Here at Ashley Tree services we carry out a whole range of different services for your trees and safety and felling is one of the most dangerous. In fact, the true skill of a tree surgeon is shown though their ability to fell a tree correctly. Not only do the experts have to take into consideration many different safety aspects, they also have to predict and plan where the tree will land. Here is how to carry out straight tree felling…
What is it?
Before we get into the step by step process it is important that people are aware what felling actually is. In simple terms, it is a fancy word that describes the process of cutting down a tree. The results of a felled tree can be found within the stump that is left behind.
Step 1: Tree surgeons begin the process by assessing the area and establishing potential hazards or obstacles around the tree such as power lines, houses and cars. Flags are also used to mark the direction in which the tree will fall.
Step 2: After this, the lean of the tree is established in related to which position the feller requires it to travel. This lean should to the left side of the fellers position. After this, whether the lean is more towards the front or rear should also be established.
Step 3: A tree is a large organism and things can go wrong so fellers should always plan for the worst by making sure they have a clear retreat path in all cases since they will need this later on. It is important that they ensure all trip hazards are removed in this process.
Step 4: After this, tree surgeons mark out the hinge with a face notch that is open at around 70-80 degrees of the trees diameter. They cut this once from the top and once from the bottom in order to get a correct angle.
Step 5: After the hinge is clear, a back cut is required and it starts at the corner of the face notch. Usually a feller will use a rope to stabilise the tree weight at this point.
Step 6: At this point of the process it can also become dangerous since the tree is read to fall so many fellers place a wedge behind the tree too so that the tree does not sit on the saw. After this, fellers make the final cut with their chainsaw and leave through their previously marked out retreat path from step three.
Step 7: Finally, the feller will check and analyse the result of their work. This is important so that they are able to gain more experience and understand tree feeling better.
As an experienced tree surgeonw in Cheshire, we are more than qualified to take care of any of your tree related queries. From stump removal to tree felling, the team here at Ashley Tree Services have got you covered! For information, get in contact with us today!