The Tree Removal Process

May 18, 2021

There are several reasons why a tree may need to be removed from a property: there is a dead tree in the yard, a tree that is a significant hazard to people and property, or a homeowner may want to clear a space in their yard for landscaping or a better view. Whatever the reason, there is an important process that must be followed closely in order to ensure the safety of everyone and everything in the area.

If you’re planning on hiring a tree removal service, they will go over the process so that you understand what is needed of you, and they can answer any questions you may have. Here is a brief overview of the process.

Assess the Size of the Tree

The first thing that a tree service company will do is look at the size of the tree that is being removed, as well as several other factors. The bigger the tree, the more complex the removal is. There is also greater risk the bigger the tree is. This part of the process may be done during an initial inspection; information gathered during this time can be used to determine the cost of removing the tree.


A large portion of the work is done before any cutting even begins; in fact, a technician will examine the tree and determine which limbs and branches need to be cut first before climbing the tree. Completing certain prep work can help ensure that the job will be done safely and efficiently.

  • Find The Angle of the Tree: The technicians will determine the best direction for the tree to fall depending on its natural leaning angle.
  • Trim the Top: If the tree is especially tall, a technician will use climbing equipment to access the top of the tree and begin removing limbs to reduce the tree’s height. The shorter the tree, the easier and safer it will be to cut the tree at its trunk.
  • Clear the Area: Even though tree care specialists can be quite precise when it comes to removing a tree, it’s still necessary to clear the surrounding area as much as possible. When the tree is trimmed as much as possible, the team will estimate the height of the tree and estimate the direction it will fall. They will clear that area of anything that could be damaged.
  • Determine Equipment: The size of the tree, especially the diameter of the trunk, will determine what type of equipment is needed. Tree removal equipment can be quite large.

Beginning the Removal Process

When all of the preparation has been completed, it’s time to start cutting the trunk of the tree. There are two essential steps to this part of the process:

  • Undercut: This is the first cut into the trunk of the tree and is a V-shape cut at a 45-degree angle. The cut is facing the direction that the tree will fall.
  • Backcut: On the opposite side of the tree, slightly above the undercut, the technicians will begin to cut straight through the trunk. As this cut gets closer towards the center of the tree, it should begin to fall in the direction that the undercut is facing.

After the Tree Has Fallen

When the tree is on the ground, it will be much easier for the team to remove all remaining branches and to cut the trunk into smaller pieces. Depending on the specifics of the service that is being paid for, the tree company will completely remove the tree chunks or even remove the remaining stump. They will ensure that the entire area is as clear and clean as possible.

Choose Apex Tree Experts For Your Tree Removal Needs

If you have a tree in your yard that needs to be removed for whatever reason, get in touch with our professional tree care company. Located in Gig Harbor, Washington, our tree experts serve Tacoma and the surrounding areas with a variety of tree services, including:

Whatever your tree care needs are, you can count on us for professional equipment, the highest safety standards, and exceptional customer service. We are passionate about protecting the health of new and adult trees as well as safely and efficiently removing dead, damaged, or diseased trees. If you have any questions about what to do with trees on your property, feel free to reach out for a free consultation.