Removing Trees to Build a Driveway

Removing a tree can be a difficult job. Physically, you will have to put in considerable effort to remove even a relatively small tree from your yard. Removing a tree can also be complicated depending on a variety of factors, such as the safety of nearby buildings, etc. Quite often you will find a tree standing in the way of a structure you are building. If the structure in question is a driveway, the tree removal process doesn’t just involve cutting down the tree. Read on How to Remove Trees to Build a Driveway…

Trimming of Branches

Depending on the size of the tree and branches, it may be necessary to first trim a few branches before a tree can be brought down. Very large branches can force a tree to fall in the wrong direction. Trimming these branches first reduces the weight if the tree, and can also even out the weight distribution, making the tree limbs more manageable.

Cutting Down the Tree

Once the branches have been trimmed, bringing down the tree can simply be done by cutting the trunk. However, this isn’t always an option. If you’re dealing with a very tall tree, it may not be safe for the tree to be brought down in any direction. Additionally, if the tree is fairly large, controlling the direction in which it falls can also be difficult. This means having cut off the top parts in sections that can easily be brought down.

Tree stump removal

Removal of tree stumps to accommodate a driveway, patio or path will see the stump either dug out – if it is small enough – or more commonly removed by a technique known as stump grinding. This involves using specialist machinery to grind down the stump, turning it into wood chips or sawdust. This is a job best left to the professionals as the machinery can be dangerous if not used properly.

Treating the Tree Roots

Once you’ve cut down a tree, you can kill the roots by applying a stump killer, or by using a concentrated Glyphosate-based weed killer as a tree-killer injection. To kill roots that have grown into underground sewer lines, flush the system with copper sulfate, Dichlobenil, or a salt/baking soda/water mixture. Finally, to remove the stump and kill the roots, either burn the stump or tear out the stump and roots together.

Thank you for reading this post on How to Remove Trees to Build a Driveway. If you are considering installing a driveway but need a tree or tree stump removed get in touch with us at Treescape. We offer professional guidance and services to help with all your tree care needs.

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