Trees provide great beauty and a large number of benefits to your yard's environment and wildlife. However, there comes a time when some trees need to be removed, whether they are diseased and dying, or in a precarious position that puts your home, other structures, or power lines at risk. Here are some recommendations to help you safely and effectively remove a tree from your yard when you are faced with such an issue.
Evaluate Your Tree
As a first step in removing a tree, look at your tree's size, positioning in your yard, and the size of its trunk. If the tree is a smaller sapling and you want to remove it to replant it somewhere else, you will need to measure the width of the trunk. Based on professional recommendations, for every inch of trunk width, plan to dig down six inches to reach the tree's entire root ball. Cutting off portions of the tree's roots will damage the tree's health and can kill it.
If you have a tree that is medium height and you want to remove it from the yard, you can trim off branches with a pole pruning saw or long-handled loppers. Just be sure that you remain on the ground when you trim off portions of the tree's branches. When you step on a ladder or another elevated surface, it can result in your falling off and being injured. If you think you need a step stool, chair, or a ladder to reach the branches of a tree, look for a telescoping pole pruning saw or consider hiring a professional who has all the proper safety equipment and knows how to maneuver around tree removal.
When you cannot safely trim your own tree to cut down the tree's entire height, you can hire a tree removal professional. Your tree professional can safely dismantle any size of tree from the top to the bottom so that nearby structures or people are not damaged and harmed. They can arrange with local utility companies to work around live power lines and other utility lines stretching past or through your tree. This is important so you don't damage the utility lines or yourself in the process.
A tree professional will also be able to evaluate a tree's condition and size to trim it properly or prune areas that need attention. This can help you save a tree and keep it in your yard when parts of it may be dead or diseased. It is a good practice to regularly have your mature trees trimmed to reduce the occurrence of a branch breaking or falling on your home, vehicle, or another person.