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What are some inexpensive ways to remove a tree?

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Remove a tree for only the cost of renting or buying a chainsaw. Removing a tree does not have to be an expensive project, but it does require careful, strategic planning and plenty of time.

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To safely remove a tree, first consider the size, health and overall impact of the tree. If the tree is dead or dying, remove it for safety and health reasons. Healthy trees may sometimes need to be removed if they interfere with buildings, driveways or utility wires.

Take the size of the tree into consideration during planning because this impacts the total area affected when the tree is successfully taken down. It is best to observe the way the tree naturally leans while it is standing, because this is the most effective direction for it to fall. Check the path of the fall; make sure it is clear of utility wires, property lines (to avoid neighborly disputes) or other structures.

Once the fall route is established and it is safe to proceed, undercut the tree by creating a V-shaped notch on the side of the tree facing the direction the tree will fall. After the undercut, make a back cut on the opposite side of the tree to relieve stresses and release it into a falling motion. Once the tree starts to fall, ensure that the chainsaw is off and proceed on a pre-determined escape route.

After the tree successfully falls, it can be limbed (branches removed) and cleaned up until it is bare log. The log can be cut into smaller, workable pieces that can be used or disposed of in a suitable, legal way.

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