Tree cutting is not easy and can be dangerous. Even if you will only need to cut some large branches, there are still risks associated with it. This is the reason why many property owners opt to hire professional tree cutting services. However, if these services are not available, there are tree cutting techniques that you can do.
If you have a tree planted on your property, there may come a time that you may need to have it cut down. Even if there are many advantages of having a tree on your property, there are also many reasons why tree cutting is necessary. It can be because the tree is very old and can fall any minute. You may also simply need some space in your yard or your property will undergo renovations.
Before applying tree cutting techniques, there are numerous things that you should bear in mind to mitigate the risks and make tree cutting safe.
To protect yourself from injury, you should wear clothing that covers most of your body. This includes long sleeves and pants, boots or shoes, a hard hat, eye and ear protection, and heavy-duty gloves. These can protect you from debris that can cause injuries especially in your eyes that is why for eye protection, it is recommended to use safety glasses. Another safety gear that you should have is leg protection such as Kevlar Chaps. These chaps can protect you from cutting your leg when you accidentally drop your chainsaw.
You can’t cut a tree on your own, it is best to have some people who are physically fit to assist you with the tree cutting process.
Be Sure to Know How to Use Tools Properly
The chainsaw is the most important equipment you will need since it will do most of the work. However, you should be well-educated first about chainsaws before using them to prevent injuries. Other equipment that you should have is a 1000-lb test rope that is three times longer than the height of your tree to be used as a secure backup and a sharp ax.
The first step of the application of tree cutting techniques is carefully inspecting the tree. Look for loose branches and deadwood. You will also size up the tree and decide as to where the best direction would fall.
Make sure the site is safe. Children and pets are far from the area and there are no other obstructions such as power lines and other items on your property. In here you will also estimate the felling zone or the area where you would want your tree to fall that is why it is important to size up your tree.
As mentioned, you will need a 1000-lb test rope. Tie one end of the rope at the middle of the tree. The other end will be given to the people who will assist you. They should be at a safe distance outside of the felling zone.
Cut a V-shaped notch into the tree. This will be made on the side of the tree where you want it to fall. The notch should be at least at knee-height and the cut should be made to the middle of the tree.
Move to the opposite side and slowly start cutting the tree again until your cut meets the first notch cut. Keep in mind that you should not stand straight behind the tree as it could snap unexpectedly and could cause you serious injuries.
When the tree shows a sign that it is about to fall, quickly walk away from the tree at a 45-degree angle. If the tree doesn’t fall over all the way, have your assistants pull the rope until the tree finally falls. Do not use a chainsaw to cut the tree as it could snap and cause you serious injuries. Pull it only using the rope.
Tree cutting techniques can be hard and very risky. Poor execution of these techniques can cause serious injuries and can damage your property. When in doubt, it is still wise to contact a business that offers professional tree cutting services.