Although tree removal can be thought to be an easy process, it’s actually more complicated than a lot of people think. Important measures must be followed and safety procedures must be adhered to. When the right measures are not taken, it can result in injury or damage to precious property. The best way to ensure the right measures are taken is by hiring an expert that has the right skill-set and experience to have them removed safely and effectively.
Steps to follow when removing a tree
Create a Plan
The first thing to do is create a plan that takes into account every task that should be carried out. This blueprint should contain information like the height of trees, proximity to buildings and the possible direction the tree will fall during the removal process. All this information will help determine how the tree should be felled.
In case there’s limited space, the trees can be broken down into bits. For example, a 120 feet tall tree that needs to be brought down can be taken down in three cuts of 40 feet each. Before doing this, the branches should be stripped, from the bottom to the top.
Before the tree removal commences, it is important to consider crucial factors that can influence the outcome of the process. One important factor not to overlook is the direction of the tree, as this will play a part in how the tree should be felled. It gets more complicated when there are structures or immovable objects on the way.
Safety concerns should not be overlooked. Looking out for power lines, electrical utilities, plumbing lines and other building structures before tree removal is also important to avoid damage to properties. Adhering to safety rules will help prevent damage to people and property. The best strategy to fell trees with big branches should be employed. Chainsaws and other cutting tools should be readily available.
A basic technique employed in cutting involves the use of a rope to climb up a tree, and a chainsaw to trim the branches. Small branches can be ignored to fall freely, but larger branches require caution. A spar pole rigging allows branches to be rigged, they can be lowered and with extra hands, they can be easily trimmed.
This technique doesn’t require climbing up the tree. Instead, the entire tree is brought down in large sections with each rigged so they can be lowered to the ground easily. Furthermore, as the trees are suspended from the ground, the branches can be lopped. It is a time consuming and expensive method but it takes into account, the safety of people and building structures around.
After taking down the branches and the trunk, the stump, being last part should be removed carefully. Several methods can be employed to get rid of it, they include:
- Killing by injecting with chemicals
- The use of a stump grinder
- Digging it out.
- Naturally removing it by taking off its back then leaving it to decay on its own