Tree Removal Terminology (Part 2)

Mark Taylor - 11/10/2023, 10:05

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In the first part of our article, we introduced you to key tree removal terminology, focusing on tree felling, crane-assisted felling, and tree pruning. Now, let's dive deeper into these tree removal techniques and gain a better understanding of their importance.

Tree Felling Revisited

Tree felling is a fundamental aspect of tree removal, but it's crucial to emphasize the importance of safety and precision in this process. Here are some additional terms to be aware of:

  1. Hinge Wood: The remaining uncut wood between the felling cut and the back cut. It plays a critical role in controlling the tree's fall direction.
  2. Notch Depth: The depth of the notch cut, which determines the tree's pivot point during the fall.
  3. Barber Chair: A dangerous situation where a tree splits vertically upward during the fall, often caused by incorrect notching or back-cutting techniques.
  4. Felling Wedge: A tool inserted into the felling cut to control the tree's direction of fall. It helps prevent the tree from leaning or shifting.

Crane-Assisted Felling Techniques

Crane-assisted felling is employed when traditional tree felling methods might pose risks to property or safety. This advanced approach involves specialized equipment and terminology:

  1. Jib: An extension arm of the crane used to reach over obstacles while maintaining stability.
  2. Boom: The primary horizontal arm of the crane, where the lifting equipment is attached.
  3. Dismantling: The process of cutting down a tree in sections, often used when a tree is too large or complex to fell in one piece.
  4. Rigging Hardware: Equipment like pulleys and slings used to secure branches or sections before they are lifted by the crane.

Tree Pruning Techniques

Tree pruning is an art that requires careful consideration of the tree's health and structure. Here are more pruning-related terms:

  1. Drop-Crotch Pruning: The removal of a branch at its point of origin, typically where it joins a larger branch or the main trunk.
  2. Heading Cut: A pruning cut made to shorten a branch, typically removing the terminal portion. It encourages bushier growth.
  3. Lateral Bud: A bud located on the side of a branch, responsible for producing new growth.
  4. Collar: The swollen area where a branch attaches to the tree. Proper pruning should avoid cutting into this area to facilitate healing.

Understanding these terms empowers you to have informed discussions with tree care professionals. When hiring a tree surgeon for tree removal or pruning, be sure to communicate your goals clearly. Whether it's the careful management of a tree's canopy through thinning or crown reduction or the safe removal of a tree using crane-assisted felling, the right terminology ensures everyone is on the same page.

At Middlewood Tree Care, we take pride in our expertise in tree care and removal. Our commitment to safety, precision, and environmental responsibility sets us apart. If you're in Cheshire or the surrounding areas and require tree care services, don't hesitate to contact us. Our team of skilled professionals is ready to assist you with all your tree care needs.

We hope this two-part article has shed light on the terminology used in tree removal and pruning. In case you missed it, part 1 is here. Whether you're a homeowner or simply interested in the world of tree care, having this knowledge can help you make informed decisions and contribute to the health and beauty of your outdoor space.