When Should A Tree Be Cut Down?
Do you have a tree on your property that needs removing? Maybe the tree is too close to your property or too close to your neighbour's property. Perhaps the tree is dying and could become a hazard. Or you're concerned for the safety of your family and neighbours. If you're considering removing a tree, whatever the reason may be, this guide will help you through the process.
Tree Removal: Pros And Cons.
Beauty:as long as it's looked after, of course.
Shade:800$ a year
Special Permissions For Tree Removal
You should always check to see if local laws protect the tree you wish to remove. If you cut down a tree or even prune a protected tree by law without receiving the proper approval, you can be fined up to $1.1 million by the Land and Environment court!
Can Cutting A Tree Down Be Dangerous?
There are many reasons why cutting down a tree can be very dangerous. The tree can fall on someone or something. The tree can fall in an unexpected direction; it can be affected by the wind or become interlocked with surrounding trees. Using power tools without the proper training can also be a dangerous task! If you feel you don't have the experience needed, don't hesitate to contact a trained specialist.
Now you know the pros, con, dangers and permissions needed, let's look at how you cut down a tree!
How To Cut Down A Tree:
Before you start to cut down your tree:
You MUST use all the necessary safety equipment! Eye protection, ear protection, work gloves, steel-toe cap boots. Cutting down a tree can be a dangerous task! Using the proper safety equipment might save your life!
Plan your escape route! Make sure you have a clear path to get out of the way of a falling tree!
power toolsgood tools are half the work
Inspect the area! Ensure there is nothing that the falling tree could harm; power lines, structures, fences, pets, etc.
The tree will naturally fall in the direction it is leaning to; you must clear this area and a 45º angle on either side of where you expect the tree to fall.
Don't forget to consider the height of the tree and how far the tree will fall!
Next, once you know that you and everyone around you are safe, you can move on to the next step:
First of all, you need to cut a notch into the tree.
Make the initial cut at a 70-degree angle.
The second cut should be horizontal, meeting the bottom of the first cut.
The notch needs to reach about a quarter of the way through the tree.
The notch should also be facing in the direction you wish the tree to fall.
On the opposite side of the tree, you need to make the third cut, horizontally, slightly higher than the second cut of the notch.
Do not cut all the way through the trunk.
It's best to leave about 10 per cent of the width to work as a hinge as the tree falls.
Depending on the width of the tree, you will need the tree-felling wedge. This will stop the weight of the tree from blocking the chain. The wedge can also be driven into the cut with a hammer to topple the tree.
Once the tree begins to fall, get out of the way!
Congratulations, by now, you should have cut down your tree! But you will need to cut the tree into smaller pieces so that it can be removed from your property.
How to cut a tree into pieces for removal or firewood:
Removing the branches:
Removing the tree trunk
How To Make It Fall In The Direction You Want?
If you have a tree leaning in a specific direction, and it's needed to fall in another, you'd best call a professional; this requires special tools and technical know-how. Many factors make this difficult and should never be done by an amateur.
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