What Are the Techniques for Cutting Trees

What Are the Techniques for Cutting Trees

What Are the Techniques for Cutting Trees

In addition to tree trimming, sometimes tree cutting is required, which includes several possible steps:

– tree removal;

– tree felling;

– delimbing on the ground;

– the cutting of the wood;

– uprooting or stump removal.

Tree cutting: several reasons

What Are the Techniques for Cutting Trees

Apart from silviculture (controlling the growth, composition/structure, and quality of forests), which requires cutting trees to allow selected specimens to grow, it is necessary to cut trees:

– for safety reasons: because a tree can threaten people and property, especially when it has been planted in spite of the regulations;

– for phytosanitary reasons: in order to eliminate subjects infested by cankers, fungi and parasites that cannot be eradicated.

A pruning company is the most suitable for identifying the trees to be cut down and proceeding with their cutting.

Before cutting trees: the necessary precautions

For obvious safety reasons, before proceeding with the cutting of trees, precautions must be taken:

BEFORE CUTTING THE TREES

Risk

Precautions

Wind

  • During a windy period, a gust can:

    • Suddenly sweep a branch or shaft in an undesired direction;

    • and cause an accident, even if the direction of the cutting process is respected.

  • If removal is necessary, it becomes dangerous for a climber to venture into the trees in moderate to strong winds.

Rain

  • The rain makes the trunks and the ground slippery which can be dangerous:

    • for the climber;

    • for people on the ground who have to move quickly away from the fall zone.

  • Moisture is also the cause of the rapid development of bacteria and fungi on the cut: these micro-organisms can cause rot to spread progressively to parts of the tree that you want to preserve and even the roots, and then contaminate a park.

Snow

  • For all pruning, avoid cold periods because of the decrease in the tree’s defences and the risk of frost on the wounds.

  • When cutting, felling or dismantling, periods of snow should be avoided because of the risk of slipping for personnel.

  • The frozen ground will make final uprooting almost impossible.

Tree trimming: in autumn, if possible

What Are the Techniques for Cutting Trees

Depending on the size of the tree, tree trimming can be quick and easy or tricky and dangerous. The best time to cut trees is in the fall when:

– the tree has lost its leaves (deciduous trees);

– or when the resin is no longer present (softwoods).

The complete cutting of a tree is the felling. It consists in cutting the bole so that it falls:

– where you want it to be;

– especially not on people, property, transportation, or energy infrastructure (houses, roads, paths, power lines, etc.).

If there is a risk to infrastructure within the felling radius, all or part of the crown must be removed. Once on the ground, the felling is followed by delimbing on the ground, which consists in:

– removing the branches still attached to the bole;

– allows to proceed to the possible skidding and then to the cutting in manipulable sections.

The last operation following the felling is uprooting the part of the bole still in the ground, the stump and the stump removal.

Hope you like this post. You can read more about tree trimming and pruning in the below links, and do not forget to leave your comments.

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Tree Planting – Why You Should Call an Arborist;

3 Pruning Techniques by Arborists;

Pruning to Maintain Plant Health and Quality;

Resinous Trees: When and How to Prune;

Criteria for Choosing a Stump Grinder;

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