How to Get Tree Cutting & Tree Removal for Free?

Even though trees are grown because of their pleasant looks and ecological benefits, a decent tree can deteriorate and needs to be cut down. It may be an oak that damages the sidewalk, a maple sapling that damages sewer lines, a pine that’s dead, it needs to end its existence. Cutting an undesirable tree can be pricey, about a few thousand dollars or over. However, there are means to deal with this problem without spending money, dependent on tree type and the instance.

Does the Town Cut Trees for Free?

You can ask to cut down unwanted trees on your yard or lawn for free. The next stage is finding people, firms, or structures that will eliminate them at no cost. The initial step is to get info on whether trees fall into a category as part of any local nature program.

Real grants were provided to improve air quality or preserve communal amenities by administrative agencies and organizations.

Local authorities and Forest departments will offer tree cutting for free that endanger people’s lives or possessions if natural disasters take place. You can leave ads in marketable or public areas with proper endorsement, proclaiming free lumber for people who wish to remove and transport minor branches and trunks.

Charity Organizations Cut Down Trees.

Request your resident service provider for probable tree removal minus the fees. Electricity suppliers will discard trees if they are dangerous to citizens or electrical cables. There is no payment for getting rid of the tree by yourself. You may use firewood or earn additional cash by selling it as logs.

Provided you need help with sawing, pruning, cleaning, and carrying away, trade part of the fresh wood.

A few logging firms in the woodworking industry may even agree to remove trees for free, provided that the number of them is minimal. 

There are certain tree types of great value, and wood firms will cut the tree down for free, and then pay the owner.

How to Get a Tree Cut Down for Free?

To get rid of unwanted wood, take the following steps:

government removalCheck if the old trees are included in a city, Federal, or state project. Several districts have received allowances for tree growth and care. This is a part of current exertions to endorse nature’s improvement and ventures on air quality. Contact your resident center of cooperative extension to find out information related to such projects in your district. You can address the mayor’s office or the workplace of forestry service that comprises your region. If the trees are located near a street, the owner may be your city itself, so the governments will remove them for free.

free tree removalPlace ads in the stores, self-service laundries, or on electronic bulletin boards, promoting free logs for anybody who wants to chop and clean it. Lots of citizens fully or partially heat their houses with firewood, so these persons are eager to receive free firewood for their labors.

cutting trees near electricity linesTo get any disturbing trees near electricity lines cut down, you may call the power firm. Most of these firms have agreements with wood professionals in the ranges they serve. If the tree turns out to be problematic, the energy enterprise will cut them free of charge.

removing trees yourselfRemove trees yourself. As one option, you may sell firewood or use it in your house. With this method, you will not only get free removal service but also they will pay for it. You may exchange with somebody if you need some help, change the logs for help in sawing, splitting, and transporting.

tree removal for free by trustworthy logging firmContact a trustworthy logging firm about tree removal for free. Several minor establishments will help you with no charge, as long as there are sufficient trees - about 20 or over - to be worth it. Find out about what types of trees you own along with their worth. In several cases, the firm will not just remove undesirable trees, but they may as well pay you. Contact many establishments, ask questions at your district office,  then ask your neighbours for advice before you choose any solution.

Stump Removal for Free.

After you cut your tree down, it’s time to get rid of the stump, and this is problematic too. You will not spend money on that if you are practical enough. Check out the state of the database to decide which tools to implement. The ways to do it are with a shovel to dig up a stump and steel rod for landscaping. No need to use chains if the tree remains are decomposing. Borrow a mill if the residual plug should be picked up applying a sander, instead of doing it by hand. Check if you’ve used protective equipment like garden gloves and safety glasses.

The fall is a perfect time to remove stumps. It is when the remainders of the tree come to be inactive so you may manage it earlier than shoots spring. Removal during this season aids the natural decay of the stump following the usual season succession. Nitrogen returns to the soil devoid of interfering with gardening in the spring. You may remove such stumps throughout the year. Check if the soil is wet while you are removing so it is much easier to work. This will save you from wasting cash on cutting the trees.


How to Remove a Tree by Yourself? 

Site landscaping and maintenance of the garden include the fall of old trees. Without proper work organization, there is a risk of damage to buildings or serious injuries. How to cut down a tree by hand? Today we will tell you how to cut down a seedling and fell it in the right direction. 

Safety Precautions, Tools, and Accessories

Tree removal by yourself for freeWe hope it is unnecessary to explain why felling trees requires a special approach to ensuring the safety of workers. You should have a clear idea of the threats to life, property, and surrounding objects that are caused by uncontrolled falling of cut branches and the tree itself. Also, know the dangers associated with working at height.

We will give some safety recommendations as we describe the felling technology, so these requirements must be met even before you pick up a chainsaw.

First, solve the insurance issue. If there is no special insurance available, tie it yourself: 
  1. Fold the rope of about 2.5 meters in half.
  2. Pass it between your legs with a loopback.
  3. In front of the belt, tie a knot-eight.
  4. Wrap the free ends around the torso, passing each in a loop at the back.
  5. Tighten the ends and tie them in front over the eight.

The Scheme of the Figure-Eight knot for Securing the Carabiner or Rope

The loop in the front hooks the carbine fastened to a safety line wrapped twice around the tree trunk. At the ends of the slings should be tied knots “eight” or Prusik loop. You can throw it in any place, but it is better if a massive branch or branch is located just below. Keep in mind that wrapping a loop around your waist is not the best idea, as there is a high risk of injury to your ribs and spine if you fall.
The Scheme of the Figure-EightWhen pruning the crown and felling, it is necessary to clear the escape routes in advance. An assistant must control the fall of each cut branch using a tied rope, but no one is immune from the fact that the branch suddenly changes its trajectory.

