How to Fell a Leaning Tree in Opposite Direction

Do you need to learn how to fell a leaning tree in the opposite direction? As if its gravity-defying incline wasn’t problematic enough, now you must also direct its descent the other way and avoid a catastrophic domino effect in your backyard.

As Foster’s tree service professionals, we at Meadows Tree Service know a thing or two about maneuvering arboreal specimens. Keep reading as we help you ensure a successful, risk-free project.

Gather Your Tools

The correct equipment not only ensures a smoother process but also safeguards against possible accidents. Here’s your go-to list:

  • Chainsaw: Preferably a gas-powered one for bigger trees; it packs more punch.
  • Ax: Useful for chopping off smaller branches and making a back cut.
  • Wedge, maul, and anchor pins: These will help you guide the tree’s fall.
  • Safety gear: Never overlook this when you cut a leaning tree. Include a helmet, safety glasses, ear protection, and gloves.
  • Rope: For extra control and support, especially for larger trees.
  • First aid kit: It’s always better to prepare for the worst.
  • Ladder: If the tree’s taller than you, a sturdy ladder is essential.

Assess and Prepare the Space

Take a good, long squint at the way your tree leans. What’s the angle? The answer could help the fulcrum of your operation. 

Next, scour the surrounding area. Remove unsuspecting lawn chairs, playful gnomes, or any other potential collateral that might get in the way of our soon-to-be timber. Taking the time to prep the stage ensures your project proceeds as smoothly as a knife through butter.  

Follow These Steps

Now it’s time to learn how to fell a leaning tree in the opposite direction. Always do the job during a clear, windless day and with a co-helper if possible. Here’s your roadmap:

  • Remove most branches as they can hinder visibility, pose safety threats, and create more weight on the slanted side.
  • Tie the trunk with rope and ground anchor pins so the tree falls the way you want. Secure each pin with a hammer. 
  • Make a notch cut on the side of the tree you want to fall. It should have a depth of about a quarter of the tree’s diameter and look like a shallow “V.” 
  • Proceed with the back cut on the opposite side of the notch. Leave about 10% of the tree’s diameter intact as a hinge.
  • Insert the wedge in the back cut and apply pressure using the maul.
  • Finally, start making the felling cut base of the tree with your saw. As the wedges push the structure and the tree starts to fall, the ropes guide it away from its natural lean.

Consult a Local Arborist

Even if you know how to fell a leaning tree in the opposite direction, it involves substantial risk. If you’re not entirely comfortable with the procedure, let Meadows Tree Service handle it.

Dial (832) 692-4931 and sit back and relax as we do the heavy lifting.

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