Tree Felling in 10 Steps

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Why do trees need to be removed?

  1. The tree is dead.
  2. The tree is an obstruction.
  3. The tree is a safety hazzard.
  4. To clear up space.

Tree removals and tree stump removal can be difficult, messy and damaging if done incorrectly. It takes time, money and patience to remove trees, so it pays to have professionals do the work for you.
Our step by step guide on how to remove trees will ensure you are fully prepared for this important task.

Here is a step by step guide will show you how to do tree removal in 10 steps.

Step 1: Consider safety first.

Tree removal is one of the most dangerous and risky jobs in the building industry. The wrong move can cause damage to your property, landscaping or even injure someone. When looking at possible safety hazards it’s important to consider where the tree will fall, are ground workers and people in the area at a safe distance?
What damage could be caused by the tree falling? One of the most dangerous factors to consider are the tree felling tools.
When using tree cutting tools such as an axe or chainsaw, the slightest distraction could lead to serious injury to arms, legs and hands within a second.
A weekend warrior looking to cut down a tree without the correct training, experience and equipment may be in danger of permanent injuries and not to mention costly hospital bills. Professional tree fellers have training complimented with the experience of using these tools on a daily basis and correct safety wear and equipment.

Tree Felling in 10 steps - Tree feller with safety equipment on

Step 2: Quality check equipment

Step 2: Quality check equipment
When preparing for tree cutting it’s important to check all tree removal tools and ensure all tools are in peak condition. Before getting to work checking that tools such as tree pruning saws and chain saws are well lubricated and are in a good operational condition is a safety check that cannot be overlooked. Faulty or damaged tools could cause complications in planning, resulting in unnecessary damage or injury. Safety equipment should be present and the tree feller should ensure that safety all equipment is used correctly and that no equipment is lacking.
Tree felling protective wear consists mainly of:
– Hard hats.
– Gloves.
– Non-slip boots.
– Goggles or safety glasses.
– Hearing protection and ear buds.
– Face shields.
Inspecting other equipment such as pulleys, ropes, cords and harnesses are all in peak condition is another important safety measure to consider. Find out more about how frequent you should inspect your safety equipment here.

Step 3: Measuring the fall.

When cutting down a tree there’s always the risk of falling and damaging power lines, walls, roofs, gardening and other objects as well as the risk of falling onto anyone who isn’t the correct distance away from the impact zone. It’s important to plan out where the tree is expected to fall, calculating a falling zone helps in keeping your property, valuables and anyone in the area safe from harm. Here’s a simple trick on how to measure the distance of a tree’s fall when felling a tree.

Step 4: Plan the branch fall.

Once you’ve measured the fall, it’s time to consider how you will achieve the best results by keeping the tree from falling and damaging anything or causing injury to anyone nearby. Using the measurement of the tree you can now plan where and how the tree should fall. Choosing the correct place to fall to prevent any damages or injuries. The direction of the fall is determined by the position of the notch and felling cuts.

Tree Felling - Tree fall direction diagram

Step 5: Ensure escape routes are cleared.

Safety first! Take a few moments to plan an escape route to make sure you have a way to exit the working space. If anything, unexpected happens. Its good idea is to have two safety routes to ensure that you are safe from derby.

Step 6: Make use of wedges.

Wedges may be necessary depending on the tree you wish to cut down. Wedges help prevent your saw from getting stuck. After the notch has been cut out, you may begin the felling cut. Once you have cut deep enough to insert wedges, put the cutting on hold and whack in the wedges. Once secured you may continue the cut.

Step 7: Cut the felling.

The felling is the actual cut that will make the tree fall. The tree will be falling in the direction of the felling cut, so ensure that the felling cut is placed correctly according to how and where you planned the branch fall (Step 4)

Step 8: Remove branches and clear the work space.

Congratulations! Now its time to clear the work area. This would include limbing the tree, or in other words cutting of branches. Depending on what you choose to do with the wood. You may now start “bucking” the tree by cutting the tree up into 16-inch pieces. Remember to keep your saw from touching the ground as  you cut the sections to size, rolling each severed section away from you and continuing the cut until its been completed. Thereafter you may cut the sections into fire wood!

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Step 9: Safety check the tree removal site.

Once you’ve cut up the tree and removed debris from your work area, have another look around ensuring that you’ve removed all debris and that the space is left in a neat, clean and safe state.

Step 10: Contact a tree removal expert.

Tree removal is no small task. There are many factors to consider before felling a tree, including its size, how long it’s been growing, where you want it removed and if there is other vegetation nearby that could be harmed. Choosing a proper tree felling service provider is crucial for a safe and quick removal process.
Tree removal should be done by a trained tree expert, not the weekend warrior. Hire a professional to help you safely remove trees without damaging your property or garden.

Need an expert? Let’s show you how to do tree felling in 10 steps!

At DC Tree Felling we’re the experts in tree removals. With over 15 years of experience and a large base of happy clients we beleive we’re the best fit for your tree cutting needs.

July 14, 2022

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