When a tree becomes overgrown, it may need to be removed. It could be in the way of a driveway or sidewalk, or it may have fallen over and posed a safety hazard. It is best to leave the removal of trees to professionals, as they have the proper equipment and knowledge to do so safely. However, there are some things you can do to prepare for the process and help make it go smoothly.
Before the removal begins, it’s important to prepare the area where the tree will be felled. Make sure the felling site is twice as wide and long as the height of the tree and that it is clear of anything that could get hit when the tree falls. The area should also be free of fences, sheds, cars, power lines and other obstacles.
It’s not recommended that you try to remove a tree yourself, as it is extremely dangerous and requires specialized equipment. In addition to the risk of injury, falling trees can damage homes, vehicles and other structures. A professional will be able to take care of the entire process for you, and will ensure that the tree is properly disposed of after it’s cut down.
The first step in removing a tree is to cut off the lower branches. A chainsaw should be used to do this, and the user must wear a hard hat, boots and gloves for protection. The next step is to cut a notch in the trunk, at least a third of the way through. This notch should be at a slight angle, toward the limb that will fall. The limbs are then cut down and secured with ropes to prevent them from hitting nearby structures.
If there is plenty of room, the tree can be felled and allowed to fall on its own, but this method isn’t safe if it’s near buildings or power lines. In that case, the tree will be scaled and trimmed, piece by piece, until it is on the ground. Once the work is complete, any limbs that are too big to move by hand can be lifted off with a crane.
Before hiring a professional, you should always check their insurance coverage and the type of equipment they will use. Some companies require a permit, which will add to the cost of the job. If a contractor refuses to provide proof of their insurance, that is a red flag and you should find another company. If a company carries private bond insurance, this can offer reimbursement in the event of an accident or other loss. Lastly, make sure to have a written contract that outlines the details of the job and all fees associated with it. This will protect both you and the contractor from any misunderstandings in the future. Also, be sure to request a copy of the invoice to keep as your records. This will allow you to compare quotes from different contractors and select the best one.