Tree Removing Tips

If you decide to remove trees yourself, here are some tips:

  • , If you intend to remove the tree yourself, check with your municipality or county to ensure compliance with any regulations.

    • Some places require permits in order to remove trees even from private property.

    • Common reasons for a municipality requiring a permit include intending to remove heritage trees, insect infestation (an inspector may be required to visit to ensure the insects are properly contained), number of trees on the property or number removed thresholds (if you intend to remove more than four for instance) and beautification (some municipalities require you to keep trees to add to aesthetics of the area.

  • If you use a company to remove the tree, make sure they comply with all regulations and are licensed.

  • Generally, it is best to hire out the job if one of the following conditions exist: the tree is bigger than 10 inches in diameter or 20 feet in height if you would have to climb the tree to remove branches if the tree is close to power lines or houses if the tree is infested with insects (it might need to be treated before removal to prevent insects moving to a new home).

  • Before Cutting Be sure to consider the position of the tree. Is it on a slope? Near a house? Near power lines? If you will do the removal yourself, checking which way the tree leans will help you choose your cut points to have gravity do some of the work later.

  • Remove Branches Depending on the size of the tree and surrounding obstructions, it may be necessary to climb the tree and use either a chain saw or hand saw to remove specific branches before bringing down the whole tree. This step ensures the tree will not strike people, houses, cars, roads or power lines when it is felled.

  •  If you are doing the removal yourself, it is a good idea to remove the branches first, regardless of tree size.

  • Professional tree removers will often use guy wires to bring the higher branches to the ground in a controlled fashion rather than letting them fall.

  • Removing the Trunk Once the branches have been removed, the trunk of big trees is typically cut down in two- to three-foot sections, depending on the diameter of the tree, with a chain saw. This process continues until the remaining trunk is six to eight feet in height. At that point, the remainder of the trunk is cut off from the roots. Smaller tree trunks can be removed with a hand saw or an ax, using simple V cuts and backcuts.

  • According to Tree Help, the undercut is a "V" shaped cut placed on the side in which you want the tree to fall. The smaller backcut is placed about two inches higher than the V cut and on the opposite side of the tree.

  • Finishing up In some cases the rest of the trunk, including the stump, can be removed with a special machine, called a stump grinder.

  • This machine is often available for rent or purchase at stores that offer outdoor equipment and tools. However, the bigger the stump, the smarter it is to hire a professional whose equipment will be more powerful than those available for consumer use.

  • In other cases, it can be removed by being dug out.

  • You'll need a really good garden spade to dig out around the stump and roots, a utility bar and sturdy footwear (steel-toed boots are good) to protect your feet.

  • Tip: The farther away from the stump you dig, the easier the task will be. As you dig a trench around the roots, use the utility bar to act as a crowbar underneath the larger roots or trunk or to cut the roots.

  • A third option is to use a chemical that will accelerate the natural decomposition process or the stump and roots. These are available at home and garden centers.

  • The final option is to leave the roots in the ground and left to decompose on its own. Info prodvided by