I have noticed that one of the tree in my backyard died for over a year, but never got around to remove it. The tree is about 10 feet high, and about 6 inches at the base of the stem — it would most likely be categorized as a small tree. The reason that I had done nothing was because I didn’t think it was possible for me to remove it myself, and that I needed to call in a professional.
After doing some online research and watching some Youtube videos recently, I was inspired by someone who used a method of digging around the tree with a shovel and removing roots as he came across them, and eventually he was able to get rid of all the roots so he can pull the tree out. Based on the size of my tree, I felt that before I shell out at least $100 to get someone to come in and do that for me, I should give it a try.
My plan of attack was as follows:
1) Dig a semi-circle around the tree (about 1 foot from the tree), and cut out any root I encounter.
2) As I dig, I would keep shaking the tree to see if it would get loose.
3) Repeat Step 1) until the tree is loose enough from the soil that I can remove it completely.
Everything went pretty much according to plan, with the exception that because there’s a wooden trellis very close to the tree I am removing, I ended up needing to cut out some branches (otherwise, the branches would hit the trellis, which would prevent me from shaking the tree loose). I ended up using a Tree Pruner to cut out these branches.
Outside of that, things went pretty smoothly. The whole job took over 2 days, for a total of about 3 hours.
Now that the tree was out completely, I needed to figure out how to cut down the tree to smaller pieces so it would fit into my green waste bin. I eventually decided to use a 20″ hand saw for this job, and that tool was sufficient to get the job done.
As for the hole left by the tree itself, I put in a few lily bulbs and filled the hole up with gardening soil.
As it turned out, removing this tree myself was easier than I had initially envisioned. The only thing I would have done differently was to make sure I wore gloves the entire time — I had accidentally cut myself as I was cutting one of the tree branches.