The following contains some tips that could be used in the course of removing a tree with the constraints:
a) Removal by one person
b) No chain saw (reciprocating saw)
c) Tree cannot be felled in one swoop (environment too cramped)
While there are many good references for tree removal, most rely upon use of a chain saw and assume that the entire tree can be cut down. In this case the tree had to be removed piece-by-piece due to the lack of space in the yard. So we approached this like any other engineering project.
Following are the steps that I found to make the job a little . . . not easier but more manageable.
Step 1: Considerations (Skippable)
Things to consider when tackling this type of project:
- Do you have the time and energy to do this yourself?
- Do you have the time and energy to deal with landscapers or tree cutters?
(In my case it's hard to get a hold of landscapers especially in the Spring/Summer/Fall months)
- Will a professional need or use some type of vehicle or equipment that will tear up the rest of the yard?
(In my case they would have had to break open a hole in my fence to get equipment in)
- If you are considering doing it yourself, then . . .
- Does the tree have plenty of branches that you will be able to stand on?
(In my tree there were some good branches but also some voids)
- Is there a good place to lean a ladder against it?
(In my tree there were a few good ladder placement points along the trunk)
- Are there main branches that can be removed methodically?
(In my tree there were three major top branches that, when removed, would make the rest of the removal fairly manageable)
- Are there obstacles that falling branches could land on?
(I had a few fence panels that I had to think about, but nothing too terrible)
- Do you own or can you wield a chain saw?
(For me, no way)