When it’s time to remove a tree, a professional can do the job, but this can be expensive. Amateurs can save a lot of money by doing it themselves, but they need to be careful. Cutting down a tree is not complicated, but it is dangerous. Here are some tips for staying safe while removing a tree.
1. Wearing Proper Safety Gear
No one should attempt to cut down a tree without proper protection. A logger’s helmet and face screen will protect the head and face from falling branches. Safety glasses keep sawdust out of the eyes, and earmuffs or earplugs will protect from hearing loss. Wearing Kevlar chaps prevents accidental cuts to the legs.
2. Sizing up the situation
Before starting, it’s important to check out the surrounding area. Overhead wires, fences, cars, or other trees might be in the way. Looking at the way the tree is leaning is crucial. It’s always best to let it fall in the direction that it is already leaning. Planning how to get away from the falling tree is essential. Two escape routes should be determined before making a cut to the tree.
3. Felling the tree
The first step is to cut a 90-degree v-shaped notch on the side of the tree facing the direction it is to fall. This under cut should be about 1/4 of the tree’s diameter in depth. Next, the back cut is made. This should be two inches higher than the under cut and on the opposite side of the trunk. The back cut must not go through to the under cut. When the tree starts to fall, it is time to turn off the chainsaw and quickly move down one of the predetermined escape routes.
4. Removing the limbs
The safest way to remove limbs is to work from the bottom of the tree to the top and to stand on the opposite side of the trunk from the limbs being cut. If the tree is on a slope, it is best not to stand on the downside of the tree. The tree could roll and trap the person doing the cutting.
5. Cutting the log into pieces
When cutting the log into shorter lengths, it’s best not to cut into the ground with the chainsaw. An easy way to prevent this is to cut halfway through the log, then roll it and cut from the other direction.
Sometimes it’s better to hire a professional tree removal company!
At the end of the day, removing a tree is not a task everyone is able to accomplish safely themselves. Sometimes it is better to leave it up to the professionals. If your in the Sudbury area, and your looking for a tree removal company look no further than Top Knotch Tree Specialists. They are the #1 Sudbury tree removal company!