Tree Removal

From strong winds to heavy snow, the elements often take a toll on trees, posing hazardous situations for people and property. Unsafe or dead tree removal and tree branch removal can help eliminate a threat.

Tree Removal and Safety

It’s better to be safe than sorry. Be proactive about tree removal, and look for these signs to identify hazardous trees.

Trees may need to be removed if they have:

  • Multiple trunks joined in a “V” shape
  • A leaning trunk
  • Fissures in the soil
  • Exposed roots
  • Weak or broken branches
  • Hollow pockets
  • Peeling bark
  • Split wood
  • Detached or hanging branches
  • Variance in trunk diameter
  • Scorched tree tops (near power lines)
  • Wood particles near the trunk
  • Soil gaps around the trunk
  • Fire damage

Safe Tree Removal

While a tree itself may be hazardous, tree removal is just as dangerous. Whether you are trimming branches, cutting down an entire tree, or removing a tree stump, it is important to take the right safety precautions to avoid injury. OSHA provides many safety tips for tree trimming and removal.

OSHA Tree Trimming and Removal Tips:

  • Assume all power lines are energized
  • Do not work on any trees within 10 feet of a power line – leave that to the pros
  • Wear personal safety equipment
  • Do not work in dangerous weather conditions
  • Use caution on ladders and lifts
  • Do not climb with tools

Tools and Equipment for This Project
  • Towable Aerial Lift: reaches branches up to 61 feet working
  • Self-propelled Aerial Lift: allows for better mobility and reach, with a maximum platform height of 56 feet, outreach of 31 feet and rotation capabilities
  • Log Splitter: easily breaks down logs with 25 tons of ram force that can cut logs up to 26 inches long and 10 inches high
  • Chainsaw: makes rough cuts, so it's primarily used for cutting down trees, making firewood and trimming large branches
  • Power Saw Pole Tree Pruner: allows for powered trimming of larger branches, with a pole reaching up to 12 feet in the air
  • Tree Stump Grinder: removes the stump of a tree after tree has been removed