How To Get Rid of A Tree

By Subodh / December 27, 2010

Trees are great in any garden and they serve numerous purposes. They provide shade in the heat, add texture to your yard, and are great for climbing. Despite their good qualities there are a number of reasons why you would want to get rid of it. They may be damaged or diseased beyond saving. They may be causing damage to your surrounding structures or they may be in the way of something you want to build. Whatever you reason for getting rid of it there are a few ways that you can do so.

Things to consider

Before getting out any tools there are a number of things you have to consider when it comes to the tree itself. Take note of what type of tree it is, since some species are only removable by the government itself. Measurements will then have to be taken to see just how large the tree and root systems are. Then see what position the tree is in. the position and size will determine whether you or the government moves it. Then think about what you want to be done in terms of being rid of the tree.

Small trees

Most smaller trees you can move by yourself without the need for a permit. You will need gloves, boots, a spade, a saw, and a bar. Use the saw to cut the trunk up to about 4 feet from the ground and don’t worry about removing branches below that. Then use the spade in order to dig a trench around the stump until you see the tree roots. You can then use the bar to cut the roots in the soil. Cutting straight down will work best so you can get the roots sliced rather than broken off. Once the stump is loose enough you can wiggle it and take it out of the ground.

Larger trees

Larger trees are a nightmare to move and it is not recommended that you do it unless you are a professional. The best thing to do in this case is to hire somebody to remove the tree for you. Ask around to find the best company in your area. Make sure that they have told you exactly what they are going to be doing and get a detailed quote. Get a contract signed and take pictures of the tree beforehand should anything go wrong in the process.