Trees around your property can be a lovely way to bring a touch of nature to your space, but sometimes they aren’t as wonderful as they might seem. A tree that has been killed off by something can be dangerous and it could cause damage to your home or the surrounding area if it falls.
Signs a Tree Needs Cutting
How do you know if your tree needs to be removed? Here are some signs to watch for:
The Roots Are Rotting
Take a look at the roots of the tree. You may need to dig a little to see them, but most trees will have some roots near the surface. If they appear to be rotting and damaged, it’s time to call someone to remove the tree or do so yourself.
The Tree is Leaning
If you notice the tree is starting to lean precariously and seems like it might fall, this is a good time to get rid of it. Check the opposite side of the tree for any signs of the roots pulling up out of the ground. This will show up as roots appearing to lift from the dirt, bulges in the ground, or new cracks in concrete paths.
The Trunk is Hollow
Once the trunk starts to rot away from the inside out, you know that the tree is dead and gone. It’s best to cut it down before something bad happens.
The Bark is Dead
Is the bark on the tree peeling or falling off? While some trees do shed their bark, you will notice if something unusual is going on. It may also be cut all the way around the trunk, which means no nutrients can reach the upper level of the tree.
Branches No Longer Produce Leaves
If branches are just sticking out and not producing any buds or leaves, it’s likely that the branch, if not the tree, is dead or dying. You can check by bending some twigs and seeing if they are flexible or snap. Snapping means they’re dry and dead.
Cutting Your Tree Safely
First, you’ll need a high-quality chainsaw. This is important since you want it to cut well and true each time you use it. You can select from a range of options including petrol and electric but be sure it’s a good quality option. This will go along with felling wedges to prevent pinching of the saw while cutting.
You also need protective gear. Chainsaws are powerful machinery and can be dangerous if they slip or are not handled properly. You also need protection against falling branches.
Once you start to cut, be careful and slow about the job. Always have multiple exit routes in case the tree surprises you. Cut a notch one fifth of the tree’s diameter and then cut from the other side. Enlist help if needed.
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