Taking a tall tree down in your own yard without professional help is risky business. If you do not know what you are doing, you could cause a ton of damage to your own home, to a neighbor's property and home, or to your garage and other outdoor structures. Be certain you know what you are doing. Then get the following equipment to accomplish these specific steps.
Rope, and Lots of It
Rope is extremely useful in the tree removal process. You have to climb to the top of the tree, tie the rope tightly around the highest part, and then pull the top of the tree over in the direction you want it to fall. This keeps the tree from falling in a direction that could hurt someone or damage property. Repeat this step for each of the tree's extremely long limbs as well, cutting the limbs close to the trunk while someone else on the ground pulls the limb out of the direction of danger and damage.
Chainsaw, 20" Minimum
Chainsaws are the fastest way to bring trees down. When you are dealing with a really tall tree, you need to make sure that the chainsaw has at least a 20" cutting blade. This prevents the blade from getting stuck inside the thick trunk and limbs of this tree, and prevents the blade from being broken mid-cut. The cutting blade of a chainsaw should always be about three to four times as long as the tree trunk's diameter. If you have something the size of sequoia in your yard, you are going to have to come at the problem with more than a chainsaw.
You will also need a log splitter. This powerful machine takes chunks of felled trees and splits them into four or more parts, creating firewood pieces. You can choose to sell the wood, use it in your own fireplace after you dry it, or ship it to the dump; your choice. Just be careful with loading the logs in the splitter because it will take your fingers off.
If you would rather, you can turn all of the felled tree into wood chips. This makes nice mulch around your yard and your landscaping. You could bag it and sell it too, if the tree produced several twenty-pound bags of chips. It is a lot of extra work, but at least the wood will not go to waste.
Contact a removal company, like Arborcare Tree Service, for more help.
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