As the warmer weather hits us, many are reviewing what needs to be done in the garden, including looking at the condition of any trees. There are a few reasons why you may be considering a tree removal, but you must always put safety at the top of the list when you plan the work.
Follow our expert tips to ensure tree felling is a success.
How Can You Tell If a Tree Needs Removing?
Trees which need removing usually fall into one of two categories; those which have become diseased or damaged and those which have become dangerous or are growing too close to your property. For example, take a look at this pine tree removal we carried out recently in Warlingham. The roots had become overgrown and started to lift up the driveway. This is a prime example of when a tree should be removed.
However, when it comes to overgrown trees or ones you feel have succumbed to disease, it’s always a good idea to ask an arborist to take a look. It may be that tree pruning is more appropriate to encourage new, healthy growth instead. Those trees beyond help may become dangerous, with weakening branches, a hollow trunk and shallow roots. In these cases, tree felling would be recommended.
Dangers of DIY Tree Felling
If you’re sure a tree needs felling, always remain cautious about undertaking the work yourself. DIY tree care can pose severe risks to yourself, others nearby and structures in the area.
Safe tree felling involves the use of tools and equipment, as well as the dismantling of heavy tree parts. Expert tree surgeons wear the right protective clothing and are trained in safe removal methods. They understand the techniques to suit each tree, including the branches to remove first and the direction the tree will fall.
You should also be aware of any TPOs (Tree Preservation Orders) on trees around your property if it’s in a conservation area, which means you can’t work on them without prior permission from your local council, or you could receive a fine. Tree care professionals can check if you require a tree felling licence and also time the work carefully to ensure there are no birds nesting in it.
Safest Tree Removal Techniques
There are two main types of tree removal. Straight tree felling is only appropriate if there’s enough space to do this safely, and the fall can be controlled enough not to damage your lawn. Ropes and felling wedges will still need to be used. However, the most popular and safest tree removal method is section felling. This does what it says on the tin and involves bringing down the tree bit by bit using lowering ropes. You may also want to consider a tree stump removal to stop it becoming infected and forming new growths, clearing a space in your garden for new projects.
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