Tree felling in the yard: These are the things you want to know

Trees are important landscapers in urban areas – both in parks and private yards. Trees provide oxygen to the atmosphere, increase comfort and are part of biodiversity. Healthy trees should not be felled except after careful consideration. If you are considering felling a tree in your yard and you live in an urban area, find out about the permit issues.

Good guidance can be found on the cities ’websites, and building inspectorates answer case-specific questions. Practices vary, so it’s best to ensure they are from your own municipality. For example, a permit is required for the felling of scenically significant trees. Sometimes a building ordinance requires the planting of new wood to replace felled wood.

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Wood protects the yard from the sun and eyes, and healthy wood should not be felled without serious consideration. Sometimes, however, felling a tree is necessary. © Pauliina Salonen

The felling of the tree is in place if the yard tree is dangerous

Wood that poses an immediate danger to its environment may be felled without permission. The danger may have to be proven afterwards, so it is a good idea to use an arborist as an expert in assessing the condition of the wood.

When assessing fitness, a professional uses tools that measure rot. The progress of the rot may not be visible on top. Micro-drilling measures the resistance of the blade to rotation in wood. With a tomograph, the result is based on measuring the speed of sound.

It is not always necessary to fell the wood, but lightening or supporting the canopy may give the wood extra years.

Signs in trees that require professional evaluation include:

  • the tree begins to dry from the top
  • branch joints, i.e., trunk and twig branch joints, tear
  • winter maintenance has damaged the frame
  • body cracks or cavities
  • insect damage
  • dead branches
  • there are dwarfs on the trunk or base of the tree

Remember that the property owner is responsible for the security of the property. Even if the maintenance of the yard has been contracted out to a property management or maintenance company, the damage caused to a third party will be compensated by the housing association or the owner of the detached house.

Damage can be caused, among other things, by the fall of a tree in poor condition or the dripping of its branches, but also by the incompetent felling of the tree. Therefore, it is important to enlist the help of a wood care professional.

Arborists cut down trees in agglomerations

Expertise and tools are needed to fell wood. Arborists explore and care for but also fell trees in the built environment.

Straight felling is possible on large spacious plots where the tree to be felled can be directed to an empty space. In a city yard, trees often have to be felled using climbing techniques that require special skills or from a lift. In the climbing technique, the arborist climbs a tree, prunes the branches and saws the trunk from top to bottom in pieces that are lowered into a controlled free space in a controlled manner.

A lot of waste is generated from big wood. It may be wise to agree that the company that felled the tree will also take care of repairing the traces, such as removing the branches and trunk. The disposal of the stump can also be ordered by digging, sawing or milling, if you do not want the stump to remain upright in the yard.

It is a good idea to ask for a quote for a tree felling, in which case the arborist will usually come to the scene and, after the inspection, will usually make a contract offer. Companies may indicate an hourly rate on their website, but the final price, including travel costs, depends on the destination, including location, labor requirements, and whether the price includes waste disposal and stump handling.

A household deduction is available for felling yard trees or pruning branches when it comes to renovating an old plot. No household deduction is allowed for felling trees in the way of a new building. You can find more detailed information From the page.

More information about trees and their well-being: On the website of the Finnish Wood Management Association, you will find the member companies of the association. A company operating in the green and / or forestry sector, at least one of whose permanent employees is an arborist by training, is entitled to join as a member company.

Niemelä, Terho and Kiema were also used as sources: Mushrooms and rot in the trees of Helsinki

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