If you’re not a pro, Tree Trimming in Auckland can be very dangerous. Not only do some local trees grow very tall, but frequent weather changes and high winds can also make the task downright deadly.
If you’ve identified a tree that needs trimming, before you rush to hack off a branch or two, you need to take a few steps to ensure your safety, as well of those who may pass by. Ideally, you should consult a professional Auckland Aborist to get advice on how to trim the tree without damaging it. Then, if you’ve decided to do the job yourself, take note of these safety tips:
1. Check the weather
Never do any work in your garden during a storm. Rain will make the tree limbs slippery, and you risk being struck by lightning.
2. Do a hazards check
Take a good look at the tree and identify whether any loose or rotten branches could fall and injure you. Is the tree anywhere near power lines? If so, you need to call a professional Auckland tree trimmer to do the job as they will have the equipment and expertise to prevent electrocution.
3. Know and check your tools
Make sure you know how to use your trimming equipment. Yes, you do need to read the manual! Only use tools for the task they were designed for.
Look for any worn cables, loose plugs and cracks in tool casings. Your ladder is also a tool, so ensure the rungs aren’t loose or slippery. Never use a rope that has been left outside as exposure to sun and rain will reduce its strength and elasticity.
4. Wear protective clothing
You need to wear:
– a hard hat to protect your head from falling branches,
– non-slip boots,
– long sleeves and trousers
– a safety harness
5. Create an exclusion zone
Create a 25m exclusion zone to prevent passersby, children and animals from passing under the tree. Ideally, get someone else to monitor this area as your attention will be on the tree.
6. Never cut above your head
Don’t ever be tempted to cut overhead branches. These falling limbs could knock you off your feet and crush you. Keep a safe distance from the limb you are trimming.
As you can see, tree trimming can be dangerous and requires a lot of care and precaution. Why not hire a professional Auckland tree trimming company. Every member of Tree Factor’s experienced team has the expertise to get the job done quickly and safely. We also offer Stump Grinding, Tree Cutting and Palm Tree Removal to Auckland residents. Call the Team at Tree Factor on 021-0865-8931 today.