How to Safely Cut Down a Tree and Remove it from Your Garden
You have a dead tree in your garden that has turned into a re...
The spot where you are standing is approximately where the treetop will fall, so take a
few steps back and drive a stake i...
Start where you inserted the wedge, and continue cutting toward the point of the notch
that you cut earlier. In many cases...
Upcoming SlideShare
Loading in...5
×

How to Safely Cut Down a Tree and Remove it from Your Garden

178

Published on

You have a dead tree in your garden that has turned into a real eyesore and is distracting from the beauty of your flowerbeds, landscaping and home. Or, maybe you are doing a major overhaul in your garden and have decided it’s time to get rid of that tree to make way for more sunlight or add room for a vegetable garden or a new feature.

0 Comments
0 Likes
Statistics
Notes
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

No Downloads
Views
Total Views
178
On Slideshare
0
From Embeds
0
Number of Embeds
1
Actions
Shares
0
Downloads
1
Comments
0
Likes
0
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide

Transcript of "How to Safely Cut Down a Tree and Remove it from Your Garden"

  1. 1. How to Safely Cut Down a Tree and Remove it from Your Garden You have a dead tree in your garden that has turned into a real eyesore and is distracting from the beauty of your flowerbeds, landscaping and home. Or, maybe you are doing a major overhaul in your garden and have decided it’s time to get rid of that tree to make way for more sunlight or add room for a vegetable garden or a new feature. Cutting down and removing a tree from your garden is a task you can take on yourself, but it’s one that can be dangerous. It’s important to know the right way to cut down and remove a tree, so you can do it safely without injuring yourself or damaging your garden. Before you start this project, you must wear proper safety equipment. Wear goggles, gloves, long sleeves and pants and sturdy boots to protect yourself while working. Also make sure your chainsaw’s gas tank is full, as running out of gas while cutting a tree can be very dangerous. Safely Plan a Falling Zone Before you fire up that chainsaw, you need to plan where the tree will fall. The moment the tree falls is the most dangerous part of this job, so this is an important step. Choose a direction from the tree that is free of obstacles like other trees, plants and buildings. If the tree is leaning to one side, or heavier on one side, it will fall in that direction. Don’t try to defy gravity by trying to make it fall another way. It’s hard to estimate just how tall a tree is while it is standing. But, there’s an easy trick you can use. Hold an ax straight out in front of you, vertically, and at arm’s length. Now, close one eye and slowly back, away from the tree, until the top of the ax lines up with the top of the tree and the bottom of the ax lines up with the bottom of the tree.
  2. 2. The spot where you are standing is approximately where the treetop will fall, so take a few steps back and drive a stake into the ground. Now, clear the area between the tree and the stake. You also need plenty of room around the tree, in the opposite direction of the falling zone, to walk away from it when it starts to fall. Make sure there is nothing in your way and nothing on the ground that could cause you to trip. Cut a Notch on the “Fall Side” Now, use a chainsaw to cut a notch, or sideways “V” into the side of the tree that will fall toward the ground, or the “fall side.” The notch should go about one fifth of the way into the tree’s trunk. To do this, first cut downward, into the tree, remove the chainsaw, make a cut in the centre of the notch (perpendicular to the tree) and then make the final cut upwards to form the second half of the notch. Drive a Pry Bar into the Opposite Side If you are working with a medium-sized or large tree, you’ll need to drive a pry bar into the trunk. This step helps ensure that the tree will fall in the desired direction, landing in the falling zone you have cleared. Making sure the tree falls correctly is very important to doing this job safely, so do this step carefully. Using the chainsaw, cut a line, which is slightly angled toward the ground, into the opposite side of the tree. You don’t need to make this cut very deep, but just big enough that you can fit the pry bar into it. Place the edge at the crack and then use a mallet or the back of your ax to drive the pry bar into the cut. If you aren’t using a pry bar, you’ll still need to make this cut, aiming toward the centre of the notch you cut on the other side of the tree. Make the Final Cut and Exit the Area Now, you are ready to make the final cut, which will fell the tree. Stand to the side of the tree as you do this, because the end of a falling trunk could slide backwards, hitting and injuring you if you are in the way.
  3. 3. Start where you inserted the wedge, and continue cutting toward the point of the notch that you cut earlier. In many cases, the tree will automatically start to fall as you finish this cut. But, if you need to, you can lift up the pry bar to initiate the fall. As the tree starts to fall, turn your chainsaw off, carefully set it down and walk away from the tree. Do not run and do not stop watching the tree, just in case it starts to fall in a different direction. Removing the Tree Now that the tree has fallen, you can safely remove it from your garden. The way you do this will depend on how large the tree is, but generally, it is easier to cut it into pieces before you try to move it. Start by using your chainsaw to remove the branches. If you want, you can use a chipper to shred the branches to use for mulch, compost or just to make them easier to dispose of. Once all the branches are removed, cut the trunk into sections that you can safely lift and move yourself. Some people like to save tree trunks to use as firewood, either inside or outside. If you want to do this, be sure to cut the wood into pieces that are easy to store. It may seem easier to cut the tree into large pieces, so you don’t have as much timber to deal with, but this approach can actually make your job harder, as the pieces will be much heavier. Play it safe and cut the trunk into small pieces. The easiest way to remove a fallen tree is to hire a skip that you can load the pieces into as you cut them. Check with your supplier to find a model that is large and tough enough to handle this job. To browse HSS Hire’s gardening tools and equipment for hire, please visit the HSS Hire Gardening page: www.hss.com/cl/1014396/Gardening.html

×