The Various Tree Removal Safety Precautions

Tree removal is one the most invaluable services to homeowners, real estate developers, as well as business that  have an outdoor spaces. At times, it is necessary to cut down a tree for various purposes such as creating space for an outdoor structure, prevent further damage to existing structures, or make way for installation of a utility such as electricity cable.

You do not have to do the hard work; there are professional tree removal companies that can help you remove the tree safely and at an affordable price. Some of the factors that you should consider when looking for such a company include reputation, legal accreditation, reliable, type of technology they use, cost, insurance, level of professionalism, and quality of their services.

Below are some of the precautionary measures that the best tree removal companies take to protect their personnel, clients, and the property around the site.

Figuring out Where the Tree will Fall

This is one of the most important decisions that the service provider has to make become embarking on cutting down the tree. Most of the trees have a tendency of leaning in one direction or another and this makes it possible to predict the area it is likely to fall. The best spot or drop zone should be level, it may cause damage to other things in the landscape if it falls on a slope and rolls downhill.


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Sound It

This basically refers to knocking against the tree using an axe to know if the tree is hollow. If you do not hear any echo, the tree is live and may require special skills and equipment to cut it down. On the other hand, if it sounds hollow, it may be dying or dead so great care should be taken when cutting it as it can fall in any direction. It is recommendable to do this test at different heights and points to choose the ideal action.

Make a Horizontal Cut

Ideally, it should not be more than 1/3 the width of the tree’s trunk and should be lower than your hip. It is also important to note that most trees fall perpendicular to the horizontal cut.

Wedge Cut

The tree removal expert should put a stick on one side of the horizontal cut to ensure that the cut is straight. If done correctly, you will end up with a slice of wood that resembles the normal orange slice. With this cut there are no restrictions, you can make the cut  below or at the top of the previous cut.

Back Cut

The magnitude of this cut is dependent on the size of the holding wood. What is holding wood? This refers to the wood that governs the direction that the tree falls. In order to increase the chances of the tree falling on the dead zone, make the cut thick. In addition, to get the best results this cut should not be less than one and a half inches above the previous horizontal cut that you made. It is also important to mark the point on the tree that you want it to terminate to be on the safe side.

Prepare to Run Away from the Tree

After making the back cut, you will remain with the holding wood, it must be even, if not the tree is likely to start falling prematurely. As you make the back cut, you should be on standby and ready to run as far as possible for the tree as it might change direction due to external factors such as wind.

Contact us today for professional and affordable tree removal Wilmington service today. We have a team of experts who have vast experience as well as modern tree cutting equipment. No matter the size of the tree we can help get rid of it safely.

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