Fauna, but especially flora, simply belongs to domestic gardens. In addition to the classics such as lawn, ornamental flowers and shrubs, or various crops, there are of course also trees. As long as they are smaller in stature, they do not bother anyone. But when they get too big, there may be a need to cut them down. And that’s when we can run into a lot of problems. And these are not just about technical feasibility.
What kind of trees can be felled?
The first thing to remember is that not every tree can just be cut down. If it is a fruit tree, for example, but also a willow, ash or poplar, the circumference of the tree plays a role. The limit is 80 centimetres. Other well-known species then include, for example, plane trees and chestnut trees, where we are talking about 60 centimetres. For the remaining trees, we are generally talking about a 50 centimetre girth limit. So if a tree exceeds this value, you need to think about submitting an application. Felling applications can be submitted with felling dates from October to the end of February, when it is not the bird breeding season and it is the dormant season.
How to do safe felling step by step
- Wearing safety glasses to protect your eyes against splinters is important when working. At the same time, loose clothing, loose long hair or pendants are not appropriate, with everything off!
- Before starting the saw, check the chain tension, which depends on the type of your saw.
- Only start cutting when the chain is moving.
- Do not raise the saw above shoulder height.
- Don’t hold the saw with only one hand, it is a tool designed for both hands. Place your left hand on the front handle and hold the back with your right.
- Run the saw while it is on the ground or with your thighs on the back handle.
- Do not push the saw! The chain cuts well using the saw’s own weight.
- Start with the lower branches that would get in the way.
- For really large trunks, use caution and clearly identify the direction of fall. Undercut at right angles to the direction of felling, and also as close to the ground as possible. The undercut should be one-third to one-half of the trunk deep.
- Be careful not to jam the chain when clearing casing , or cutting small branches.
What about the stumps?
After each tree is cut down, there will be a stump left over that you can trim with a chainsaw, dig up or use stump biodegradation products. In the worst case, ammonium nitrate can be used to speed up the process. Alternatively, make them a priority, such as a planter, table or place to sit.