If you have trees on your property, one of your responsibilities is to maintain them and ensure they don’t become a safety hazard to your family, neighbours or surrounding properties. While the goal is always to preserve trees, there may be times when tree removal is necessary. Adopting responsible tree removal practices is crucial to minimise the adverse effects of removing a tree from its natural environment.
Responsible Tree Removal Practices
Hiring a Certified Arborist
Trees provide numerous benefits to our environment and communities, such as producing oxygen, absorbing carbon dioxide, and providing shade. Therefore, tree removal should only be handled by trained individuals.
Engage the services of a certified arborist, who can evaluate the tree’s health and recommend whether a tree should be removed. A certified arborist will also have the necessary skills and equipment to safely remove the tree while minimising damage to the surrounding landscape or structures.
Obtaining Necessary Permits
Depending on the location and size of the tree, you may need to obtain a permit before removing it. On the Gold Coast, local laws and regulations govern the removal of trees. Failing to obtain the necessary permits can result in fines or legal action. Before removing a tree, check with your local council to determine if a permit is required.
Disposing of Tree Waste Properly
Once the tree has been safely removed, it’s essential to dispose of it responsibly. Avoid dumping tree waste where it’s not allowed, as this can harm the environment and result in legal consequences.
Consider tree disposal options, such as recycling and using the wood for artwork or firewood. Mulching is an effective method to recycle tree waste into an organic material that can be used as a soil amendment or fertiliser. Instead of hauling the tree away , ask your tree removal service provider if they perform onsite wood chipping or shredding. Wood chips can be used as a layer of mulch around plants, improving soil fertility and moisture retention while preventing weeds.
To help maintain a healthy balance in the local environment, it’s a good idea to have a tree replanting plan. Having a tree replanting plan trees means you’re thinking of the future and replacing what you take from the environment. Replanting trees helps minimise the environmental impact of tree removal as it offsets the carbon footprint generated by removing trees.
When selecting species to replant, choose native tree species that support the natural ecosystem and provide habitat for local wildlife populations.
Protecting the Environment with Responsible Tree Removal Practices
Trees are valuable assets that deserve our respect and care, even when they have to be removed. Tree removal is a serious task that requires proper planning, expertise and equipment. By adopting responsible tree removal practices, you’re maintaining healthy vegetation, minimising property damage, and promoting sustainability.
If you’re planning to have a tree removed from your property, speak to our team. We’ll be glad to help.