How Do I Remove a Tree?

A Tree Removal Services Cuts Down a Tree.

How do I remove a tree?

Whether you have a dead tree or want to remove a tree to replant it, tree removal is something you can do yourself if you do it carefully and safely. Before you attempt to remove the tree, make sure you have someone to help you as well as the right tools and safety equipment. Your safety equipment should include a helmet, safety goggles, a respirator, hearing protection, protective chaps for larger trees, gloves and long sleeved shirt and pants.

Here are some basic steps for tree removal.

  • Clear the surrounding area: Make sure everyone not involved with the removal is away from the area. Everyone but the person felling the tree should be at least at a distance double the tree’s height.
  • Figure out which way you want the tree to fall: Choose a direction natural for the tree. If it leans left, for instance, plan to chop it so it will fall to the left.
  • Plan escape routes in case of emergency: You want to make sure you have at least two escape routes away from the direction the tree is expected to fall.
  • Cut the side of the tree at an angle: With a saw or axe, make a 70-degree cut into the tree while facing the direction you want the tree to fall. 
  • Make a horizontal cut: Turn the saw or axe sideways and make a horizontal cut through the opposite side of the tree.
  • Escape as the tree falls: Once there is a hinge, and the tree is ready to fall, make your escape on your first escape route. Should your tree fall toward you, you’ll want to use your second escape route.

Tree removal and relocation for a small tree:

  • The day before, water the soil around the tree to soften the ground and make the tree easier to dig out.
  • Use a shovel to remove the topsoil, digging from the roots near the tree trunk. Keep digging until you reach the root ball.
  • Dig up the roots with a spade.
  • Dig under the root ball and pull the roots up from the ground. Get help to place the roots on a burlap square and tie the burlap around the root ball, keeping it on until ready to replant the tree.

If you don’t have the right tools or equipment to remove a tree, never hesitate to call professionals like those at Fort Worth, TX for shrub and tree removal in Fort Worth, TX. To schedule our services, give us a call at 817-975-0180.

Can you cut down a tree on your property?

For the most part, you can cut down a tree on your own property. Where you may have problems are where trees are shared with a neighbor. You can’t cut down a tree in your neighbor’s yard even if most of the limbs and branches overhang your yard. You can, however, trim branches and limbs of a neighbor’s tree that hang over your property up to the property line. You can’t by law pluck and eat fruit from overhanging branches. 

You are also responsible for any tree on your property. If there is a possibility a tree could fall on a neighbor’s home, for instance, you could be held liable for the damage. Tree removal may be a good option in this case. Always make sure your trees are safe and maintained to prevent any problems.

Should you remove a dead tree?

Dead trees can create problems like dropping branches or even falling over. Tree removal, however, may not be the only option for you. Sometimes you can let it stand until nature takes its course. 

You should remove the tree if its near a structure like a house or shed or leaning over it, or if the tree is in an area that’s used a lot such as a parking lot or playground. If there is little risk of the tree damaging anything if it falls, then you are OK to leave it alone. Dead or dying trees can serve as nesting areas for birds and other animals.

Tree removal and landscaping

When you are planning to remove a tree for landscaping purposes, you can probably get a landscape maintenance company to remove and relocate the tree if it is under 15 feet tall. For any tree larger than that, a tree removal company is often the best bet. Whenever you are considering removing a tree, you may want to consider a professional, rather than doing it yourself. A professional will be able to remove the tree safely, without harming people or property.

Tree removal or trimming

When a tree is unhealthy or diseased removing it is usually the best option. Sometimes people remove trees because they are blocking landscape or structures, but in some cases with the help of a professional arborist or tree removal or tree trimming service to trim or prune the trees. Trimming or pruning trees can change the landscape, and you can keep your structures safe as well. Safety is the primary concern when deciding to trim or remove trees. If dead branches are falling, and the tree is in an area where people or property are in danger, then removal is appropriate.

When you need residential roof installation, you may need to remove trees before getting the roof installed.

How much does it cost to take down a tree?

Tree removal costs vary. Averages range from $100 to $1,800, with a median cost of $700. The cost will usually depend on the type of tree, its height, diameter, condition and location. For trees between 30 to 60 feet, you can expect to pay between $300 to $700.

Is tree removal covered by insurance

Normally, tree removal isn’t covered by insurance. Exceptions include instances such as when a tree damages your home or property if it falls during a storm, or if it falls and blocks a driveway or a wheelchair ramp. If a tree falls in your backyard on its own causing no damage to your home or other structures, you will be responsible for paying the cost of removal.

A Fallen Tree Gets Removed.

Tree removal near me

If you are looking for quality, professional tree removal in Fort Worth, TX get in touch with the team at Fort Worth Arborist Co.. We offer a wide range of tree removal, trimming, and relocation services. Give us a call today at 817-975-0180 to schedule services.