Lawn & Garden

Quick Tip: Felling a Small Tree

Here's a helpful tip you can use when you need to cut down a small tree. Make sure you wear proper safety gear and make three simple cuts. Make your first cut at a slight angle, no more than two thirds into the tree. Make a second cut to form a wedge. Then make a final cut on the opposite side, cutting into the wedge from above. Cut carefully and watch for the wind direction. The tree will fall safely away from you.

Caution: Be advised that a permit may be required, as in some areas environmental regulations dictate whether or not a tree can be cut down legally. If you are inexperienced with tree felling-especially if there are any roads, power lines, or buildings nearby-hire a professional.

For more on trees and shrubs, consider:

How To: Plant an Apple Tree
Radio: Shrub Success
Boxwoods: Maintaining Structure in Your Garden