How to Remove a Dying Tree From Your Yard
Remove a dying tree from your backyard. Follow these step-by-step instructions from Don't Sweat It host Steve Watson.
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When cutting down a tree, have someone help so the process will be a lot safer.
Chainsaws can be very useful, but also extremely dangerous. Before using one, be sure to get instructions from an expert and be completely familiar with how to operate it.
If a large tree needs to be removed, consult an arborist or tree removal specialist.
1. Clear surrounding area for branches and tree to fall. To cut any large branches off the tree, attach a rope around a single branch to help guide it.
Cut a wedge into the underside of the branch where it attaches to the tree. This will help to guide where the branch will fall. Slice from the topside of the branch (just above the wedge) in a downward motion to cut off branch.
2. Once reachable branches have been removed, cut down the tree, leaving four to five feet above ground.
3. Dig around roots, and cut any large roots with chainsaw or reciprocating saw.
4. Tie tow strap around tree, attach to truck and pull.
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