Whenever a tree is being cut down, there is a procedure that needs to be followed to minimize damage and avoid injury. It is easier for professionals because they have experience and are not rolling the dice on anything. On the other hand, the same cannot be said of people who try to have DIY tree removal in their compounds. A number of things have to be emphasized.
Planning and Preparation
First, you cannot wake up and decide that you are cutting down a tree, get the tools and start straight away. You need to start slowly. Pace yourself and plan out exactly how you would want to remove the tree. Planning will help you cater for any potential accidents and avoid them.
To plan, you need to decide which side you would want the tree to fall. This depends on everything in the tree’s surrounding. First, you need to avoid buildings, property, fences and even other trees. This is all if the tree is small. However, bigger trees will require you to cut off some of the branches and then chop the tree down in bits to avoid injury and/ or damage.
Equipment and Safety Precautions
Next, you need to get your equipment and tools ready. Have a checklist of every item you will need to use for the process. If you are lacking in any, go buy the tools. You will need an axe, a chainsaw, rope and perhaps a ladder. All of this depends on how big the tree is as well as the technique you are going to use to fell it.
You should also count your friends as resources. Do not attempt to remove a tree on your own. So many things could go wrong. Having friends hold onto a rope to direct the fall in case the tree goes in a different direction will help to prevent injury and damage as well.
The process of cutting down the tree is pretty simple. Start by making a v-shaped cut on the trunk of your tree. Ensure that the cut is not above your hip area. The cut should also be about a third of the way into the tree trunk. Proceed to make a similar cut on the side that the tree should be falling. Once this is done, quickly walk away from the fall area to avoid getting hurt as the tree falls.
A tip to maintain safety is to always face the tree as you get away. Turning your back could expose you to dangers that you cannot see, anticipate or get out of.
Tree cutting might seem simple but it should be left to the pros. They are skilled and experienced in this area. Additionally, they have the tools ready and are therefore cheaper. Cutting your own tree forces you to buy tools which are expensive. You would also need to spend a lot to repair damages or get treatment for bodily injuries that might occur as you try to do it on your own.