A dead tree in your garden can affect your curb appeal. More importantly, dead trees around your home can be dangerous. These trees are more vulnerable during strong winds. The longer the tree has been dead, the higher risk you have of the tree falling over and a huge tree can significantly injure a person and cause a lot of damage to your vehicle, your home, or your fencing.
Dead trees are also a very popular dwelling for all sorts of pests like mice, roaches, ants, termites, snakes, and scorpions. It is better for everyone and for your home to get rid of a dead tree as soon as you can. Here is a quick guide to help you get rid of the dead tree quickly.
Chop Down the Tree
Lots of people will attempt to chop the tree down themselves. This may be fine in some circumstances – if you know exactly what you are doing. Here is a quick look at the main steps required for chopping down a tree.
- First, put on your safety gear. Ideally, you should be wearing a helmet, safety goggles, respirator, hearing protection, steel-toed boots, gloves, and old clothes.
- Next, you need to clear the surrounding area. Make sure that there are no children, pets, garden accessories, vehicles, or other items in the way of the tree.
- Choose a good direction for the tree to fall in.
- Plan for an escape route just in case something happens. When you plan an escape route, you will automatically scurry in that direction so you won’t be crushed.
- Cut a triangle into the tree with a 70-degree angle on the side to which the tree should fall to.
- The angle should cut about ¼ of the tree stump’s diameter.
- Move to the back of the tree and cut the tree horizontally using a chainsaw. Stop cutting about 1/10th of the diameter of the tree from where the 70-degree triangle starts.
- You should now move away from the tree and keep the area cleared until the tree has fallen.
Cut the Fallen Tree into Pieces
Once the tree has fallen, you can start chopping it down to smaller sizes so you can haul it away. Many people start by cutting the stump into smaller chunks that they can easily load on a trailer. Some people prefer to keep the tree stumps so they can later split the logs and produce firewood.
When the stump is dealt with, you can get to work on the branches and leaves and load these on top of the stumps so you can haul it away to your local landfills.
Get Rid Of the Stump
When the tree is taken care off, you still need to deal with the leftover stump. There are quite a few different ways for you to deal with a tree stump. Here are some of the best methods.
Let the Stump Rot Away
You can leave the stump in the ground until it rots naturally. This can however take many years. To speed up the process, you can drill holes into the stump and pour some stump remover granules into the holes.
Burn the Stump
Allow the stump to sit and dry out for a few weeks. You can now drill some holes in it and pour gasoline into these holes. Allow it to saturate for a while before you set it on fire.
Hire A Stump Grinding Professional
Stump grinding from Pete’s Stump Grinding in Geelong is the quickest and safest way to get rid of the leftover stump. These professionals use a stump grinder to chip the stump into small wood fibres. The entire stump is chipped away until only fine sawdust is left behind.
Getting rid of a tree can be very dangerous. It is always better to leave your tree chopping, removing, and stump removal up to professionals who have the right tools for the job.