Tree Removal & What to do with All the Parts
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- Tree Removal & What to do with All the Parts
Tree removal is tricky business, its not a task for the average Joe and requires a lot of hard work and experience to get the job done right.
If your reading this article in the hopes of finding out how its done then you may already be too late to tackle this one by yourself.
Often when people get to the point where they have to start to think about cutting back a tree that’s grown too big to tackle or is causing problems with the gutters or drains / neighbors property and needs to be removed
Pruning in the key
Pruning and regular care is the key to keeping your trees in check, each year you should inspect and cut back any intrusive branches to keep the tree at bay and prevent it from spreading too far.
IF you have left your tree for a good number of years with out regular care then it just means more work for you, or someone else down the line so get those pruners out and keep checking.
Some tree’s can actually die if you remove more that 25% of the branches, that sounds like a lot however if you have let your tree grow too big it can either mean removing the tree completely, or calling out a tree care company each year to take more off.
Is removal necessary?
There will be times when removal is the only option to move forwards.
If your tree’s have grown too big and have started to cause subsidence to your property (bad, bad bad) or someone else’s (can end you in court being sued) then you will need to act fast and get the job done asap.
Tree roots are the cause for a lot of subsidence problems and drainage problems, if you know that tree’s are to blame the best advice is to have them removed asap to prevent further growth of the roots.
Finding the right company
Tree’s are big business and need to be dealt with by the professionals, not only is it dangerous to attempt to dismantle a tree that has gotten to big to maintain yourself but you have no liability, if the tree topples over and lands on your neighbors house, you will end up with a large bill.
Do some research and look at several tree removal companies in your local area, look at each one in detail and call then to find out exactly what services they offer.
Some companies only deal with tree pruning and trimming, while others may deal with trimming, pruning, tree removal, stump removal, and clearance of the land and removing the roots.
Be wary of other companies that have been in business for a short time, look for the companies that have been established for the longest time, these are often the most reliable and have build there business from a good name and reputation over time.
Personally id rather pay more and have piece of mind to know that the professionals are on the job as opposed to a contractor that’s only concerned about finishing the job quickly so he can grab the cash and go.
One the day
Try and create as much space as possible for the workers to safely get in, generally tree removal is a messy business and will often take up the whole yard in tree branches and sawdust so the bigger space that the workers have the better.
For this reason be sure to remove and store away any breakables, such as pottery, garden gnomes, chairs tables, anything that can be damages by falling branches should be removed from the yard.
Most professional companies will bring a shredder, this is a large mechanical machine that chews up the branches and breaks the wood down into sawdust. This can sometimes get messy typically if its a windy day.
The workers will start from removing the branches at the far top and sides of the tree and work there way inwards until they start to reach the stump using the best chainsaw they can. If this is something you really think you want to do yourself, you can fins a list of the best chainsaws to help you make an informed decision on which saw would be best for your individual needs. There’s just no reason to buy something bigger or more expensive than you really need.
Or better yet, just see if you can borrow or rent a saw if you’ve only got a few trees, or don’t have any immediate plans on cutting down or trimming anything else on your property.
On average it takes a good 3 hours to take a tree from full height down to its stump. Sometimes this may take longer if the tree is intruding across someone else’s property.
Time to Find a Good Wood Splitter
I love a wood burning fireplace. There’s nothing like the smell of a burning fireplace, and you just can’t beat the gentle warmth and sounds given off by a crackling fire.
I’ve burned more cords of wood over the years than I care to imagine, and every one of those has been a labor of love – hand cut logs, hand split, and hand stacked.
Though I love traveling out to our “West Country” on a firewood gathering expedition each fall, I have to admit it’s a lot of work, finding suitable trees, (wind fall Birch are my preference), chainsawing them into fireplace lengths, loading up my pickup truck & trailer, then hauling everything home.
That’s when the real work begins. Splitting & stacking! For day after day I’ll be found wielding my best wood splitting axe and slowly working my way through the pile of log lengths, splitting then stacking the winter’s supply. There are a ton of other tools you can use for this as well.
We live in a cold climate, with long winters so that is a LOT of wood required, which means a LOT of work.
After a recent splitting stint, and my body was protesting every time I straightened my back I realized there was a better way.
