How do you take down a tree this big? (With Before and After)

1. You don’t, you hire experts to do it.
The folks at Adirondack Tree Experts did an amazing job from start to finish.

2. You need lots of equipment.

3. And brave, talented humans.

4. Who take it down in pieces.

5. And do it very carefully.
Not only did this guy have to hang from the trees but they needed to lift each piece up and over the power line.


     Can you believe how close it was to the house?

13 thoughts on “How do you take down a tree this big? (With Before and After)

  1. ArchitectDesign™ September 15, 2010 / 4:43 pm

    wow -any foundation issues in the basement? thats crazy! Here in dc don't forget to add that we need hard to get permits to take down any tree over a certain size. They don't make it easy!


  2. Mary September 15, 2010 / 4:55 pm

    I just kept thinking how spectacular the autumn colour will be in your street…


  3. Ti September 15, 2010 / 5:29 pm

    I'm so glad you took that tree down. We had a tree like that. It wasn't as close to our house as this one was to yours, but it fell down on Christmas Eve and blocked the entire street. All of those folks trying to get out of the cul de sac for Grandma's Fruit Cake…what a mess.

    The good thing is that we found out it was actually a city tree so we did not have to pay for it and it didn't hurt or crush any cars. I'll never forget the sound it made when it fell though.


  4. music-books-steve September 15, 2010 / 5:48 pm

    We've taken one (front yard)tree down and have two in the backyard that are not long for this earth. It was sort of sad because they anchored the house but we are happy for the extra sun.


  5. Thomas at My Porch September 15, 2010 / 6:31 pm

    Stefan: We don't think there is any foundation damage. But its proximity means that we could have the stump ground out. And you are certainly right about the permit. They aren't necessarily hard to get they are just reallllly expensive. Cost more for the permit than for the actual removal.

    Mary: This will be our first autumn on this street so it will be interesting to see.

    Ti: Everytime there is storm here in DC these things fall and shed huge branches.

    Steve: We love trees, in fact tends to like them more than people. But we also want sun for the yard and garden. So we have two more in back that we are going to take down in the not too distant future.


  6. Frances September 15, 2010 / 7:42 pm

    Much better view of the house! And none of those pesky worries that tree will crash through your roof and kill you while you sleep. :) Been loving your posts lately especially the use of arrows. Just out of curiosity, are they going to chip out the stump for you too? I mention this because we had a tree like this taken down a few years back and they did not. Came back and did it for an additional fee though.


  7. Amy September 15, 2010 / 8:41 pm

    Wow, that looks like quite the adventure! I certainly wouldn't want to be hanging up there next to the power lines!


  8. Bibliophile By the Sea September 15, 2010 / 10:20 pm

    Now that you have the process down pat, you can do the next one yourself…LOL

    Looks like it needed to so, yikes the was husge and close to the roof.


  9. Darlene September 16, 2010 / 8:22 am

    Brave men indeed! My husband hates the thought of climbing a chair to change a lightbulb!

    Having that massive tree trunk out of the way really opens up the view of your house. I'm really enjoying the process, and progress, of making this lovely house your home.


  10. Stefanie September 16, 2010 / 10:53 am

    Wow, that was a huge tree and so close to the house! Those tree people did a great job though.


  11. Thomas at My Porch September 16, 2010 / 11:54 am

    Frances: They recommended that we not chip out the stump because it was so close to the window well.

    Amy: The guy up in the tree made it look almost fun. He was very good at what he did.

    Bibliophile by the Sea: I don't think I will trying it any time soon.

    Darlene: It really does make it seem like a different house.

    Stefanie: You have to wonder how the previous owners let it get so big in that location.


  12. Sonia September 16, 2010 / 12:15 pm

    Hello. I live in the North of Africa, in a little Spanish town called Melilla (yes, it is in Africa, but it is European, at the moment). It does not rain very much round here, so I don´t know what I´d have done with that enormous, beautiful, old tree if it had been dangerous for me or my family, because here we don´t have so many trees as you have where you live. Here, in Spain,I have seen people fighting the police because a few trees had to be taken down and nobody wanted them to disappear. Here, in Melilla, it is so sunny almost everyday that one single tree is a treasure. But I respect your decision. Whatever, I really enjoy your blog, it is one of the best among those I follow. You seem to be a very sensitive person. And I am a compulsive, desperate reader too. They are my real love (my husband shouldn´t read this). Congratulations. Best wishes.


  13. makedoandread September 17, 2010 / 12:21 am

    Wow, that is one impressive tree. You must get so much more light in there now – more to read by, perhaps?


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