Tree Removal

When to remove a tree

Trees provide a natural habitat and beauty in a community. Making the decision to remove a tree is an important decision.

When a tree is dead, the decision is easy. Dead trees are a safety hazard and should be removed whenever possible.

Deciding to remove a live tree is not such an easy choice but there are some good reasons for doing so. For example, a live tree may be growing into utility lines. Most trees are slow growing, so it is important to think carefully about tree removal before you cut one down.

Before beginning a tree removal project, consider the overall impact, not just for yourself, but for everyone concerned. This is especially important for trees located on or near a property line.

Avoid problems with your neighbors by consulting with them before you get started with taking the tree out.

Tree Removal is often a job for a professional.
Not everyone has the skill and equipment to take on this potentially dangerous job. In many cases, heavy equipment is needed, like tractors, specialized guide wires, and large chain saws.

If the tree is near a utility line, the utility company should be contacted before the job starts.

There are some important steps to take for safely removing a tree.

1. The area around the tree should be completely cleared before work starts.

Fences, cars, utility wires, and anything else that the tree or its branches could fall on needs to be removed. By clearing the area, accidents and property damage are far less likely to occur.

2. The growth habit of the tree should be carefully assessed before cutting it.

Most trees are leaning a bit to one side, and this is usually the angle best for felling the tree. By working with the existing lean of the tree, you can avoid having it fall in an unexpected direction.

3. Low branches and dead branches may need to be removed before felling the tree.

Also, wounds on the tree trunk can indicate the presence of rot inside. If the tree is rotten, it is best to have a professional do the tree removal for you, because it can be hard to know how the tree will act when it falls.

4. Plan at least two escape routes for moving quickly away from the tree when it is falling.

Make sure the path is clear so you can move fast once the tree starts to fall.

5. Examine the tree’s roots as much as you can. This can also affect how the tree will fall.

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