Diy Tree Trimming And Removal

Tree trimming and removal can increase health in the remaining trees. Safety, tool selection and other factors affect the decisions made when trimming and removing a tree.

Ideally, trimming and pruning your trees should take place in late winter to early spring before the blooms or buds have opened completely. This reduces the stress to the tree.


There are safety guidelines that should be followed before trimming or removing a tree. Trimming should be avoided on excessively windy days where a branch could snap unexpectedly or the wind could knock you from your position in the tree or on the ladder.

Always follow the guidelines written in the manuals when using tools for tree trimming. Wearing goggles can give extra security because they will keep debris such as dirt and sawdust from getting in your eyes.

Someone experienced may try to trim the branches alone but it's not recommended. It is advisable to have an extra helping hand and someone who could help if something goes awry. An extra pair of eyes is a good thing because when you are up in the tree there may be something going on around you that you could not see.

A good hard hat of some sort is also recommended. Heavy branches could fall unexpectedly and cause damage to the head if proper head protection is not worn.

Tools of the Trade

There are many tools to choose from that would be proper in tree trimming and removal of the tree. Here is a list of the major tools used in tree trimming and removal.

Pole Tree Pruner

This device allows branches to be cut without the use of a ladder. Sometimes a ladder is not safe to use to cut branches due to the unsteadiness of the ladder. The pole tree pruner has a long handle similar to a broom handle with a saw and a rope used to control the saw. Pull down on the rope and the saw can be used to cut the branch. Most pole tree pruners have a telescopic handle meaning it can extend out to further its reach.

Chain Saws

There are many different chain saws to choose from. Gas powered chain saws are most common and they come in many differing sizes from as small as twelve inches (measuring the blade size) to twenty-one inches. There are also electric chain saws available.

Saws (mechanical)

If you don't want to use the bigger tools like a chain saw you can buy a regular mechanical saw. There are many types of saws but you should be able to find a saw suitable to cut branches of the tree in any home and garden store. Just be sure to read the descriptions of the saw to see if it fits the job.


Loppers also called lopper shears or pruner loppers are a pair of shears (scissor-like cutting tools) used for cutting branches smaller than two inches round. Loppers have long handles and should be used for smaller trees.


The right ladder is important. For smaller trees a good step ladder is all that is necessary. But for taller trees, an extension ladder would probably prove better. Having a spotter, someone who can spot problems or help hold the ladder is recommended.

Trimming a Tree: Just Branches

You don't need to be an expert in knowing which branches need trimming. There are a few tips to know in deciding which branches must be cut.

First, look at any trees that are near to the one you want to trim. If any of the branches are touching the branches from the other tree, then those branches need to be removed.

Make sure you cut the branch off at where it connects to the rest. If it is a main branch off the trunk (the main part of the tree) then cut the branch off as near as you can to the trunk.

Dead branches should be removed entirely. They are of no use to the tree and are taking up space.

Tree Removal:

There are many reasons for removing a tree entirely. Disease could be inflicting the tree and could quickly spread to other trees in the same area. Some trees grow precariously close to buildings and other such structures and must be removed to prevent loss in a strong storm.

Start with removing smaller branches and move your way up to the bigger branches. If you know the whole tree is to be removed you can take the bigger branches in smaller manageable pieces reducing the stress and chances of injury.

Once all branches have been removed and all that remains is the trunk a chain saw is recommended for a faster removal time. Follow the guidelines for the chain saw written in the operation manual and remember safety first.

Removing the very bottom portion of the trunk of a tree and the root system can be difficult depending on the size and type of tree. Most trees stop root growth once they have been cut down because they no longer have their means to get food through the lack of leaves. But occasionally shoots form and eventually the root system may continue growth. There are herbicides and chemicals to remove the trunk and roots. You should be able to find these in any home and garden store.

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