DIY Tree Removal

Process Dos and Don’ts


Removing a tree may be more complicated than you think. If you’re planning a DIY tree removal project, just keep these things in mind.

DIY Tree Removal Dos

If the tree you want to remove is small enough that you can complete the job without climbing a ladder, you can try to remove it yourself. Here’s how to do it:

  • Deeply water the tree the day before you remove it so that the soil is easier to dig.
  • Measure your tree trunk. For every inch, plan to dig 6” deep to reach the entire root system. Dig that deep around the tree’s roots, which likely reaches the outer edge of the canopy.
  • Using leverage, wiggle the root ball out. If the roots are intact, you can transplant the tree.
  • If you’re not transplanting the tree, cut up the roots with a chainsaw.
  • Wear protective eyeglasses, earplugs, and gloves when using a chainsaw or ripping out harsh brush.

DIY Tree Removal Don’ts

If you have any doubts about whether it’s safe to remove the tree on your own, or don’t know what you’re doing, contact a professional arborist for guidance. Here are some other things not to do:

  • If you have to use a ladder to reach and remove tree limbs, don’t try to remove it yourself. You would be putting yourself and your home at risk.
  • Don’t remove trees too close to power lines, your home, your neighbor’s home, or any other nearby structure.
  • Don’t try to remove a tree or stump with your car or truck. They can be much heavier than you think.

Some people may think DIY tree removal will save them time and money. However, when you think about all that could go wrong, is it worth saving money on removal if you’re going to have to spend it on fixing damage to your house or yourself? Contact the specialist at Elite Tree Care for a tree removal quote and save yourself the hassle and worry.

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