A mature tree might be dangerous to cut down, thus wherever possible, it should be done by qualified and equipped specialists. These tree cutting techniques could make things go more smoothly if you have to cut down the tree yourself since you can’t afford to pay a professional tree removal services.
Get the Proper Equipment
You need the appropriate tools for the job before you begin the path of mastering technique. Before using it on a tree, you should examine all of your equipment to ensure that it is in good working order. The primary pieces of equipment required to remove a mature tree from your property are included in the following list.
The most crucial piece of equipment you’ll require is a chainsaw. The chainsaw should have a 20 inch bar and roughly 3.5 horsepower. 20 inches should be sufficient to cut down the majority of trees because the bar length determines the depth that the blade can enter.
Safety Glasses: When performing labor like this, many people disregard the necessity of wearing safety glasses. The reality is that when using a chainsaw to chop, flying debris can significantly hurt your eyes.
Leg protection: The saw may kick out of the tree and strike your leg if you encounter a knot in the tree. It is advised that you wear sturdy leg coverings or knee-high safety boots.
1000 LB Test Rope: The length of the rope should be around three times as long as the height of the tree. It will be used as a failsafe in case something goes wrong.
Tree Cutting Techniques
Before you begin, you should check to make sure that all of your equipment is in good working order.
You ought to invite some pals over to assist you if at all possible.
They will be there in case something goes wrong in addition to being able to help direct the tree’s fall.
Assessing the likelihood that the tree will fall on something other than the ground should be your first step if you decide to ahead with cutting a tree yourself, even though doing so is not advised.
You do not want the tree to be taken down and then fall on your house, fence, or worse, a neighbor’s property.
You can begin using these methods to safely cut down your tree as soon as you are ready to go.
Identify the tree’s height.
Choose the direction you want the tree to fall based on the tree’s height.
Remove all debris and anything else that might get damaged from the area around the fall zone.
Depending on where the tree’s centre is, or above it, tie one end of the rope to it.
Give your buddies the other end and instruct them to keep a safe distance between themselves and the fall zone.
On the side from which you want the tree to fall, cut a v-shaped notch into the tree.
The notch should be at knee height, cut straight through the middle of the tree, and resemble a shallow “v.”
On the opposite side of the tree, slowly begin to cut through the wood until you reach your notch cut.
When the tree begins to fall, move swiftly and at a 45-degree angle away from it.
Have your buddies start pulling on the rope until the tree finally falls if it doesn’t fall completely or if it gets trapped on another tree.
General Tree Cutting Tips
We strongly advise having your tree cut by a professional tree service or arborist. Having said that, if you want to do this yourself, here are some broad pointers. Additional advice about felling and cutting trees can be found here.
Never face a tree that is about to fall. The tree may kick back at you if the stump snaps, inflicting severe injury.
If the tree does not come down, stay away from it when using the chainsaw. Only use the rope to pull it. The tree is under extreme stress and can break.
Reading our pricing guides might help you determine the price and budget for a qualified contractor or arborist if you’re concerned that cutting down a tree might not be the best option for you.