DIY Fails: At-Home Tree Topping

    Do-it-yourself pioneers are responsible for many a Pinterest post. Building benches, polishing plumbing fixtures, and painting your own walls take some experimentation and hard work, but it pays off. However, some DIY jobs are not recommended; the ultimate example is tree topping in Conyers. Tree topping is the removal of the top layer of branches and leaves of a tree, making the top fairly flat so that none of the branches are dominant. It is a good way to control growth and remove dangerous growths.


    Beware trying this on your own, though; it is serious work too advanced for most homeowners, even savvy ones willing to brave many DIY projects. Doing tree topping yourself can lead to the following serious fails.


    Falling Branch Injuries

    Because tree topping requires the removal of large sections of tree, people can fall victim to falling branches. Experts know how to precisely cut branches so that they fall in safe, prepared areas on the ground and not back onto the person cutting them. A DIY-er can find themselves struck by branches, hurt the tree by allowing branches to tumble down lower growths, or even drop branches where you really don't want them: cars, power lines, the roof, etc.


    Tree Rot

    Like humans, trees have wounds when they are cut. Trees need to be cut and treated properly if large segments are to be removed. A DIY-er may not know this and will leave wounds exposed. This can lead to tree disease and rot, which mean servicing your tree can kill it if you aren't careful. You'll be stuck with a dead tree in your yard that requires professional removal.


    Quick Regrowth

    Trees are built to recover from lost limbs, leaves and branches; it's how they survive. This is what tree topping is built to prepare for, after all. Topping optimizes and limits their growth--if you do it correctly, that is. If you DIY your tree topping project, though, you can find tons of small, weak, and dangerous branches sprouting before you know it.


    Falls, Breaks, Cuts, and More

    Now let's discuss the health risks of tree topping without proper training or safety equipment: these include cuts, falls, broken bones, limb loss, or even death. These injuries are incredibly common in DIY tree trimming projects, especially serious cuts from the sharp equipment used to trim trees.


    Property Damage

    Don't forget the risks to your home when you attempt to DIY a tree topping project. You can experience roof damage, damage to your vehicle, the destruction of nearby plants, fence collapse, and more. Limbs—even fairly small ones—are much heavier than they look and can leave you faced with costly repair needs. Leave this work to professionals, who know how to work around property near the tree.


    We definitely don't want any of the above DIY fails to happen to you. Don't even try it on your own; there are too many costs and risks involved, and even if you are totally successful, the time investment, physical drain, and risk are too high for most homeowners. Trust tree topping experts like us with such intense and delicate work. It's the best thing for you, your yard, and especially your trees.