We finally did it. We paid to have one of our Red Oak trees, who showed signs of death over a year ago, taken down.
The Bartlett Tree Experts truck – parked as close to the house as possible.
The crew was able to remove a few of the long limbs that were reaching over the house with the “bucket truck”, but the remainder of the tree had to be removed by a single climber. Here, the bucket raises one of the crew members about 40 feet above the roof to reach the long, leggy limbs over the house.
This is the climber, one of the 3 team members, way up near the top of the tree, on his way up to remove the top limbs.
A rope, which is looped over another tree for leverage, is then attached to the portion of the trunk about to be removed. One crew member on the ground holds the two ends of this rope. After the climber attaches the rope to the trunk or limb, he uses his chainsaw to remove said portion of the tree from below. The crew member holding the ends of the rope gently lowers the piece while another crew member helps to give direction and warn him if he’s getting the piece too close to the roof.
The men on the ground were working in a very tight space between our house and our neighbor’s house. A good deal of brush and smaller trees populate the space while part of our fence and shed are very near the area. They also had to be careful not to damage those structures. Oh, and there is also a power line that runs from the back yard to the roof… one more obstacle.
In the above photo, the man on the ground with the rope (not in view), is swinging the rope back over to the climber (who is approximately 60-70 feet up in the tree) so he can attach it to the next portion of the trunk he’s going to cut.
Here, you can see the climber using his chainsaw to remove a large limb at the top of the tree.
After using the chainsaw to cut from both sides of the limb, a slight nudge from the climber sends the limb swinging out and away from the tree.
The severed limb is carefully lowered to the ground.
One of the crew members lowers the severed limb to the ground.
Crew member guides the limb to the ground next to the house. This was this view from the office window.
Once our climber had cut down to about a 12 foot trunk, he descended and another crew member cut down a larger section before finally cutting across the base only a few inches from the ground.
Thanks to the brave crew from Bartlett Tree Experts!