Finding a fallen tree on your property after a storm is frustrating, but it's best to handle this problem sooner rather than later. Although fallen trees are often easier to remove than those that are still standing, there are a few factors that can impact the removal process. 

1. Fall Location

Where the tree fell can impact the removal. A tree that has simply fallen across your yard, even if it is blocking a sidewalk or street, is much simpler to remove than one that has landed on your house. The former only requires removing limbs and sectioning the trunk so it can be hauled off, while the latter situation may require that your tree service works with a roofer to determine the best and least damaging way to remove the tree.

Further damage can occur if the trunk begins to roll across the roof during removal, so caution is needed.

2. Trunk Condition

Trees can fall in various ways, so trunk condition must also be considered. A full fall means the majority of the trunk is leaning in the same direction and on the ground. Partial falls can occur if the trunk doesn't fully uproot or snap, or if it is stopped in its descent by a structure or another tree. Forked trees can also only fall partially if the trunk splits and only half the tree falls. 

A full fall is typically easier and quicker to remove since there is no danger of the trunk slipping and crashing down during the process.

3. Root Situation

Often the entire root ball pulls out of the ground when a tree falls due to windy weather, although this isn't always the case. If the trunk snaps, then the tree's root ball is likely still in the ground and only a stump remains. In both situations, your tree service will begin by climbing the fallen tree and then cutting the trunk into easier-to-handle sections. The root may be cut into smaller chunks for easier hauling, as well.

Additional work is needed to remove a detached stump, though. Your service will likely use a stump grinder to grind it out so you can begin the landscape recovery process.

4. Safety Concerns

Sometimes the tree is not the only thing that comes down. If the fallen tree was near overhead lines and pulled them down during its fall, then your tree service will need to take extra precautions. The same is true if underground lines ran near the disturbed rootball. Your tree service will need to note these and any other hazards before they begin removal.

This may mean waiting until the utility company can come out and mark underground lines and deal with the fallen overhead ones.

Reach out to a tree removal service to learn more.