Large Tree Removal Process

Steps Homeowners and Pros Should Take


Any tree removal process can be a tricky one to do correctly. Removing a large tree comes with its own list of challenges, and is best left to a professional company.

Safe Tree Removal Process

If you’re removing a large tree, most likely it’s because it’s dead, diseased, or a potential threat to people and structures around it. While the steps involved in the tree removal process may seem easy enough, it could pose a great risk to those without the right equipment or expertise. Even if you’re not the one who will be removing the tree, it’s important to know what will happen. Homeowners can start the process by doing the following:

  1. Clear the area. Move as much outdoor furniture, lawn ornaments, or whatever you can from around the tree so there’s an area where the branches and trunk can fall and lay flat.
  2. Examine the tree. If you notice the tree is leaning to one side, this would be an ideal direction for it to fall—gravity can be a helpful factor. Also note any areas of decay.
  3. Plan an escape route. If the tree removal process gets out of control, you’ll want a few clear routes to escape. Make sure there are no obstacles in these paths.

Professional Tree Removal Process

After you call in a tree service, they will examine the tree again and give you details of their plan and an estimate on cost. Here’s how they will most likely cut down your tree:

  1. Start the undercut. When taking the whole trunk down at once, the first cut is usually 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.
  2. Start the backcut. On the opposite side of the tree as the undercut, cut straight through about two inches above your undercut. This releases the stress on the tree trunk.
  3. Once the tree begins to fall, move out of the way and alert any other people in the area.

Depending on the size of the tree, it may be taken down in stages. A tree company will have the right equipment to hold and cut sections of the tree. Then they can take it away or they can cut pieces for you to use. Once it’s on the ground, you may be able to cut the trunk yourself given the right tools.

Removing the stump is usually not included in the tree removal process unless specifically requested. You can try to remove the stump yourself or incorporate it into your outdoor decor.

For more information on the tree removal process, contact the specialists at Elite Tree Care.

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