Trees, Chainsaws and You!


So, what’ the deal with trees?  One thing is that we would have a hard time breathing without them.  Changing carbon dioxide into oxygen is necessary for life!  Many people think that a tree just does its thing…hanging out in the woods, it grows and gives shade or fruit,   nuts or wood!


So, what happens if a tree gets sick?  You could let nature just take its course or  you could try to fix it yourself.  But…uh…just how handy are you with a chainsaw? Up a tree with a chainsaw?

sick tree

Working with trees is a challenge for anyone because it is very dangerous work.  It is so easy for a tree or limb to fall in the wrong direction landing on something it shouldn’t.  It is very easy for the do it yourselfer to fall or have the saw malfunction and cause injury or damage.

If you survive, does the tree?  It is easy to damage a tree to the point that it will not survive.   A tree can be subjected to insects or fungus from the cuts, if not done properly.

All things considered, tree work should probably be done by a professional.  There are any number of people who advertise that they trim/top/cut down trees.   If you decide to hire someone, do make sure they are qualified, bonded and insured.   The best idea is to get your work done by a certified arborist.

And just what is an arborist?  The dictionary definition: A arborist is a specialist in the cultivation and care of trees and shrubs, including tree surgery, the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of tree diseases, and the control of pests. 

You could also check your local NC Agricultural Extensive Service or State Foresters for advice.  If you do decide  to do the work yourself, then get advice/training and make sure your insurance is up to date.

“Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow.  The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.”
–  Abraham Lincoln