Trees can cause a whole host of problems for gardeners who want to grow a variety of plants. Their large canopies can turn your garden into a shady den, making it difficult for your plants to thrive. Then there’s the structural risk that tree roots cause when they grow too close to your property. As a result, you’ll probably have the urge to remove unwanted trees from your garden. But how do you do it safely?
Know when to call in the professionals
If you’re not planning on relocating the tree, you can remove the tree from your garden by cutting the limbs and branches down into small, manageable trunks. On a small tree, you should clear the canopy with a pruning saw and tackle the smaller limbs low down first, before moving on to the top section. However, it’s best to leave larger trees for professional tree surgeons to tackle, as they’ll have all the equipment and skills required to safely take your tree down without causing damage to your property or garden. And, in the event of an urgent situation, such as structural damage, an emergency tree service will ensure the issue is dealt with promptly and effectively.
Safely kill off the tree
Another popular tree removal method involves killing off the tree before physically removing it from your garden. One way to do this is by spraying a chemical solution of water-soluble herbicide and glyphosate into a cut inside the tree. In most cases, this will kill the tree within six weeks, however, reapplication is sometimes necessary. Alternatively, you can girdle the tree. This involves removing the tree bark from the trunk and making two cuts around the tree’s circumference. You then have the option of applying herbicide to the cuts to speed up the process. Should you choose not to do this, it will take months for the tree to die, so this method shouldn’t be used when your tree is hindering plants from growing in your garden or when it’s putting your property at risk.
To keep the stump or not?
Removing a tree stump costs up to $350, so you may think it’s best to keep the stump to save yourself some cash. However, as tree stumps actively encourage pests to your garden, some of which will eat your precious plants, it’s recommended you remove them. What’s more, tree stumps can ruin the aesthetics of your garden, and the attached roots can continue to grow and cause damage.
Regardless of your reasons for removing unwanted trees from your garden, be sure to take care when cutting down a tree, and don’t be afraid to call upon the professionals when required. And, remember, it’s always worth taking out the stump.