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Landscaping your yard can be a tough job, and sometimes you need to remove a tree in order to make room for a new one, or just to clear the area. Whatever your reasons for removing a tree, it's important to do it correctly, in order, to avoid damaging your property or harming yourself. This guide will explain how to remove a tree safely and efficiently.
For this demonstration, we will start by identifying the most popular Korean tree to fell: the famous gingko.
Felling a gingko can be a pretty straight-forward process, but there are a few things you should know before you get started. For one, gingko trees are incredibly strong, so you'll need to use a powerful saw to get through them. Additionally, the bark of a gingko tree is very thin, so be careful not to damage it as you cut. Finally, gingko trees have a tendency to split when they're cut, so it's important to be aware of that before you start chopping.
Step 1: Set Up Your Workspace
To fell a gingko tree, you'll need a few tools: a chainsaw, a saw horse, and a few logs or blocks of wood. Start by setting up your saw horses in a level spot near the tree you want to cut down. If you're using logs, place them on top of the saw horses, otherwise set blocks of wood on the ground and on top of the saw horses. You'll need this flat and sturdy surface to stand the tree on while you cut it.
Step 2: Cut the Trunk
The next step is to cut the main trunk of the tree into manageable sections. The exact size of your sections will depend on the length of your chainsaw and the height of your saw horses, but in general, you will want to cut sections that are about as long as your chainsaw and as tall as your saw horses.
Start by making a horizontal cut across the trunk a few inches above the ground. Then, make a second cut at a 45-degree angle just above the first cut. Repeat this process until you've cut the trunk into sections.
Step 3: Cut the Sections
Now it's time to cut each of the sections into even smaller sections. Start by holding the section of the trunk you want to cut on the ground with one hand and placing the end of the chainsaw blade on the top of the trunk.
Cut through the trunk about an inch above where you're holding it with your hand. Find where to cut next by matching the saw with the current cut on the trunk and making another cut up about an inch from where the saw is. Continue cutting through the entire section.
Step 4: Finish the Cut
Once you've made a cut through the entire section, you'll be left with a rearward-facing cut on top of where your hand was holding the section on the ground. Using the chainsaw blade, complete the cut by cutting forward along the sawn area until you're about an inch above where your hand was holding the section.
Repeat the process to cut the other sections. Then you'll be able to use the saw or another tool to easily break the sections into pieces that you can take away.
As you can see, the above-noted pros are successful because they know the saw isn't more effective than the method you use to make the cuts. Contact a tree removal service to learn more.