A tree that is dead or dying can be an eyesore and a safety hazard. While you might think that you can simply remove the tree because it is located on your property, you may want to think again. There are a few people that you will want to consult with prior to beginning the process of removing a dead or dying tree from your yard.
Here are a list of three important entities that should be on your list of people to make appointments with prior to engaging in any type of tree removal activities.
1. Your municipal government.
It's important that you take the time to speak with your municipal government before you begin removing a tree from your yard. Many cities and towns require homeowners to obtain a permit authorizing the removal of the tree.
This permitting process allows a government official to inspect the tree for signs of communicable disease that could threaten other trees in your neighborhood. It also allows the government to ensure that you have a plan in place for the safe removal of the tree.
2. Your homeowners' association.
If your home is located on property that is part of a homeowners' association, then it is essential that you take the time to visit with a board member serving on the homeowners' association prior to removing a tree.
The association likely has rules and regulations in place that govern how the exterior of your property can look. Removing a tree will alter your home's appearance, so the homeowners' association will want to ensure that you have a plan in place to prevent the removal process from leaving an eyesore within the community. Consulting with your homeowners' association prior to the removal of a tree in your yard will help you avoid penalties or fines in the future.
3. A professional arborist.
The removal of a tree should be your last resort, so taking the time to have a professional arborist come look at the tree before you begin the removal process can be beneficial.
This professional will be able to tell you if the tree is beyond saving, and he or she will be able to help you create a removal plan that will outline a safe felling zone so that the falling tree doesn't damage your property or the property of your neighbors.
Taking the time to consult with your local government, your homeowners' association, and an arborist before removing a tree ensures that you will be able to eliminate a dead or dying tree from your property without issue. To learn more, contact services like Smitty's Tree Service Inc.