Tree Removal Swindon

tree surgeon in a crane bucket with chainsaw taking down the tree in sections

What is Tree Felling?

Felling involves cutting a tree down to its stump, which is usually done when the tree poses a threat to property or people nearby, or when there is a risk of disease spreading. This is usually our last recommendation of tree surgery.

Trees are generally felled for safety reasons. In stormy weather, dying or diseased trees become unstable and can become a hazard. Further, disease can spread from one tree to another, so the affected tree needs to be removed before the disease spreads to other trees.

There are also visual aspects to getting a tree cut down, such as trees that block a view or block scenery, and unsuitability, which includes trees that may grow to a point where they will damage a building’s foundations.

A tree felling job can be very precarious, so it’s important to hire professionals who are able to ensure the procedure is done safely and without endangering nearby property or people. We’re experienced in tree removal at Swindon Tree Surgeon Pros.

How do you prepare to cut down a tree?

The process of felling a tree can be extremely dangerous, which is why planning is essential. To perform the task safely, and effectively, you need to know the exact equipment that is required before you begin.

It is always a good idea to assess the tree’s condition prior to cutting it down. Before starting the job, we scan for loose branches, dead bark, debris, and diseases such as Dutch Elm. If you are assessing the tree, you should also look for signs of root instability, uprooted trees, roots near a river or cliff edge, or other potentially hazardous locations.

In preparation for tree felling, tree limbs and buttress roots must also be cleared. You should remove all branches that hang above your head before starting to fell. Hanging limbs can be hazardous and cause injury. Chainsaws and tree pruning saws can both be used to remove limbs. Furthermore, you should clear buttress roots – often found on forest trees, buttress roots are large roots that protrude above ground.

Decide which direction the tree will fall before cutting – Your objective is to ensure that the tree falls in the best direction. As you topple the tree, you must be able to see the surrounding area to ensure it does not fall onto any other trees or rocks. Damage may be done to nearby areas, or to the trees they fall on, which may reduce their value. A tree that is naturally leaning is much easier and safer to cut than one that is not, provided the fall path is clear.

Best time to fell a tree?

If you want to get your tree removed, you should do so when:

  • Putting buildings and people at risk
  • Threaten the surrounding trees because they are diseased
  • Weakened, damaged, and vulnerable to violent weather conditions
  • Access or property is obstructed

For more information about our tree felling service or to discuss your tree felling needs, get in touch today.