Removing a tree from your property can be tricky, but it’s a job that can be done safely if you follow some simple guidelines. In this post, we’ll walk you through the steps to take before and during the removal process to ensure that everyone stays safe and the job gets done right. Keep reading for our top tips on tree removal!
1. Make Sure You’re Allowed to Remove the Tree
In some cases, preventing tree removal from the property may be a matter of following city ordinances or adhering to local regulations. In other circumstances, you may need permission from your property owner or manager before proceeding with tree removal. If you want to avoid fines and have less red tape, it’s always best to check the rules beforehand.
2. Make a Plan for Tree Removal
Before going forward with removing a tree from your property, sit down and make a plan. It can help to work with a couple of people so that you can discuss safety precautions as well as how you’ll go about cutting down the tree safely. Always keep in mind that tree removal should not interfere with vehicles or pedestrians. Consider planning for traffic control and how you will keep onlookers out of the way as well.
This is an important step to take so that everyone remains safe during the process. Jot down some notes on your plan, including details like where you’ll park vehicles, which tools you’ll use for the job, where the debris will go, and who needs to be there in order to ensure that nothing slips through the cracks. Be sure to map out proper evacuation routes beforehand as well!
3. Wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Tree Removal
Tree removal can be dangerous no matter what precautions you take, but there are things that you can do to reduce risk on-site. A good rule of thumb, if you’re removing a tree from your property, is to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) such as safety glasses and gloves.
If you’re working up high, like near the top of a tree, be sure to wear harnesses or other safety gear that will allow you to stay anchored safely. While we don’t recommend using chainsaws without training, it’s still important to remember to use all necessary PPE and never operate power tools without proper supervision and instruction even for non-dangerous jobs like raking leaves.
4. Understand Tree Removal Best Practices
The proper way to remove a tree from your property can vary depending on the type of equipment you have access to as well as the size of the trunk you need to cut down. If you’re uncertain of the proper procedures for your specific situation, be sure to hire a contractor – these experts will know how to safely remove and dispose of trees and other vegetation.
When cutting down smaller or medium-sized trees, it’s best to make several cuts along the trunk in order to weaken it. This will help ensure that branches fall away from areas where they could cause damage like roads or homes. When feeling larger trunks (more than six inches thick), begin by making a downward cut at eye level than following through with one at waist level. These “undercuts” should be about one foot apart and should create a wedge pattern as much as possible.
Once the trunk begins to split and crack, finish things off by using the upper portion of the trunk as leverage to snap it completely in half.
For each type of tree removal, make sure you have the necessary tools on hand before beginning work. You’ll need a chainsaw for cutting down smaller trees and limbs, large ropes or cables to pull down larger trunks, chippers to plant matter if desired, heavy machinery like excavators or cranes for stump removal, etc.
5. Dispose of Tree Remains Safely
If you’re planning to remove trees from your property yourself, the safest way to dispose of all waste is by burning woody debris at an approved location. If that’s not an option where you are due to weather conditions or other regulations, many states require that branches over 6 inches in diameter be chipped on-site, though smaller woody debris can often be bagged and set out for regular pickup.
Always keep your local laws in mind when disposing of tree debris, even if this means hiring a contractor to take care of business for you. Most cities have waste management services that pick up yard waste like leaves or brush; be sure to check with them before getting rid of it yourself or making arrangements for someone else to do the job. You can also search for Tree Service near me and you’ll get a list of services available near you.
If you’re unable to burn tree remnants due to air quality concerns (something that’s more likely during dry summers), try using tree residue as part of a mulch pile instead. In climates where heat from composting isn’t much of an issue, adding this organic matter to your compost pile will help speed up the breakdown process.
If you’re not planning on removing trees yourself but they are cluttering up your property, there is still no need to fret. Tree removal services can take care of everything for you – just be sure to get quotes from several different companies in order to find the best deal possible. If money’s tight, don’t forget that there are often ways to save money when hiring someone like finding coupons or special deals online!
Most tree service contractors offer free estimates on-site so it’s easy for customers to get an accurate quote before agreeing to work together. Be sure you have all information about tree size, access points, the number of truckloads needed, etc. on-hand when making contact.
Be sure to check with your local government before cutting down any trees on public property (just like you would for a private parcel) since it can be easy to get carried away while removing debris or doing some landscaping work of your own. Having the proper documentation will ensure that no fines are levied against you in the future!
As long as you follow these best practices when removing trees, there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy more of them than ever this spring and beyond. What do you look forward to most about warmer weather? Do you have big plans for your yard? Let us know in the comments below!