Removing Old Trees

  Sometimes trees reach a point where they must be cut, especially if they are not drought-resistant trees. It can be a painful decision, but sometimes the trees that are very close to the houses, are very sick, have an incurable infestation or grow very tall and very close to the power lines. If any […]


Sometimes trees reach a point where they must be cut, especially if they are not drought-resistant trees. It can be a painful decision, but sometimes the trees that are very close to the houses, are very sick, have an incurable infestation or grow very tall and very close to the power lines. If any of these things happen, it is better to do the right thing and get rid of this tree. Despite having spent hours and hours making the tree is as it is now, it is almost dishonourable to let it suffer in unfavourable conditions.

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Techniques to remove trees

Once you have made the choice to remove the tree, you need to plan. We can start by counting the number of windows that we have seen broken and the cars that we have seen crushed by bad planning at the time of removing trees. Decide which way you want it to fall, and measure the way you should cut it so that it cannot hurt anything else. Once you have had the planned fall direction, you should go to the top of the tree and tie two long ropes in the part. Then anchor them to the opposite side of the one that wants the tree to fall. This will allow you to adjust the direction of the tree once it has gone down, just in case it starts to lean towards some place.

Now that you have taken all the necessary precautions, you can start cutting down. If you plan to use a manually operated saw or an axe, please think about how crazy it is. Cutting a tree by hand can take a lot of time, and you may never have the precision you could have with an electric saw. If you do not have one, do not consider doing it. Ask your neighbours and see if anyone has one that they can borrow. If that does not work, buy or rent one from your local home improvement store.

Before you begin cutting your tree, you should wear eye and face protection in the event that a splinter can fly towards you. We have a friend who went blind in the right eye while cutting a tree, so we hope none of my readers make the same mistake as him. When operating a power tool, always make sure you are using all the protection necessary for the exposed parts of your body.

When making the cut, you should not make a straight line. It is always better to cut in a “V” shape, because if you cut in a straight line, the tree can roll from one side to the other. If you cut in the form of a “V”, you can control the direction of fall. Occasionally the human error at the time of cutting can cause it to fall a little further than calculated, so ask for the help of some strong friends to be able to linearise the path of the fall. The whole process should not take more than an hour.

Getting rid of the trunk that is left on the ground can be a bit more difficult. It has several options; You can rent a log splitter that completely destroyed the entire visible section. Or you can spend countless hours digging and taking it out. The latter is better, but it takes a long time. If you have children to help you, this should not be a problem, as they like to dig and enjoy outdoor activities. This is the method that we know, and with which we managed to get the whole trunk in a week. Keep in mind that my trunk was about 30 centimetres in diameter, and digging probably will not work for much longer trunks.

5 steps to remove a tree from the root

No one can deny that trees are incredible pieces of art that nature gives us to appreciate and enjoy its presence. Not to mention having the chance that one of these copies embellishes our garden. However, sometimes it can happen that a tree gets sick due to an infestation not treated in time or that its height gets out of hand and can interfere with the electrical wiring. In those cases, badly that weighs us, it is necessary to get rid of it to avoid bigger problems in the future.

To not leave you alone in such a feat, wants to accompany you in this process by giving you the precise advice so that everything will come out successfully.

Step 1: Have everything calculated

The first thing that needs to be done first of all and after having decided that the tree will be removed, is to plan several considerations. You must be sure which direction you think it is convenient to fall to avoid crushing other objects due to a miscalculation.

That area of ​​fall must be free of traffic of vehicles, people or some type of construction. In addition, it is necessary to check the terrain of that area so that its surface does not present unevenness that can cause accidents.

Step 2: The natural inclination

As you can imagine, removing a tree is a task that cannot be done without appealing to a criterion of previous organisation or without adequate tools. Therefore, in addition to being aware of the previous step, it is necessary to take into account other variables.

Generally, trees have a tendency to lean toward the wind or in search of as much light as possible. The idea is that you clear that path so there are no obstacles.

Step 3: Cut in v

The next procedure that is very important in this process, is to go up to the tip of the tree and tie two long ropes that should be anchored on the opposite side of the fall to allow you to manage the direction correctly.

Then, you must make an electric saw because it is time to make a V-shaped cut that will help weaken the strength of the tree. Professionals call it undermined and must have a dimension proportional to a quarter of the total size of the piece.

Step 4: The final cut

Then, it is necessary to make another cut, but this time it is back and will help to release the pressure of the previous cut. Be careful not to coincide the two cuts because you will cause the tree to fall to the opposite direction of which you have planned.

Once the tree begins to fall you must move quickly from the road to avoid accidents or injuries. Also, you must alert others to your procedure on time.

Step 5: The trunk and roots

Each time we are closer to the end of this masterful task. When the tree has fallen, we should start to remove all the branches.

You should check how to get the trunk of the tree from its roots: there are different possibilities to carry out this procedure. Light a fire and let the trunk in the middle so that it is consumed with the help of a chemical.

The second option is to hire a company that is dedicated to drill the earth and extract the roots completely.

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