Tree Felling Hull

Tree service Hull can remove any tree in any position

Tree Removal Hull

When a tree needs to be removed, we use two different techniques. We can use straight felling or section tree felling. We will always make sure that safety is our top priority, not only for our fellers but also for our surroundings. This can be quite a complex task and therefore only experienced fellers should perform the job of cutting down a tree. At Tree Service Hull we have an experienced team of tree surgeons who will perform any job with the minimum amount of impact to you.

Does my tree need to be removed?

Are you not 100% certain if your tree needs to be removed than we are more than happy to pass by and examine it for you. Trees which are infected by insects or are unhealthy due to too little nutrients can also be taken care of and don't necessarily need to be removed.

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Straight Felling

Straight felling is the process of cutting a tree in its complete. This is one of the most dangerous tasks a tree surgeon undertakes. There is not only the risk of falling, but also injuring others, damaging properties, chain saw injuries and getting hurt by the tree itself. To complete this task successfully there are many safety considerations, precautions and process steps which needs to be adhered to.

There are many techniques which can be used when removing a tree, but the most used, is one where an open-faced notch is created in the trunk. When done properly the notch positions the static load of the tree in such a way that the sawyer can control the direction of the falling tree. This is done by creating a hinge with a back cut. The length and width of the hinge controls the direction of where the tree will fall.

Steps to Follow

We check all the surrounding areas of the tree which you would like to bring to the ground. We use marker flags to indicate where the tree will fall to act as a reference. Any obstruction on the ground like deadwood will be removed. Our experts will also insect the area where the tree will not fall. This to be sure of any obstacles like other trees, houses, or power lines. The area checked should be at least two times the height of the tree. No spectators will be allowed in the ‘drop zone’ area at any time.

Danger zone graphic shows the safe routes for the tree surgeon

In the next step we establish the lean of the tree in relation to the area where the tree will fall. This is important since it should always lean to the left site in relation to the operator’s position. To measure this, the feller starts at the farthest limbs of the crown on both sides and takes half that distance. Once the lean to the side is established, it should also be established if the tree leans more to the front or the rear. The same procedure as the lean to the side is used, but now from a 90 degrees angle. A plumb line is used to determine this lean. Once the lean to all sides is mapped, the retreat paths needs to be established. Having an escape route is a step which should always be taken into consideration and never be overlooked. The tree feller needs to plan his routes at a 45 degree angle of the felling path, with a minimum of 20 feet. This can differ depending on the size of the tree. A sawyer should always assume that a tree can fall in every direction and therefore two safe routes are required as per the picture below. The route needs to be clear of any obstruction since tripping is not an option.

If all the pre-felling steps are completed, the tree surgeon will now start his work on creating the hinge. For the hinge to correctly work a face notch is required. The face notch needs to be approximately one-fifth of the diameter of the tree and should be 90 degrees open. If a face notch is too small the tree will move in such a way tha the hinge is stressed too much and will break. This will result in uncontrolled tree falls. A 90 degree angle is therefore the norm, but at least a minimum of 70 degrees is always used. To form this opening the tree feller will create one cut from the top and one cut from the bottom. This cut should only be performed by a sawyer wearing personal protective equipment like gloves, hearing protection, eye protection, steel-toed boots, head protection with a face shield and chainsaw chaps.

A graphic of a tree where the notch cut and the felling cut are visible to explain the tree felling technique

The chainsaw must have the appropriate bar length for cutting the tree and should be sharp and in good repair. Having the appropriate safety equipment and tree felling equipment is necessary to perform the job. Tree felling equipment include taglines, wedges and other gear which allow for an efficient felling of trees. Once the notch is out, another check will be performed to see if the angles are correct.

The hinge should be one-tenth of the tree diameter and it will sit right behind the notch. To achieve this a back cut needs to be created. Once the back cut it is made a wedge is used at the rear of the tree. This will stabilise the weight of the tree and it is not sitting on top of the saw. Once the tree surgeon made his final cut, he drives the wedge further in and retreats to the safety zone.

Our experts always analyse their work afterwards to make sure they did everything according to plan and safety standards. This is our standard operating procedure to prevent any injuries in the future.

Tree Felling precautions

Trees which are sick or have structural defects could be dangerous for felling. If the bark of a tree is spiralling, it indicates that the interior wood grains are spiralling. This could cause difficulties in controlling the falling direction of the tree. The same risk can occur with trees who have rotten wood or dead pockets or branches. When inspecting the base of the tree and it occurs that the base is hollow or there is rotten wood, the tree might not be suitable for straight felling operations.

If this is the case we will use section tree felling. This same technique is used when a tree is in an awkward position with houses or other obstacles close by. The tree will be removed in sections which requires the use of advanced rigging techniques or even a crane on some occasions.

A climber will install a rigging line in the top of the tree which hangs over an appropriate lowering point. A tree feller will attach a lowering rope to the first branch of the tree crown break. This branch is then cut in such a way that its possible for the groundsmen to lower the branch in a safe location. This process is continued until the tree surgeon is left with the straight stem. The stem is then cut in smaller manageable pieces and lowered to the ground.

Contact Tree Removal Service Hull

If you are wondering where the 'best tree removal service near me is', you can stop looking. Tree Service Hull have some of the best tree fellers in the area. Once your tree is removed we also can take care of the stump removal for you, so that you really get rid of the tree in its complete. Contact us today for more information.