Tree and yard work is something many people prefer to put off doing because it can be costly and time consuming. While many people prefer to hire a tree service professional, if you are thinking of doing the job yourself there are some key factors to consider before starting the project. While you should consider the type and size of the plant you are cutting down as well as the types of tools you have on hand, one of the most important factors that many people tend to forget is the time of year you start your removal project.

When a tree becomes decayed or damaged, it is best to remove it. This will help you protect yourself, your home, and your landscape (as well as your surrounding homes and landscapes.) If you think your plant may be in danger of falling, it is best to schedule a removal project, rather than just letting it fall on its own. If it falls on its own, it will be much more likely that it could fall in an unwanted place or at an inconvenient time. If you choose to remove it yourself, you will have much more control over the situation.

So what is the best time of year to start a removal project? The answer may vary depending on the health of the plant. If it is in bad shape, and you fear it may fall soon, you should start the project immediately, regardless of the time of year, especially if you believe it may be caused by a pest issue, because those types of issues will only get worse. If the issue is less immediate, starting a removal project during the late winter or early spring months will be your best option. When the leaves fall in the winter, your plant will become much lighter in weight and you will be able to visually see what you are doing much better than if it were covered in thick green leaves. A lighter tree will also be easier to cut and manage the branches as they are removed. If you are removing an evergreen that does not lose its leaves in the winter, the winter months are still prime for removal because the frozen ground can help other plants stay rooted better which will help them stay in place.

If you are thinking of hiring an arborist or removal expert, you may be thinking that certain times of the year could be cheaper for removal that others, for example,  it may be more expensive to do a removal project during the summer when they are busy. However, this is not always the case as numerous factors contribute to the total cost of removal. The location, size, and exact removal needs will very per project and they will determine the cost of removal. There may also be state or local ordinances that influence the removal process.

Even with all of this being said, if you are not experienced with tree removal, your best bet may be to call an arborist to assist you.