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Common Reasons to Remove a Tree and How to Do It Safely

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Trees are wonderful! They are an excellent addition to any space because they add natural beauty and shade to residential yards and public landscapes. However, trees are living organisms that are receptive to diseases and insect infestations. And these pests can cause significant damage to them. They are also vulnerable to the effects of mother nature and can be damaged by rain, hail or wind.

Obvious Reasons to Remove a Tree

Unfortunately, we can’t save every tree. Sometimes it’s necessary to remove them. Here are some of the most common reasons for tree removal.

Damaged Beyond Repair

Relentless storms can cause severe damage to trees, which can include crown twist, branch, stem or root failure, or trees completely blowing over. All of the above calls for emergency tree removal.

Infection

Signs of infection include soft crumbly wood, discoloured leaves, fungi, deep splits between the bark, emergence holes and feeding galleries. If you notice any of these symptoms, you will need to remove the infected tree quickly.

Rotted or Hollow Interior

A tree that is rotted or hollow inside is compromised and will require swift removal.

Compromising Your Home’s Structure

Roots can compromise the structure of your home and should be at least six meters away. If not, tree removal is the only option.

 

How to Safely Remove a Tree

 

Arborists can sometimes nurse a sick tree back to health. But, if a tree has sustained irreparable damage it will need to be removed, preferably by a professional company such as Justin Tree Felling Pretoria. Your tree will become unstable and collapse at any time. If you don’t remove it quickly, it might damage your property and pose a threat to your safety. The following steps are necessary for safe tree removal.

Planning and Preparation

A survey of the area is necessary to establish the felling direction and which tools to use for the project.

Using the Proper Tools

The size and type of tree will determine the tools you need to use to remove the tree.

Wearing Protective Gear

It is essential to wear protective gear during the tree removal process. Face shields and helmets will protect you from flying debris and falling branches that may cause head injuries. Gloves are crucial to protect your hands from cuts and poisonous plants.

Steps for Safe Tree Removal

 

  • Evaluate the surrounding area for insects, poisonous plants, power lines, deadwood, weak and broken limbs. It will help to determine which direction in which the tree should fall.
  • Check for signs of diseases, as it could interfere with the fall direction.
  • Severe rainstorms, wind, or hail will complicate tree removal and make it more dangerous. Postponing it would be the better option.
  • Cut a notch in the tree and guide it down gently and securely with a rope.
  • Remove the tree by cutting it into smaller pieces. Start by removing the outside branches and work your way in.

 

If the thought of tree removal intimidates you at all, getting help from a licensed arborist such as Tree Felling in Pretoria is a great idea.