Removing a tree from your property after it is dead or has started dying can be challenging. A tree removal service that has the training and equipment to take the tree down is often the best option.
Assessing The Tree
The tree removal service will send someone out to assess the situation and determine if the entire tree you are concerned about needs removing or if it can be saved. If the tree is not healthy enough to recover, even after removing the dead sections, the tree service may not have any option but to take it down completely.
If the tree needs removing, the tree service representative will look at the tree's location to determine the best way to remove it without causing damage to your house or other structures on the property. The location of powerlines, fences, and even the septic tank needs to be taken into account to ensure the cutting crew can get to the tree and cut it safely.
If the tree is close to the powerlines, you may need to have the power company come out to ensure any branches near the lines are not touching them. An energized line that is in contact with the tree is a safety issue, and if the tree removal service cuts the tree and it snags the line on the way down, it may cause bigger problems.
Cutting The Tree
Once it is safe to cut the tree, the tree removal service will send someone up the tree in a bucket truck or by climbing the tree. The tree branches will be removed first and allowed to fall to the ground under the tree. The ground crew will clear the tree branches and run them through a chipper to dispose of them, keeping the site clean as they work.
After all the limbs are removed, the climber will start near the top of the tree and remove the trunk in small sections. If there is nothing near the tree, the cutter can push the trunk sections free and let them fall to the ground. However, if there are obstructions nearby, the tree removal service will often use a small crane to secure the sections and lift them off the tree once they are cut loose.
The crane allows the tree service to control the tree, ensuring that it does not hit anything on the ground. If you want to save the wood from the tree for firewood or some other use, let the tree removal service know, and they may even cut it up for you after the tree is down.
You will need to hire a stump removal service to come and take the tree stump out. Some tree removal services offer stump grinding, so check with the service you are working with, and you might be able to get a deal when hiring them for both services. Contact a local tree removal service near you to learn more.