“So what’s the big deal about taking down a tree? I have a chainsaw and can borrow my neighbor’s trailer and haul it to the dump. Why would I pay someone to do that?” Think it’s that simple? Think again. Even with the easiest of opportunities, cutting down a tree can be way more than you bargained for. Without specialized equipment, training, and lots of experience of taking down trees, you may find in mid-project that you’ve bitten off more than you can chew. Still doubtful? Maybe after watching how we do the simplest tree removal, you’ll change your tune.
Survey the Site. Before you think it’s as simple as chopping a tree down and cutting it up, you have to consider all potential targets. Here we see the crew leader and and crew member realizing there are overhead wires. They realize that their first choice of a drop location needs to be changed by a slight angle, so not to hit these wires. They also know how tall the tree is, indicating how far away from the trunk it will extend once it is laying on the ground. Miscalculate this, and it could make the difference of dropping it on a structure, vehicle, or worse, a person!
Make a Proper Cut. Here you see a crew member cutting that notch, or face cut, on the side of the tree towards its drop area. In this particular removal, he even slightly trimmed a second time to perfect his cut. The angle and depth of this cut is extremely critical. Doing so incorrectly can cause the tree to fall in an undesired location, can get the chainsaw stuck in the tree, or even make the tree kick back and injure the chainsaw operator while he is making their back cut afterwards. During the back cut, an experienced and trained arborist knows the exact depth and method of cut to also make sure they can get their chainsaw free from the tree and move away from the falling tree without being injured.
Moving the Tree. It’s often a surprise how a tree looks like more mess to clean up after it’s laying on the ground. Sure, you can chop that enormous tree up in little pieces and throw it on the trailer, but I guarantee you it will be more debris than you counted on. The best way to remove the debris it to utilize a chipper. Here you see our crew using a winch on the back of the chipper to pull the tree over to the chipper. Then, by fastening the cable to the right spot, they can lift the trunk up, saving their backs.
Chip the Tree. With the use of a professional-grade chipper, it is possible to grind the entire tree into chips, filling the back of a truck. Some of our chippers are even capable of grinding trunks of up to 20″ in diameter! This means a matter of minutes to an hour (depending on the size of the tree), the tree can be completely chipped. That’s better than your 50 trips to the dump in a trailer!
Don’t Forget the Finishing Touches. It’s also amazing how many needles, cones, leaves, and small twigs fall off of a tree when it thuds to the ground. Use a rake, and blower to clean up the drop zone.
Still want to remove your own tree? As you can see, using a professional tree removal company can mean this project can take hours versus weekends (yes that was plural). It also could mean saving your back and God forbid, your “limbs” should you have an unfortunate accident with a chainsaw. Using a professional tree service can prevent property damage as well, trusting those Certified Arborists to safely remove your tree. It’s money well-spent.
If you would like to learn more about professional tree removal options for your next project, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
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