Two important pieces of information you must give an arborist before they cut down your tree

Posted on: 4 November 2019

Before you ask an arborist to cut down your tree, you should give them the following two important pieces of information.

Tell them whether or not the tree features any poisonous components

Most arborists will have plenty of experience with cutting down trees that feature poisonous fruit, bark or other toxic components and will rarely, if ever, refuse to remove them. However, if you have a tree that you know has poisonous parts (for example, if you need a strychnine tree removed), then you must give the arborist some warning before you use his or her services.

The reason for this is that if they need to climb and use tools on a tree that is poisonous, an arborist will normally have to take a few extra precautions whilst they work. For example, if the bark of a tree that they have to use a chainsaw on is toxic, they may bring a dust mask with them so that they don't inhale the tiny particles of bark that will be hurled into the air around them when their equipment slices through the trunk and the branches.

Additionally, they may take extra care to wash their hands and eat their lunch far away from the partially severed tree if they are concerned about remnants of the tree's toxic fruit or leaves being on their hands or potentially falling into their food (as ingesting these toxins could make the arborist very ill).

Tell them whether or not you have outdoor lights on your property

People who provide tree services generally prefer to work during the day, as this reduces the risk of poor visibility causing tree-removal accidents. However, if your arborist agrees to cut down a tree later in the day and there is a good chance that the sun will end up setting before they are able to finish the work, you will need to tell them whether or not there are any outdoor lights on your property.

Giving them this information in advance will ensure that they bring along their own lighting system if you do not have any lights (which will, in turn, ensure that this process is not negatively affected by the absence of any artificial or natural light) or that they won't waste any energy or time lugging this system out to your home when you already have some perfectly good outdoor lights that they can use.

For more information, contact an arborist.