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How to Remove a Tree From Your Yard: The Key Steps to Take

Few things can be quite as frustrating as an unwanted tree hanging out in your backyard.

It could be obstructing a gorgeous view. It could be an old, decrepit tree that just ruins the look of the property. Or, it could just be a pain to mow around.

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How to Remove a Tree From Your Yard: The Key Steps to Take

Whatever the reason is, you’re reading this article because you’re trying to figure out how to remove a tree. Well, we’ve got you covered.

In this blog post, we’ll teach you the basic process of removing trees.

Think About Legal Consequences

Now hold on. Before you grab your chainsaw and have at it, it’s important that you think about the legal consequences of cutting down the tree.

Yes, legal consequences.

Believe it or not, some regions may have ordinances around removing trees from your property, particularly if you live on or near a historic site.

In addition, if property boundaries are not exactly clear, and a part of the tree exists or hangs over a neighbor’s yard, then your neighbor could have a legal say in what happens with the tree.

If you were to cut the tree down without your neighbor’s approval, you could be on the hook for legal damages. Talk to an arborist to make sure that you are well in the clear before making any cuts.

Get the Right Equipment

Once you know that you’re good to go, it’s time to assemble the equipment you’ll need for this project. The basic tools required for small tree removal are a chainsaw and a heavy-duty axe.

Clear the Area

Before you get to chopping, clear the area around the tree. You don’t want any of your outdoor possessions to be damaged by the falling tree. Also, keep folks far away from the tree as you begin this process.

Fell the Tree

To fell the tree, first cut a notch in the tree with the axe. The notch should be on the side of the tree that you want to hit the ground. For instance, if you want the tree to fall north, put the notch on the north side of the tree’s trunk.

The next step is to get on the other side of the notch and use the chainsaw. Cut an incision into the trunk at the same height as the middle of the notch. As you are cutting, the tree should start to lean and eventually fall in the direction you want it to go.

Once the tree is felled, it’s time to call in a tree cleanup service to get it off your property.

How to Remove a Tree, Made Simple!

There you have it! With this guide on how to remove a tree, you should now be far better equipped to remove any unwanted vegetation from your property quickly and easily.

For more home improvement advice, check out the rest of the articles on our blog.