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    Have a tree on your property that’s seen better days? Whether it’s dead, diseased, or simply causing problems, removing a tree requires careful planning and execution. This article will guide you through the process, from deciding if removal is necessary to disposing of the tree waste responsibly.

    Are You Allowed To Remove The Tree?

    Even though the tree resides on your property, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have free reign to chop it down. Some trees, particularly those with significant size, age, or heritage value, might be protected by local council regulations.

    These trees could be designated with a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) or fall within a designated protection area. Removing a protected tree without a permit can lead to hefty fines.

    Before reaching for the chainsaw, it’s crucial to check with your local council to determine if your tree has any protected status. They can advise you on the regulations in place and whether you’ll need a permit for tree removal. This simple step can save you a lot of hassle and potential financial penalties down the road.

    Making the Cut: Should Your Tree Go?

    The first step is to determine if tree removal is the best course of action. Signs that a tree might need to come down include visible damage, disease, or if it’s posing a safety hazard due to its size or location.  However, before wielding the axe, it’s always a good idea to consult a certified professional. They can assess the tree’s health and suggest alternatives like trimming or pruning. 

    Remember, local regulations might require permits for tree removal, so check with your council before proceeding.

    DIY or Hire a Pro?

    For smaller, healthy trees, you might consider tackling the tree removal yourself. However, safety is paramount. Proper protective gear like goggles, gloves, and sturdy shoes are essential. You’ll also need tools like a chainsaw, axe, wedges, and rope. Below are the steps for how to remove a tree trunk without the help of a pro.

    Step-by-Step (For Small Trees Only):

    Planning and Safety: Clear the area around the tree of any obstacles. Wear full safety gear (goggles, gloves, sturdy boots, long pants). Have a clear escape route planned in case the tree falls unexpectedly.

    Gather Tools: Chainsaw (ensure it’s sharp and in good working order), wedges, axe, rope.

    Branch Removal: Begin by cutting off all branches, starting from the bottom and working your way up. Use a rope to guide larger branches down safely.

    The Notch: Decide the direction you want the tree to fall (consider wind, obstacles) and cut a notch on that side. The notch should be angled and at least one-third the diameter of the tree.

    The Back Cut: On the opposite side of the notch, make a horizontal cut a few inches above the bottom of the notch. This is the felling cut. Don’t cut all the way through.

    Felling the Tree: Insert wedges into the back cut to help control the fall. As the tree begins to lean in the desired direction, stop cutting, remove the chainsaw, and use the escape route you planned. Never stand near the falling tree.

    If you’re unsure about your skills or the tree’s size, it’s always best to hire a professional tree removal service. They have the experience, equipment, and insurance to handle the job safely and efficiently.

    Hiring A Professional

    While DIY tree removal might seem like a great option, the benefits of hiring a professional are undeniable. First and foremost, safety is paramount. Trained arborists possess the experience and knowledge to handle any situation that might arise during the removal process, minimising the risk of injury or property damage. 

    They also come equipped with the proper tools and machinery to efficiently bring down even the largest trees. Professionals can also help you navigate the permit application process  and hold insurance that covers any unforeseen accidents or damage.

    To ensure you’re hiring a qualified service, check for experience in handling trees similar to yours. Request proof of insurance and ask for references you can contact to get firsthand feedback on their work.

    Don’t hesitate to get quotes from multiple companies before making a decision. By investing in a professional tree removal service, you’re guaranteeing a safe, efficient, and hassle-free job.

    Cleaning Up: Disposing of Tree Waste

    Once the tree’s down, you’re left with a pile of wood debris. Burning it in your backyard is a big no-no, and not just because of the smoke.  There might be environmental regulations regarding tree waste disposal in your area.

    Here’s where skip bins come in. They’re a convenient and eco-friendly way to dispose of your tree waste. Skip bins come in various sizes, allowing you to choose one that perfectly fits the amount of debris.

    They’re easy to load, and responsible disposal is handled by the bin rental company.

    Dealing With The Stump

    Once the tree itself has been cut down, you’re left with the tree stump – a stubborn remnant that can be unsightly and hinder future landscaping plans. There are several options for dealing with this leftover woody obstacle. Here are the options for how to remove a tree stump.


    This is the most popular and efficient method for tree stump removal, especially for larger stumps. A professional tree removal service will use a stump grinder, a powerful machine that pulverises the stump into woodchips. Grinding allows you to plant new trees or flowers right on top, and the woodchips can be used for mulch or added to your compost pile.


    This method is only advisable for very dry stumps and in specific locations where permitted by local regulations. It requires careful preparation and constant monitoring to prevent the fire from spreading.

    Never leave a burning stump unattended, and always check for any underground utilities or flammable materials nearby. Due to the inherent risks and potential environmental impact, burning is generally not recommended.

    Chemical Removal 

    This involves drilling holes in the stump and filling them with a concentrated herbicide designed to break down the wood. It’s a slower process that can take weeks or even months, and may require repeat applications.

    Chemical tree removal can be less effective on larger stumps and should only be used with caution, following the product instructions carefully. Be aware that herbicides can harm surrounding plants and contaminate soil, so this method may not be suitable for all situations.

    The best method for removing your stump depends on several factors, including its size, location, budget, and personal preference. Consulting with a professional arborist or tree removal service can help you determine the most appropriate and efficient approach for your specific situation.

    Responsible Tree Waste Disposal with Allmetro Bins

    Allmetro Bins is your one-stop shop for reliable skip bin rentals, perfect for disposing of your tree waste responsibly.  We offer a variety of bin sizes to accommodate the amount of debris, from small chipping piles to extensive branch networks. 

    Our bins are easy to load, and once you’re done, we take care of the responsible disposal for you.
    Contact us or book your skip bin online today!

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