Understanding the ABC’s of Tree Removal

Whether you are moving into a new home or restoring the yard of a house you have lived in for many years, you may find yourself facing the decision of removing a tree in your yard. The tree may be damaged, take up too much yard space, or block a beautiful landscape. The growth could also be too close to a fence, the roots could be growing into your home’s foundation, or the limbs could be resting on your roof. No matter why you decide a tree needs to go, there are some things you should understand about the ABC’s of tree removal.


You should contact a removal service about cutting the tree down and avoid trying to do the job yourself. Knowing how the tree will fall is a skill learned from experience. Also, cutting through a living tree is much different than cutting through deadwood. The sap can easily damage and jam a chainsaw, sometimes causing it to kickback.


The roots of a tree can go deep into your property, entwine with your sewer lines, and lay under your home’s foundation. When the tree is cut incorrectly, beware that the movement could damage whatever the roots are holding onto. Remember that a living tree removal and a diseased tree cut-back require different skills and knowledge about how to remove them safely.


Your contractor or removal team will spend many hours cutting and transporting the wood off your property after the chopping has ended. Caution should be taken to prevent damage to siding, fences, septic tanks, sewer lines, and driveways if the company uses large equipment in the removal process.


The best way for you to understand the whole tree removal process is by asking questions. When you know what to expect from the service, you can voice your reservations and limit potential problems as you express your concerns. It is your property, so let the team know about your apprehensions. It is better to be safe than sorry!