Dead or diseased trees are not only hard to look at – they can often decrease your curb appeal – but they can also create the risk for damage to your property. Indeed, dead trees can topple or become loose, which can present the opportunity for the tree to either fall on your home, you, or one of your family members. This is why it is so important to remove a dead tree. When it comes down to it, removing a dead tree can be difficult – you need the right manpower and you need plenty of tools to fell the tree safely. Here is how to remove a dead or diseased tree from your property.
Your first step is to simply observe. You want to note all of the obstacles that are around the tree. If the tree is near your home or a driveway, this is a big obstacle. You also want to look out for major streets, fences and pedestrians. You don’t want to blindly cut the tree and risk having it fall and create damages or cause an injury. Not only do you want to look out for surrounding obstacles, you also want to pay attention to the natural lean of the tree.
Once you have all your observations down, you can start taking measures to prep the tree for felling. If the tree is deciduous, you can probably wait until the winter when it has lost all its leaves. If the tree is presenting an immediate risk, you want to start trimming the tree until all its major branches are removed. Removing the branches is a little bit like taking the drawers out of a desk before you move it up a staircase – it will simply make the job much easier. You can start by removing much of the leaves and then carefully cutting the branches until you are left with a bare stump.
Next, you want to get the strongest person you know, because it is time to create tension in order for the tree to fall in the right direction. If the tree is a little larger, or too heavy, you can use a truck and cord to create this tension. Once you have the tension in place, you can start cutting around the base of the tree. If the tree is particularly damaged, it will be easy to fell it. However, if the tree is a little hardier, you may have to cut a little more – patience and persistence is the key.
Lastly, once you have the tree felled, you can start cutting it into little pieces to remove or recycle it. When it comes to the stump, you want to dig around the space where the tree was so that you can get a good grasp of the roots. Once the stump is loose, you can simply pull it out of the ground. When it comes to safety, you want to make sure you wear a hardhat. If the tree is too large to fell, you don’t want to attempt to remove it – you want to call a professional arborist service like the Minnesota Tree Surgeons. In the end, keeping yourself safe is critical when it comes to removing a dead or diseased tree.