Tree removal can be a dangerous exercise. There is a lot of potential for falls, cuts and bruises. Like any other activity, it is important to adhere to some guidelines in order to get the best results at the end of the day. Some of the most important tree removal tips include:
Get a Professional
You already know how dangerous it can be to cut a tree on your own. If you are using a ladder, there is a chance that you could fall from the ladder and break your limbs. If, on the other hand, you are using a chainsaw and aren’t careful, the chainsaw could kickback from sudden contact with the tree and cut your leg badly. Professionals do not face the same issues and challenges. They have undergone through training on how to use the various tools and equipment and so are less likely to cause an accident. Additionally, professionals have removed trees for a while and therefore know all the safety precautions like the back of their hands. When you compare the skill and experience that a professional has, it is enough to confirm that you should leave the work to the professionals to avert any accidents and damages of doing it on your own.
Always Have Safety Equipment
Another important tip is to wear safety equipment always. There are safety gloves, goggles, knee-high protective boots, hard hats and earplugs among other things. Each of these items plays a role. Your eyes, ears, head, legs and other body parts need to be protected against splinters, cuts, banging by tools/ equipment or even falling trees. Protective gear might seem unnecessary in normal situations. However, if you do find yourself in a situation that could potentially lead to injury and physical harm, these items will come in handy to ensure that you remain intact despite the accident. It will also save you a trip to the emergency room and a significant amount in hospital bills.
Use the Right Tools for the Job
There are different tools that can be used in tree cutting and removal. These include:
- Chain saws: You have to pick one that has enough horsepower for the task at hand. You must also pick the correct size since a smaller saw might not be able to work for a larger tree
- Cranes: These are necessary for really tall trees. You might not be able to use a ladder to trim the crown or even cut off the branches at the top. That is where a crane comes in handy
- Rope: You should have long strong rope to help with felling the tree. Weak rope could snap and compromise the structure of the tree thus redirecting the fall and causing a lot of damage
Once you have the right tools, start off by cutting the branches to reduce the fall radius. If the tree is too large and located in an urban area, you want to cut the tree in pieces starting from the top, no more than ¼ of the crown size. If, however, you are in an open field where cutting a large tree will cause no damage, then you can make a v-cut on the side where you want the tree to fall then follow it up with another v-cut on the other side. With the rope positioned in the middle of the trunk or higher, you can then direct the tree’s fall.
Don’t Stand Behind a Falling Tree
Another important tip to note when removing a tree is to steer clear of the fall area. In addition to this, get away from the tree and do not stand close to it. Some people think that standing behind a falling tree is safe. It is not. The tree could snap and seriously injure you.
To avoid any damage while a tree is cut down, you have one main option: to use a professional. Once you employ the services of a professional, you can comfortably go about your business without having to be present at the removal. Avoiding the scene altogether will ensure that you are out of harm’s way. However, this doesn’t mean that you should have nothing to do with the tree removal. Your part is to ensure that the professional explains everything they are going to do in a way you can understand. If you pick out some of the tips above from the professional’s explanation, then you are good to go. Make sure that they have insurance to cover for any damages during the tree removal process.