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You might have to get rid of a tree for various reasons. It could be that you are trying to make room for a new construction project or it could be that you just don t think that a particular tree is the right fit for your landscape. The tree could pose a hazard if it is in decline and close to your home. Whatever may be the reason, the following article will give you a basic eye opener on tree removal. <br /><br /> First of all, you have to decide if you are doing it yourself or if you are going to hire a professional. Unless the tree is small in size less than say 15-20 feet for some species, it is recommended that you hire a professional service that will take care of the tree removal for you. <br /><br /> This is because there are several risks associated with removing a tree yourself. A lot of enthusiastic men power up their chain saw and are ready to go to work but there are many hazards to doing so. The following are aspects of a tree removal that need close attention. <br /><br /> <h3>Proper Attire</h3> <br /> Tree removal with a chainsaw needs to be done in proper attire. Boots, gloves and goggles to protect the eyes from flying debris are an absolute must. You should also wear chainsaw chaps with any saw blade over 24 inches, as the chain can be thrown and can come up and hit you inside of your legs. <br /><br /> <h3>Fall Area</h3> <br /> Also known as the drop zone. You just cannot begin chopping down or sawing down a tree without first deciding on the fall area. The tree will usually have to be guided with ropes to fall in a particular area. It is highly recommended that you do not attempt bringing down a large or even a medium sized tree that is too close to a building or a power line. Property damage resulting from negligence on your part will leave you with expenses that might not be covered by your insurance. A professional tree removing company should be covered by insurance even if they make a mistake. * Make sure you ask to see their license and insurance paperwork and call to verify the coverage is still in effect. You will want to be listed as certificate holder. Liability insurance is essential to protect the property owner. <br /><br /> <h3>Once the tree is "on the ground" </h3> <br /> After you have brought down the tree or have had it brought down by a professional, it will need to be trimmed down. Cut off all the limbs and branches and make sure that you cut as close to the trunk as possible. This will allow for easier handling at a later stage. Also, as a general safety tip, try to keep the trunk in between you and the branch that you are trying to cut as it will provide a safety barrier. <br /><br /> <h3>Handling the trunk</h3> <br /> Depending on whether you are carrying out the tree removal all by yourself or through a tree removal company, the trunk will have to be cut down to manageable size levels that can be handled by people or equipment. This is often called the base wood and can be surprisingly heavy. If you are handling the pieces of trunk yourself, make sure that the pieces are small enough to manage in terms of weight. You may need to cut a slice of wood no more than 12 thick and then cut this slice into pies to make the pieces manageable. The only problem with this method is that cutting the wood downward with the grain dulls the saw blades much faster than cutting across the grain. Always wear a good pair of work gloves to keep your hands free of cuts and splinters when handling timber. Also pine saps are very sticky and hard to remove from skin and clothing. So old jeans are recommended. <br /><br /> <h3>Stump Removal</h3> <br /> There are several ways to get rid of a stump. The most common procedure is when someone hires a company that will grind out a stump with powerful equipment. If one is attempting to do it on their own, they can try to burn down a stump although it will take a lot of time. It will not be something that will be appreciated by the neighbors as well. Another way to get rid of a stump will be to cut deep cavities into the stump and fill them up with salt. The salt will kill the roots over time although this is a very slow process that can sometimes even take several years. <br /><br /> As suggested earlier in the article, it is highly recommended that you hire a professional tree removal company with the equipment to carry out the work of getting rid of a tree for you. </div> <h3><a href="resources.html">BACK TO RESOURCES</a></h3> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div id="footer"> <div id="footer-content"> <div id="footer-left"> 5317 Dartmouth Ave N. | Saint Petersburg, FL 33710 | p 727 367 1200 <br /> 5401 27th Ave S. | Gulfport, FL 33707 | p 727 367 1200 </div> <div id="footer-right"> Imperial Tree Service &copy; 2010<br /> <a href="contact_us.html">CONTACT US</a> | <a href="gallery.html">GALLERY</a> | <a href="resources.html">RESOURCES</a> | <a href="get-a-quote.html">GET A QUOTE</a> | <a href="free_mulch.html">FREE MULCH</a> </div> </div> </div> </body> </html>