How to Perform a Tree Removal (The Smart Way)

tree-removalExpecting the Unexpected

One end of the chain was securely fastened around the tree, and the other end to the bumper of a full-sized truck revving its engine as smoke billowed from the exhaust. If ever there were a man vs. nature competition, this was it.

The intention was for the truck to influence the direction of the falling tree into the fall-zone away from the house nearby. However, the stubborn, old cottonwood had other plans.

The tires on the truck began to spin, but the tree just wouldn’t budge. The driver punched the gas pedal to the floor once again.

Then, mother nature intervened via gale force winds and the behemoth began its descent to the ground in slow-motion, directly onto the cab of the truck. Luckily, nobody was injured in the incident.

This is just one of the many tree removal horror stories that have accumulated over the years regarding individuals attempting this feat on their own. Just like so many other chores in life, there is a right way, a wrong way and the smart way of completing said tasks.

The Smart Way

Failing to heed the smart way regarding tree removal will often result it trees toppling over and smashing cars, roofs and garages. The sound of breaking glass—or even worse, broken bones—are ones you certainly don’t want to hear when you are attempting to remove a tree from your property.

Since cutting down and removing mature trees can be hazardous, it should only be handled by those properly trained professionals with equipment necessary to complete the job. If there comes a time when you to attempt tree removal yourself, then there are some general guidelines that you should adhere to such as maintaining the proper equipment.

Here are just a few of the basic tools required to safely and effectively remove a tree:

  • Chainsaw – Consider models with at least a 20 inch bar in order to effectively penetrate most trees.
  • Test Rope – 1000 LB test rope is typically recommended for tree removal.
  • Safety Equipment – From knee-high safety boots to protect your leg in the event of the saw kicking back, to safety glasses to prevent debris from injuring your eyes, don’t ever become complacent in regard to wearing safety equipment.

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How to Find a Smart, Reliable Tree Service

smart-reliable-tree-serviceA reliable place to begin searching for a smart, reliable tree service is with the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). Not only does the ISA provide consumers with an online directory of arborists, they also provide a tool for verifying credentials.

Other Resources

Although the ISA does provide a plethora of online resources, there certainly are a few other places you can find reliable information in regard to your search for a tree service. After all, a tree expert should be consulted if those higher limbs require removal, or if any of your trees are showing signs of disease.

In addition to the ISA, a few other credible places to search for a reliable tree service are Angie’s List, the Yellow Pages and the Better Business Bureau. Most of these sites will even provide you with customer reviews and ratings to make your decision easier.

Additional Tips

Indeed, tree removal often does call for more than some random guy strolling through your neighborhood with a chainsaw and an old truck. First, you should examine your trees to discover dead limbs that could potentially buckle during a storm.

Next, create a checklist detailing the type of work that needs to be completed. Remaining proactive regarding tree care can help you save money in the long-run.

Don’t settle on the first tree service you find, but compare the ratings and reviews from several companies and gather multiple quotes. Some sites will even provide discount coupons to their members.

Always confirm the qualifications of any company you are considering hiring. Here are some screening questions to ask a those tree services you are considering:

  1. Are they properly trained, certified, insured, etc.?
  2. What sets their company apart from the competition?
  3. What specialized equipment, if any, do they have access to?
  4. Are they experienced in stump grinding?
  5. Do they advertise tree topping?
  6. Do they have verifiable references?
  7. Do they offer free quotes?

Finally, when in doubt regarding the health of your trees, and what plan of action should be taken, you should always consult a certified arborist since they are the most knowledgable regarding trees.

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