Removing a small tree in your backyard by yourself can be doable and safe. However, removing a big one can be very dangerous and even life-threatening. It is best for you to leave the job in the hands of professionals.
Let’s go back to the small trees in your property which you can handle. First of all, you must be ready with the right tools, knowledge, and planning. Check out these tree removal tips which I have outlined for you.
Comprehensive inspection of the tree – Check if the tree leans one way or the other. Plan an escape route in case it does not fall the way you expect it to fall. Examine whether or not there are any obstacles in any direction of the tree such as vehicles, structures, and other trees.
Prepare your equipment and tools – These include utility gloves, goggles, hard hat, steel toe boots, chainsaw, ax or hacksaw, ladder, rope, wedges and first aid kit.
- Using your ax, knock on the bark a few times, and in a few different places, to learn how solid or hollow the tree is. Next, plan which side of the tree you want to make your cut. Look to see where the tree naturally leans; it is better to cut a tree in the direction in which it wants to naturally fall. Be sure the area where the tree drops is level so the tree does not roll or bounce after it falls.
- Make a horizontal cut at hip-height, and about 1/3rd into the tree. Do this on the side of the tree where you want it to fall. If you want the tree to fall to the right, you must make you cut on the same side so it falls inward, towards the cut. The tree will fall perpendicular to your horizontal cut. Your second cut should create a wedge into the tree. So make the second cut at an angle from the initial cut. It should look like a lemon wedge.
- Your third cut is called a back cut will make the tree fall over on the side of your wedge cut. It should be made on the opposite side of your wedge cut. Make it about 1.5 inches above the wedge cut, and as thick as possible. You can also use a wedge to prevent the tree from settling onto the chainsaw. Add more wedges as necessary until the tree begins to fall. Then, run away as quickly as you can!