Christmas tree lopping is a Christmas tradition that most of us participate in. Whether you do it yourself, or pay someone else to do it for you, removing the top few feet off your tree is a task well worth undertaking. Not only is it a time consuming project, it is also quite dangerous. Tree removal by crane and other mechanical devices is relatively standard and can be done with little incident. But there are some dangers to consider when doing it yourself or paying someone else to do it.
First, there is the risk of injury from falling branches and falling loads. A good Christmas tree removal contractor will use the safest and most appropriate equipment for the job. For tree lopping, the use of chains is preferable to the use of hooks and ties. Chains provide added stability and protection to you and your workers. They are also less hazardous when it comes to the potential for an accident. For tree lopping, if the chain is attached too tight, there is a possibility of the tree falling off the treehouse roof.
When tree lopping, safety should always come first. This means using a ladder, not a step ladder. Step ladders pose a higher risk of falling because of their design. It’s harder for the ladder to get back to the ground if it happens to tilt at the top.
Safety equipment for tree lopping includes a tarp and other covers to help keep the tree off of the ground. The tarp needs to cover the tree no more than half way up. Never remove the entire tarp for the season or you run the risk of your ladder getting damaged by the wet leaves. If you have a 10 ft Christmas tree, you can place a tarp over the top on days that you plan on removing it.
You will need a saw and a box cutter to cut the tree into sections. You can either rent a machine from a lumber yard or borrow one from a friend or family member. Always make sure that the saw you are using is safe for cutting a tree. Always clean the blade and use new oil when cutting any wood. Never leave the saw in the shop and never leave the tree unattended.
Once you have the top down, you can start putting the tree parts together. This may include putting the ornaments into place, stringing them together and then securing them with brads under the tree. The nails you use for this type of project should be special so that they won’t damage the tree. Stringing the ornaments should start about halfway down the tree. The most important ornaments to attach to the highest branches are the bells, so you will want to position them near the top of the tree. You will also need to get a ladder so that you can reach the top of the tree to put all the parts together.
After you have put the tree together and attached all the ornaments, you will need to find a treehouse to put it in. A treehouse will protect your tree from the elements, such as wind and rain. You should make sure that it is sturdy and large enough to hold your tree. A 10 ft tree is usually a good size to start with since you can always add more trees as you get more ornaments and become more confident in your skills. Keep in mind that you will need a ladder so that you can get to the top of the treehouse when you are done building.
When you are ready to climb up to the treehouse, you will need to make sure that your ladder is securely attached to the treehouse. Once you are inside the treehouse, you will want to unpack everything and get ready for your first Christmas tree climbing adventure. When you are ready to climb, bend your knees and pull your legs up and into the tree. You will need to stand and face away from the ladder so that it does not scrape you when you try to pull yourself up. After climbing up the ladder, you will be ready to enjoy the Christmas lights and have fun lighting up your tree.