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Tree Removal: The Process

You have a tree. It’s either dying, infested, diseased, or simply just unwanted. As much as it breaks your heart (or not), for the sake of the people around you— tree removal is a necessity.

But you can’t just outright remove a tree right off the bat. We have rules, yanno. Like legit rules, depending on your area. You gotta check if your city is under the Tree City USA Program. Depending on the requirements— they will or will not allow you to cut your tree. Well unless you have a very good reason to. 

If you’re in the rural area— they won’t care much, but the same can’t be said for the city. It might be kinda annoying that they’re dictating what you do to your own tree. But they have their reasons, just like you do. In these cases, it would be best to contact a professional arborist if removal is indeed possible. If it is, then let’s get started.

Oh wait. Before you make any plans of DIY-ing your tree removal instead, for this case— especially if you live in a particularly dense community, I would advise against it. Tree removal without any prior knowledge, experience and proper equipment, could put the surroundings near it at risk.

So, the question is— how is the process done?

Let me give you a rundown.

Firstly— contact arborists who specialize in tree service and tree care. You could search companies near you with a click of a button. And finding them isn’t really all that hard, but choosing one is. Make sure you hire a reputable arborist with good customer reviews. 

If you’re worrying about the cost— a small one ranges $200-$450 dollars. Meanwhile, bigger trees hit the thousands ceiling. It all depends on the shape, and the type of the tree. But if you’re still thinking how much you can save if you do it yourself. This is for you.

Reminder: your safety is not negotiable. Seriously. 

Okay, now that’s put aside— once you get in contact with the arborists, they’ll inspect the tree and you’ll come to an agreement.

Before you do the actual stuff— you should clear the way. Anything breakable and anything that would disrupt the flow of the workers should be removed. They’re gonna be coming in and out.

If your estate is big enough to let the tree fall on its own, then that’s what they’ll do. They’ll cut a V-shape almost radius deep on the side they want the tree to fall— and cut the opposite side as well.

 If your home is in a dense area, or near utility poles— then the professionals will cut the tree branches. Lower it with a rope. And work their way down. This method is way more safe, but also time-consuming.

Whatever happens with the wood is in your hands. You can request to chop ‘em, make them into firewood, or stack them in a place where you’ll never see them again. It’s all up to you and what you want.

In the end, all that will be left is a short stump. In place of where your tree used to be. If you still want it removed, there should be an additional fee.

Now that’s done— always remember, to make your tree removal a safe one, hiring the pros is the best option. No matter how much you want your tree to fall sideways and destroy your annoying neighbor’s yard. They could always press charges, you know.


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