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Raleigh Tree Removal Videos

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Over the last couple of weeks we decided to start a YouTube channel (which you can visit by clicking here: Leaf & Limb Tree Service’s YouTube Channel). There are a number of reasons for this decision. First, we think videos are a fun way to showcase some of the tasks and projects we do on a regular basis. Second, videos are a great medium for presenting useful tips and “how-to” demonstrations. Last, our YouTube channel will add an extra spark to this blog, since we can embed the videos here and discuss them in greater depth than we are able to do on YouTube. Besides, let’s face it – everybody loves watching videos!

To kick off our YouTube channel, we posted two videos that we filmed and edited last week. The first video was filmed at a job site where the client had a well-manicured garden complete with fish pools in her back yard. She wanted to remove a tall pine tree located inside the garden, but there was no space to throw the tree. As such, we had to climb the tree and carefully piece it down.

The video itself was created using a time-lapse feature on a regular point-and-shoot camera (a Canon SD1100). Basically, we attached the camera to a tripod and set the time-lapse feature such that it took one picture every 2 seconds. Next we imported all the pictures into our video software (we use iPhoto, in case you are wondering) and merged them into a continuous video.

The site for the second video was a situation similar to the first. But instead of a garden, this pine tree was located near a pool, a wrought iron fence, and some smaller ornamental trees. Once again, access was an issue. Whenever access is an issue we generally have to climb the tree, or in extreme situations, remove the tree using a heavy-duty crane.

In terms of filming, we took a different approach. This time we docked our high definition camcorder (a Panasonic HDC-HS250) to a tripod and filmed a similar process: our climber removing a pine tree. But instead of using a time lapse feature, we simply filmed the whole project with one continuous shot. Once we had imported the film into iPhoto, we sped the entire process up, giving the video the fast motion effect. As you will see, a few guys on the crew decided to add a few of their own creative “flourishes” during the filming process. Perhaps these make the film seem a bit less professional, but they make it more fun to watch.

Let us know what you think about the videos! Also, be sure and let us know what you think about our new YouTube channel.

Tricky Downtown Raleigh Tree Removal

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

The goal behind our blog is to have fun sharing our passion, information, and insights with you – what better way to do this than by discussing recent projects? From time to time, when we think there was something particularly interesting about our day (or week), we will share it with you here on our blog under the “Projects” category (see our list of categories on the right). Please feel free to leave your comments, and if you ever think these posts are boring, do not hesitate to let us know. Sometimes we simply forget that not everybody is as excited about Loblolly Pines, Dwarf Hackberrys, and Turkey Oaks as we are!

Today’s project took place in downtown Raleigh, where the weather was cold and the sky was overcast (certainly not the ideal setting for taking great photos, as you will see). Our task was to remove a medium-sized Willow Oak from beside our client’s house.

Leaf & Limb Tree Service in downtown Raleigh about to begin tree removal

The tree was certainly not oversized, but what made it tricky was its location. The familiar adage “location, location, location” is not only true for real estate, but it is also true for the tree service industry. This same tree, in a less congested are, would have been simple to remove. But as you can see, it was located close to the house, with branches hanging over the roof, and power lines surrounding the tree from many angles.

Tree with power lines all around

Because of this tree’s problematic location, we were forced to climb the tree in order to cut one branch at a time and section the trunk down in small pieces. Once our climber was in the tree, we established a rope pulley system using a sturdy branch fork and then anchored it to our Port-A-Wrap at the base of the tree. This device is perfect for tight situations such as this one where there are no trees nearby to use as an anchor for our ropes. (click here to see the Port-A-Wrap in detail). The Port-A-Wrap basically allows us to use the tree as its own anchor for lowering heavy branches. What a genius contraption, one we appreciate almost every day! Here are a few action shots:

Our climber situated out on a limb, preparing to cut another branch by first securing it with ropes:

Leaf & Limb Tree Service's climber ascends the tree

A tree branch being lowered down with a rope:

Lowering tree branch

The key with a job like this is to take your time and execute every movement with expertise, patience, and precision. One wrong move could cause damage to the property, power lines, or worse, the house itself. After a tense morning, we had stripped the tree of its branches and all that was left was to remove the log. There was no space to fell this log in one piece due to the limited working area, but lucky for us, there was a spot where we were able to drop small sections. Our climber worked his way down the tree trunk, cutting sections along the way. The crew on the ground helped guide each section into the open area by pulling attached ropes. Before long, all that was left of the tree was this:

A stump is all that remains of the tree

This was a tricky tree and we were all very happy with our performance. We were able to successfully remove the oak tree without so much as damaging the surrounding shrubs.

The tree job is complete

At this point, all that was left to do was to head home! Ok, not quite, there was still some cleanup that needed to be finished, but almost….