Posted on Mar 15, 2021

Genesis Tree Service Fairfax

Tree Removal: Felling is the process of cutting down a standing tree. A lot of thought goes into tree felling, since people (or vehicles or structures) can be crushed if the direction of the fall is miscalculated.

Before felling a tree, a professional will assess the surroundings to see if there are any obstacles to avoid. They will also check the condition of the tree. Felling a damaged or dead tree is dangerous because the tree could fall unexpectedly during the process or in an unpredicted direction.

Tree removal professionals will then determine which direction they expect or need the tree to fall. Based on the direction of the fall, they will plan escape routes and ensure these paths are clear for them to retreat to once the tree is falling or if something unexpected happens.

Once it’s time to fell the tree, your tree service pro will typically use an undercut and a back cut, unless the tree requires some other method of removal (such as crane-assisted removal).

The undercut, or notch cut, is made on the side of the tree that faces the direction of the fall. The back cut is made on the opposite side of the tree and is positioned slightly above the bottom of the notch cut. The back cut does not go completely through the tree, leaving a section of trunk as a hinge between the back cut and the undercut. This uncut section of the tree helps control the fall.

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