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Tree Removal and Tree Trimming Service Tips

There are lots of reasons why one would want to cut down a tree. Replanting or selling it, and if the tree is in an area whereby you feel it’s a hazard to living things and properties surrounding it, are some of the aims to remove it.

On the other hand, you trim trees to remove dead limbs that are about to fall, before removing a tree or to keep your tree healthy and good looking. Either way, you must be careful while doing the task or else hire a professional tree service to do the work for you. Here are some tips to observe when removing a tree;

Do You Need A Tree Removal or Trimming Permit

First and foremost, any time you want to fell a tree, check with the government policies to ensure you comply with the law. For preservation reasons, the law defends the cut down of trees. However, you have responsibility for most of the trees within the boundary of your properties unless a plant preservation order covers them.

What Species is your Tree

Before you go on and start cutting down any tree, it is always good to research about what kind of a tree you’re about to remove. But don’t worry, it doesn’t mean that you go back to class. You only need to take some pictures on the plant and research on google images to identify its species.

Depending on the type of the tree you have, you can now decide whether you want to remove it or to replant it in a different area. 

Do You Have the Correct Tree Cutting Equipment?

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After you have made up your mind on what you want, decide if you wish to remove the tree by yourself or opt to use an arborist. However, you can do it yourself provided you know the risk involved. Ensure you have the following equipment as well as safety gear before you progress in tree removal and tree trimming service;

  • Hand saw
  • Chain saw
  • Shovel
  • ax
  • Stump Grinders
  • A ladder
  • Helmet
  • Protective goggles
  • Hearing protective
  • Gloves
  • Long sleeve shirt and pant.

Trim the Tree Before Cutting It Down

Whether you want to replant your tree or eradicate it, it is advisable you first trim it. Trimming reduces the weight of a tree, making it more comfortable to bring it down.

Always be careful when climbing up the tree to cut it. Use a ladder and harness to climb up the tree safely. Remove the limbs starting with the sick ones and the ones on the lower side. For thin branches, you can use a hand saw while the chain saw is suitable for cutting think branches.

After pruning, determine which side the tree should fall on. Ensure the area is free from properties, living things, and even power lines. By observing the tree, you can be able to tell which side it will fall on, if the area has blockages, tie a rope to pull the tree towards your desired direction.

Also, using a chainsaw cut the side that you want your tree to fall on. If there is a busy street or road, hang some warning notices for everyone’s safety.

Consider Hiring Tree Trimming Service Experts

If you can’t climb up the tree, consider  hiring local tree experts and tree removal services to do the work for you. Some trees such as palm trees are very tall and heavy.

Therefore, their cutting process is a bit more complicated. In such occasions, it's advisable you hire tree trimming and services experts.

Ensure you choose a good tree-service by checking their company review online. The facilities charge you depending on various conditions of the tree. So, if the tree is very tall or is on a structured area, the charges may be higher than that of a short plant on open surroundings.

Removing the Tree Stump

For trees that you want to replant elsewhere, you uproot it, that's digging down its root not to kill it. So, in such cases, there will be no stump left, but you’ll only have a hole which you can fill in using soil.

However, if you aimed to do away with the shrub entirely, you usually cut it above the root, and therefore a stump will be left. You can remove this stump by either, burning, digging it out using a shovel, grinding, or by using a chemical stump remover.

Now that you have the above tips make up your mind on how you want to go about removing or trimming the tree.

Weigh up your options, if you can do it yourself, ask yourself whether it's worth all the hassle of buying all the safety gear as mentioned previous, and the equipment not say the risk involved.

If it's worth it go ahead, and if isn’t make a call to professionals and your tree will be down within no time. 

How To Save a Diseased Tree By Removing Infected Limbs

Like every other being, trees too, have a lifespan. In this life period, a tree needs various supplements for its proper growth and sustenance.

When it is deprived of any of the nutrients from the environment, it becomes prone to diseases that hinder its development and ultimately leads to death.

How to find a diseased tree?

Initially identifying the symptoms of a disease in a tree can be tricky until you consult an expert. Here are some observable signs that you can recognize when your tree has a disease.

  • Excessive wilting of tree and death of major branches.
  • Overgrowth of fungus.
  • Peeling of the bark in the large amount.
  • Presence of white powdery mildew.
  • Breakable or dead branches.

Besides this, the least you can do is to keep a check and acknowledge any change that seems unfamiliar to you.


Moreover, you can take some precautions by taking care of some basic requirements of your tree, such as covering up the exposed roots, proper water supply, especially during the dry season, etc.

What is Tree Surgery?

Like every other surgery, tree surgery is carried out for fixing up a tree generally by the expulsion of the diseased portion, spraying chemicals for prohibiting any further decay and getting the tree back to a decent condition.

It is performed by specialists known as an arborist. Tree surgery not only concerns with tree's health and protection but also considers their safety as well.

Although tree surgery is primarily done for the treatment of the diseased trees, it is also brought out to precisely figure out the other problems with the tree through a complete analysis.

This way, if any of the trees are not in a sustainable condition, they can be timely removed by the arborists and hence, no chances of the tree getting fallen.

How is Tree Surgery Useful?

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Today, through several advanced techniques such as TreeRadar which brings out the complete internal configuration, determining various factors affecting the tree has become quite an easy task. This makes it way too easier as well as compatible with the arborist to examine the initial stage of any disease or deterioration.

Figuring out the best suitable diagnosis

After examining all the necessary aspects, it is essential to decide what best fits with the diagnosed disease. Subsequently, a specific medication can be provided to the tree, and the problem is cured.

This can only be made possible with the help of a professional tree surgeon and the several techniques performed by them.

Carrying out the surgery

Mandatory treatment of the diseased trees is done with the use of proper tools and chemicals, to nurture them and expand their lifespan. The trees that are on the extent of dying are diagnosed and are cut off beforehand if they can't be doctored anymore.

After surgery tree care

Even after the surgery is conducted, the tree still remains vulnerable to various facets that might obstruct its recovery. Therefore, it must be kept under supervision and nurtured with all its requirements.

Trees play a significant role in the ecosystem, and any harm to them instantly impacts the whole system as well.

The main objective behind carrying out tree surgery is to save them from a declining health condition. Moreover, it is not always executed to heal a diseased plant.

Many times there are issues regarding crown raising or reduction, pruning or cutting down of trees wherever and whenever needed, etc. These observed matters are also considered under the tree surgery.

Within the guidance of tree surgeons, specific techniques are carried out to get over such issues that are commonly found in the residential areas.

Wrapping up Tree Trimming and Removal 

It’s appropriately said that “Prevention is better than cure.” Although today, there are numerous methods by which a tree can be remedied, being precautions about several disease-causing elements can protect your tree from any sort of illness.

This will help it strengthen up and remain productive throughout.

All you need to do is shower a bit of your time and attention towards its health and well-being.


About the Author Ann Katelyn

I'm Ann Katelyn, Creator and Chief Author of Sumo Gardener. Since I was a child I've always been fascinated with plants and gardens, and as an adult this has developed into my most loved hobby. I have dedicated most of my life to gardening and started Sumo Gardener as a way to express my knowledge about gardening with the hope of helping other people's gardens thrive.

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Jesse Ford says June 15, 2020

I like how you mentioned the importance of knowing the type of species of tree you want to remove before thinking of cutting it down. My wife and I are thinking of looking for removal services because we’re considering having a couple of trees in our backyard removed because we want space to build a pool. It seems like a good idea for us to think about our options before hiring a reputable professional to help us properly and safely get rid of the timber objects on our property.

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