WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW about Felling | Cleveland Tree Care

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Felling is an important part of tree care, especially if you have lots of trees on your property. This can be a risky, dangerous process, so working with a tree care service in Waite Hill like VanCuren Tree Service can be a wise decision to ensure the safety of yourself, your property, and your trees.

You might be able to fell your own trees if they are smaller and you have the proper knowledge, along with the proper equipment. Here is some advice and tips if you want to learn more on how to fell your own trees.

  • Check the site for potential obstacles and hazards, such as overhead power lines, roads, or buildings before doing anything to the tree.
  • Determine the direction the tree will fall. This can be done by looking at the branches and how they grow. Wind direction can also play a factor. You can also use a plumb line to determine it, if you are unsure.
  • Prune the trunk prior to felling so branches and twigs are not in the way.
  • Decide on a cutting technique. This is determined by the size and slope of the tree
  • Check for diseases. If any part of the tree looks soft, discolored, swollen, or diseased, be careful as this means the tree is rotting and it may be weaker than it appears.
  • Determine which tool you need. This is also determined by the size of the tree. For smaller trees, you can use a breaking bar. Larger trees will need an impact bar and felling wedges.
  • Check out how the weight of the crowns is distributed first and make sure you have enough room for it. If the crown is swaying heavily, do not cut it down.
  • If the tree is on a slope, fell uphill if you can.
  • Dead trees and limbs can break unexpectedly, so it should be handled by a professional.
  • Make sure to wear the proper safety gear, including a helmet, ear muffs, and safety glasses.
  • Cut surrounding bushes and brush from the tree to clear two escape routes, 45 degrees apart in opposite directions.

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To ensure the safest and best job possible is done, make sure to call a professional. Tree care experts in the Waite Hill area like VanCuren Tree Service know how to properly drop trees and can make sure this is done correctly and efficiently.

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