What Do You Do When a Tree Falls?

When it comes to cutting down a tree, homeowners have a responsibility to take the necessary steps to prevent damage from dying, sick, or unstable trees on their property. Before you start cutting down a tree, you should analyze both the tree and its surrounding area. The bristlecone pine of the Great Basin (Pinus Longaeva) is considered the oldest tree in existence, reaching an age of more than 5,000 years. You can control the direction your tree falls by cutting the first notch on the side of the tree that faces the direction you want it to fall. Once it starts to fall, the tree is out of your control, so you should know which way you want it to fall before making the first cut.

The final cost depends on the size of the tree and whether anything stands in the way of the fall, such as a roof or power lines. For most trees beyond a certain size, a chainsaw is the best tool. On the other hand, people often forget about the inner life of trees and their feelings. People cut down forest trees to harvest timber, build roads and clear land for livestock grazing, agricultural production and urban development. When cutting down a tree with a trunk 18 inches or more in diameter, you'll also want a pair of felling wedges.

A feller buncher is a machine capable of cutting down a single large tree or grouping and cutting down several small ones simultaneously. When it comes to safety, stand in front of the tree so that where it will fall is on your right and your escape routes are on your left. If your tree looks like a fall hazard, it's best to call your local tree care company. When cutting down a tree, make sure to yell “wood” to warn people to get out of the way.