by Todd Ellner
November 8, 2016 Home Building

When you need to pave the way for a new house project on your property, tree removal and demolition is one of the most important aspects you need to consider. Proper demolition practices represent the basics of any successful home building project.

Is tree removal a necessary practice?

In most cases, tree removal is needed in order to protect the land or the surrounding buildings from damage. But it’s also a matter of health and safety.

(Not to mention the aesthetics of your landscape as well as the liability of the nearby properties.)

Trees may also interfere with driveways and utility wires, which makes the home building project extremely difficult – if not impossible.

Here are 6 tips to help you understand what a correct tree removal process involves:

  1. First and foremost, make sure there are no obstacles in the surrounding areas of your property. You need to protect the land and the adjacent buildings as well as to ensure the safety of those around.
  2. Observe the tree to see which way it naturally leans. This is the second most important part of the operation. By doing so, you will be able to predict which way it will fall best.
    Set up two escape routes that lead away from the expected fall line. After all, safety always comes first.
  3. The undercut – by cutting a 90 degree V shape into the tree you allow it additional room to fall before the top and bottom of the undercut comes together.
  4. The back cut is made on the opposite side about 2 inches higher than the hinge part of the undercut. This will release the stress on the backside of the tree which then allows it to fall.
    Make sure you remove the branches and stump to complete the tree removal.

How to approach a tree removal and demolition operation

First of all, bear in mind that large trees should always be removed by a professional. ‘Why go to all this trouble, when I can take care of it myself’, one might ask? Well, removing a tree can affect more than just your property. A proper demolition practice requires guide ropes and advanced mechanical equipment that you will most likely not be able to get from your personal garage.

It’s not an over-the-top process, but certain steps must be followed in order to achieve a safe and successful removal. From observing the surrounding areas for obstacles to cutting a perfect 45-degree V into the tree in the direction you want it to fall, precision is everything.

What does a standard tree removal process include?

As easy as it may appear at first glance, removing a tree from an urban or suburban landscape requires careful dismantling by highly trained personnel and utilizing state-of-the-art machinery. Furthermore, when undergoing this type of an operation, specialists take into account several aspects when it comes to using such advanced tools. They consider:

  • the conditions on your landscape
  • the branch architecture
  • and the stability of your tree

Do you need help with your tree removal and demolition process? Our experts are ready to assist you! Get in touch with one of our representatives or make sure you call us at 908-206-4659

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