Some landscaping tasks are definitely best left to the professionals, no matter how confident of a handyman you are. Tree trimming, near power lines especially, and other dangerous tasks can easily lead to landscaping injuries or significant property damage. If you don’t take the right precautions, you can cause a serious landscaping accident that can harm yourself or others.
While there are several easy DIY landscaping tasks you can handle yourself, you should always contact a professional for the following dangerous jobs.
Tree Trimming Near Power Lines
It should go without saying why we advise against doing this task yourself. Tree trimming near power lines can cause serious landscaping accidents, including electrocution, falling, or power tool injuries. Professionals have the right equipment, training, and licensure to be able to handle these tasks. If you’re not certified to be tree trimming around power lines, do not risk it, especially not just for the sake of aesthetics.
It is likely not even your responsibility to trim trees near power lines. Generally, the utility companies themselves are responsible for keeping their power lines clear. If you think your power lines are at risk from overgrown trees, you should contact the responsible party first and never try to do it yourself.
Felling trees, especially in densely populated areas, is an incredibly dangerous task. If you’re a property owner, it’s your responsibility to ensure your trees do not fall and damage nearby properties. In particularly tight areas, some trees might need to be cut down bit by bit, a task that requires specialized tools and knowledge to perform safely and accurately.
Sometimes, even if a tree looks stable and easy to cut down, it isn’t. Dead or dying trees are not structurally sound, and they can break and fall in unexpected ways if you don’t know what you’re doing. If your tree is dead and looks like it’s at risk for falling, it could fall at any moment. Don’t risk causing a landscaping injury or damaging your property. Contact a tree removal professional for next-day service or book an appointment as soon as possible.
Tasks Involving Digging
The last thing you want to do is burst a water main, a power line, or a gas main underground. Not only can damaging these utilities lead to an unfortunate landscaping accident, but they’re extremely expensive and inconvenient to fix.
These utility lines can be surprisingly shallow. Ensure you contact the relevant authority before you dig. If you do get permission to dig, make sure you contact a professional if power tools and heavy machinery are involved.
Demolishing concrete with a jackhammer or other heavy machinery is no simple task. You should hire professionals who have the proper licensure and/or training with concrete removal equipment so you don’t cause a preventable landscaping accident.
Even if you hire a professional to demolish the concrete for you, you should also consider how heavy the concrete is when it comes time to dispose of it. Even loose, broken-up pieces of concrete can still be incredibly heavy. Avoid back injuries and avoid dropping concrete on your toes by hiring a professional concrete removal service.
Large-Scale Hardscaping Installations
Hardscaping refers to any element of your property that is non-living. This includes driveways, walkways, walls, stairs, and patios. While you might be able to construct a simple deck or patio yourself with the right experience, you should not attempt major hardscaping installations like concrete pouring or driveway installation yourself.
Not only can mistakes be costly, but they can also be dangerous. Self-constructed stairs that are not structurally sound can cause tripping hazards. Uneven pathways can crack and create avoidable hazards. DIY backyard pools can present a variety of dangers that lead to expensive ground flooding or dangerous uneven surfaces. If you’ve never used concrete pouring equipment before, leave it to the professionals!
Trust Gutierrez & Sons for Professional Los Angeles Landscaping
Don’t risk tackling these dangerous tasks yourself. If you’re located in the greater Los Angeles area, trust Gutierrez & Sons for professional and reliable services. We’re fully licensed, bonded, and insured with the State of California to meet the highest safety standards in the industry. We’ve been proudly family-owned and operated since 1982, and customer satisfaction has always been our priority.
Don’t try to trim trees near power lines yourself and risk a landscaping accident! We specialize in tree services as well as low-maintenance landscaping installation, sprinkler installation, and more. Contact us for a free estimate.