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The Risks of DIY Tree Cutting


Tree removal shouldn’t be taken lightly, whether the reason is disease, positioning or instability. Apart from the sheer effort involved in removing trees on your own, there are also significant risks for safety and structural damage.

Unless there is a safety concern, we encourage our clients in the Auckland area to enlist tree pruning and tree trimming service instead of organising a complete tree removal. Safety always takes precedence when a dead, overhanging or unstable tree poses the risk of falling on properties, cars or public places.

With the rise of the DIY generation, it’s understandable that people may want the self-satisfaction and cost-efficiency of completing a manual task without the help of a professional. However, several factors should be considered before deciding whether to DIY or enlist the help of an Auckland arborist.

Your Safety

Our number one priority is safety so we implement the strictest safety procedures and protective equipment, taking additional measures when working at heights.

Working at heights requires a specific licence due to the extensive planning that goes into these projects. Risk management factors need to be assessed thoroughly before leaving the ground. Depending on the height and accessibility of the tree, this can be a major deciding factor on whether it is feasible to remove it on your own or through a local arborist. If you have any reservations about stability, we advise you to contact a professional for your tree removal in Auckland.


Utilising professional-grade equipment ensures the tree is cut quickly and effortlessly, minimising the time and risks involved. A smooth cut and controlled fell by rope guidance is preferable to hacking at the trunk and causing an unpredictable fall – it’s not worth the risk to your own safety, the safety of others and surrounding structures.

Property Damage

Ask yourself if you can guide where the tree is going to fall. Depending on the size of the tree, it may be necessary to use support ropes to control the force and direction that the tree will fall. Regardless of size, if the tree has any chance of coming in the slightest proximity to a structure or car, we would advise using an experienced and confident professional.

Tree and Plant Health

Without experience and knowledge, you may end up doing more harm than good, whether you are removing the entire tree or simply the trunk. Poor technique may cause regrowth if the roots and stump aren’t removed perfectly.

To organise a tree removal, call Heaven Contracting on 027 475 2445 today or to take a look at our additional tree services on our website.


Tree Removal North Shore:            09 442 5350

Tree Removal Central Auckland:  09 629 2640 

Tree Removal West Auckland:       09 833 7187

Tree Removal East Auckland:        09 577 4260

Tree Removal South Auckland:      09 268 7910

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