I needed some help, and it was time to look for some type of log splitter, maybe even a used wood splitter would show up on our local paper’s classifieds.
No such luck – it was time to bite the bullet and invest in a wood splitter, and look for a good wood splitter sale.
Nothing fancy just a good residential wood chipper would suit me fine.
But OMG, the range of choices!
Gas Powered or Electric Powered
More than just a question of price. I’ve made a few to many impulse buys in the past, so this time I resolved to do do some thorough research of the different types of log splitting units available, including how they are powered, and I have to admit the selection available absolutely floored me.
It seems the most common type is the hydraulic log splitter sale priced on Amazon with about an even split on whether a gas powered model or an electric powered hydraulic splitter was the best.
For me it was actually a fairly simple decision.
You see, I collect my firewood from the bush about 80kms from our house so there is a fair bit of travel involved, so I knew I needed a unit that was mobile, as I intended to do my splitting in the bush, and simply haul the split wood home rather than haul in the logs, then cut and split them at my residence.
So the issue was settled, mobility was key so gas powered it is.
Gas Powered Wood Splitters
I’ve found a great way to make sense of the choices is with the help of Amazon as they have a great range of models, they present the options in a very readable fashion, and best of all have a section of reviews on each model.
It makes comparison shopping so much easier than walking from store to store.
Additionally, on heavy items such as troy built log splitters having them delivered to your door is a big plus!
Do I Need to Remove My Tree Stump?
The idea of removing a tree stump might conger images of Paul Bunyan looking characters with chains and pickup trucks pulling an old stump out of the ground, but nothing could be further from the truth.
Actual tree stump removal methods are much more graceful.
There are several options in removing tree stumps from your otherwise pristine landscape.
After reading this lens you may even want to keep that old stump around after looking at some of the more decorative options.
Since I’ve removed quite a few tree stumps in my day lets go over some of the best options.
Natural Tree Stump Removal
The natural method accelerates the natures process of decomposition. If left solely in the hands of mother nature the decomposing process would take many decades if not centuries. Instead as landscapers we can accomplish this in a matter of years.
To do this we’ll need a chainsaw, a drill, fertilizer (high in nitrogen), and water.
First you’ll need to cut down what remains of the stump with a chainsaw. Try and get the stump as close to the ground as possible. Next drill several holes into the stump as far down as they will go. Be sure to use your widest and longest drill bit.
Now that you’re done with your tools pour water into the holes you just drilled. Fill these most of the way to the top and then fill the holes with fertilizer. The fertilizer should be high in nitrogen.
Now soak the area around the tree stump, cover the stump with a tarp, and put some mulch over the top. The mulch will cover the unsightly tarp and also help keep moisture in there. Repeat this process every few weeks to months.
Remember this is the natural option and like nature it can take a while.
The total cost is relatively cheap assuming you have a chainsaw and drill. If not these items can be easily rented from your local hardware store or borrowed from a friend.
Tree Stump Grinder
Using a Tree Stump Grinder is the Fastest Method. This is by far the fastest way to remove a tree stump. It’s also a more pricey option and for some intimidated by the grinder machine you may want to hire a professional to finish the job.
You can expect to pay around $200.00 for a tree stump grinder.
When I used a tree stump grinder I rented a Vermeer Model SC252 for around $200.00 for the day.
Once you have your tree stump grinder you’ll want to dig in with a shovel around the base of the stump.
Remove any rocks you can find as these can cause damage to the grinder.
As in our previous all natural example you will want to use a chainsaw to get the stump down as close to the base as possible. The chainsaw is not absolutely necessary, but it will speed up the job.
Now you’re ready to command that awesome piece of machinery!
Begin by reading the operators manual and be sure to have your safety glasses on.
Any family, friends, or neighbors should be moved 10-20 feet away to avoid wood chips.
Once operating the grinder you will want to operate the grinding blade by moving it side-to-side and moving the machine back and forth as described by the operators manual.
Beautifying Your Stump
Don’t Remove It, Beautify it. Removing the stump may not always be the best option.
Sometimes you can have your landscape fit your stump.
This option can sometimes be cheaper and far more rewarding.
With some creative thinking and good planning you can turn your stump into a fountain, bird feeder, center piece of a flower garden, a chair, or even into a work of art!