A Simple Guide to Felling a Tree in Your Backyard
Cutting down a tree that has been providing shade, beauty and a habitat to birds is not easy. However, sometimes it is necessary if the tree poses a danger such as falling on people or property due to disease, age or storm damage. Though it is possible to hire a power saw or an ax and cut down the tree, you should contact an experienced arborist to do the work for safety reasons. Tree lopping and felling is a complicated and dangerous process that can need expertise so you should not risk doing it yourself. Here are the steps that should be followed during the tree felling process.
Assess the tree
Cutting down a tree takes more than just turning on the power saw to the trunk. The arborist must come and assess the potential hazards that can result from the felling. Will the branches fall on the house or power lines? Which side is the tree likely to go once its cut? Calculate as a team all the potential hazards and come up with a concrete plan of how everything will be done safely.
Lop large branches
Though sometimes the tree can be cut down as it is, there are circumstances where the experts need to lop the limbs first to eliminate the hazards. The arborist will come with the proper tools and equipment to remove most of the branches especially those that could cause damage if they fall on something. They will also remove any obstacles around the tree and clear an escape route because you should not be near the tree when it's falling.
Prepare the tree
Before you start the power saw, it's important to prepare everything that will be needed to pull down the tree safely. If you use a rope, make sure it is tied correctly to the tree, and there is a safe distance to run. Make a top cut and a bottom cut on the side which you want the tree to fall and ensure the cuts are similar. Once the two cuts touch each other, move to the opposite side and make a back cut between the two front cuts.
The tree should be ready to go down at this point, and you should power off the saw and go to a safe distance. Pull on the rope or the rigging until the tree begins to come down and then move back away from the tree. A professional can cut the tree in pieces to make the tree removal easier and even offer to do stump grinding if it's necessary at a later date.
Tree felling may look very basic and easy, but only professionals would know how to do it safely without harming anyone or any property. Avoid DIY tree removal unless you are sure that you have the capabilities and tools to handle the project.