Although trees provide shade and a great deal of oxygen, there are sometimes reasons for tree removal. This is typically because they are dead, obstructing something, or simply don’t go with the feng shui of the property. This article will take you through the proper steps to removing a tree yourself. Keep in mind that larger trees should be removed professionally, it is not recommended for someone without any past experience with removing larger trees to attempt to remove one, even if they have extra help and the proper equipment. The first step in this process, is to look around you. Are there any obstacles that could be moved away from the tree? Is there a clear path, or a way to make a clear path for the tree to fall on? Remove anything that could possibly be damaged by the tree and figure out the best possibly direction for the tree to fall. Next, examine the tree and see if there is any part of it that is rotten or damaged, and could effect the path of the fall. Also, establish an escape plan with you and anyone helping you, so that you can safely escape should the tree fall. The next step is felling the tree. This step requires tools, either a chainsaw or a handsaw. The chainsaw is only necessary if the tree would take too much effort to cut with a handsaw. If you aren’t quite comfortable with a chainsaw, but it is needed for the job, be sure that someone is with you that is confident with the tool. Many accidents happen when someone is nervous and shaky around tools. The first part of felling is the undercut. This is a v-shaped cut in the tree, and the direction it is cut should be facing the way that you want the tree to fall. Then the back cut is made. This is simply a straight cut towards, but not all the way to, the undercut. The purpose of this cut is to release the strength of the opposite side of the undercut. Now the tree will start to fall. Where some people get into trouble here is they want to watch what they just did. Wrong! Immediately shut off the chainsaw and run to your predetermined escape path. So to recap lets review the methods we use to safely remove trees. Once the tree has fallen, cut off the limbs till you have a bare log, and you should be left with just a stump in the ground which can be removed using chemicals, digging up, or calling ct tree services.