If you have a tree that you want to get rid of, it's important that you do it the right way. If you aren't careful, you run the risk of the tree coming down where you didn't expect it to. It could hit your house or your car. You are also at risk of hitting a power line, either with a tool or with the tree. So it's important to make sure that you are careful, and that you do it right.
The first thing that you are going to need to do before you can start taking down the tree is to make sure that you have the proper equipment. Once you start taking down the tree, you shouldn't stop, so having everything within arm's reach will make the job easier. The proper tools also include the right safety wear. You should have a hard hat, safety glasses, and heavy work gloves to protect your head, eyes, and hands. You should also make sure that you have steel-toed or study boots to make sure that your feet are protected. As for the rest of you, you should wear heavy jeans and a long sleeve shirt. The less skin you have uncovered, the better off you are.
For actually felling the tree, you are going to need to have a chainsaw with a sharp chain on it and a full gas tank. You should also have an axe or hatchet so that you can cut off any branches or any other parts of the tree that need to be removed in order to cut it down safely.
Once you have all the proper tools lined up, it's time to start thinking about where the tree is going to come down. You will need to look at the tree and see which way it is leaning; it will make it easier for you to take down if you go with its natural growth. You should also make sure that the path it's going to take isn't going to end up with the tree landing on anything, especially not on you. Once you have planned the tree's path, make sure that you have at least two ways to safety if the tree doesn't go the way you expect.
Cutting the Tree
Once you are ready to start cutting, you need first need to make a small notch on the side of the tree that is in the direction you want the tree to fall. That will weaken the tree on that side, making it more likely to fall that way. Then go around on the other side and start cutting down the tree. Start the cut for bringing down the tree higher up than the notch on the other side. When you get through the tree and it starts to come down, immediately turn off your chainsaw, and quickly back away from the tree so that you aren't near it while it's falling.
If you feel like you have the skill to do it, you can take down a tree safely. If you aren't sure that you can do it, or the tree is a big tree, you should hire a tree service like Pete & Ron's Tree Service to come take the tree down for you.