Removing a tree is not a decision to be made lightly. Trees have so many important uses for the environment. However, there certainly are reasons to remove a tree from your property Once you've decided tree removal is necessary, take precautions to do so safely and comfortably.
Determine the Necessity of Removing the Tree
The most obvious reason for removing a tree is if it's dead or dying. Not only are such trees unsightly, but they can pass on their disease to neighboring trees. They also become a hazard in high wind conditions as their roots don't hold them in place any longer.
Similarly, another reason to remove a tree is if it's a danger. Not just dead or dying trees are dangerous. Ones that are growing near power lines or that have weighty branches overhanging pedestrian traffic areas can cause injury. Additionally, sometimes a tree is overpowering your landscape or even your home.
Finally, according to the Nature Conservancy, some trees are actually invasive species. Rather than let such a tree take over and push out the native species, it's better to remove the invader.
Decide When to Remove the Tree
It should be obvious that attempting to remove a tree in extreme weather conditions is unwise. However, for your own comfort, avoid hot and cold days as well. Likewise, don't attempt to remove a tree after a big freeze as its roots may not budge. That said, early spring or late fall are probably the best times to remove a tree. If it's still alive, the tree has entered its dormant stage by then. This makes it easier to handle as you won't have leaves and new shoots interfering with your work.
Get the Proper Equipment
The necessary equipment for removing a tree depends on its size. If your tree is small you probably only need basic pruning equipment such as a handsaw and pruning shears. For larger trees, such as those that are around 10 inches in diameter, a chainsaw is more useful. You'll also need a spade and pick for removing the stump.
For large trees, a tree shear is essential. A tree shear is an attachment for an excavator. Depending on the model, a tree shear might hold onto the tree while you use the chainsaw to fell it. Other models contain powerful scissors to do the cutting. Either way, the tree shear lets you place the felled tree rather than letting it crash to the ground. This is especially helpful in tight areas.
Once you've made the decision that a tree must go from your property, plan your timing for the work and assemble the equipment that allows you to complete the job effectively and safely.