Landscaping 101: 3 Interesting Ways You Can Remove a Tree

Nature can be a wonderful thing, right? It’s beautiful, serene, calming - and sometimes more than a little obtrusive. Don’t get me wrong, I love to be out in nature as much as anyone, maybe even more than most people.


The problem is that nature is wild by definition. It grows when and wherever it wants, sprouting up all kinds of plants in almost any setting - seriously, I’ve seen a full on the tree which went unnoticed until it grew out the top of a 30ft drainage pipe.

When this happens, it can cause all kinds of problems. Tree roots can spread and begin to affect house foundations, pulling them apart and creating cracks in the walls and ceilings of the property above. Other times a stubborn weed patch will keep on coming through, ruining the look of your garden, or a couple of large trees may be in the way of your new building project.

Whatever the problem, we’ve got you covered today with our 3 interesting tree removal methods. Keep in mind the type of tree, it’s size and age will all have an impact on how easy or difficult it is to remove. For advice, check out

1. Girdling


This method works because it interrupts the flow of sap from the top of the tree to the bottom. Applying some kind of herbicide or tree-killer greatly speeds the process up too, but it is possible to do naturally. However, it isn’t always totally reliable and this method does take a while to kill the tree - sometimes weeks, other times its months.

Firstly you carve out a strip which is roughly 5 inches long and runs around the entire width of the trunk. Cut around 1 inch deep on average, adjusting for thinner/thicker trees. Try to keep the strip straight. Once complete, cut a second strip a few inches above or below the first, again trying to keep it straight.

You also need to apply your herbicide/tree killer to these strips, preferably when freshly carved. It can be best to coat the first strip before carving the second. Over the next few weeks, the tree should begin to starve and die slowly.

2. The Slice & Coat Method


Check the packaging for your herbicide, as it should have a recommendation for a slice/coat or hack/squirt method. This involves making a deep, downwards angled cut into the tree trunk. Once complete, you can apply the herbicide and let it do its thing.

The number of cuts and the placement will be mentioned on your tree killer packaging. If not, try to cut roughly all around the trunk but at slightly different heights (for safety), then apply your herbicide.

3. Treating the Stump


The final method involves simply cutting the tree down. This is reliable but it leaves a stump which will still be alive. This means the tree could grow back! Besides this, there are other reasons to remove a stump too.

Once the tree is down, the easiest way to take care of the stump is to immediately treat the freshly exposed sapwood with a tree killing solution or herbicide.

About the Author Laura Bennett

Hello, I’m Laura Bennett. I love nature especially when it comes to flowers and different kinds of plants. I started a very small garden behind my house and I named it Humid Garden. So, I created this blog to provide aspiring and inspiring thoughts about gardening for gardeners and anyone who has the intention of keeping a garden.

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