Cutting down a mature tree can be a dangerous thing to do, so it should be handled by properly trained and equipped professionals whenever possible. If you are unable to hire a professional and need to fell the tree yourself, then these tree cutting tips may help everything go smoothly.
We like saving trees, but sometimes, it’s impossible. While we consider tree removal a last resort, we know it’s sometimes necessary. It’s also necessary, when undertaking either a tree or stump removal, to do it properly and safely.
If you want to undertake the process yourself, follow these basic safety guidelines. Know that tree removal isn’t as simple as owning a chainsaw and guessing where the tree will fall – it can be a complicated process, and should always be treated as such!
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Proper Tree Removal Techniques
Although sad, tree removal is sometimes necessary to protect land or buildings. Dying or dead trees need to be removed for health and safety reasons. The process can be hazardous, however. Here are the crucial steps to follow for a successful tree removal.
Step 1 – Scan the Site
First and foremost, check to make sure there are no obstacles in the immediate area. Clear anything nearby, and pay particular attention to any structures or vehicles to make absolutely sure they won’t be in the fall line, or even close to it.
Step 2 – Inspect the Lean
Next you want to observe the tree to see which way it naturally leans. This will tell you which way it will fall best.
Step 3 – Plan Your Escape
Set up two escape routes that lead away from the expected fall line.
Step 4 – Remove Higher Branches (Optional)
If you’re removing a large tree, especially one near any structures, you may want to take down the higher branches in stages. Secure any large sections with rope so you can control how they fall—make sure the ropes you attach support the branches before you saw them off.
Step 5 – Make Initial Cut
Although you might not love it, it’s time to make the first cut to the trunk. Cut a 45-70 degree V shape. This should be done about 1/4th of the tree’s diameter in depth.
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