When common diseases, such as fusarium wilt or bud rot, infect a palm tree, your only choice may be to cut the tree down. If you wish to do this as a DIY project, use our guide below.
How To Cut A Palm Tree Down
The experts say you must cut palm trees that are 8 inches or less in diameter straight through. Follow these steps to cut down a dead or dying palm tree with a chainsaw.
- First, make sure there are no nearby trees, structures or utility lines that could be damaged by a falling palm tree.
- Wear safety equipment that includes safety glasses, chaps, gloves and closed-toe shoes.
- Fuel and start your chainsaw by following the manufacturer’s recommendations.
- Use the proper oil and fuel for the saw.
- Now follow all safety and operating procedures.
- Use your hands to find the best spot on the trunk of the rotting palm to make the first cut.
- The trunk of a rotting and diseased palm will often be soft near the ground.
- Move your hands upward until you find a hard surface.
- This helps to control the direction in which the tree will fall by finding a solid cutting location.
- Cut one-third of the way through the tree at a 45-degree angle upward.
- Make the cut about 1 foot above the ground with the chainsaw, on the side of the tree in the direction you wish for it to fall.
- Make a second cut about 6 inches above the first cut, cutting downward at a 45-degree angle.
- Now remove the wedge.
- Go to the opposite side of the tree and make a cut 6 inches above the top cut.
- Now cut straight through the tree until it starts to fall.
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