The Basics of Tree Removal


Trees add beauty to a landscape, but they can also cause problems if they are growing too close to structures or power lines. Those are just some of the reasons why homeowners decide to remove trees on their property. Other reasons may include the desire to give other trees room to grow, to create more light or to change the line of sight on the landscape. Whether the decision to get rid of a problem tree is based on aesthetics, safety or the need to make room for other plants, the process of tree removal is usually not a simple or DIY project.

The cost of tree removal can vary depending on how large the tree is, its location and the difficulty of removing it. A large tree will require a crane to help with the removal process. Unless the tree is in a place where it can be safely cut down with a saw, it will have to be taken down in sections. An arborist will first assess the tree to see if there is enough space for it to fall in one piece. If not, the tree will be cut into pieces and secured to prevent it from falling on buildings or power lines.

Other factors that can influence whether a tree needs to be removed include the species of the plant, the amount of damage the trunk has sustained and hollowness. The most common reason for removing a tree is the presence of insect infestation. If the infestation is severe, it’s often best to just take the tree down rather than trying to save it.

Those who decide to remove a tree from their yard often choose to remove the stump as well. There are several ways to do this, including physical removal by digging and cutting away the roots, chemical removal that speeds up the natural rotting process and burning the stumps. If you’re attempting to remove a stump yourself, be sure to use proper safety gear like steel-toed boots, work gloves and a face mask or helmet with protective polycarbonate face equipment. Also, be sure to call 811 before starting so that a technician can come out and mark the ground for water, sewer, gas and electrical services.

If the problem tree isn’t so dangerous, pruning might be able to correct the situation. But if the tree is dead, leaning precariously or blocking a view, it’s usually a good idea to have an arborist do a professional assessment and recommend the best course of action. With the right equipment, skill and experience, it is possible to safely remove a problem tree in a limited space. Just be sure to hire a reputable company with the proper equipment and knowledge to do the job correctly. A mistake could lead to costly repairs and even injury to yourself or your neighbors. The right company can provide a safe, efficient and affordable solution to your landscaping problems.