Do Your Own Tree Removal

Written by Lee Wyatt (last updated June 2, 2023)

Many times people like to make the whole process of tree removal more difficult than it really needs to be. Yes, it can be a very physically demanding and time consuming task. That being said, it is something that can actually be done by most home owners. In order to remove a tree from your yard, there are several methods that you could do. Each of which have their own advantages and disadvantages, and which should be considered before implementing. Keep in mind though, that no matter how much we may like to do everything ourselves, there are times when you may need the help of an expert.

  • Inspect the tree. Before you begin any tree removal operation, you should always inspect the tree. When you begin inspecting your tree, determine whether or not you actually want to remove it. Perhaps you only want to trim it back a bit, instead of removing it carefully. Also, when you inspect your tree, be careful that you look for any bees, hornets, or wasps that may be living in it. These kinds of insects love to live in dead trees, and if your tree is dead, then you may have a hive in the tree and not realize it. Before you finish inspecting your tree, be sure that you note how close it is to any concrete work that you may have nearby. If it is too close, you could end up damaging the concrete.
  • Whittle the tree down. One of the traditional methods for tree removal is to "whittle" the tree down. This does not mean to take out a pocket knife and make small little cuts to the tree. Rather, it means that you should use a chainsaw to cut the tree down as close to the ground as possible. When using this method, you should always begin as close to the top of the tree as possible, and work your way down. This will allow you to have more control over the tree as it comes down, while also allowing easier removal of the tree itself.
  • Grind the tree down. While you could allow the stump to remain, you run the risk of attracting hornets, wasps, and bees if you leave it. One way to remove that tree stump is to actually grind it down. Rent a tree grinder from your local home improvement store, or hire a professional to come out and do it for you. By using a grinder you can get the tree all the way down to ground level and even below it a few inches. This will get rid of the roots, but it will remove the unsightly stump (a key element in tree removal).
  • Pull the tree out. Another method that you can use for tree removal is to pull the tree out. This should be done with some mechanical help, like from a truck or a tractor, chains, and some shovels. Drill a large hole through the tree about six inches from the top of the stump, and then insert the chain through that hole. This will allow you to attach the chain to the stump and pull it out with the tractor or truck. Dig around the tree and cut as many of the roots as you can find, since they will extra strength to keep the tree where it is. Begin pulling the tree out with the chain and the truck, but be sure that no one is near the chain as you do this. If the chain snaps it can easily hurt or kill someone.
  • Call an expert. If for any reason you feel uneasy about doing a tree removal, don't hesitate to call the experts. While it may be expensive, they will definitely get the job done, not cause any damage to your property, and do the work themselves.

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Lee Wyatt

Contributor of numerous Tips.Net articles, Lee Wyatt is quickly becoming a regular "Jack of all trades." He is currently an independent contractor specializing in writing and editing. Contact him today for all of your writing and editing needs! Click here to contact. ...


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