Trees add character to your garden. But sometimes they are in the wrong place, diseased or simply getting in the way of your plans.
When this happens, tree removal becomes essential, but how do you do it?
Let’s take a look.
Check That The Tree Isn’t Protected
Some trees are protected by local ordinances or regulations. Because of this, you’ll first need to check whether you can remove the tree with the authorities. Even if the tree is on your land, you might still face restrictions.
Get A Tree Consultant Involved
Yes, there are such things as tree consultants. These are professionals who can offer advice as to whether you should cut down the tree or not. They can tell you what it will involve, whether it is something that you can do yourself, and the likely problems you may face.
If the tree is small, you might be able to cut it down without hiring out anyone to come and do it for you. However, if it weighs more than a couple of hundred pounds, then most homeowners will opt for professionals.
Tree consultants can also provide you with a wider perspective on what might happen if you get rid of the tree. For instance, it may change how light shines on your garden, affecting other plants and animals. It may also impact your views and lines of sight in ways that you didn’t plan for. Neighbors may be able to peer into your garden once the tree is gone.
Hire The Equipment You Need
Nowadays, homeowners can use yard equipment rental services to access tree management equipment they may not have in the shed. These make it easy to not only fell trees, but also uproot their bases as well.
Choose Your Method
Generally, there are two methods for removing an unwanted tree from your garden: the felling method and the chemical method.
To perform the felling method, you’ll want to first clear any debris from around the tree. You’ll then need to determine the direction that the tree is likely to fall when you cut it down. In some cases, when the tree is clearly symmetrical, you may not know which way it is going to go, so having multiple escape plans is advisable.
You’ll need to create a V-shaped cut in the planning falling direction. Make cuts at opposing 45-degree angles around a quarter of the way up the trunk.
Then, if you have one, use the chainsaw to cut the majority of the way through the trunk. Don’t go all the way through. Instead, wait for the tree to tell you which way it is going to fall, and then move out of the way.
If the tree is large, you will need to hire professionals who can take it down in sections for you. Trying to do this yourself is dangerous, unless you have tree felling experience.
Once you have a stump, cut it as short as possible. You can then hire stump grinding equipment to remove it permanently from the landscape.