DIY Tree Removal Tips


Tree removal can pose a danger to your life and could even be fatal. If you have the ability to safely remove small trees, it is not recommended that you do so. Otherwise, tree removal should be left in the hands of professionally-trained and equipped tree service contractors. You can remove a small tree from your property with the right planning, tools and knowledge.

Preparation for Tree Removal

Preparing for small tree removal requires you to gather all the necessary supplies and perform a thorough inspection of your tree. You should inspect the tree to determine if it leans in one direction or the other. If it falls the wrong way, plan an escape route. You should also examine whether there are obstacles in the way of the tree. This includes vehicles and structures. Once you’re certain that there is enough clearance for the tree, you can begin to gather your tools and equipment. This includes:

Safety gear (Utility gloves and goggles, hardhats, steel toe boots, etc.

  • Chainsaw
  • Hacksaw or Axe
  • Ladder
  • Rope
  • Wedges
  • First Aid Kit

To Take Down a Tree

Once you have everything you need, you can begin to remove the tree. To determine how hollow or solid the tree is, first use your ax to scratch the bark several times. It will be easier to find a smaller area to cut. Next, decide which side you want to cut. You should look at the natural leaning of the tree. It is best to cut the tree in the direction it will naturally fall. Make sure that the area where the tree falls is level to prevent it from rolling or bouncing after it falls.

Take a horizontal cut from the hip to about 1/3 of the tree. This should be done on the side you want the tree to fall. To make the tree fall to the right side, you will need to cut the same side as the horizontal cut so that it falls inwardly, towards the cut. Your horizontal cut will cause the tree to fall perpendicularly. The second cut should create an angle into the tree. Make the second cut at an angle to the first. It should look just like a lemon wedge.

The third cut, also known as a backcut, should be made on opposite sides of your wedge. This will cause the tree to fall on your wedge cut side. It should be 1.5 inches higher than the wedge and as thick as you can. To prevent the tree’s settling on the chainsaw, you can use a wedge. You can add more wedges until the tree falls. Then run! Don’t turn your back on the fallen tree!