How To Cut Down Trees In Tricky Situations

Trees can grow to great sizes creeping bigger and taller every year. Some get so tall that they tower over their surrounding buildings, power lines, and other structures posing great risk if large sections or branches were to break off and fall onto the property below. Wind, drought, diseases and pests can significantly increase the risk of major limbs falling by damaging the tree’s structure and reducing its strength and integrity. Trees at risk of falling on surrounding buildings should be removed. If your not sure about the risk of your tall vegetation, contact an Arborist for a consultation. The cost of tree removal varies between companies, but estimates are usually free.

Felling can be done by cutting a notch at the base of the main trunk. Then a back-cut allows the tree to fall in a direction that is calculated by combining the direction the tree is leaning, and the direction your notch is facing. If you don’t want it to land on anything, be sure that the sum of those two directions are pointing into an open area.

If removing a tree that has a “good lean” (leaning more towards one direction than all other directions) and the lean is toward a large enough open area, the felling operation should be very easy. Professional Arborists classify the more simple felling operations as “Non-Hazardous Removals”. A simple notch and back-cut, if done properly, is a very effective way to control where tall trees fall.

However, Some trees require a more delicate procedure if they are going to be removed safely. When a tree is too large to be felled in any direction without causing damage to people or property it must be climbed, topped, and cut into small pieces or sections while it is still standing. Smaller branches of the tree are cut and safely dropped to the ground. This technique greatly reduces the area of open space needed for cutting down trees without damaging nearby property. Companies that specialize in tree management understand the many dangers associated with removing such a tree, they would classify this type of tree removal as a “Hazardous Removal”.

DO NOT attempt to do this without proper training, tree companies hire trained professional tree experts for cutting trees. In order to safely accomplish this type of work, you must have a lot of experience working from heights. Many of the steps taken with the chain-saw while climbing are very similar to the steps that are done on the ground and tree surgeons can make this type of tree work look very easy, However a large part of training and experience in this line of work comes from working with fall protection lines and chain saws together. Sort of a “Paper, Rock, Scissors” situation where Rope beats Gravity but Chainsaw beats Rope and GRAVITY BEATS YOU! All tree experts started learning how to cut down trees while safely on the ground. Once the safety steps of using a chain-saw are learned on the ground, it’s easier and safer to learn the same basic safety steps while climbing in a tree.

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