Here's a Quick Way to Get Rid of Dead Tree Branches

By: albertaarb - August 14, 2013

Once the branch is dead, it begins to dry out, decay and readies itself to fall from the tree. This may not be a big deal for small branches, but large ones can injure people or damage buildings and cars below, even kill them. Even if the branch does not look like it is going to fall, it could be unsightly, and you can remove it for aesthetic purposes.

Hiring Professionals

At Alberta arborists, we can help you get rid of any of the dead tree branches that are on your property in a safe, effective manner. We have a lot of experience doing this, which minimizes the mistakes that people make when doing it on their own. We also have all of the best equipment on the market right now, making it easier to take the branches down quickly. Do not put this off until the branch falls and causes more expensive damage. Instead, work with us to get rid of it today. If you would like to do it on your own, though, there are a few things that you should know.

Secure the Branch

The first step is to secure the branch to the tree. You can do this with a rope or a strap. Remember, this should be done only if the branch is going to fall on something below. If not, you do not have to secure it and you can just skip this step. If you do secure it, though, make sure that you hook it up so that it will swing away from you when it falls.

Get the Right Tools

You need the right tools for the job. For smaller branches, a pair of clippers can be used. These are often about two feet long, with most of the length in the handle so that you have a lot of leverage. For large branches, a hand saw with an extendable, telescoping handle is best. You can also use a chain saw, but this complicates the job and is often overkill anyway.

Cut Close to the Trunk

When you cut off the branch, you should make sure that you cut as close to the trunk as possible. This will still be dead, and it could endanger the rest of the tree. Cut as close to the trunk as you can without damaging it.

If you have the right tools, dead tree branch removal is not difficult. However, if you really want to ensure that the job is done right so that your tree stays healthy, consider the services of professional arborists.
 

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