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Tree cutting - the tree removal guide

Author: Marcos Sydney
by Marcos Sydney
Posted: Jul 30, 2022
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Are you looking for a tree removal guide? Sometimes, people need a simple step-by-step guide to show them how to do a DIY task. If your family is one of those, take a moment and read through this article. It will give you a complete list of what tools you need for the job, what safety precautions need to be taken, and when it's appropriate to bring in an expert from the pros!

Laying off ground

Whether you're a homeowner with a tree that's become too large for its space or a professional gardener, you might need to cut down a tree at some point. And while it may seem like a daunting task, with the right tools and safety precautions, it can actually be relatively easy – and even enjoyable! This blog post will show you how to cut down a tree safely and efficiently without damaging your property or putting yourself in danger.

The first step is to lay off the ground around the tree's base. This involves clearing away any brush, rocks, or other debris that could get in the way of your saw or chainsaw.

Tree removal equipment

When it comes to cutting down a tree, you need to have the right equipment. Otherwise, you run the risk of damaging your property or injuring yourself. Here is a list of essential tree removal equipment that you need:

Safety gear: When using any kind of power tool, it is crucial to wear proper safety gear. And it's even more critical when it comes to tree removal. PPE equipment should include gloves, goggles, and ear protection. If it's a high tree that you need to prune first, then you'll also need other safety equipment.

Saw: After the PPE, this is possibly an essential piece of equipment for tree removal, as it will allow you to quickly and easily cut through the tree trunk. Depending on the tree, you will need one type of saw or another. If you need a chainsaw, you need a good-quality chainsaw. Be sure to read the manuals for your specific chainsaw model to know how to operate it safely.

Axe: There are various types of axes for different jobs. You'll need a cutting axe, not a splitting axe (this is optional but can be helpful).

Felling wedge: Depending on the tree, this can be optional but definitely recommendable. Wedges help the tree fall in the direction of the notch cut and keep the tree from pinching the chainsaw.

Steps to safely remove a tree
  1. Assess the tree: Make sure that the tree is not too close to power lines or other structures. Also, make sure that the tree is not diseased or structurally unsound. This can be done by knocking the tree with a heavy object like the back of an axe or hammer; the tree should sound solid and not hollow. If the tree is in a relatively open area, you should be fine to proceed. However, consider contacting a professional arborist if the tree is near buildings, power lines, or other objects.
  2. Direction: You need to choose the direction in which the tree will fall. All cuts will be angled on this, so make sure you choose correctly. Remember, if the tree is leaning to one side, it will tend to fall in that direction.
  3. Choose the right saw: For smaller trees, you can use a hand saw. For larger trees, you will need to use a chainsaw. Ensure that your saw is in good condition and that you know how to operate it properly.
  4. Clear the area around the tree: Remove any debris or obstacles that could get in the way while you are cutting down the tree. Also, please make sure there are multiple exit paths free of obstacles in case you need to make a run for it.
  5. Remove any bigger or dead branches that could catch other trees or objects while falling. Why? Well, this is for two reasons; firstly, so no branches break off and hurt someone, and secondly, so no branches get stuck to nearby objects and change the angle the tree falls.
  6. Initial cut: This cut should be made horizontally, at a level that is not higher than your waist and no more than one-third into the tree. Keep in mind that the tree should fall perpendicular to this cut.
  7. Notch cut: You need to make a diagonal cut, around 60º, that meets the end of the initial cut, thus creating a notch or wedge of wood, which you can remove by hand.
  8. Felling cut: Another horizontal cut, at the same height as the initial cut, but from the tree's opposite side. This cut shouldn't reach the initial cut's apex, as the tree should start to fall before the saw gets that deep. If it doesn't start to fall, you'll need to drive the felling wedges into the 'felling cut' to lean the tree in the right direction.
  9. Get out of there: Once the tree starts to fall, make your exit using one of the prepared escape routes. Keep an eye on the tree in case it starts falling in your direction.
Tree cutting: things to keep in mind

Remember, you need to be aware of your surroundings and ensure there are no power lines or other hazards nearby. You need to have a clear plan in which direction you want the tree to fall, so it doesn't land on your house or another structure. And don't forget that some trees need permission to be removed, or might even be protected, so check with your local council or a local tree expert before your start chopping away!

Call a professional

Many people opt to call a professional when it comes to tree removal. This is often the safest and most efficient option, as professionals have the experience and equipment to do the job correctly. However, if you're planning to call a professional, you should keep a few things in mind.

First, check out the reviews. There are many tree removal companies. So ask around for a good, well-known tree removal company. You can also try Googling tree removal + your location, for example, 'tree removal Lake Macquarie'. Again, there will be many results, so read the reviews before contacting a tree removal company.

Finally, be sure to ask about the company's stump grinding policy. Some companies will remove the stump for an additional fee, while others will leave it behind. Before hiring a professional tree removal company, know what you're getting into.


Always use the proper safety gear when cutting down a tree, and follow the correct steps to do so efficiently. Anyone can safely and quickly cut down a tree with the right tools and knowledge. Be sure to consult an expert if you have any questions or concerns, and always take the necessary precautions before beginning any project. Thanks for reading!

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