Do not use a ladder. To fix yourself at a height, wrap the second sling twice around the trunk and pass your feet through the loops at its ends. Work is allowed only in closed clothing, glasses, and gloves. A hard hat must protect the head. Except for the chainsaw, also store about a hundred meters of sturdy rope for the guy ropes and keep a light hook at hand in case the branches clash.


Assessment of the Work Front, Crown Pruning

The major problem with felling trees is that it is impossible to predict how the crown mass is distributed. You cannot predict the trajectory of the fall, even if you cut the trunk correctly. To facilitate the process, do it in the spring or late autumn when the crown is very rare. The weather should be dry, and the tree should not be slippery after recent rain.

First, install the ladder and cut off all the lower branches within reach. The stepladder should be installed in such a way that the tree trunk is between it and the cut branch. The most convenient position, including when working without a ladder is when you hold the chainsaw with both hands while hugging the trunk.

Crown PruningKeep pruning the crown in sequence from the bottom up, so that the cut branches fall free and do not get tangled in the lower ones that have not yet been removed. You should tie the rope for which the assistant helps to control the fall 1-1. 5 meters from the trunk. Branches need to be cut so that there are branches of 30-40 cm long, which you can throw into safety slings or lean on your feet.
When the height of the stepladder is not enough, throw a foot sling on the most convenient branch or wrap around the trunk at the desired height, and then rest your feet in the loops. Locate it in a way that the sawing is at chest level or lower. By hugging the tree with one hand, double wrap the second sling (or chain) to secure the belt, connect the loops with a carabiner and tighten the clutch on it. 

The second helpful position is to turn your back to the trunk and stand with your feet on the branch being cut while cutting it off half a meter in front of you. Before you cut, adjust the length and height of the slings for greater convenience and make sure you have enough room to maneuver. After this, you can lift the chainsaw from the ground by a rope tied to the handle, while the binding location should be selected as far away from the tool controls as possible.


What to Do First: Roll or Trim?

The trees rarely require pruning or felling. You should cut the tree if, for example, gas pipes or power lines are near the crown. As we have already said, the primary purpose of pruning is to balance the tree, so it is unnecessary to trim the branches from the side where the blockage is planned.

The height of the tree is no less important. The trunk must be shortened if you can’t clear a section of the desired length under a tree. Before doing this, cut all the lower tiers of branches, occasionally you even have to cut branches from the side of the blockage. Sometimes the crown intertwines.

Neighboring trees often interfere while working in the garden and green spaces. If it is not dead wood, it is not advisable to touch them. It is much better to cut the branches in parts, starting with the one farthest from the trunk, which can be reached. Even if tiny fragments of branches get stuck in their own or neighboring crown, the assistant will pull them down and to the side.

You can say that you should start felling only if: 
  • The tree after processing its appearance clarifies that it will fall exactly as you need.
  • The height of the tree is 30-50% less than the length of the cleared area, similar to the width of the crown.
  • Nearby, there are other trees or stationary objects that can be attached to the guy ropes to guide the trunk when it falls.

How to Trim the Trunk?

Now you can go to the simplest part of the process and bring down the cleared trunk.

The principal task is to cut correctly.

Trimming the Trunk
From the side where you plan to cut down the tree, perform a chainsaw oblique cut from top to bottom on a third of the trunk’s diameter at an angle of 60°, as shown in the figure. Next, from the lower part, we make an incision straight or at an angle of 30° so that the result is a wedge. The tree will fall in the direction perpendicular to the bend line after knocking out the wedge, so it is desirable to make the joint of both saws as smooth as possible.

On the reverse side, we step up from the plane of the lower incision by 2/3 of the diameter of the trunk or more. We saw obliquely and downwards, directing the incision to the inner corner of the wedge-shaped cutting. As you get closer to the center, you will hear a distinctive crack, and the tree will list. Swiftly remove the saw from the expanding incision and move aside from the tree for five meters.

You need not tie any ropes and pull them, the trunk will fall by itself. Remember: nobody must stand in fell's direction. However, do not forget that it is still worth bracing the tree.


Sawing the Trunk and Uprooting the Stump

The only thing left is to clean up after work. You can’t leave the shrub and stump cut down as it is. First, cut off all the remaining branches with ones at their very base. Cut the forks across to remove both diverging parts with a single cut. Based on what tree you felled and how you aim to use the wood, cut the trunk into pieces using the available method of transportation.

The remaining stump is too tedious to root without help. By using a 16-20 mm wood drill, drill vertical holes in the trunk's section so deep that they go below ground level by 15-20 cm. Drill in staggered order with an interval of 5-7 cm. With a funnel and ramrod, fill the holes with ammonium nitrate to the top, cover the top with a piece of roofing material. By the next season, the stump will turn to dust, and you can remove its leftovers.



  1. First, use all the possible methods specified in the article in order to remove the tree for free. Only after this, consider removing the tree yourself.
  2. Removing a tree is a very dangerous activity. If you are not confident in your abilities or the tree is too big - do not try to do it yourself. If the tree is very large, interferes with electric lines or the tree is dilapidated - you can always cut it for free by contacting the city government or a charity.


  1. Start independent cutting of the tree only after studying all the nuances and important points in this matter.
  2. Any little thing in the theory of how to cut a tree can be very important. Consider all points.

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