Total Tree Care Services are specialists in tree felling. With over 35 years of experience in the tree surgery sector, our tree surgeons have removed many trees from grounds, gardens and workplaces in Farnham and the surrounding areas. This isn’t the only type of tree surgery we specialise in; we also carry out a wide range of services, including hedge cutting and planting, but this page focuses on the best practices to use for tree felling.
The first thing our tree surgeons will decide when sizing up a tree felling job in Farnham is which direction to cut it down. The easiest way for us to do the job is to fell the tree in the direction it would naturally fall. Felling the opposite way to a natural lean requires hard work at best and, in a worst-case scenario, the possibility of divine intervention!
Once they have made a decision, our tree surgeons will cut a hinge into the trunk which will steer the tree to the ground; this is called directional tree felling and this is the common way for this type of tree surgery to be carried out. To create the hinge, we cut out a wedge-shaped piece referred to as the ‘directional cut’ and this helps trees to fall a particular way.
Next, we create the ‘felling cut’ which is a cut made horizontally from the opposite side. We don’t cut through the entire stem but leave a small hinge instead to control the direction of tree felling at your Farnham property – or anywhere else in the surrounding areas.
Obviously, this method can change slightly based on different tree sizes but we try and keep to the best working practices when cutting. Once the tree is down, we will cut the tree into pieces to make it easier to transport away from your Farnham site.
If required, our tree surgeons can also carry out a full garden clearance service including any hedge cutting requirements you may have. All tree surgery and hedge cutting waste is fully recycled to create hardwood logs, woodchip and garden mulch.
Sectional tree felling is an alternative type of tree surgery which is carried out at properties in Farnham when we’re unable to cut down the tree in one movement. Our tree surgeons will expertly remove parts of the tree, bit by bit, using a combination of lowering ropes and cutting techniques. We ensure that the tree is dismantled safely and with full control.
This practice is most commonly used when there are surrounding building on a piece of land which could be struck and damaged if a tree is felled using directional practices. We take the appropriate measures to ensure all tree felling is undertaken in line with current HSE directives. All tree surgeons on our team are fully insured by the company and Total Tree Care Services carry further public liability insurance to a value of £5m.