Winter storms can be destructive, especially for trees. Winter storms are one of the most challenging forms of emergencies as they may include blizzards, communications system failures, electrical storms, hail, high winds, ice, power outages, road closures, sleet, snow, and transportation accidents that pose risks to buildings, collections, and people.
On average the United States has roughly four catastrophic winter storms annually with storms occurring most commonly in the northeastern US. Trees can pose certain threats during winter storms, including damage to houses and property, as well as being an eyesore.
Removing a large fallen tree by yourself tends can be very difficult and dangerous, especially if you don’t have much experience with tree removal. Using a chainsaw is also extremely dangerous, and if you’re a novice, you should never try to remove a large tree by yourself. Professional help is highly recommended, as fallen trees can occur in many different dangerous scenarios that can’t all be covered in one article. Partially fallen trees are the most dangerous, as they are usually supported by a few branches under great tension and can resume falling at any time.
However, for certain trees, it may make sense to avoid the cost of tree removal and just do the job yourself. Below, are some tips on how to remove fallen tree:
1. Make sure you are allowed to remove the tree. Most cities and counties have ordinances related to the removal of any tree from a property, fallen or not. Since removing a tree from a property may have significant effects on water absorption and runoff, it is best to check with your local government office regarding any permits that might be required to remove the tree.
2. Safety first. A fallen tree can be dangerous. The tree might be resting precariously on some unseen obstruction or only be partially fallen. Make sure the area is safe before you start working to remove it. If you are not certain that the area is safe, tree removal Bellevue services should be contacted for assisting the removal. Also,always have at least another person work with you. That why, in case you get trapped or injured, there is someone to assist or call for help. If using a chainsaw, make sure you have the appropriate safety gear. Never use a chainsaw on a fallen tree unless you are well protected.
3. Start chopping. Once you are ready, begin from the top to remove the tree’s branches. Work your way down until you have stripped the tree’s trunk of all branches. Then divide the tree into manageable slices (which should get narrower towards the tree’s trunk). Use a chain or hand saw to cut the tree into these slices. If the wood is good and dry, you can save it for firewood. It is best to continually clear the debris from where you are working, as tripping or stepping on a branch could result injuries.
4. Dispose the debris. There are a number of ways to deal with the resultant chopped wood from a fallen tree. You can use a professionally equipped tree service to come and grind the chunks of the tree to sawdust and haul it away, or you can store it for firewood. Some local governments will pick up smaller-sized dead branches and wood debris with trash collection or special recycling runs. Check to see if this is true for your area.
In the future, tree service Bellevue specialists recommend to avoid planting any large bushes or trees near your home or business, and cut back all dead branches on trees in the surrounding areas. If you are ever unsure on the removal of a fallen tree, it is best to consult with your local tree removal services to see what option is best for you.