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Tree Removal: Why Making the Right Cut Matters

It is no secret that a lot of tree removals have been happening lately as a result of the intense June 9th storm. While highly trained expert tree crews might make tree removals look easy – they require a high level of expertise and safety training. An inexperienced crew taking down a large tree could mean disaster.

We wish we could save every tree, but sometimes it’s necessary to remove a large established tree. The sudden and intense storms we experience here in DFW can topple just about any tree under the right circumstances – or cause irreparable damage. In our big city environment, this means damaged or down trees are usually very close to homes, office buildings, or other property. We often have to work in tight spaces and take heed of many different hazards as we work to remove large trees.

Making the right cuts

In the video below, you can watch the proper technique to removing a tree. If Daniel had not made the wedge cut in the correct location – the direction is which the tree is to fall, he could have put himself & surrounding property at risk.

Tree Removal Hazards

  • Are there any power lines nearby? If so, and the clearance is less than 10′, you must call your electric service provider first to report the pruning needs.Only their contracted arborist may prune close to power lines. We are not allowed to prune such limbs unless contracted by Oncor. Never approach a downed power line after a storm!

Learn more about pruning around power lines here.

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  • Where are the surrounding structures? When preparing to make cuts to remove damaged branches – or remove an entire tree – we must decide in advance where the branch or truck must fall to avoid adjacent structures and other trees. Then devise a plan that impacts the surroundings as little as possible. Once these decisions are made, our staff will attach ropes to different parts of the tree and make the proper cuts. We’ll then remove larger branches one at a time or in sections, before taking down the remaining trunk. Following the right steps ensures the safety of any workers or property nearby.

    Sometimes, when space is extra tight, we are forced to use cranes during tree removals.

  • Is there dead or decaying wood present? Decaying wood can go unnoticed & undiagnosed by an untrained eye for years – but it can be very dangerous and change the course of a tree removal – or cause failure of a tree completely. Decay in a tree can also change how the tree must be removed if it has failed. Rely on an experienced certified arborist to determine if there is dangerous decay in your tree. Annual inspections are encouraged.

Remember, tree removals are best left to experienced, certified, and insured arborists. To avoid serious injury to property and individuals, make sure to call in professionals when large branches or entire trees must be removed. Safety first!

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