7 Step Tree Removal Process

What to do Before, During & After

After you’ve determined a tree must be removed—whether it’s dead, dying, diseased, or creating a hazard—there are certain steps to follow before, during, and after the tree removal process. Some are easy for a homeowner to handle. Others are best left for professionals for safety reasons.

Tree Removal Process in 7 Steps

Homeowners could try to remove a small tree on their own. However, if the tree is too large to reach the top branches, too close to your home or other structures, or is in some form of decay, you should call a pro for help. The tree removal process outlined below may seem easy enough, but without the right equipment and knowledge, it could pose a great risk to those involved. No matter who removes the tree, it’s important to be aware of the steps involved.

Before Tree Removal

1. Examine the tree. Is it leaning in any direction? This could help determine the best direction it should fall. If you notice areas of decay or large broken branches, it may not fall the way you planned.

2. Clear the area. There should be room around the tree for it to lay flat on the ground once it comes down. Estimate the height of the tree and clear whatever you can from the immediate area.

3. Pick an escape route, or two. If the tree begins to fall out of control, you’ll want a clear path to run in the other direction. Notice what other areas around the tree are free of obstacles, and be prepared for anything.

4. Gather the right tools. Depending on the size of the tree, you may be able to cut it down with a handsaw. Larger trees require more power from a chainsaw. Again, if you’ll be in over your head, call the pros.


5. Start the undercut. Cut a V-shape at a 45-degree angle at the bottom of the side you want the tree to fall on. This undercut should be about a quarter of the tree’s diameter deep.

6. Start the back cut. Go to the opposite side of the tree and cut straight through about two inches above your undercut. This should release the stress on the tree trunk. This should go without saying, but be sure to move out of the way when it starts to fall. Go ahead and yell “Timber” to alert others the tree is coming down.


7. Once the tree is on the ground, you can easily remove branches to make it easier for disposal. You’ll also want to cut the log into multiple pieces to make hauling it off-site simpler. You can also remove the tree stump, or incorporate it into your outdoor decor.

If you have questions about tree removal and would like to consult with a pro, contact the specialists at Cardinal Lawns for more information about the tree removal process.

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