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 sidewalk and the street. Over the last few years, Houston has recovered more than $1.1 million from people who have violated this regulation, and another case is currently headed to trial.
Ali Dhanani, the operator of the fast food restaurant, claims that the unapproved tree removal services were undertaken in good faith: he says the decision to remove the oaks was made during renovations, when it was realized that the roots were tearing up the pavement on the property. However, Houston’s mayoral office describes these well-meaning projects as a destruction of public property, especially in Dhanani’s case, as the oaks were originally planted by a nonprofit organization called Trees for Houston. The settlement payment was based on the size of the trees, which were estimated to be between 10 and 20 inches in diameter.
Cases like this recent example from Houston are the perfect reason why it is important to ensure that a tree removal process is performed professionally, safely and legally. This typically means obtaining the proper approval for the project, as well as hiring a tree removal company well-versed in tree removal techniques to avoid potential injuries and property damage. Leave the tree removal how tos to the professionals: contact a tree removal contractor today.