Everyone likes a change. There are constant trends that float in and out of the gardening circle; from seasonal plants and arrangements to taking inspiration from other cultures, like Japanese gardens. Still, while that urge to make big changes can be tough to control, it’s important everything is done in a safe manner. This is especially true when it comes to removing trees and bushes.
Consequently, here’s a few tips on how to safely remove these features from your garden.
In order to perform a job well done, you need the right equipment to see the task through. In the case of bushes, pruning shears and saws will work well here to cut the plants free of the soil in an easier fashion. First, prune the bush as much as possible so that nothing but the stump remains. You can use your smaller saw if you need to remove any bothersome branches that prevent the extraction of the plant.
When the stump is exposed, it’s simply a matter of heaving the plant from the ground. This is entirely necessary for complete removal, so don’t leave anything behind. Even if the roots remain, there is a strong chance that, eventually, the plant will begin to grow back to full size. If you don’t fancy pulling it out yourself, you can use chemicals that will kill the stump and roots and allow them to rot away thereafter into the soil. Of course, you should only do this if you’re not planning on replacing the old bush with a new one.
Typically, the bird nesting season is from February to August in the UK, though can extend for longer. If you’re keen to remove a tree, avoid that time, as birds will be calling your trees home. Next, you need to pay heed to the surrounding area. Is there any property, power lines or people nearby that risk being damaged by a falling tree? Additionally, check if the tree is littered with loose/dead branches or is leaning to one side already. If you locate these issues, the tree is not safe to cut down at all, no matter what you do. Enlist a professional in those circumstances instead.
If it seems safe and you’re going ahead with the project, acquire a quality chainsaw from SGS Engineering, as well as a helmet, earmuffs, felling wedges and safety goggles and get to work. A safety partner is essential also. Decide where you want the tree to fall, then saw a top cut into the tree in that direction at a 60-degree angle at about one quarter to a fifth of the tree’s full diameter. Make sure you’re sawing into the bottom area of the tree. Subsequently make an undercut that meets that top cut to form a notch that will pinpoint the felling direction clearly.
After that, start using your chainsaw to fell the tree until you feel there’s enough space to insert your wedge. Position it behind your chainsaw bar, which will stop it getting trapped in the tree should it start to lean back. Keep going until the moment you feel the tree starting to lean, in which case its time to step away. Once you’ve downed the tree, begin sawing away branches and dividing up the chunks into pieces. This will make it easier to dispose, or be useable for firewood.
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