasonal changes.


We ourselves tend to not look our best when we’re feeling stressed, so we shouldn’t expect anything different from our trees. Factors like improper installation, insufficient watering, and incorrect pruning can all harm trees. They’ll eventually begin to show signs of stress, from slowed or stunted growth to dead leaves and branches.

With so many possible causes for sad trees, the best way to know for sure what’s affecting them is to enlist professional help. Give us a call at 404-252-6448 or contact us by sending us a direct message.