Everything you Need to Know About Tree Felling

Trees can be a great feature in your garden. They’re decorative, provide shade and are a great way to support birds and other wildlife.

However, despite these benefits there are times when trees need removing. Often, the easiest way to do this is to fell them.

Read on to learn more about when a tree might need felling and how best to do it.

When could a tree need felling?

A common reason why people fell trees is safety. If a tree has died or is structurally unsound it needs removing before it starts to lose branches. Falling wood can damage people and property and needs to be prevented.
Signs that a tree is decaying and needs removing include:
man doing tree felling

  • Fungi growing at the base of the trunk
  • Chipped or peeling bark
  • Cracks or cavities in the trunk
  • Dead branches

Trees may also need removing for practical reasons. They might be where you’re planning to build an extension or outbuilding or their roots might be threatening the structural integrity of your home.

If there’s space then the easiest way to get rid of an unsafe or unwanted tree is to fell it. If there isn’t room to safely fell it, it will need removing through sectional dismantling.

What should I do if I need a tree felling?

If you think you need a tree felling, you should get in touch with a tree surgeon or arborist. They will let you know if it’s possible and give you advice on the best way to do it. They will also let you know how long it will take and how much it will cost.

Before you hire a tree surgeon, it’s worth considering if you need any additional things doing and asking whether these are included in the quote. Common things people ask for when they’re getting a tree felled include:

  • Stump grinding – when a stump is ground down to ground level or slightly lower
  • Stump removal – when a stump and as many roots as possible are ground out or removed
  • Limb chipping – when the tree is put through a machine and turned into wood chips
  • Log splitting – when the tree is split into logs so it can be burned in fireplaces or log burners

Remember, if you’re unsure or confused about anything, just ask. A professional won’t expect you to have specialised knowledge and should be happy to answer any questions you have. You can also take a look at the Arboricultural Association’s website for more information.

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Price

£350-£700

Price depends on tree size

Time

Half a day

Based on 2-3 workers