Proper Tree Removal Techniques

Although sad, tree removal is sometimes necessary to protect the land or buildings. Dying or dead tress need to be removed for health and safety reasons. There are several steps that need to be done to have a successful tree removal.

• First and foremost you need to check to make sure there are no obstacles in the immediate area.
• Next you want to observe the tree to see which way it naturally leans. This will depict which way it will fall the best.
• Set up two escape routes that lead away from the expected fall line.
• Undercut – Cut a 90 degree V shape. This should be done about 1/4th of the tree’s diameter in depth.
• Backcut – The backcut is made on the opposite side about 2 inches higher than the hinge part of the undercut. The purpose of the backcut is to release the stress on the backside of the tree which allows it to fall.
• Remove the branches and stump to complete the tree removal.

A Few Don’ts in Tree Removal

• Never make the backcut lower than the undercut as you would be reversing the roles of the cuts in the tree removal process.
• Never cut all the way through the tree as you will lose control of the tree.