People have cut down, or “felled”, trees for generations. So why does it seem as if when you need one to come down, you just don’t know how?
Cutting down trees isn’t something that they would teach people in school. Because of that, most people need to call someone like Buffalo Tree Service to handle it.
If you do want to cut down a tree, below are some helpful tips on how to do so. Be sure you always have the proper safety equipment and tools before attempting.
Look Out for Hazards
Chances are, there’s something dangerous near where you need to fell your trees. And unfortunately, it’s usually after a tree is already on its way down by the time someone notices.
Inspect the immediate area for anything it might damage on the way down, even if it’s other trees. A good rule of thumb is to go by how tall it is as a potential radius.
Your top concerns should be power lines, buildings, vehicles, and especially people. Even the thinnest trees, like palms, are potentially hundreds of pounds!
Find Where it Leans
Most plants slightly lean to one side, even it appears straight up and down. By locating which direction it leans most towards, you can predict that it will fall that way.
Start off by clearing the area around where you will make your first cut. The fewer branches and leaves blocking your path, the better.
Once this area is cleared away, you’ll want to make your cut at a 70-degree angle safely. Make sure you are cutting with your left shoulder against the tree for proper support.
Make an Even Cut
The first cut is to remove structural support from the center of the tree. You can think of it as removing the support beam from a house; it’ll cause everything above it to collapse!
The second cut, however, is what will bring the tree down. By evenly slicing horizontally from the opposite side until it connects to the first section, it will quickly force the tree to fall over from its own weight.
However, it’s crucial that you make as even of a cut as possible. Creating a wave-like pattern could make it fall in an unexpected direction!
Most home and business owners decide that when it comes to felling a tree, it is best to leave it to the experts.
Buffalo Tree Service is your neighborhood experts on all things tree. Give us a call today so that we can keep you safe when you are ready to fell a tree.
Buffalo Tree Service wants to help you in every aspect of tree care available. We are here to give you tips, tricks, and helpful hints to make sure that you give all the love you can to your trees!
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