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Tree Removal Advice?

Can I fell a sweetgum tree and uproot the stump by cutting through the roots and letting the tree's weight do the work?

By Randy from Brunswick, GA

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April 23, 20100 found this helpful

I don't think that will be enough. Plus it's not very safe, as you want to guide where the tree falls. Depending on the size, you might consider calling a tree service.

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January 17, 20120 found this helpful

I own a tree service so I have seen some pretty reckless attempts at tree felling but that would take the cake. You would have no control of the tree if and when it falls.

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December 28, 20160 found this helpful

I have taken dozens of trees down by digging around the base and pushing it over with a small excavator. I can control the direction of the falk and get the stump out all in one shot. I have taken down pine trees as big as 16".

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October 29, 20190 found this helpful

The easiest way to kill a sweetgum (that is clear of anything it can damage) is to "ring" the bark about 2 to 3 inches around the base. Remove bark down to the bare wood and coat with an herbicide.

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In two to three months the tree will be dead. THEN cut down. Wood will be easier to cut and handle than green wood. If desired wait longer and pick up parts as they fall. The tops usually fall first and then it is easier to finally fall the "log" part.

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