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A General Guide On How to Cut Down a Couple Different Types of Trees

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There are around 60,000 species of trees on this planet and they all come in different shapes and sizes. In this blog, we’re going to guide you on how to cut down two different general shapes of trees: tall and leaning trees. Here in the Macomb and surrounding areas, there is a diverse group of trees growing, and there are no shortages of tall or leaning trees. Cutting a tree down is a dangerous job and we highly recommend that you leave it to the professionals, like us.

It is worth noting that this is a general guide. Every arborist has different methods for cutting down different trees. With that being said, let’s get started!

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Tall Trees

Tall trees are an attractive addition to your house and can be mesmerizing at times. On the other hand, tall trees can be highly problematic at times. For example, tall trees are at risk of being struck by lightning or becoming pest-invested. Cutting down tall trees is especially dangerous because of their height and unpredictability. There is a certain way to cut down tall trees which should only be left to professionals. Here at Halo Tree Service, we provide only the highest quality tree services that you can rely on.

1st Step

The first thing we always do, not just with tall trees, is we examine the best place for the tree to fall. We want to make sure that the tree we’re removing falls in the safest place possible to avoid any damage to anything or more importantly, anybody. We always plan out at least one escape path at least 45 degrees away from our planned direction of where we are planning for the tree to fall

2nd Step

Because the tree is too tall for us to drop the tree right away, we are going to climb up to the upper sections of the tree and cut off any offshoots. We aren’t going to cut these branches with your standard notch that has a downward angled cut with a horizontal cut that meets it. Instead, we are going to use a Humboldt cut.

A Humbolt cut is the opposite of your traditional notch cut. Instead of cutting from a downward angle and cutting horizontally at the bottom, we are going to cut at an upward angle that meets a horizontal cut from the top.
We do this because if we were to cut a branch at the top of the tree, it would fall to where the branch would land vertically and could potentially be hazardous. By cutting the angle from the bottom, this allows the branch to fall in a horizontal fashion, keeping it as safe as possible.

3rd Step

The third step consists of making a felling cut, the same as your traditional notch cut. We are going to repeat the same three steps until the tree is safe enough to cut from the base, in which we cut like any other tree.
Now, let’s move on to cut down leaning trees.

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Leaning Trees

It is common for trees to be leaning in a direction that would be harmful in multiple ways if it fell the way it was leaning. Cutting leaning trees is especially dangerous because they are usually skinnier trees and there is a very particular way to cut it down. This is why we highly recommend calling in professionals to assist you in cutting down a tree that happens to be leaning. Let’s get into the process of how we might tackle a leaning tree.

1st Step

The first thing we do, just like any other tree, is to plan out an escape route, and where all the branches we are going to cut off first will land. We then climb safely up the tree and cut off any outshoot branches that the tree is going to have. To make sure that the branches don’t fall and damage any property or anybody, we are going to use a pulley system to catch the branch when it’s cut, and then slowly lower the branch onto the ground. While we are up in the tree, we are going to attach a rope to a pulley system near the top to help us pull it the direction we want it to go.

2nd Step

When we cut a leaning tree, we are going to make our first cut on the opposite side that it’s leaning. We are not going to do our standard notch cut, but we are instead going to make at least a 90-degree angle cut to be able to pull it back the way and direction we want to. This also helps the tree fall in a horizontal fashion as well.

3rd Step

Next, we might make a backstrap cut that is enough for us to put our wedges in there while keeping a wedge that will keep the tree standing still. After the wedges are set, we’ll make the necessary adjustments to be able to pull back the tree safely.

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To preface again, this is just a general guide and nothing is set in stone. Make sure you contact us and schedule a free estimate today!

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