If you have a tree on your property that is diseased, dying, or entirely dead, it is only logical that the plant should be removed. But as easy as it might seem to Google a few tree removal how tos and rev up a chainsaw, the tree removal process should always be undertaken by professionals. This is especially true if you live in an urban or suburban area, where the cost of tree removal can reach into the thousands if you do not follow the proper protocols.
Take the city of Houston, for example, where officials recently fined the operator of a local Wendy’s $300,000 for illegally cutting down six oak trees. A 1999 city ordinance requires all citizens to obtain a permit before removing trees that grow between the sidewal