An oak or a cool pine can turn any property from just a house to a home with some attractive curb appeal! However, eventually, trees can become pesky, bothersome, or a nuisance to the neighbors if they aren’t groomed correctly. In some cases, a tree removal is necessary as well.
As tempting as it may be to break out your favorite plaid shirt and an axe to connect with your inner lumberjack, felling a tree is a very calculated and precise procedure that should only be done by professionals. A dead or sick tree should be removed. At this point, it’s necessary that tree removal services will need to be called in.
Our competent and qualified tree removal service in Seattle understands how to safely remove the limbs of a tree, as well as to control the angle at which the body of the tree will fall while being cut down. Avoiding power lines and houses are the primary concern here, with a secondary concern with removing the stump. Poor stump removal can poorly impact the health of the surrounding vegetation and can mean the difference between planting a new tree immediately or having to hire someone to fill in the area with dirt.
The complicated root systems of trees have just as many fine details that need to be considered as the parts of the tree that exist above the ground. Not knowing how to extricate the root system from the ground properly can wreak havoc and lead to a pockmarked lawn or backyard.
It’s a process that has so many variables to figure out. There are a few different ways to remove a tree depending on the circumstances. Here’s what you can expect from our Seattle tree removal service company:
Felling an entire tree is the lumberjack way of doing things, “timber!” and all. It’s the most straightforward way to remove a tree since it involves cutting the tree down at the base and making sure it falls in a safe direction.
To ensure everything goes well, the tree’s height will be determined first. From there, our tree specialists can figure out if there’s enough room in the surrounding area for the tree to fall safely. Highly developed neighborhoods typically don’t have enough room in any direction for a tree to be felled in this method, as one side has the street and power lines, the other two have adjacent properties, and the last side has the house on which the tree on the property is found.
The shape of the tree must be determined next. If the tree can be taken down safely in one direction, how the tree’s weight is distributed needs to be carefully measured. Any diseased portions of the trunk that might prematurely give way during the cutting process need to be noted and worked around.
All of this information is then put together to allow our arborists to note where the cutting process will begin. Ropes are tied to the tree, so other staff members can help guide it to the ground in the right direction.
Should cutting down the tree in one piece prove impractical, the next option is to cut it down in sections. The same information about the tree is obtained, like overall height and considerations with regards to where cut pieces will go, but the next steps are drastically different.
First, our tree climbers will set up a rigging setup with ropes, so that there’s no risk they will fall during the process. The rigging process will also ensure that none of the limbs will fall to the ground in an uncontrolled fashion. The rigging will run through the entire tree in such a way that all pieces can be lowered down in a controlled and gentle manner. Next, all of the individual limbs that jut out from the trunk will be cut off and guided to the ground by nearby tree removal staff. Once the limbs have been removed, the tree will be cut into small wedges starting from the top and working their way down. Depending on the tree and property, these wedges will either be thrown to the ground or gently lowered with the rigging ropes.
This process requires a lot of planning and skill which is why only trained individuals should be trusted to remove a tree. Those who aren’t adequately trained risk damaging the property, as well as hurting themselves or others.
Similar to removing a tree in sections with a rigging setup, cranes can be employed to remove a tree piece by piece. But then, more can be done at a time, thanks to the brute strength of a large crane. The crane is set up somewhere on the property the owner is comfortable with, and then the boom is moved to the top of the tree. Our climber attaches the end of the crane in two places: the top and the bottom of the piece to be removed. The climber then cuts the piece away, and the crane brings the piece down before the process is repeated. Eventually, all of the pieces will be removed, leaving only the stump.
There’s inevitably going to be a lot of pieces of wood, bark, and other debris, besides the stump itself. The tree has been cut down, but it still hasn’t been removed from the area. Now, our team of tree removal experts have the job of picking out all of the small limbs, cutting pieces into more manageable chunks, and getting all of the smaller debris rounded up and out of the area. The larger pieces are typically rounded up and placed into a truck, while smaller pieces are run through a wood chipper to be turned into mulch.
When was the last time you inspected all of the trees in your yard? If it’s been a while, check that none of the trees are dying or sick. A dead tree will eventually rot out and fall on its own, which can be a disaster, and result in property damage and injury. Some trees grow in ways that result in them becoming structurally unstable, so they need to be removed before they become a significant issue. On the other hand, perhaps, it just isn’t the right look for you.
Consider your yard and if tree removal services are right for you.
EcotreeNW is a family-owned tree service with over 25-years of experience caring for the natural landscape of communities in Snohomish and King counties. Our goal is to provide exceptional tree service to all residential and commercial clients looking to maintain or improve the natural surroundings of their homes and businesses.
At EcotreeNW, we specialize in tight-quarter tree work near homes, and within established landscaping. We strive to complete our work with as little inconvenience to our clients as possible. We maintain trees to help prevent storm damage; we remove trees when they are compromised by poor health, damaged in storms, have become a threat to existing structures, or have outgrown their location.
EcotreeNW also provides pruning services to help preserve and maintain the beauty and well-being of your trees. Our experienced crew is licensed, bonded and insured, and provides the highest quality workmanship. They utilize state-of-the-art tools and techniques that yield the best possible results while adhering to the strictest safety standards.
EcotreeNW is a member of the International Society of Arboriculture and has ISA certified arborists on staff.
Want more information about our tree services? If you’re in the SnoKing/Seattle area (Tukwila to West Everett), call us at 206.337.2422. If you’re on the Eastside (Mercer Island to East Everett), call 425.786.0007.
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