Trees are nature’s way of providing comfort and shade to other beings. If they are in your backyard or garden they provide a boundary, protection, shade to sit in and read and for kids to play and add beauty to your house. However, it is better to part ways with your tree if it needs removing by hiring arborist services.

How To Know That A Tree Needs Removal?

Removing a tree that you have cared for, watered, protected and helped it grow is surely not easy, but you will have to take the decision or else it could harm you and your surroundings. It is better to let go of your beloved tree rather than make it become so weak that it falls on its own and destroys your garden, the landscape, your house and hurts someone. There are many signs that show that it needs to be removed as soon as possible. Some signs may not be oblivious to a layman but require the sight of a professional arborist. You should call in an expert tree removal service if you spot any of these issues:

  • The growth of your tree has become slow or your tree is not growing well
  • You see deep cracks and splits in the bark of the trees
  • If you see fungus and any holes in your trees that means your tree is heavily infested
  • If you see your tree has leaned unusually or is falling to one side then it needs removal
  • Dry, discolored and falling leaves extensively in the growth season is a sign that a tree has become weak
  • Hanging or falling branches is also an indication
  • Small twigs and small branches fall at the base of the tree
  • Growth of mushrooms at the base and decaying roots
  • If you see any of these sign sin your tree then it’s time to call in the professional tree removal service

The Right Time Call in the Tree Removal Service

The tree service professionals will come and examine the condition of your tree. If you are on the right note and have guessed that your tree has completely decayed, diseased, weak and is about to die then the tree removal service will remove.

The right time to remove your tree is very important as it will help make the process smooth and easy. The right time to remove a tree is in the winters. In the winter season the leaves are falling and the branches are bare, this way it gets easier and light to remove the tree. The best season for tree removal is the dormant season. The dormant season falls between late winter and early spring. The spring and summer season is the time when the leaves are growing and flowers are blooming so it is not wise to remove a green tree.

Many factors go into consideration when removing a tree. Season is just one of the factors, the growth time, the tree type, the cost and how much diseased or infected the tree is also matters a lot.

Usually tree removal in summer is more expensive as compared to the winter season. Cutting a tree where there is a lot of residential property or many other trees also will be costly as you have to take proper measures in removal so that houses, people and other trees are not harmed in the process.

To Remove or Not to Remove

If the tree is leaning towards one side or severely infested then it should be removed without any delay no matter what the season is as it can pose a threat to the nearby surrounding and other trees can also get infested with the same disease, fungus or insects. But if the condition is not that severe then you should go for the late winter season as it will save you cost and also the task will become easier.

Important Note for DIYers

Remember that tree removal is never a DIY task, professional tree services Chevy Chase are there for a purpose and attempting to remove can harm you greatly. Professionals are efficient and insured throughout the process.

Let us go straight into the different aspects of tree cutting.  I wish to tell you in advance that safety must be given top priority as tree cutting can be fatally dangerous and can cause serious injuries and damages to body parts. In my opinion a novice should not proceed to cut a 60 feet tall tree. It has to be entrusted to local tree removal companies. As a first step you may go for cutting trees which are less than 20 feet in height.

Tools and protection for tree removal

For protecting your body from probable damages and injuries every person who endeavor in tree cutting must wear a protective gear consisting of the following

  • Goggles for eye protection
  • Hard hat for protecting the head
  • Steel toed boots and chaps for leg protection
  • Working gloves for hand protection

Important tools needed for engaging in tree cutting activity are detailed below.

  • Chain saw
  • Ladder
  • Wedge(s)
  • Rope
  • A helper

Assessing the tree and the surrounding

As a first step to tree cutting the site of the tree has to be inspected so that answers to the following questions can be obtained. These answers will help you to understand the severity of the work that you are going to perform.

  • Whether the tree is leaning? If so in what direction?
  • What are the probable areas where the tree is expected to fall aka dropping zone?
  • Is the drop zone safe? Is there any living beings or building that may get damaged?
  • What is the height of the tree and how it will be accommodated in the drop zone?
  • Is the drop zone inclined or level?
  • Is the trees crown correspond to the tree’s slanting?
  • Can the tree get struck up in other trees during its falling?
  • Whether the tree has cracks, loose bark, splits, rotted sections etc?
  • What is the direction and strength of the wind in that area?

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Get yourself ready for escape as soon as the tree starts falling. At least 30 feet path has to be made clear and never turn your back toward the tree. If your exit route is at an angle of 45 degrees to the falling direction of the tree, it will help you to be safe from the kick back of the butt of the tree.

Direct the tree

It will be easy to fell a tree in the leaning direction. With little effort one can  find a tree service employee who will be happy to help you in your DIY activities  and some rope one can guide a tree to fall to the dropping zone though the tree is not slopping in that direction.

Face cut

Face cut determine the direction in which the tree is going to fall. For this cut a scarf on the tree in the drop zone’s direction. This cut should be inclined at an angle of 45 degrees and should not go beyond 1/3 of the width of the tree. Next cut will be at the in the bottom of the first cut and this cut is without any angle.  End of both the cuts should meet at the same location.

Back cut

The back cut starts from the other side of the notch.  This cut should come one to two inches above the corner of the notch. The uncut portion between the above two cuts should be around 1/10 of the diameter of the tree. Find the best tree services silver spring md for this.