DIY Guide for Tree Cutting and Removal at your Home


Though, tree removal and cutting process is a task that should be done by professionals who provide tree services, a lot of people have intentions of cutting down the tree themselves, especially when the tree is short and small. 

Tree cutting is a very risky task and requires your full attention. You need to follow some safety measures in order to ensure your safety along with the safety in the neighborhood area. 

However, if you feel the process is too complex for you to do it yourself, you can always reach out to for an easy experience with tree removal services. They have tons of expertise and boast of high quality services.

This guide will give you some idea on how to cut down a tree effectively and with proper safety measures. 

I am Joseph Thompson and I have been a working professional in the San Bernardino Tree services for last 10 years. Therefore, I got a lot of experience in Tree cutting, pruning and removal services. 

Be ready with the Tree cutting equipment 

Before you begin the tree cutting process, It’s HIGHLY important to have all the tools and important equipments in place. Here are some of the equipments that you would need:

  1. Protective Gear: There have been a lot of incidents where people get injured due to tree falling when it gets cut. Reduce the risk by wearing Kevlar leg coverings, a hard hat, steel toe boots, heavy-duty gloves and goggles.
  2. Chainsaw: The Chainsaw has to have a sharp chain, a full tank of oil and gas.
  3. First Aid Kit: We should hope for the best and be prepared for the worst. Therefore, always have an emergency first aid kit when you are cutting a tree.
  4. Ladder
  5. Rope
  6. Wedges

Always Examine the Tree First

We, as professionals, always examine the tree first before trying to cut it. There are some things you need to keep in mind. 

  • Does the tree already leaning towards one direction?
  • Any dead or broken branches on the tree?
  • Are branches from a nearby tree in it’s way?
  • Is there a clear area for the tree to fall and not damage anything else around? 

While you are at it, always find a quick and easy escape route while the tree is about to fall. If the tree doesn’t fall as planned, you need to be able to run and get far from it as soon as possible. Ideally, you should try to run behind another tree if the tree you are cutting doesn’t fall like it should.

DIY Guide for Cutting down the Tree

  1. Knock your axe at the tree. If the bark of the tree sounds hollow, the tree may be dead or in bad health. If it sounds solid, it is a healthy tree and it would be difficult to cut it. Repeat the steps at different points and height. You will soon get that ‘sweet spot’ where it’s easier to cut the tree by hitting it with the axe. 
  2. Does the tree have a tendency to fall in one direction over the other? Is it leaning? Basically you need to figure out where the tree would most likely fall
  3. Make a horizontal cut. This cut should not be higher than your hip. Also, it should not penetrate into more than one-third of the tree. The tree would fall perpendicular to this cut. 
  4. Make a wedge cut. The slice that is produced by this cut would look like a slice of orange. Whether you make this wedge cut from the top of the horizontal cut or bottom, put a stick on the other side of the horizontal cut to ensure a straight wedge cut.
  5. Make a Back cut. This cut is to determine how strong your holding wood is. Holding wood is the part of the tree that lies opposite to the place where horizontal and wedge cut lies. The back cut should be at least 1.5 inches above the horizontal cut for best results.
  6. After the back cut is completed, you can get to see an even holding wood. Or, the tree may even start falling. Be ready to run at any moment now. 
  7. The tree may be to its way down at this point in time. Use your already established escape route and run. Do not look back and try to keep an eye on the falling tree. This can increase your chances of injury. 

What is the average Tree cutting price in The United States?

I would recommend you to hire someone to get your trees cut down. Professional service is recommended in these kind of tasks where the person is prone to injuries. 

You should be aware of the average service price of the tree cutting service. The cost of cutting down a tree depends on variety of factors such as location of tree, height of the tree, health of the tree, and surroundings nearby. 

On an average, you would spend somewhere around 200$ to 1600$ for each tree cutting service. Tree service companies also provide tree pruning, tree removal, and stump removal services. 

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