Understanding Different Types of Tree Removal Processes

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Trees are a vital part of our environment. Trees provide us with oxygen, reduce air pollution, and keep our surroundings cooler. But most importantly, in an era of increasing energy costs and environmental awareness, trees can help you reduce energy costs.

The right tree planted in the right position provides shade and cool air, which help reduce your energy costs. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, carefully positioned trees can save up to 25% of the energy for a typical household.

Unfortunately, sometimes, you need to remove a tree. In most cases, tree removal is necessary to ensure/increase safety or reduce the risk of diseases. Dead, dying, or disease ridden trees can infect the neighboring trees. Arborists and tree removal experts use different techniques to cut down or replace a tree.

Let’s learn about different types of tree removal. 

1. Tree removal Using Aerial Lift

This is perhaps the most common tree removal method for tall trees. You can easily reach the top of the trees and start cutting down the branches one by one. This is the safest and quickest way possible. But you will need to hire a professional tree and stump removal company.

Tree removal experts often have the equipment and training required to cut down tall trees safely. The benefits of hiring a professional airlift tree removal team include:

  • Easy and safe access to hard-to-reach areas.
  • Increased mobility and flexibility – a must for tree removal.
  • Also useful in tree trimming.

Usually, a tree stump removal company will use two different types of aerial lifts.

  • Scissor Lift: Scissor lifts are mobile, flexible, and safe. They come with a large platform protected by railings. These lifts work best on flat surfaces where you travel straight up and down.
  • Boom Lift: Boom lifts also help you reach high places. However, they offer more flexibility compared to scissor lifts. You can reach perilous areas using these lifts, which makes them most suitable for tree removal.

As you can imagine, aerial tree removal is dangerous. You must hire an experienced professional like the Utah Tree Co to ensure safety. 

2. Tree removal Using a Crane

Cranes make it easier to reach taller trees and otherwise inaccessible areas. A tree crane is a specialized equipment used for tree removal. The crane operator, a highly trained and skilled crew member, operates the crane from the ground.

The crane is used to airlift:

  • The climbers into the tree.
  • The heavy, bulky sections of the tree.

Stabilizing the crane is the first critical step in tree removal. The tree and stump removal company will stabilize the crane considering the slope of the ground and the area around the crane. Once stabilized, the crane will airlift a climber onto the tree.

First, the climber attaches themselves to the tree. After securing themselves, the climber attaches the crane to the tree using a steel or nylon cable. Then, the climber cuts away the attached section of the tree. The crane operator lifts the cut section and moves it away from the tree.

The ground crew will untie the tree section. This entire process gets repeated until the tree gets removed. But as you can imagine, this tree removal process demands skills and experience. Make sure to hire a professional tree stump removal service provider. 

3. Tree removal by Climbing

Climbing is the most common tree removal method. It involves climbing a tree using a ladder or a rope and cutting down the desired branches. Given the safety risks, it is best suited for small and mid-sized trees. Depending on how big and dense the tree is, you may need to call someone to assist.

While you can climb a tree and cut the branches yourself, it’s better to hire a professional. A tree removal expert knows how to climb and cut off the branches without injuring anyone. It also reduces the risk of property damage.

You can consider tree removal by climbing when a branch or limb on your tree:

  • Has died or become sick.
  • Got damaged in the storm.
  • Has grown in a way that poses a threat to your property.

If you see this damage, call an expert as soon as possible. They will inspect your tree and remove the branches one by one. The process usually involves:

  • Clipping off smaller branches with pruning shears.
  • Cutting off the larger branches piece by piece, starting with a small notch at the farthest end of the branch.
  • Cut and drop the heavy limbs on the ground carefully.

4. Uprooting and Replanting a Tree

This is probably the most challenging tree removal process. It involves plucking a tree from the ground and replanting it in a safer location. This helps save the life of a tree. Uprooting is often necessary when the tree poses an imminent threat to your property and people.

However, you will need to plan the procedure well in advance. The tree might destroy your property and injure the workers if something goes wrong. You need to hire an experienced tree removal company to uproot a tree.

But there are a few factors you need to keep in mind.

  • Evaluate the tree to check if it is healthy enough or not to be uprooted and replanted.
  • Keep the root ball intact throughout the process.
  • Replant the tree immediately after removing it.
  • Find a safe and nourishing location for replanting. 

5. Emergency Tree removal

Emergency tree removal is necessary when a tree causes imminent danger to property and people. For example, emergency removal will prevent a tree from falling on a person, vehicle, or property. In most cases, local authorities will ask you (the property owner) to remove a tree if deemed dangerous.

As you can imagine, this requires help from an expert tree removal company. They will inspect the tree and surrounding conditions before going ahead with the removal. The tree and stump removal company will use one of these methods to remove the dangerous tree. 

The Bottom Line 

Trees provide us with oxygen, reduce air pollution, and provide shade. They are the natural cooling system of our planet. Trees also add a curb appeal to your home. However, dangerous, dead, and decaying trees need to be cut down. That’s where tree removal comes in. Hopefully, these tree removal methods will help you understand your options.

Are you looking for tree removal services in Utah? Look no further than Utah Tree Co. We are your one-stop shop for tree removal and trimming, pruning, wood chipping, tree stump removal and grinding, and other emergency cleanups. Call us at (801) 330-8861 or fill out our online form to learn more about our services.