Guide to Tree Cutting Techniques and Tips

Tree cutting jobs, especially with a large tree, can be extremely dangerous. That is why this type of work should only be done by someone experienced, skilled, and fully-equipped. But, if you are determined to handle the job yourself, make sure you know the know-how of tree cutting, so you can perform the task with confidence and get safe and efficient results. 

Use the Proper Equipment

You should arm yourself with the proper equipment to ensure the best results. The equipment you use will determine whether you will have a successful tree cutting project or not. First, always keep your tools clean and sharp. Inspect and proof-test it prior to using it to ensure it is in good serviceable condition. Every time you use the equipment, you should keep it in a dry area to prevent it from rusting. Don’t use dull equipment for your own safety. 

  • Chainsaw- A chainsaw is the most essential tool you will need for a tree removal project. It is better if you can invest in a powerful chainsaw that has a horsepower of 3.5 and a 20-inch bar. Choose a heavy-duty chainsaw that can penetrate branches and the trunk of the tree. 
  • Safety glasses- Unfortunately, many people who DIY tree cutting disregard the importance of protecting themselves against injuries. One of the most common injuries you can get is eye abrasion due to flying debris. Wear safety glasses whenever you perform tree work for your own sake. 
  • Leg Protection- As much as you protect your eyes, you should do the same to your legs. We recommend wearing heavy-duty safety boots and leg protectors to protect you from cuts and amputation in case the chainsaw malfunctions. 
  • Test Rope- Ideally, the rope should be three times longer than the height of your tree. This rope will be used as a safety backup when the worst scenario happens.

Tree Cutting Techniques

 Inspect your equipment and protective gear before you get on to the task of tree removal. Make sure that they are in good working condition before you start the tree removal project. If at all possible, have someone with you during the task, so he can help direct the fall of the tree. It is also better if you have someone around in case you get into an accident. Again, it is not recommended that you tackle tree removal yourself, but if you are confident you can do it, the most critical thing to do is to assess the tree thoroughly. Inspect the tree and learn any risks in the area that can affect the safety of the task. 

  1. Learn how tall the tree is.
  2. Decide where you want the tree to fall, taking the height into account
  3. Clear the fall zone from any object that can cause obstruction or remove objects that can be damaged.
  4. Secure the middle of the tree with a rope
  5. Give the other end of the rope to your tree cutting partner/assistant and instruct them to move outside the fall zone where it is safe.
  6. Cut a notch in the shape of V in the direction you want it to fall.
  7. Make the notch at knee height and cut through the center of the tree
  8. Move to the opposite direction of the tree and cut the tree until it meets the initial cut you made
  9. Walk farther from the tree when it begins to fall. For safety reasons, you should be at a 45-angle away from the falling tree.
  10. In case the tree doesn’t fall all the way, ask your friends to pull the rope until it falls.

Tree Cutting Tips

As much as possible, don’t carry out tree removal on your own. But if you really plan on the task yourself, use the following tips to cut the tree down safely.

  • Don’t stand behind a falling tree. The stump can snap to your direction and cause grave injuries.
  • Do not use a chainsaw in case the tree didn’t fall. Use a rope or anything that can carry the load. At this point, the tree could snap due to pressure.

If you think tree removal is not for you, it is best to contact your trusted local tree company to tackle the job on your behalf.  Call David with Lindbergh’s Tree Service Greensboro at 336-347-1875 for more information.

Signs You May Have to Remove that Tree

Trees bring us a lot of benefits we can only imagine. They are a gift from Mother Nature, and they provide us with shade, clean air, and protection along with the barriers of our home. They bring us beauty, comfort, and relaxation that only they can provide. 

This is the reason why deciding to remove a tree can be so heart-breaking for an owner, especially if the tree has been part of their lives for a long time. However, if the tree is no longer an asset and has become a potential threat to your safety, there is no better way to deal with it but to have it removed. 

Here are the symptoms you should look for to say that a tree is dead and needs removal.

Time to Remove a Tree

It is crucial to get assistance from a professional arborist when diagnosing whether a tree is dead or not. You both play an integral role in keeping your property free from any dangerous trees. 

