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Tree Removal in Oak Park

As a homeowner in Oak Park, you don’t need us at Big Daves Tree Service to tell you how important it is that your home’s trees are properly maintained and taken care of on a regular basis. Yes, trees are beautiful and provide an invaluable connection to nature right here on your doorstep. However, the reality is that unless they are trimmed and manicured regularly, they can get out of hand. This is not only an esthetic concern for your Oak Park yard but also a potential safety issue as overgrown and wild trees are at best a nuisance and at worst a real danger to you, your family and your property.

So, if you are reading this with one eye and peering out your kitchen window to look at the large sycamore that is blowing wildly in the wind, then you need to call us right away. If it is possible to trim the tree’s branches, then we will do that. However, if we must remove the entire tree to preserve your family’s safety and maintain your home’s structural integrity, then we will not hesitate to do so.

Either way, when you contact us for your tree care needs, you can rest assured that you will receive the best service that Oak Park has to offer.

Six Signs That it May Be Time to Remove That Tree

As a company that is passionate about tree-care and tree maintenance, there is nothing that gives us greater satisfaction than seeing a warm and welcoming home that has a yard filled with oak, sycamore or pine trees. However, as tree care professionals, we at Big Daves Tree Service know that from time to time, you as a homeowner will need to remove a tree from your property. When that day comes, you can be guaranteed that we will not hesitate to fulfill this task with the utmost professionalism.

With that in mind, here are six signs that a tree or trees on your property may need to be removed:

  1. Heaving soil at the base of the trunk and beneath the canopy
  2. Decay-producing fungi, such as mushrooms, growing at the base of the trunk
  3. Chipped or peeling bark and cracks in the trunk
  4. Cavities in the trunk or large scaffold branches
  5. Dead or hanging branches in the upper crown
  6. Fine twigs without living buds near the ends of branches

At Big Daves Tree Service, we always make sure that any tree removal is preceded by a thorough inspection of the base and root of the tree to make sure the rotting that we suspect has infected your tree has actually occurred. Our comprehensive guidelines ensure that you will receive a superior tree care service that simply won’t be beaten.

Steps for DIY Tree Felling and Tree Removal

Although it appears straightforward enough, felling and removing a tree from your property is a very complicated job. It takes a lot of planning and many precautions. You need to be absolutely sure where and when it’s going to fall. You need to be sure that when it falls, nothing is in the way—especially power lines and roads. The best way to be sure that everything has been accounted for is to call up a tree service like Big Daves Tree Service.

Our professional arborists have spent years working on trees in Oak Park and the surrounding area. Our expertise could mean the difference between a successful removal and a disaster. However, if you’re still intent on going at it yourself or if you’d simply like a general overview of the steps that go into tree removal, we’ve put together this little guide. Contact us if you have any questions or need a tree removed from your Oak Park property.

  1. Do a detailed survey of the property.
  2. That means making sure where any hazards might be located. Check for the location of any vehicles, power lines, sheds, garages, gardens, lights, and more. Check the ground—is it prepared for a felled tree? Is it safe to be working on?

  3. Check the felling direction and clear the area.
  4. Choose the direction that you want the tree to fall in. This will decide how the tree will be cut down. Look at the branches to be sure that they are positioned to pull the tree down in the way you expect it to fall. Make sure that nothing is going to be in the way of the tree when it falls. And make sure that no one is going to be in the way of the tree when it falls.

  5. Prune the tree trunk to ensure it falls in the right direction.
  6. This one can be tough without the proper equipment. You’ll need to have a ladder that will get you up into the tree to shorten any branches that may cause problems during the fall. A regular step ladder may not be big enough. Preparing the tree so it falls in the correct direction is very important for safety.

  7. Figure out what kind of cutting technique you’re going to use.
  8. Deciding on the proper cutting technique depends on the size and slope of the tree. Make sure that the hinge is the same thickness all the way across and that you’re using the proper felling wedge or breaking bar. Learning how to make the cut takes a lot of practice, so it’s best to have an experienced person with you while you make the cut.

  9. Make the Cut and Fell the Tree
  10. Using a chainsaw, cut the wedge using proper technique. Then use the felling wedge or breaking bar to push the tree over in the direction you want. Watch and run! Keep an eye on the tree so that you’re sure it’s falling in the direction you want—but get away quick. Once it’s on the ground, cut it into pieces and transport elsewhere. All done!

Call Big Daves Tree Service Today

If you want the best tree removal service that Oak Park has to offer, then you need to call us at Big Daves Tree Service today!