Removing a tree can be a complicated process, as you have to consider various factors. Several of these are explained below.

Legal Requirements

The legal requirements are the first aspect to focus on when removing a tree. Typically, you will need to apply for a permit from your local council, and whether the application is approved will depend on the situation. If the tree threatens people's safety or damages property, there's a better chance of approval than if you want to cut down a tree for aesthetic reasons. Some tree species are protected more than others, and your tree may be of that species.

Safety Issues

A tree that is dying, diseased, or impacting power lines poses a threat, and you should act promptly to protect everyone. You can contact a tree removal company to assess the situation. They will know how to deal with permits and regulations and advise you on how to proceed if urgent action is needed. Dying or diseased trees can be particularly dangerous in extreme weather as their structure is unstable and weakened.

Tree Size

A larger tree is typically more complicated to remove, and this will be reflected in any quote you receive. So you should consider the tree's size when planning the removal. Arborists typically cut down a tree systematically, especially if it is massive. They'll trim the branches and limbs, working their way down the trunk. Once the tree is pared back, they'll cut the trunk into sections, lowering each piece to the ground.

This cautious approach will help prevent injuries and property damage. If they cut a tree from the base haphazardly, it can be unpredictable how the tree will fall, and it could cause damage along the way.

Root System

Another factor you should consider is the tree's root system. You may assume that the stump and roots will also be taken out if you remove a tree. However, that's not the case. After removing the tree, a stump will be left in place, and you can deal with that in several ways. You can leave it in the ground and do nothing. This approach bears a slight risk, as the tree could grow shoots and attempt to regrow. While unlikely, this is not impossible.

A second approach is to grind the stump into chips. The contractors will grind the stump to a certain depth below the soil, effectively cutting off the root system and preventing regrowth. The root network will eventually decay into the earth.

The third option is the most intrusive, as it involves excavating the earth and extracting the roots. You might want to do this if you're rebuilding the land in that spot and need to lay foundations.

Reach out to a company that offers tree removals to learn more.