Professional Tree Removal – How It’s Done

When you have a tree in your yard that needs removing, it is always a good idea to call in the professionals. After all, there are plenty of jobs around the home and in the yard that we can all tackle, some with a little training and some with nothing more than hard work and a can do attitude.

Tree surgery however is not one of these jobs!

So if you have an ailing or perhaps already dead tree in your yard, hopefully you’ve already called in the professionals. They will have explained why the tree needs to come down – and also how the tree will be removed.

If however you’ve always wondered how tree surgeons remove a tree, then broadly speaking there are three methods available to them. Which one they choose will depend on both the condition of the tree itself and also where it is placed. The real pro will carefully evaluate which method is going to be best to minimize danger to both themselves and also to your surrounding property.

Here is a brief guide to the three main methods of tree removal employed by professionals. If you are considering hiring a pro, this guide will help you to understand their planning and the way they manage risks.

Climbing, Dismantling and Lowering

This is often referred to as the most technical of the tree removal options available to a tree surgeon. This technique will be employed where a large tree needs to be felled in an area that is not suitable for felling of the whole tree – or even simply allowing branches and trunk sections to just fall to the ground.

Examples of an area such as this would an ornamental garden or a tight space where falling debris could cause damage to property.

With this method, a series of pulleys and ropes will be set up to allow pieces of the tree to be carefully lowered to the ground. The tree surgeon themselves will be in the tree, cutting it down piece-by-piece from the top, working toward the bottom.

Climbing, Dismantling and Throwing

Did you catch the small change to the name of this method? “With this option, the contractor will broadly employ the same methods of dismantling – i.e. they will be up the tree in a harness, cutting it into pieces and working from the top downwards” – says Dan Robertson, owner of a tree service located in Alexandria, VA. He believes it to be the most efficient way to go.

This method however takes place with a tree that cannot be simply felled in one go, but also is not on ground that requires protection from falling pieces.  Therefore instead of a system of ropes and pulleys, the tree surgeon simply lets branches and trunk sections fall to the ground for later collection and disposal.


Probably the method of tree removal that immediately jumps to the forefront of all our minds when we imagine a tree being removed. The classic image of a felling is probably a muscular man in a red and black checked shirt, happily attacking a tree with an axe before stepping back with a hearty cry of “Timber!”

The truth is, it’s a little more complicated than that. Well, not a little… A lot! How complex can it really be you might ask?

For one thing, no professional with a desire to retire without crippling shoulder arthritis is going to tackle your work with an ax.

Here’s a good article for you to get an idea of what it’s like for a tree, when it gets hotter. For example, states like Arizona and Texas get so hot the trees dry out, so read about “zombie” trees here. There’s some really good advice on what to do with those trees.

Another consideration is the fall zone. Basically, a tree surgeon will calculate the trajectory of falling tree, and carefully cut it so that it will fall into a predetermined area – the fall zone. This area of course will be well away from any obstructions such as property, power lines or ornamental gardens. Because of this, felling can only take place on a tree that is surrounded by plenty of space.

Felling is therefore a much more complicated job, involving careful calculations by the tree surgeon – though they are free to wear a red and black check shirt if they really want to.


Most people if given a choice would like to be their boss. This is the reason that entrepreneurs start businesses. Along with this, it is also a burning passion to do something different and meaningful that lies behind any enterprise. However, passion and desire to start a business are not enough to do so and be successful at it. This is because starting a business requires planning and a lot of hard work. Along with the basic activities of starting the business, there is much legality that you have to work on. Let us look at some basic steps which will help you to start your own small business.

The first step is to write a business plan by using the tools and resources required. With such a written guide you can easily map out how you will start and run your business.

Then you require some basic training, and you can take help from many free counseling and training programs. These training programs cover subjects right from preparing a business plan and getting the necessary financing to expanding or relocating a business.

Then comes the task of choosing a location for your business which should be customer friendly. You will also have to comply with the zoning laws.

The next is to find financing to start your business. It is implausible that you have saved enough to help you start a business. Hence you will have to look for government financing, venture capital, and research grants. Then again many banks and lending organizations also provide business loans to start a business.

You also have to decide on the legal structure of your business and the form of ownership that suits you the best. The different forms of ownership are a sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability, corporation, S corporation, nonprofit and cooperative. The paper work and laws about each are different, and you will have to comply with them.

You also need an identity by which your customers and other people will recognize your business, for which you need a business name. You will have to decide on a business name which no one else has, and you should enroll your business name with the state government. You also have to conduct some research on the tax identification number you will require from the IRS and your state revenue agency.

You also must register for state and local taxes and obtain a tax identification number, worker’s compensation, unemployment, and disability insurance.

Then comes the tough task of getting the correct licenses and permits from the authority. Here it is advisable to take legal help from a lawyer.

Understand your liabilities as an employer because if you are going to hire people for your business, then this is necessary.

It is wise to contact your local SBA office to learn how they can help.

These are the ten steps to start a business anywhere in the United States. Of course it is tough and requires a lot of paper work and leg work, but in the end owning your own business is a feeling that only those who have experienced can explain.