How to Remove a Tree

Whether it is necessary to remove a dying tree or to re-plant another tree, it is important to remove it carefully. If properly removed, trees can become a dangerous thing if they fall on any living thing, building or electricity line. But if you take precautions while removing your tree, you can do it without the help of the professional. With a steady hand, a person who can help you and the right equipment, you will be able to get your tree out of the ground in no time.

Felling a Tree

Put on safety device before you cut the tree. To safely cut a tree, you will need to be careful to prevent injuries. Before tree fall, on the basis of tree size, insert some or all of the following gear:


Safety goggles


Hearing protection

Protective chaps (for larger trees)

Steel toed leather boots, preferably with ankle support (for larger trees)


Long sleeved shirt and pants

Clean the area around the tree. Remove any children or pets from the area, and tell the adults what you are doing so that they can maintain their distance. In addition to the person cutting the tree, everybody should be at least double the height of the tree.

Decide which way the tree will fall. Choose the direction that will be the most natural for the tree. If your tree bends slightly to the left, for example, cut it, then it will fall to the left.

The way the tree falls, it determines how you will cut it, so it is important to decide now.

In the case of emergency, plan 2 different escape routes. The first way is to make your plan if the tree falls in the expected direction and the other if it falls in the unexpected direction. If something is unexpected, then 2 routes ensure that you will safely survive.

Cut a cut to the edge of the tree. Stand out so that your left shoulder is touching the tree. Using a saw or ax, you should cut 70 degrees by facing that direction on which you want the tree to fall. Continue cutting until the diameter of the tree is cut.

Fold your jigsaw or ax and cut it horizontally. Cut a horizontal bench through the opposite side of the tree. Cut as much as possible and at an angle flat to keep it predictable. Cutting when you have hinges, it is about 1/10 of the diameter of the tree.

Excluding a small hinge ensures that you control how the tree falls.

As soon as the tree falls, make your escape route. When you have left the hinge, take out your jigsaw or ax and take away your first escape from the tree. Do not return to the tree until it has fallen completely. If the tree falls on you, take your second escape away from the tree.

If your tree is small or does not fall immediately, then keep it in the direction in which direction you want to drop it.

Taking the Stump Out

Dig down your stumps for small trees If your tree is small, use a shovel to dig the stump and uncover its roots. Cut the roots with an ax or root saw, then pull the roots out with Grub.

If you want to recycle the roots, then fertilize them.

If the stump is too big to remove with the shovel, then you may need to try another method.

Try a chemical stump remover for the simplest method. If your stump is too big to dig out, drill 4-8 holes in the stumps and put chemical stump remover in each. Wait 4-6 weeks for chemicals to rot in the stump, then dig it and its roots with a shock.

Check the instructions for chemical stump removal for an accurate time to wait for chemicals to be inserted and digging the stumps.

If it is allowed in your area, then burn the stump. Ask your local fire department whether the burn is allowed. If it is, keep scraping wood above the stump and set fire. Keep the fire burning until the stump is completely burned, then take it out and dig the ashes and roots in the shovel.

Keep the fire present at all times and keep fire extinguishers near you in case of emergency.

Use the stumps grinder for fast method. Place the grinder over the stumps and turn the machine on. Move the grinder around the perimeter of the stump until it grinds the stump completely. Take out any pieces left in the hole in the stump, then fill the hole with the dirt until you cover it completely.

If you do not have a stump grinder, rent it from the local home improvement store.

Carefully read the instruction manual and keep on the safety device (gloves, goggles and ear protection) before using stump grinder.

Removing Small Trees for Transplant

Before you remove it, give water to the soil around the tree a day before. Take a tube and wet the ground directly around the tree until the soil becomes moist. This will make the ground soft and it will be easier to dig the tree. It also reduces the stress for the tree and its soil is attached to some soil.

Remove the toposil around the top roots. Using the shovel, dig the topsil with roots near the trunk Continue digging the top till you reach the estimated length of the tree root ball.

The root ball is the area of roots that you will repeat at some other place.

As a general rule, the root ball should be 10-12 inches (25-30 cm) for every 1 inch (2.5 cm) of the diameter of the tree.

Dig the roots out of the spade. As an excavator keep you hoe away from the tree. Let the size of the roots in a circle become the tree’s root ball. Cut any large roots that go beyond your scars with a sorting scissor.

If you are planning to plant the tree, then you need to be careful to remove many roots. There is a general rule for every inch in the diameter of the trunk, the root ball needs to be 10 “-12”.

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