There are many reasons why people choose to plant trees on their property, which include to improve the appearance of the landscape and to provide shade. It's often necessary for homeowners to contact a tree service to trim their trees, care for diseased trees and to remove trees. We aren't affiliated with tree service professionals but we think homeowners should understand the importance of tree specialists and why their services are needed. We researched tree care and talked to professionals in the tree service industry to obtain the information we needed for this blog. As you read these articles, you'll learn when it's necessary to contact a tree service to maintain and care for your trees.
Successful removal of a large and mature tree is a process that starts long before anyone touches a chainsaw to a branch and continues after the tree is gone. Here are the four stages of professional removal and what they mean for you.
Planning how to best remove a tree begins when you meet with a qualified tree care service. They will assess the tree's weaknesses, size, and condition. They will also consider potential problems with access, the falling radius, and any structures or landscaping that could be in the way.
Once a plan is made, both you and your tree crew will do some work to prepare for the project. Protect your own belongings by moving outdoor furniture, potted plants, play areas, and other mobile garden items away from the work area.
Create access for the large equipment your crew will use. Ideally, this means permitting unobstructed access right up to the tree. However, this isn't possible for all properties, so you may need to make space for a crane. And move parked vehicles near the street to boost access.
The tree crew will also make preparations when they arrive. They often lay down sheets of plywood to serve as roads and prevent landscape damage. They'll then stage various vehicles around the project.
Removal of the tree can now commence. Most large trees are now brought down through scaling. Scaling involves using bucket lifts to gain access to the top of the tree and cutting off sections, allowing the crew members to work their way down as they go. Limbs may fall, or they may be captured by safety lines. In some cases, the crew may fell the tree as a whole, especially in an open area.
During actual removal, property owners should stay clear of the entire area. You may want to watch from a distance, but do not get in the way or enter the work zone. However, do remain available should the workers have any questions or complications.
Limbs, branches, and the trunk are usually either chopped up for firewood or placed in a chipper. The tree is your property, so you may decide what you want the professionals to do with its remains.
Once the main tree is gone, the crew will now shift to cleanup. They will remove any safety covers placed down to protect your landscape and replace items they had to move. Thorough cleanup is part of quality tree services, so discuss in advance what you can expect from them.
Contact a professional for more information about tree removal.