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How to Properly Perform a Tree Removal

Most homeowners have had at least one tree removed in their lifetime, whether it was a dead or diseased one that had to come down or simply because the property owner decided to remove the overgrown foliage to allow more sunlight and air in the yard. However, removing a tree is not a simple process that can be completed in just a few minutes once the professional arborist has cut it down. There are a lot of factors that go into a proper and safe removal, including assessing the height of the tree to see if there’s enough room for it to fall horizontally, clearing anything near the fallen area, and planning escape routes in case it starts to fall unexpectedly.

There are some instances where a tree must be removed immediately, and this is referred to as emergency tree removal. This may be due to the tree being in a dangerous location, such as leaning toward your house, barn or power lines. It may also be because it is obstructing your view or dropping troublesome leaves, bark, sap, needles, fruit or seeds into the yard or around your home and cars. Or, it may be because a renovation project will be taking place and the tree is in the way of that construction.

The first step in the process of a tree removal is to assess its condition. This is the most important thing to do, as if the tree is in poor health or showing signs of dying it’s probably a good idea to have it removed as soon as possible. It’s also worth considering if the species of the tree is problematic, such as a large one that drops a lot of messy debris or has a tendency to grow in the wrong directions and interfere with the rest of your landscape.

If there are any obstructive buildings or power lines near the tree, it’s essential to check with the local utility company to ensure they will not be disturbed in the process. Also, it’s always a good idea to consult with your insurance provider if the job will require specialized machinery, such as a crane.

Once the area has been cleared, it’s time to start chopping up the stump. The best way to do this is by using a chainsaw, but if that’s not an option, use a handsaw or axe. Before you do this, though, make sure to clear a 15-foot escape route in case the tree starts to fall in an unpredicted direction. Also, it’s a good idea to enlist a lookout, someone who will stand a few feet back and watch for falling branches or splintering as you chop.

Once the stump is chopped up, you’ll need to dig up as much of the roots as possible and remove them. Once this is done, cover the ground with mulch or gravel to help with weed growth and prevent future growth of the stump.

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