How to Remove a Tree

Having a tree removed from your property is a big decision that should never be taken lightly. There are many reasons to remove a dead or dying tree such as aesthetic purposes, safety, and help. There are some instances when healthy trees should also be removed. Some of these essences are when the tree interferes with utility wires, driveways, buildings, and other trees. Carefully consider this, though, because once a tree is removed, it takes a very long time for it to be replaced.

If you’re dealing with a large tree, or need tree removal Fort Smith, you should call the professionals. They have the mechanical equipment and guide ropes that may be required for removing the larger limbs before the trees fell. If you are removing a tree because it interferes with utility lines, you must contact your utility company first.


Once you have decided to remove a tree, there are certain steps that you need to follow to keep the process safe and give you a successful removal of the tree. Below are the steps.


  1. Check the area around you for any obstacles that may be in your way. Remove anything that you can that may be damaged.
  2. Step back and notice how the tree is leaning naturally. If you can fall the tree based on his natural growth angle, that would be best. Check to see if there are any hazards on the tree itself, such as dead branches. See if the tree trunk has any open wounds that could indicate that the tree is hollow or rotten. If the tree is hollow or rotten, it is best to leave those to the professionals since you cannot control which way it will fall. It is also a lot more likely to fall prematurely, which can endanger you and the others around.
  3. Establish two routes for escape that can be used as the tree is falling, with one route on each side of the tree that leads away from your expected fall line.


After the preparation work is done, you are ready to fell the tree. You can use a handsaw for smaller trees or a chainsaw for the larger ones. Remember to always have someone with you for safety reasons.