How to Remove a Tree on Your Own

» Posted by on Jul 20, 2017 in Tree Removal | 0 comments

Removing a tree is a huge decision, and it must not be taken lightly. One good reason to remove a tree is if it is ill and dying, or completely dead. It is a good idea to remove them because they are posing a danger to the surrounding area and they might spread diseases to other trees.

Other reasons for removing a tree is when they are getting in the way of a driveway or electric wires, and if you are planning to build a house or a building in its area. But this is where the decision gets complicated because once a tree is removed, it will take you decades to grow them back again. So think deeply and decide if the tree is worth removing.

If you choose on removing it, there are professional tree removal Portland, OR who are willing to do the work for you. If, however, you choose to do it on your own, read this guide, so you will know the proper steps of removing it. If the tree is too big and tall, however, do not do it on your own because it is too dangerous and risky.


  • Gloves
  • Chainsaw
  • Handsaw
  • Drill
  • Chemicals

Step 1. Estimate the height

The first thing to do is to calculate the height of the tree. After obtaining a measurement, establish a circular perimeter around the tree with the estimated height. Make sure that there aren’t any objects in your perimeter like electric wires and other things. If there is a possibility that tree will fall on the property of your neighbor, inform them and obtain consent.

Step 2. Prepare escape routes

For your safety, you have to establish escape routes before you begin on felling the tree. To make a good escape route, your first have to determine where you will want the tree to fall. Observe where the tree is naturally leaning into, that is the direction where the tree would easily fall into. Set up two escape routes that are in different directions from the angle of the tree, these paths should be clear of objects so you can run uninterrupted if the tree starts to fall.

Step 3. Felling

After estimating the height and preparing the escape routes, you can begin the actual process of cutting the tree. You can use a handsaw for smaller trees, but it is better to use chainsaw a with trees that have a trunk of 1-foot diameter.

After deciding the direction of where you want the tree to fall, make a V-cut in the tree on that direction. This cut is called the undercut, it should penetrate at least a quarter of the diameter of the trunk.

After the undercut, you have to do the back-cut, which is a cut opposite from the undercut. It should be at least above 2 inches from the undercut, and it has to be in a straight line. As the back-cut approaches the undercut, the tree would slowly begin to fall. Prepare to get out of the way and run to your escape routes.

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