does anybody have experience with cutting branches on real tall
I have an electric chan saw. What else I need.
How do I secure myself on the tree? Any tricks to learn before I start
Where do I cut branches? Next to the trunk or in the middle?
All I know about trimming trees, is what NOT to do. . .DO NOT seat
yourself on a limb and them cut the part of that limb nearest the
trunk. It WILL have disasterous results;-)
Seriously however, there are a couple of websites out there that may
help you. They are as follows:
Neighbor's house recently sold. Widow moved into extended care home.
Owner died a couple of years ago when storm downed tree he was cutting
for firewood fell on him and killed him. Then the drug addict I met in
the hospital having gangrenous toes removed got started with drugs due
to using for pain relief after falling while cutting a tree. Then
there was supervisor who almost bled to death when chain saw slipped
and cut his femoral artery. Hire a pro.
I've done it before. Get a rope saw (I don't know what else to call it)
It's like a chainsaw chain with a rope on each end and a little
sandbag on one of the ropes. You throw it over the branch and saw it
back and forth with the ropes. Works real slick, and not very expensive.
Don't let the branch fall on you.
My father owned a sawmill, as a young man I worked in the woods
cutting timber, and were I 30 again, I would not try climbing a tree
with a chainsaw, and cutting the limbs. Only with a bucket truck, and
experience should one try this.(not even from a ladder)
Have a good one- The Oldtimer!
I'm a grandmother - I don't do trees! I hire them done, and have had
mixed result even from that!
I have a few young agile neighbor guys that occassionally do a tree on
their own. Some of them do just fine.
I do a lot of things around my house because I have the philosophy that
a gal (even an old one) can do anything a guy can do. . .Just as long
as strength isn't a barrier. Even the larger jobs can usually be
broken down into smaller more manageable compenents. Like I've
replaced a wax ring on a toilet by taking the top of the tank off, so
iti is in two pieces rather than a more heavier one piece.
But, if I had that electric chain saw of your's, I'd keep it for the
smaller stuff, and hire a pro.
I'm with you Oldtimer. . .Given the swiftness of that rotating chainsaw
blade, and the instability of the swaying branches, I would never want
any part of those acrobatics. I imagine it to be a recipe for
You don't start your construction career building skyscrapers. You don't
start playing the stock market by suddenly becoming a day trader. You
don't learn to drive in an 18-wheeler carrying hazardous materials. And
you don't start being an arborist by getting a few hints, and then
climbing into a tree.
Then again, if you're trying to earn a place on next year's Darwin
Awards list, go ahead. Just make sure that if you have any dependants
that you have a big life insurance policy that's paid up, and covers
doing insanely stupid things.
Thanks a lot for all the advice to all the guys that participate in
You are absolutely right. It is very foolish to start learning this
type of skill climbing tall trees with a chain saw when medical
insurance is so expensive and I do have dependents.
Again, I appreciate it very much
There's often more involved than just taking away one branch. A good tree
service will look for other things, like limbs that are rubbing against one
another. That'll cause "sores" which leave the tree open to disease. Take
away a limb or two, and tree may look imbalanced. So, a real expert will
know how to do a bit of artistic work on the tree, too.
Some cities and electric/phone companies hire private contractors to do tree
trimming. This goes not mean these tree companies are the best, but it
MIGHT. If a tree service messes up a homeowner's tree, it can result in some
rather large financial liability. So, it's worth a phonecall to your
electric company to see who they hire for this work. You can ask friends &
neighbors for names, but this isn't the type of work people need very often,
so it might take a while to find someone good. If you see work being done,
stop and watch, and ask questions. If they sound stupid, walk away. If they
can briefly describe what they did and why, you might be onto someone good.
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Home owners do not belong cutting braches on ladders or larger than say 2"
in diameter. I suggest that the job is best left to professionals. For
your safety and the trees sake.
If you need suggestions on how to select an arborist go here:
an so-called expert
must read and see book for anyone pruning (I suggest buying or library.
You can ask your library to order books by Shigo)
great tree care (basic) would be here:
John A. Keslick, Jr.
Beware of so-called TREE EXPERTS who do not understand TREE BIOLOGY!
, fires, floods, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions keep reminding us
that we are not the boss.
Some people will buy products they do not understand and not buy books that
will give them understanding.
On Thu, 01 Jun 2006 21:34:11 -0500, Oldtimer!
I would say especially not from a ladder. All good arborists have and
can use a rope and saddle. Ladders move unexpectedly, more so on
uneven ground , and the results are often disastrous. A properly
secured arborist might swing a bit when something moves (and something
_will_ move when a large branch is removed) but won't fall and won't
be underneath the falling branch. I'm a DIY'er myself in many cases,
but I don't recommend amateur tree pruning.
DISCLAIMER: I am a professional arborist. I stand to benefit from
having people follow the above advice. But I also have seen the
results of amateur pruning, and feel well qualified to say, most
amateurs and their trees will also benefit from following the above
But if you want to learn more about proper pruning practices (either
because you are stubborn or you want to develop a list of questions
for potential hirees), visit
ISA Certified Arborist #TX_0236AT
I have seen arborists working in trees with ropes and saddles, and it is
quite a sight to see. It can be like watching a ballet. And it ought to
be obvious to anyone that the guys up in the tree didn't just wake up
that morning, and decide they were good enough to do that.
It's not just a trade. It's a professional craft that takes a lot of
judgment, skill, knowledge, and practice. Not to mention physical
agility. Yet still accidents happen.
I don't think you really need to make that disclaimer any more than a
thorasic surgeon needs a disclaimer when discouraging do-it-yourself
But you also touch on another point: Even if the armature
do-it-yourselfer manages to complete the job without hurting themselves,
that doesn't mean that they did the job right. The tree may be damaged,
and be in an even greater need of a professional trimming than it was
before the armature hacked away at it.
It's one thing to be an armature gardener. It's quite another thing to
be an armature arborist.
I'm not an arborist. But I have the highest level of respect for
arborists. You don't need to apologize through a disclaimer for being
one. People who don't think they can wake-up one day and do your job are
the ones who need to apologize... although some might not do so even as
they lay in the hospital with one less arm than when they woke-up that
The tree may also end looking just plain ugly, and you can't do anything
about it until it's had several years' worth of growth. I've looked at
plenty of books which diagram ways of doing cosmetic shaping of various tree
types. I've taken those books outside, looked at similar trees, and my first
thought has usually been "Go get the phone book". Luckily, years ago,
someone recommended a wizard of a tree guy. He walks 1/2 a block away to
look at some trees from a distance before touching them.