Sometimes a tree gets to the point where it is necessary to say goodbye. Sometimes the choice of removing a tree can be a painful decision to make, but sometimes removing a tree proves valuable when it gets too close to the house, becomes diseased, gets an incurable infestation by a pest, or grows too tall and gets close to a power line. If any of these tree removal situations occur, its best to do the right thing and set yourself up for the task of removing a tree.
Although you might have spent hours and hours getting the tree to where it is today, it is almost dishonorable to the tree to allow it to suffer in bad conditions.
Once you have made the choice of removing a tree, you need to then concentrate on a plan for its removal. I can’t begin to count how many windows I’ve seen knocked out or cars I’ve seen crushed because of poor planning in the tree removal process. Decide what direction you want it to fall, and accurately measure to make sure it will fall completely clear of anything else that it could possibly cause damage to.
Once you have the falling direction planned out, you should climb up the tree and tie two long ropes near the top. Anchor them on the opposite side of the one that you want it to fall towards. This will allow you to adjust the direction the tree is being lowered to, just in case it starts leaning towards anything it could destroy.
Now that you’ve taken all the necessary precautions, you are ready to begin chopping and the actual removing of the tree itself. If you plan on using a manually operated saw or axe, please step back and consider how insane that is. Chopping down a tree by hand will take you forever. It is a cheap tree removal method but you will not even begin to be as accurate as using a chainsaw. If you don’t have a chainsaw, you shouldn’t even consider doing it without one. Ask around with your neighbors and see if anyone has one that you could borrow. If that doesn’t work, rent or buy one from your local home improvement store.
Before you start chopping away at the tree, you should wear proper eye and face protection in case any wood chips fly towards your eyes. I had a friend who blinded his right eye while cutting down a tree, so I hope all of my readers do not make the same mistake as he did. Whenever you operate a power tool, always be sure to wear proper protection for any exposed parts of your body.
When making the cut, you do not want to just cut a straight line into the tree. It is best to cut a sideways “V” into the tree. This is because if you cut the straight line, the tree will end up rolling to one side or the other. If you cut in a “V”, the tree will be able to fall in the exact direction that you want it to fall. Occasionally it might be a few feet off due to human error during the cutting process, but if you have some strong friends pull on the ropes you tied, you can line it right back up with the path you wanted it to take. The entire process shouldn’t take more than an hour.
Removing tree stumps can be slightly more difficult. You have several choices; you can rent out a stump remover that will completely destroy the visible section of the stump. Or you can spend countless hours digging it out. Removing tree stumps by digging out the stump is much more thorough, but takes forever. If you have kids this shouldn’t be a problem. Kids often find the thought of digging fun, and are excited to go outside and dig all day long with their friends. This was the method I used, and I had the entire tree trunk removal done within a week. Keep in mind that my stump removal was about 1 foot in diameter, and digging probably won’t work for tree stumps much larger than that.
Kali Winters is a gardening enthusiast and author who spends much of her time teaching others how to setup and maintain beautiful, amazing gardens. Her latest book, “Holistic Herbs~A Beginners Guide to Herbal Gardening” is available Here! Learn more about Herbal Advantages
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