Now that spring is upon us, many homeowners are trying to figure out what to do with that tree that just didn’t make it through the winter. Instead of letting the tree completely rot – to the point where it does damage to your home or property – you want to remove it promptly. When the wind picks up, having a dead tree can be an accident waiting to happen. Yet, a dead tree isn’t only dangerous when it is standing – it also dangerous when you are removing it. The last thing you want is for the tree to injure you during the removal process. Here are some essential tree removal safety tips for DIYers.
- Know if your tree is dead or not. A tree may look completely alive on the outside, but on the inside, it could be dead as a doornail. This is perhaps one of the most crucial tree removal tips, because there is a chance that you may not want to take down the tree just yet. To make sure it is alive, all you have to do is knock on it. If it feels hollow, it is probably dead. If it feels solid, it is probably still alive.
- Make sure to wear protective gear. It is important that you not only have a helmet, but also gloves and thick, sturdy boots. If the job is particularly tough, you may want to wear boots that have a steel wedge underneath the tip of the boot. The last thing you want is for a thousand-pound tree to fall on your foot. Not only that, but you also want to wear clothing that will protect you from scratches and abrasions. You can usually find heavy-duty work suits at a home supply shop.
- Estimate the drop zone. The last thing you want is to be in the actual drop zone – you also don’t want your home to be the drop zone either. If you believe that there is no way to control the drop zone, you may want to call a professional tree cutting company, like Minnesota Tree Surgeons, that can safely cut down the tree. If you have a clear drop zone, though, you want to steer clear of it. You can usually estimate the drop zone by the way the tree is leaning.
- Plan a route where you can run safely for cover. Making that final cut of the tree is like lighting the fuse of a bomb. For this reason, you want to quickly run and find a safe place to hide until the tree falls. The last thing you want to do is stick around and show off, because that is how most people get severely injured.
- Remove any large branches first. Before you start cutting at the base of the tree, you may want to start removing some of the large branches first. If there are a lot of wide branches, removing them first will make felling the tree a lot easier. In the end, you want a nice clean fall.