Having trees on your land can be a great way to experience nature, but over time, some of the trees might grow too close to the house or obstruct vision of the road. Cutting down a problematic tree can seem like a pretty straightforward activity, but ensure you do these things before you begin to use your saw.

Know What You'll Do with the Wood

Cutting down trees creates another issue to address: what to do with the wood. If you have the time and are feeling entrepreneurial, you can chop up the tree you've cut and offer firewood to the public for a certain amount of dollars per stack. However, you may be able to arrange for the wood to be taken to a nearby lumber mill. Some mills are willing to pay you for this action.

Call Utilities

One of the things your city might require before cutting is to call the different utility companies in the neighborhood. They will be able to send out an employee who can use various instruments to find out whether your tree's roots have wrapped around or otherwise interfered with underground utility lines. If so, you will have to contact a professional for further direction.

Uproot Stumps

If you're sawing down trees yourself, your first thought might be about saving yourself some time and effort by leaving the stump in place. If it's determined that some of the tree roots are stuck between utility lines, you may also want to leave the stump there. However, you must know that this can allow the tree to start growing again because you haven't disrupted the root system. As the years pass and time goes on, the tree might ultimately regain its former height. Not only that, but because the roots are still alive, the stump can absorb soil nutrients, which may be problematic for other plants in the area.

A solution to this regrowing problem is sometimes thought to be the regular cutting of any sprouts that attempt to grow, but this can create busywork that you just don't feel like dealing with. It might make more sense for you to have a professional take the stump out of the soil so you don't have any additional problems.

Knowing the information here can help you to better comprehend what should and shouldn't be done when removing trees. Call a tree services expert to talk about getting rid of some trees and caring for the remaining shrubs and stumps on your land.