One thing we will never do is recommend tree removal when it is not warranted. It has become a common practice for less professional companies to instill a sense of fear in perspective clients. By telling them a tree has a higher probability of failure than it actually does. And of course you have companies on the opposite side of the spectrum that almost always recommend pruning and do not properly asses the risk of the tree. Our arborists have years of experience with hazardous trees. They are properly trained in diagnosing hazardous trees and recognizing aggravating factors that may cause a tree to fail. Even though we love trees, we do not take a biased approach when evaluating them for risk. Our job is to provide you with all of the facts and help you to make an informed decision.
Please take the time to look over this page and get a better understanding of how we remove trees and what you can expect.
Most homeowners know very little about the tree removal process and what it takes to safely remove a tree. There are an infinite number of variables that come into play during the tree removal procedure. Every tree is unique and requires a different approach. There are various methods of tree removal that utilize different equipment and techniques. The following methods are the most common techniques used when removing trees.
Felling the entire tree.
This is the simplest process for getting the tree onto the ground. The first step is to estimate the trees height. After the trees height is determined the cutter will survey the area to see if there is enough room to safely drop the tree. In most urban settings there is not enough room to safely drop the entire tree and the tree must be taken apart in sections. If there is enough room. The cutter will judge the lean of the tree. He will check for symmetry to see if there is more weight on one side or the other. He will look for any defects in the trunk such as cavities or rot that could cause the notch to prematurely give way. All of this will tell the tree cutter what type of notch to use and where to put it. Before a notch is cut in the tree, a rope will be tied to the top of it.This will allow the tree removal crew to guide the tree in the desired direction. Once the tree is evaluated and the rope is set the cutting process will begin. A notch also known as a wedge will be cut to help direct the tree where to go. The final cut is also known as the back cut. When cutting the back cut the direction of the fall is able to be changed by cutting more or less of one side. The wood that is left between the back cut and the wedge is the hinge wood. Hinge wood holds the falling tree for a brief second and pulls it to the direction with more hinge wood.
Climbing and lowering the tree in sections.
This is the most common tree removal process for removing trees that are close to structures, power lines and other obstacles. Like any other tree removal process it starts with evaluating the tree and formulating a plan for removal. A good tree climber, like the ones here at Cutting Edge Tree Service, will dismantle the entire tree in their mind before they ever touch it. The most important part about planning the tree removal is finding a central point to set your rigging from. Once the rigging has been set in place the climber will cut and lower all necessary limbs. After all of the limbs have been removed and only the trunk remains he will cut the trunk into the desired lengths. Sometimes these pieces will be cut and dropped to the ground. If there is not enough room to simply drop the pieces they will be lowered with ropes. A climber must know which direction to notch and cut the limbs and logs so they swing only the desired direction and distance. Skilled grounds personnel are as important as the climber. They must be able to properly guide the limb when it is cut free. Once the limb is severed the rope man will allow it to freefall for a brief moment and then gradually decrease the descent of the limb. This will reduce the static load that is placed on the rigging point. There is always a specific landing zone for the branches and logs to be roped into. Sometimes the landing is directly below the rigging point and simply lowering it is sufficient. But occasionally landing areas can be 20-30 feet from the rig point. The rope man has to time the swing rate and descent speed accurately to hit his target. If the ground man holds the rope one second to long or to little it could have serious consequences. Property damage, personal injury and even death. Never let an untrained person climb person climb or cut a tree for you.
Ground operations and debris removal
Above are three methods of getting the tree on the ground. But we haven’t said anything about what happens once it is there. When it hits the ground is when the magic happens. That’s when the hardest working men you have ever seen come into play. Our ground operations specialists have been compared to angry termites with chainsaws and beavers on steroids. Their work is often compared to that of a well orchestrated ballet, where everyone is in sync. They have been known to dismantle entire pine trees in seconds. These guys really know what to do when the wood hits the ground. Everything that we cut and remove is used. 100% no exceptions. The ground crew will instinctively cut everything to spec so that it can be placed on the right truck. All limbs, branches and logs under 12 inches will be ran through the wood chipper and turned into usable mulch. All wood over ten inches in diameter will be cut into log lengths. These logs will go to various mills to be turned into products like paper, lumber and furniture. Once all of the large pieces of the tree have been removed the crew will then rake and blow the yard. They always leave the yard cleaner than they found it.