Trees are the largest living things on the planet. However, even a small tree can pose some risk to person and property, especially during a tree removal operation. We believe that our knowledge of trees and plants as biological structures makes us better equipped to safely remove trees. Following are the most common tree removal methods, listed from simplest to most complex.
Removing a tree from your yard or property requires careful thought so you avoid damage to your own and neighboring buildings and landscaping. While you may feel confident handling the removal of a small tree, rely on a professional tree removal service to take down large trees. Most tree cutting services rely on several techniques to handle the job safely and make sure it goes smoothly.
Felling or Drop Method:
This technique involves confirming there's enough room for the tree to fall to the ground without hitting other objects:
Traditional Tree Removal:
This technique, involves the tree climber cutting branches as he works his way up the trunk of the tree. Using a harness and safety ropes, once the tree climber reaches the top of the tree he begins to cut the upper sections of the trunk, letting them freefall to the ground. The climber continues to work back down the trunk, removing sections as he goes. Once the tree seems short enough to fell, a final cut is made and the rest of the tree falls.
Spar Pole Rigging:
Similar to traditional tree removal, a tree climber trims all of the branches off the tree as he heads for the top. But once the tree is trimmed, removal of the upper portion of the trunk requires a rigging rope to lower the chunks to the ground. This procedure gets used primarily when the tree sits too close to structures or other landscaping to allow the large, heavy pieces to freefall.
Whole Tree Rigging and Removal:
This removal technique involves removing every part of the tree, including branches and trunk sections, using a rigging rope. Cranes may be used to make the job a bit easier. This removal technique may be one of the most time-consuming, but if done properly, also involves the least damage to buildings, landscaping or utility lines located close to the tree.