We all love trees, especially on our property. Trees are great for the environment, plus make our yard look prettier. They even boost your home’s value. There are occasions, however, where a tree simply cannot stay. Perhaps it was struck by lighting or damaged in a storm and now it’s angled precariously over your roof. It’s possible it has a disease and is rotting away right in front of your house. These are only a few of the reasons professional tree removal may be needed.
Understanding The Tree Removal Process
First and foremost, tree removal isn’t a DIY project. This should be handled only by trained and licensed professionals, who have the right expertise, training, and tools to complete the job safely. Due to the high risk of injury and property damage, tree removal is not a job to take lightly.
It may be beneficial for you to learn what to expect from a professional tree removal service, though. The major steps include:
#1 Assessing it’s Height
The team will start the removal process by assessing the tree’s height to determine if there’s enough room to fell the whole tree at once, meaning there is enough space for the tree to lie horizontally. If not, it will need to be cut into sections.
#2 Planning the Fall
Next, the landscaping team will clear the area of anything that could be damaged by the tree as it falls, even if it starts to fall unpredictably. They will examine the tree and make note of which way the tree naturally leans. This information will help determine the best direction it should fall.
To begin felling, one worker will tie a rope to the tree to allow another worker to guide the tree’s fall. They’ll then start felling the tree. This is usually done by cutting a wedge on the side the tree should fall toward, then making a “back cut” on the opposite side.
#4 Cutting Sections
It is very possible that you have a tree too large to be felled in one piece. In this scenario, the team will start by creating a plan for removing it section by section. They’ll set a rigging cable from the middle of the tree, then climb the tree to cut down the limbs. Next, they’ll cut down the trunk in sections. They will either let them fall on their own or lower them down gently with a rope. This isn’t as easy as it may sound. It requires knowing exactly where to cut notches so the sections fall in the right direction, which is where their training and years of expertise come in. On a professional team, a ground worker will help guide the rope so the branches and trunk sections fall safely. In most removal situations, the tree would be cut down to a low stump.
Professional tree removal services, like Pacific Landscaping, have the skills and equipment necessary to remove even large, badly decayed trees with minimal risk to our team or your home.