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7 Steps to trouble free tree felling
Tree felling can be dangerous and we suggest you hire a professional.
Damage from your tree felling quest can be very costly. Here are a
few tips for the DIY enthusiast.
Step 1 – Assess the Tree You will first want to assess the overall
condition of the tree. Walk around the tree and note its lean, branch
distribution for limb weight and where the top of the tree falls.
Examine it for dead branches, cracks, loose bark or anything else that
sticks out. Note whether there are any branches from other trees
interfering with the tree that will need to be removed before
Step 2 – Examine the Base Look at the base of the tree for any sign
of root instability including roots near a river or lake, other
uprooted trees or fungus growth. Clear out a workspace around the
Step 3 – Determine the Lay Determine where you intend for the tree
to fall. Try to select a direction that is close to the tree’s
natural lean, while making sure not to get the tree stuck in the
branches of another tree. Note that uneven ground can cause a tree
to break, bounce, roll or even explode, so try to select a flat
surface. Decide on the falling corridor.
Step 4 – Plan an Escape Route and Secure Rope Clear an area at a
45 degree angle away from the tree and its fall corridor. Ensure
that it is long enough that you can move at least 30 feet or more
away from the stump. Use the ladder to tie a rope to an upper part
of the tree to help in the case that it begins to fall in the wrong
Step 5 – Cut a Notch in the Felling Direction Using your chainsaw,
make your first cut more than halfway through the tree. Then make
the second to join this one in as a notch. The “mouth” of this
notch should face in the direction that you plan on having the
Step 6 - Cut the Other Side Make a cut on the other side of the
tree towards the notch. The tree should begin to fall in the
direction of the notch. If it doesn’t, have the other person pull
on the rope from the correct direction, being very careful to
quickly get out of the way.
Step 7 – Clear the Way When the tree falls it is very important
to get out of the way quickly. It is hard to judge what a tree
may do and any of its branches can be very dangerous. A tree’s
size can be easily misjudged and result in serious injury or
death when cutting it down. Be very careful to accurately evaluate
the tree and create an adequate escape route before you begin
any cutting. Use these steps to successfully cut a tree down on
your property. Be sure to use all necessary safety precautions
and have someone to help you with this job for the best results.