Tell-tale Signs Your Tree is Dead

The first thing you can do is perform the scratch test on a few twigs on the tree. If you notice the underneath layer of the bark is dry and brown, there must be a problem with your tree’s health. You should look for other apparent signs of a dead tree which includes:

  • Mushroom, and disease-causing pathogens such as fungi, at the base of the trunk
  • Peeling barks and splits in the trunk
  • Cavities in the trunk
  • Dead branches in the crown
  • Small twigs with no living buds at the edge of a branch

If more than one of these signs is present in your tree, it’s time to call a certified arborist to remove the tree. Schedule a consultation right away to ensure the tree us taken care of before it gets you into trouble.

Can I DIY Tree Removal, or Should I Hire a Pro?

The simple answer is to get help from a professional. A certified arborist will assess the tree and diagnose whether it needs removal or if it can recover from proper treatment. It can be too risky to handle tree removal on your own, especially if the tree is too large and will require you to climb a ladder.  If you need a professional tree service company, call Bragg Tree Service Fayetteville at 910-239-0670 for help.  

Safety Issues Concerning a Dead Tree

While a dead tree may not look as dangerous as it really is, once a tree is no longer healthy, it is considered a safety hazard on your property. Signs of a dead tree may be concealed in some instances, but you should still take them seriously. A dead tree has a weak structure and puts you and your property in grave danger. The worst part is, dead trees can be very unpredictable, which means you can’t tell when it will fall. It can take days or years before it lands on your roof, but one thing is for sure, it will happen at the most unexpected time. If a disease or insect infestation caused the decline of your tree’s health, you should have it removed immediately before it affects the healthy trees in your yard. 

DIY Tree Trimming

Providing trees with their much-needed care is no biggie for most homeowners. Trees require water, fertilizer, and mulch to thrive. These things are essential to keep a tree in good condition and prevent it from bringing you unnecessary stress. Another crucial tree maintenance is trimming, but can you do it on your own? Absolutely. However, there important considerations in trimming that you need to learn before you take on the job. 

If you have decided to perform the task, keep reading for some useful guides in trimming small trees and branches.

Is it okay to DIY Tree Trimming

If you’re looking to trim a small tree with relatively small branches, go ahead and do it. But if the task will require you to climb a ladder to reach the limbs or the tree is nearby power lines, you should not even think of doing it. 

DIY Branch Trimming in Small Trees

Let’s begin with the proper way to trim small branches:

  • Use a sharp and clean pruning tool.
  • Be familiar with tree anatomy. The branch collar is the bulged area under the branch, which connects the branch to the tree. The branch ridge, on the other hand, is the area between the branch and the trunk. 
  • Locate the spot you’ll trim. You should make the cut far enough the branch collar to avoid damaging it and leaving a stub. 
  • For a thin branch that is less than one inch, you should cut the branch slightly beyond the branch collar. 
  • For a thick branch, you should utilize the three-cut rule. Cut halfway underneath the branch, then go a couple of inches past the cut, and make the cut. The final cut should be just in front of the branch collar. 

Trimming a Small Tree

Trimming a small tree is mostly similar to cutting small branches, but there are other things to consider.

  • Identify the branches you will prune and the ones you will not. You should keep the branches that are growing at 60 degrees from the trunk. Remove the branches that seem to misalign from the rest of the branches.
  • Plan how much to trim. Do not trim more than 25 percent of the tree’s canopy in one trimming session. 
  • Remove any branch that competes with the leader branch, in younger trees.
  • Finally, cut the branches following the guide above.

DIY Trimming Gone Wrong

Tree trimming can go a long way in keeping your tree healthy. But one wrong cut can lead to its decline and sudden death. This is the reason why you shouldn’t trim more than 1/4 of the tree’s canopy in one session. You should avoid cutting the branch collar because it can be the reason for your tree’s death. Finally, avoid topping your tree because it doesn’t only compromise the shape of the tree, but also result in its total decline.

Avoid Trimming a Large Tree

If you haven’t noticed yet, we only talked about trimming small trees, and that’s because we never recommend trimming larger ones. Pruning a tree that necessitates the use of a ladder to reach the branches is too risky and should only be done by an experienced tree company. You can lose your balance or grip on the equipment that can lead to disaster. It is best to leave the job to a certified arborist who has the skills, experience, and equipment to perform the job safely.  

This information was provided by Saints Tree Service Cleveland, 9526 Parkview Ave, Cleveland, OH 44104.