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Tree falling can be dangerous, especially if you do it yourself. But, there are a few techniques that DIY landscapers can use to remove trees. As a common rule, if you need to use a ladder, then the tree should be removed by a professional. Also, amateur landscapers shouldn’t try to pull up stumps using a truck, as there are a lot of safety issues involved. If the tree is small enough though, it’s okay to cut it down and wiggle the roots out.

Key Takeaways:

  • If you need a ladder to reach and remove tree limbs, that’s a sign that the tree is too large for you to remove on your own.
  • Trying to uproot a tree stump with your truck is dangerous to both nearby structures and the truck.
  • If removing a small tree yourself, assume you’ll have to dig six inches for every one inch thick the tree trunk is.

“While there are many landscape projects you can safely and easily DIY, tree removal is one that is not worth the money you save.”

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