Knowing how to remove a tree from your property helps you avoid any unforeseen destruction of property or personal injury. Imagine a tree falling on your house or your neighbor’s property, or you or someone else getting injured by the tree or falling branches? Though it may look like a simple and common practice, the decision to fell a tree shouldn’t be taken lightly. In fact, we recommend not doing a tree removal job on your own. We recommend investigating any company plan to hire so you can make sure they have the certifications from an accredited tree care association. For example, if you are looking for tree removal in Jacksonville, FL then make sure the tree company is a member of the Florida ISA chapter. If they are in Atlanta, check with the Atlanta chapter. You really need to hire a reputable tree service that has the experience and proper insurance to complete a job of this magnitude. If you are determined to do it yourself then you must take the following precautions:
1. Maintain a Safe Perimeter
Though you may have done the right calculation and have the right experience, there is always the possibility of the tree falling the wrong way. This may be caused by strong winds, internal tree weakness, or a sloppy gradient. You need to make certain the tree will fall away from the fence, another tree, overhead wires, your house, garden and other things.
2. Check the Tree’s Condition
A tree may look strong and solid from the outside. However, it may be have been eaten internally by woodworms, white ants (termites), or may be rotten or hollow. Such a tree may easily collapse even before you have fully chopped off its base. A closer examination will show any symptoms and you will need to switch to a safer technique; for instance, chopping small pieces at a time.
3. Identify Atleast Two Escape Routes
A falling tree will be expected to fall on the side that has minimal obstruction. The space will be much larger and will put-up with the impact from the falling tree. Nonetheless, it always helps to identify at least two routes where the tree can fall. Considering that trees especially large ones don’t fall perfectly, it’s recommended to maintain an angle of at least 45 degrees.
4. Protect Yourself
Before stepping out to cut down the tree, you need to be fully protected against the risks. Falling branches and twigs may hit you on the head and body, or dirt, dust and other debris may enter inside your nostrils, ears and eyes. You may also accidentally hit your toes or foot on the stump or roots. To avoid these risks, you should wear protective clothing, head gear (helmet), eye glasses (goggles), gloves and heavy-duty shoes/boots.
Following the above steps shortens the time taken to remove the tree while safeguarding people and property. However, before you attempt to do this, you should ensure that it doesn’t affect nearby property, power lines or the environment. If it does, you need to seek authorization and approval from the relevant bodies to avoid disputes or legal action. In addition to enhancing your compound, knowing how to remove a tree reduces any possibilities of property damage or injury to people. If you considering removing the tree yourself during the winter we recommend watching the video above for more tips on safely removing a tree or visiting tree-care.info.