Whether you have one tree or a parcel filled with evergreens, it can be tempting to offer your friends free food and drinks to come over with their chainsaws to cut them down. However, before you act upon your economical and clever plan, you should reconsider your strategy. There are many reasons why a professional excavation crew is much better to clear trees from your rural property.
Why you should call a professional excavation crew to clear land on your property:
- Safety. In 2018, a Rutgers University study revealed that 80 tree-cutting workers were killed by their work in one year, and at least 23,000 chainsaw injuries were treated in the emergency room. Michele Ochsner, formerly with Rutgers Schools of Management and Labor Relations, reported, “There is a popular misconception that tree removal is low-skill work, but nothing could be further from the truth.” And she’s not just talking about live trees but also removing fallen trees. “Handling storm-downed trees without injury to people or property involves an array of technical skills and knowledge of how different species of trees respond in different seasons and weather conditions.”
- Damage. It takes experienced professionals to understand how a tree will come down, and even then, sometimes the calculations are tricky. Branches and full trees can come down on homes, fences, cars, sheds, and other property. A tree can also fall onto another tree (becoming a “hung tree”) which is instantly unstable and becomes much more challenging to remove, and will cause more damage when it comes down. If a tree accidentally falls onto a neighboring property, you will likely be liable for any damage it causes.
- Liability. You are personally liable for any accidents that occur on your property or any damage that results due to this work. If one of your friends ends up in the emergency room due to the day’s activities, it is your property insurance (or your pocketbook) that will cover the expenses. It’s not worth saving a few bucks on hiring the professionals if you might have to pay surgery fees for your buddy’s lacerations.
- Regulations. Many laws and regulations–federal, state, and local–may limit what you can do on your property, including cutting down trees. In some areas, owners can remove only a limited number of trees. On other properties, removing the trees may change how the land is assessed for tax purposes. The last thing you want is to get hit with a fine from the county or a penalty on your real estate taxes.
- Equipment. Charles Ingalls may have cleared the wilderness and built a log cabin with only an ax, but today, there is a wide variety of professional equipment that is better suited for the job. Professional equipment makes it easier and safer to cut the trees down, haul the wood out, chip the branches, and grind the remaining stumps and roots. These steps are all necessary to use the land for other purposes, such as building a house or digging a pond.
Depending on the site – a professional excavation crew can help clear your land and create the foundation for your dreams. And if we’re not the right crew to help you log or clear trees – we can refer you to the right team.
Be in charge of creating the dream, and let Excavation Oregon do the work.
When you have a vision that requires clearing land, give our experts a call at Excavation Oregon. We’re a small family business based in the Applegate Valley committed to excellence in our work. We’ve got the experience you need to handle any kind of job in our rugged Southern Oregon terrain. Once you develop your vision for your property, our team will do all the hard work for you.
We have all the right tools and equipment for the job. You’ll rest easy knowing your excavation crew is licensed, bonded, and insured in case anything goes wrong. We’ll sort through all the legal red tape that can affect your project and get your job completed swiftly and economically. Call us today, and schedule a free estimate for the work. You (and your friends) will be glad you did!