Felling Trees » Identifying the Appropriate Felling Direction
Factors to Consider
Clear Fall Path
Along with a clear landing, this is the most important factor in deciding what direction to fell a tree. Visualize the fall path in all directions and identify those directions that are free of other trees. Finding a clear path will eliminate lodged trees, throwback, and damage to the tree being felled as well as the other trees.
Avoid felling a tree onto stumps, large rocks, or uneven ground. This will prevent cracking and other damage to the tree.
Lean of Tree
It is generally easier and safer to fell a tree in the direction that it is already leaning. This makes for a cleaner fall and eliminates the need to use wedges, allowing gravity to do the work.
Ease of Removal
When possible, fell the tree so the butt faces the skid road. Also, fell the tree consistent with the felling pattern of other trees. This also makes for efficient limbing and removal.
Slope of Ground
Fell in a direction that will minimize the chance that the tree will roll or slide.