Step-By-Step Downed Tree RemovalWhen you’re dealing with a downed tree or one that must be cut down, you’ll need to practice yard waste hauling safety tips. Be sure to keep tools organized so they aren’t a tripping or another kind of safety hazard. Also, keep your pets and children inside. There’s no good reason to allow kids or pets outside when you’re taking care of a downed tree or one that needs to be cut down. Additionally, break things down into small sizes to be more manageable.
Removing a tree is a large decision that should not be taken lightly. Dead or dying trees should be removed for health, safety and aesthetic purposes. However, in certain instances live trees also should be removed when they interfere with other trees, buildings, driveways and utility wires. But think twice, as it takes years and often decades to replace a tree once removed. —Tree HelpYou might also consider doing some yard debris hot composting to gain a little more use out of that organic material. This is far better than burning yard waste, which is often illegal and dangerous. Before you begin, gather all your tools and safety gear, which should include a chainsaw, heavy boots and gloves, as well as eye and ear protection. Now, here’s what to do for a step-by-step downed tree removal:
- Survey the area. Before you start cutting the tree down, it’s very important to survey the area around you. Should any power lines or structures be within the radius of the tree’s height, do not cut the tree. Call in a professional arborist instead to deal with it.
- Choose a falling direction. Next, if you need to cut the tree down, you’ll need to pick a direction to fell it. If possible, this direction should be the same way the tree naturally leans or is now leaning. Clear a path in the opposite direction so you can quickly move away when it falls.
- Make the first cut. The first cut into the tree will be vertical, slanted at about a 70 degree angle on the same side of the felling direction. Cut into the tree with a chainsaw, about two feet long, inserting the chainsaw into the trunk and cutting downward and slightly inward into the trunk.
- Make a second cut. Now, you’ll stay on the same side and make the second cut, in a horizontal direction to meet the vertical cut where you stopped. This will create a notch and help to cause the tree to fall in the chosen direction.
- Make the felling cut. Make the last cut, starting on the opposite side of the trunk. The felling cut is also horizontal and should be just a few inches higher than the other horizontal cut on the other side of the trunk. As you cut, watch the tree, when it begins to fall, carefully back away.