Professional Tree Removal in Austin Texas area
The toughest task when it comes to work in the botanical world: tree removal. But, at Value Tree Service, we are capable of turning this task into an easy and quick day in Austin. Removing a tree after a natural fall or intended felling can be very difficult, owing to its size and width. And that is why, this cannot be handled without an expert’s help. Before and after felling, there are several criteria to be critically analyzed. Our arborists’ team, are trained with skill and are equipped with years of experience in Austin tree removal. You can be assured that we are the right choice of that expertise and counsel, whom you’ve been looking for.
When do we suggest tree removal necessary?
- A heavy storm or bad weather has caused a tree to fall or has damaged a large portion of the it (that has misplaced or unbalanced positioning now).
- Or when; the tree is dead, dying, infected beyond repair, has a rotten trunk, rotten roots, etc. When there is no hope left for restoration.
- If it has a hollow trunk. Usually, if a wound is less than 25%, it is capable of healing itself over time and prevent any permanent damage. But, in some cases, the xylem and phloem (life supporting plant tissues), might have built a strong outer circumference but yet, the central trunk might be hollow. Although your dearest green friend can survive with this condition for years, a hollow trunk spells ‘trouble any day’.
- The sapling was not rightly planted, so now you have a tree that has grown itself to be leaning towards one direction and remains a threat. A lean of more than 15% from vertical should definitely be removed.
- You are facing an obstruction to utility lines, buildings or other property, landscape renovation, etc.
How is tree removal done?
Like most services, tree removal is also a step by step process. As you would already know, it is the riskiest task as well. It is important to use the right equipment efficiently to achieve a clean job.
If you have a tree in Austin that you have to fell and then remove, it requires perfect observation and analysis that our team performs. The arborist estimates the tree’s age, size, width, approximate weight, height and health. The trunk and roots are checked for any rottenness or other infection to ensure it does not give in mid-way through the procedure. He/she would check to know if there are any weak spots or areas that might need special care while felling. Learn more about tree disease management.
We are highly particular on respecting your comfort. If the tree is right outside your house, or along the pavement or any place where it can cause damage during felling, there are many precautions to be taken. The procedure should be carried out keeping your safety in mind. If there are any permits to be acquired in your town or city, we would consider that number one priority. After which, the movable property will be removed from the locality, children and other residents will be vacated until the procedure is done, we will also ensure that vehicular movement is alerted.
Foresight in all situations is a must. Hence, our experts in Austin Value Tree Service, suggest that while undertaking this service, we always have few escape routes as a backup plan. After the direction of fall or felling is determined, we select two escape paths as an emergency exist. The paths are on either side of the intended direction of fall or felling, at an angle of 45 degrees away from the tree. The paths are double checked to ensure all obstacles are removed along the route. Tools and other equipment should be placed at a minimum of 20 feet away from the base.
- Safety glasses for the workers and onlookers is a must.
- Do not step into the work site without high knee length safety work boots or leg protectors.
- The tools and equipment used are greased, fuelled and tested before use. A small chainsaw is used for trees within 10-18 inch in diameter, and a chainsaw with 3.5 horsepower and 20-inch blade is a preferable choice for medium sized to big ones
- A 1000 LB test rope that is thrice the size of the tree’s height is reserved for backup as well.
Tree Felling procedure:
- Get the branches: If the tree has any loose or weak branches, they are removed as a start. The overall foliage is cut short, removing the larger limbs makes the process easier.
- Get into the wood: 2 types of cuts are made in felling. An undercut and back cut. Do not get to this on your own with an arborist’s advice. It is absolutely important to get the right positioning of the cuts, their angles, and measurements. Any neglected factor will prove to be extremely hazardous during tree fall. It might either lead to a fall in undetermined direction or it could result in personal injury due to chainsaw kickback.
- The “V” shaped notch made on the trunk in the direction along which the tree is intended to fall.
- The cut is made at a 90-degree angle rather than the usual 45 degrees because a 90-degree cut provides more room for it to fall before the top and bottom of the undercut meet.
- The undercut is made to a depth of one-fourth of the tree’s diameter.
- The cut on the opposite side of the undercut.
- It is placed 2 inches above the undercut.
- Back cut will release the stresses on the tree and thus bringing about the fall.
- A back cut is never made below the undercut! This will reverse the roles of the cuts; you will end up having the tree fall in the wrong direction.
After the cuts are made, there are 2 other methods as well:
One, either a rope is tied across the middle portion of the tree and is pulled from along the direction to initiate the fall (the back cut isn’t complete in this case).
Two, the back cut is worked on until the fall is initiated (here, we are very confident of the our green friend’s condition and the cuts are made to precision).
You might like to know:
- Once the tree begins to fall, everybody in the vicinity immediately makes a move to the escape path.
- Certain sap producing trees (example; conifers, balsam, spruce) will secret the sticky base sap that will make the cutting process difficult. This will result in chainsaw gluing often to the trunk and kick back (yet another reason for an arborist’s hand).
- The process called ‘Limbing’ is carried out after felling, during which the branches or limbs are cut, starting from top to bottom.
- Starting from bottom limbs is unsafe when; the fallen tree is on a slope when an adjoining small tree is trapped with one of the its logs (this condition creates a ‘spring pole’).
Removal of a fallen tree:
Here will get directly to the limbing and lifting (usually, we call upon a 30 odd ton crane). The tree is cut in segments and part, into smaller logs of 24 inches in width.
Tree removal and pruning in Austin is always an interesting task for us and our team of arborists. Has tree removal been a challenge? Reach us to give away your worry and take back firewood.