How To Safely Remove Large Trees From Your Property

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  • Author: Fazal Umer
  • Posted On: January 13, 2023
  • Updated On: October 5, 2023

Large trees provide many benefits to a property. They can elevate the overall aesthetics and give your house shade during summer. They even act as a windbreak to offer you shelter from cold winds during the winter season.

When a large tree grows too close to your home, it can cause a lot of headaches. A large tree that gets too close to your house, whether you planted it or it was already there when you moved in, may need to be removed.

The process of removing a large tree is a challenging task. It requires extra care and attention, especially if you don’t want to hurt yourself and damage your property. Keep the following tips in mind to pull off successful large tree removal:

Check The Local Regulations

Before making preparations to hack away that large old tree in your yard, you must first check the local regulations for cutting down trees. Although there are some states where removing trees has no requirements, others require you to comply with strict regulations regarding large trees.

You can skip this step when you hire a tree removal company, as they should be familiar with the local guidelines and secure any necessary permits to get the job done.

Safety First

Before cutting down the large tree, you must first clear the surrounding area and prepare the work site. This ensures that nothing will get in the way once the branches and the tree fall down.

Begin by moving any equipment, furniture, lawn ornaments, furniture, or vehicles out of the area. Close off the area as possible and tell anyone not to come near or stand near the tree so they don’t get hurt once the branches start falling.

Aside from that, you should ensure that you wear proper safety gear for the job. A full-length shirt or jacket paired with chainsaw chaps should be enough. Don’t forget to wear a hard hat to protect your head from falling debris and safety glasses for eye protection.

Remove The Branches

When removing branches, starting with the lower ones is best since they’re heavier and larger than the higher ones. You can use a chainsaw and start lopping down the branches carefully so they fall directly below without breaking or splintering. To ensure that these branches fall straight to the ground, you can have them tied to a rope before completely cutting them down and have your assistant pull them slowly to the ground.

As for higher branches, you can use a small chainsaw or a cherry picker to reach them. Ensure your ladder is secured or wear high-quality spikes that can latch into the tree so you won’t fall. Also, don’t carry the saw as you climb the tree to chop off its higher branches. Use a rope to bring it up instead.

Take Down The Trunk & Remove The Stump

Once all branches are lopped off, it’s time to cut down the truck so the large tree can fall. If the space in your yard is limited, it’s best to cut it down into smaller parts using a large chainsaw. Start at the top, then move down until the tree is down.

Chopped tree

Be sure to do this step properly because the higher the branches are, the harder they will be to the ground, and they could cause injuries or property damage. Then, use your chainsaw to cut the trunk into smaller pieces so you can quickly dispose of them or use them as firewood.

Don’t forget to remove the stump as well. Removing the stump and the root system can be quite tricky. But you can use a stump killer that will cause it to decay and prevent it from resprouting.

Hire A Professional

Unless you have the right tools and expertise for removing large trees, it’s probably best to hire a professional tree service to get the job done. These people are fully equipped with the right equipment, knowledge, and experience to remove trees safely. These people are fully equipped with the right equipment, knowledge, and experience to remove trees safely.

Hiring a professional is also your only option, especially if the large tree is too close to your home.

Final Thoughts

Removing a large tree without the right tools or knowledge can lead to extensive property damage. The last thing you want is a large branch or tree to fall down on your house accidentally. The cost of repairing your home from sustaining that kind of damage will be a lot more than having a professional cut down the tree in your yard.

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Author: Fazal Umer

Fazal is a dedicated industry expert in the field of civil engineering. As an Editor at ConstructionHow, he leverages his experience as a civil engineer to enrich the readers looking to learn a thing or two in detail in the respective field. Over the years he has provided written verdicts to publications and exhibited a deep-seated value in providing informative pieces on infrastructure, construction, and design.