For clients seeking tree felling services, understanding the process, qualifications, and safety considerations are essential to making informed decisions about your tree care needs.
As a professional tree surgeon, I am well-versed in the art and science of tree care and removal. At Ideal Tree Services we have many years of experience in safe and efficient tree felling and are committed to providing quality tree removal services.
Tree felling is a complex task that requires careful planning, precision, and adherence to safety standards.
In this section, I’ll provide insights into when tree felling may be necessary, the process involved, safety considerations, required qualifications, and information that clients considering tree felling services may find useful.
When is Tree Felling Necessary?
Tree felling becomes necessary for various reasons, including:
• Health and Safety: Diseased, damaged, or dead trees can pose a safety hazard, especially if they are near structures, roads, or pedestrian areas.
• Space Constraints: Trees that have outgrown their space or are interfering with new construction may need to be felled.
• Invasive Species: Invasive tree species can threaten native ecosystems and need to be removed.
• Environmental Health: Trees that are affected by pests or diseases might need to be removed to prevent further spread.
• Aesthetic Reasons: Sometimes, tree removal is requested for landscape redesign or to enhance the visual appeal of a property.
The Tree Felling Process
1. Assessment: The process begins with a thorough assessment of the tree’s health, structure, location, and potential risks. This assessment helps determine whether felling is the best option or if alternative treatments can be applied. Each tree removal task will have different considerations and a thorough assessment will ensure all elements are considered and support us to provide you with an accurate quotation for works.
2.Legal Checks: First and foremost, we will need to determine who owns the tree which requires work. We will only remove a tree when we know who it belongs to and that the relevant permissions are in place. Depending on the location and local regulations, obtaining permits or permissions for tree felling might be required. This is an essential step to ensure legal compliance.
3. Planning: A detailed plan is created, outlining the felling direction, escape routes, and safety measures. Factors like wind direction, slope, and obstacles are considered. Before felling, potential risks like power lines, nearby structures, or unstable terrain are carefully assessed.
4. Safety Measures: Before starting, we ensure the work area is safe. Appropriate signage, traffic Management, or cordons will be put in place to ensure that the risk to people entering the work site is reduced. Personal protective equipment (PPE) including helmets, gloves, eye protection, and chainsaw-resistant clothing is worn. We use specialist equipment to carry out the work, which is all safety checked each day.
5. Felling Techniques: Depending on the tree’s size, shape, and surrounding environment, different felling techniques may be employed (like traditional notch and back cut or directional felling). It is vital that a qualified Tree Surgeon carries out tree felling as without a comprehensive understanding of tree dynamics serious mistakes can be made.
6. Cutting: Precise cuts are made to control the tree’s fall direction. This involves making a notch on the side facing the intended fall direction, followed by a cut on the opposite side.
7. Felling: With calculated cuts in place, the tree is carefully sectioned to fall in the desired direction. Professional tree surgeons are trained to predict and manage the tree’s falling path to avoid damage to nearby structures or other vegetation.
8. Limbing and Bucking: Once the tree is on the ground, limbs are removed, and the trunk is cut into manageable sections known as logs.
9. Stump Removal: Depending on the client’s preference and site requirements, the stump can be left in place, ground down, or removed completely. This is usually an additional service (and additional cost.) See our ‘stump removal’ page for further information
Safety is paramount during tree felling. Professional tree surgeons undergo rigorous training in chainsaw handling, tree assessment, and safe felling techniques. At Ideal Tree Services we hold qualifications which go above and beyond what is required to ensure that we operate to the highest standards. All Sub-contractors are fully vetted and required to prove that they meet our exacting standards.
Only well-maintained and proper equipment is used to ensure safety and accuracy.
Full risk assessment is carried out prior to each tree felling task.
Adequate PPE, such as helmets, eye protection, gloves, and steel-toed boots, are worn to mitigate potential injuries.
Ideal Tree Services hold full liability Insurances. Adequate liability insurance is crucial to cover any potential damage or accidents during the tree felling process.
Useful Information for Clients:
We offer free consultations to assess the tree and discuss the best course of action. Once we have assessed the work, we will provide a no obligation quotation. Please discuss your needs with us, we will always try to price match quotes if possible.
We fully consider local regulations. Clients should inquire about permits or permissions required for tree felling in their area. We can support/ signpost for clients to find this out.
Please feel free to ask for references or examples of our previous work we have undertaken for our many happy domestic and commercial clients.
We will guide you through every step in the process, please get in touch today to find out how we can help you.