Any treesurgeonish type people about? Or general gardeny type people?
Have some trees at the end of mine and my neighbours gardens. Currently around 30ft but want to take then down to around 12ft. Is this a job that me and a couple of mates could do or do I really need to get professionals in? If so what sort of price would I be looking at?Posted 4 years agoglasgowdanMember
Those wee trees won’t need any special treatment or the whole “cut sections from the top and work your way down”. They are light thin trunks and won’t cause any problems just chopping down.
My advice is go big and cut them right back to 4ft or so. This is safer, easier, quicker, and will allow a new type of fresh growth that you can more easily control. You should be able to do this yourself, use a sharp saw and get a mate to help. Hire a 3″ chipper for a day once it’s all cut. Cut the remaining trunks into rough logs and put a “free logs” ad on gumtree. They’ll be gone in a day.Posted 4 years ago
footflaps – is that a normal carpentry saw? Also, is there a limb hung in mid air??
Yep, worked really well. I started top down initially which didn’t really work as the branches just got stuck, had about 6 piled up at one point and just took a nick with the saw to make the one holding them all up go.
Gave up at this point as had loads to chip. Plus my arms were knackered!Posted 4 years ago
You doing that with a carpentry saw as well? You’ll look like Popeye afterwards if so.
That’s the plan! Largest I’ve cut through so far is about 16″ (another Sycamore I felled in the garden) and yes, it’s flippin hard work. Have a chainsaw for cutting it up once it’s on the ground, but not happy to use that up a ladder nor above head height.
NB How long to season Sycamore before I can burn it in a wood stove?Posted 4 years ago
I doff my cap to you sir. Far too much like hard work but at least you’ll be safer!
Split it and stack it in a windy/dry area and wood looses 1% of it’s water content a day according to my log man. Saying that I still try to hold all my wood stove wood for a year if possible. Buy a cheap moisture meter off eBay.Posted 4 years agoflipMember
They going to look truly awful at 12 ft, leave em or take them out.
Scary h&s going on above, how you going to get down out that tree if you’re bleeding like crazy? You need a rope to the floor and hopefully a rescue rope too with another qualified climber on the ground.
Don’t care if you’re attached to the tree.
Yes I’m qualified.Posted 4 years agoflipMember
timbur – Member
flip – look at the saw he’s using. Too bleed like crazy using that you’d have to be properly special.
Yes, it’s not ticking H&S boxes but it’s hardly taking many risks for someone with half a brain.
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Last person thought like that had an accident, tree work is always an accident waiting to happen, seen it too many times.
Be safe.Posted 4 years ago
Odd thing to say. I’m the only person to have had that though since someone else did who got it wrong? REALLY?
Be safe, yes, 100%.
I trained with some people (who also qualified) who I refused to work alongside when felling as they didn’t have the common sense to be safe with a saw.
Know your limits and work within them IMHO.Posted 4 years ago
If you don’t care what they look like then it would probably be better to get rid of them than do a half arsed job of reducing them. At least that way they are dealt with for good rather than having on going pruning in the future.
No, I like the cover they offer with the leaves out. I wouldn’t give that up. I just don’t need any cover over about 12ft.Posted 4 years agotimberMember
OP – Pole saw is the tool for the job, one with a pruning saw is just as easy as a powered one. Upside is you can work from the floor and it’s really hard to cut yourself when the sharp bit is 12′ away.
They will look rubbish cut like that though, so may as well coppice them and manage the regrowth by laying, training or nipping out the leader.
Sycamore is great firewood, will dry in a year and is easily split green or seasoned, but if you split it green it will have a better chance of drying quicker.Posted 4 years ago
Sycamore is great firewood, will dry in a year and is easily split green or seasoned, but if you split it green it will have a better chance of drying quicker.
So, novice questions. Not actually having a wood stove yet, how bit / small do I split it into?
With the smaller branches, say 3″ diameter, do I just cut those to say 6″ lengths or split in two as well?Posted 4 years agoMrOvershootSubscriber
loddrik – Member
Right I’m gonna have a crack at this myself. Ladder, bow saw, what else do I need?
You wife to check your not dangling from a branch every 15 minutes 😉
BTW I know a very good tree surgeon on the Wirral if that’s any help. He’s a bit booked up ATM though following this wild weather spell.Posted 3 years ago
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