Too Many Trees On Your Farm? How You Can Take Them Out
Farmers, as a whole, perform many job duties and repairs on their own. However, there are a few things they may leave to the professionals, like tree removal service. Unfortunately, this is often a very costly process, one which many farmers cannot afford. In the event that you are one of these farmers who does not have enough money in the budget to remove extra trees from your farm but absolutely needs to take them out, you can do this process by yourself. Here are a few tools you will need, and what it takes to remove these excess trees.
Chainsaw and Limb Cutting
You probably have a chainsaw in your tool shed already. It comes in handy when livestock get stuck in wooden fences and you cannot get them loose without getting kicked in the head. Now, your chainsaw can help you with the tree removal process too. Use the chainsaw to cut off as many limbs from the tree as you can reach. Stack the limbs in a pile for later. If your chainsaw came with a pole to reach way up high, use this to reach any other branches you cannot reach from the ground. Try to avoid standing on a ladder to reach higher, since this puts you in a dangerous position with the chainsaw.
Treetop Lopper and Cutting off the Top of the Tree
This piece of equipment you could probably rent from a construction rental company. It quickly cuts off the tops of all of the trees you want to remove, and does so in a way that keeps you out of harm's way. When the lopper cuts through the top of the tree, and the top is about to crash down, you are inside the lopper truck, safe and sound. If the tree is especially tall, be sure to lop off the top in such a way so that when the top falls there is nothing in its path when it hits the ground.
Wood Chippers and Eliminating All that Wood
You can find wood chippers for sale usually in the spring or fall, when it is most common to remove trees. (Having a wood chipper around full time may prove to be very useful. It can create a lot of sawdust for animal bedding and plenty of wood chips for landscaping.) With the wood chipper up and running, load all of the limbs from the limb pile you made earlier. Be sure to have something behind or in front of the chipper's exit chute to catch all of the wood chips. Any sawdust made will come out the bottom of the chipper. Continue with bigger chunks of the trees you have been working on until all of the trees (except for their stumps) have been turned into reusable chips and sawdust. Then you can use a stump grinder or chains and a tractor to remove the stumps and you are done!