Every homeowner has a dilemma in their yard. Whether it is falling trees, dead trees or even overgrown bushes, there are many reasons to want to take down a tree in your yard. There are a few steps that can be taken to ensure the process goes without issue and the final result will be exactly what you wanted. Ensure safe removal of trees by following these ten steps when considering any tree removal:
1) Plan your work and work your plan
As simple as this may sound, planning can make all the difference in how fast you complete your task and whether or not something goes wrong. When working with large trees it is always best to have a solid plan before anything begins. This includes an exit strategy for all workers in case something does go wrong.
2) Determine the Tree’s Strength
Look closely at how the tree is attached to the ground. A tree that appears to be firmly rooted in the soil is likely a far stronger one than one that appears loose or seems like it could be pulled out with ease. A securely rooted tree will cost you more time and energy when removing it than a more easily removed one would have done.
Be sure to get an estimation on whether or not you believe it would be worth your time if no roots are holding down the top of the soil throughout your yard, especially around structures such as your home, pool or garden beds.
3) Check Around You Before Beginning Work
Checking what is surrounding where you intend to remove trees in your yard is an important step that often goes overlooked. You want to ensure there will be no danger of anything falling near or on anything you value in your yard when removing trees.
4) Assess Your Work Space
The dead tree monster can come in many forms and different sizes, meaning it is vital to make sure you have adequate space before beginning work. You will need an accomplishment amount of space (unless the tree is really small such as a shrub), which means you probably also should consider if another tree can be safely removed along with this one without causing damage to other structures in the process.
Try to avoid any possibility for a branch from either tree to fall into a windshield, break a window or simply just get caught up somewhere else.
5) Inspect the Tree and Pull Out the Stakes
If you plan on removing a tree that has root balls or stakes, be sure to remove them before beginning any work. It is much easier to do this before anything begins than trying to avoid them during work and possibly risk injury in the process.
Trees with stakes can cause damage such as punctured tires if driven over by equipment such as tractors or bobcats. Removing stakes beforehand will save you not only time but also equipment from damages which can cost money for replacement parts.
6) Make Sure There is an Ample Warning Before Starting Work
If there are structures like playgrounds or pools near where trees need to be removed it is your responsibility to ensure there is enough time and warning given before beginning work. There is nothing worse than hitting a child by mistake or causing damage to your property because someone did not leave enough time for people to exit from that area before beginning.
7) Ensure the Safety of Those Around You
Be sure you have a safety meeting with all workers involved in tree removal before working on any trees in your yard. A safety meeting will ensure everyone is aware of what they need to do and when especially since being careless can lead to accidents costing injury or possibly even death. Adequate protective gear should be worn throughout the entire process if there is even a slight possibility for danger near where trees are being removed from.
8) Remove Tree Limbs Before Cutting into Trunk
It often proves far easier and safer to remove branches before cutting into the trunk with chainsaws or other tools. By removing branches beforehand you can greatly reduce the risk of things such as limbs falling and making it far easier to cut the tree correctly and safely.
9) Make Sure Your Chainsaw is Properly Sharpened
If you do not have a sharp chainsaw it could bend, break or cause injury while in use which can lead to time loss and even greater costs than without one. Your chainsaw must be in good working order before beginning any work. Attempting to cut through wood that has been dehydrated for decades without proper equipment will only get you frustrated and leave behind more waste than necessary- all at an increased cost.
10) Mark All Types of Debris
After all branches and other pieces of wood have been removed it is important to make sure debris can be seen, especially if you plan on using heavy machinery such as bobcats or tractors. By marking each type of debris appropriately, workers can more easily remove them while keeping one another safe. This step may seem like a no-brainer but it often gets overlooked during the process which ends up causing time loss and injury when someone runs over plastic pipes with equipment that has tires.