A tree is a living breathing thing and can be a delight and beauty when growing gracefully in the right spot. But, there will be times that tree must be removed and this should be done carefully and with plenty of know-how. Larger trees should always be addressed by professional with heavy machinery and proper insurance coverage. A company like Visalia Tree Service can typically do the job same day as well as grind your stumps.
But, if you believe the tree is well within your capacity and you have the tools and determination to proceed. The following pointers can help you get the job done with as little hassle as possible. Remember, trees are very important to the environment and you will want to look for every way you can save the tree before cutting it down.
1. Rethink your Plans
Take a moment to look over the entire area of operations and ask yourself if you are suited to the task. What is the worst thing that could happen? Are there power lines or buildings in the area? Is there even a remote chance that the fall could hit a vehicle or a person? Will you have rooms to escape falling limbs or trees if things begin moving very fast?
After you inspect the area, inspect the tree itself. Which way is it most likely to fall? Are there limbs that give more weight to one side? Is there a way you could cut the tree to adjust the angle of its downward path? Is the tree rotten or dying in sections? Are there other trees in the area that could catch its fall and make this project more complex?
If you have doubts here, it is a better idea to call in the professionals.
2. Check Your Tools
In addition to your chainsaw, you will need all the protective equipment you can find. Make sure you have fuel and oil for your chainsaw so it doesn’t die half way through the job. You may also need wedges if you are tackling an especially large tree, use a plastic option that won’t damage the chainsaw if they do come in contact.
3. Cutting the Tree
For thin trees less than 6” in diameter, you can just slice clean through, be careful and keep an eye on the tree’s movement as you do. For thicker trees, you will need to make a series of cuts.
First, you will make the first cut on the same side as the direction you hope the tree will fall. This notch will direct the tree and will be made horizontally about 1/3 of the way through.
The next cut is made diagonally starting from above the first notch and moving downward toward the first notch till they meet at a 45° angle. Remove the wedge you have created.
The last cut will need to be made carefully and you must be prepared to shut off the chainsaw, set it down and run like life depends on it. Go to the other side of the trunk and prepare to cut directly toward the first cut from the other side. You don’t want to cut all the way through, the amount you leave will act like a hinge and prevent the tree from kicking upward.
As you make this cut, be very careful and watch the motion of the tree. Be prepared to shut off and set down the chainsaw and move fast if things look bad. If the tree is not falling, you will need the wedges to encourage a little movement.
When the tree has fallen, inspect the branches and mark those that will likely kick back when cut. Be sure to fully read and study safety precautions when cutting the branches of a fallen tree as this is one of the moist dangerous parts of the task.