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Hello, I am Monica Grimbles. I recently tore up all of the grass outside of my home to create a fully edible landscape. The ability to eat all of the plants growing in my garden helps my family's journey to self-sustainability. After all, relying on the supermarket may not always be an option. Even if it is, the food you grow in your yard just tastes and feels so much better. I also like that I do not have to tend the grass to keep the yard green. I change out the plants each year to keep the yard looking fresh and renewed. I will share my plant selections, planting techniques and tools on this site to help others create an edible landscape. I will also discuss all of the ways our professional landscaper helped out with this fun project. Please come back soon.

Exploring Edible Landscape Designs

How To Naturally Remove A Tree

by Eugene Jones

Trees will naturally die on their own, but it takes decades (or a really bad storm) for this to happen. Additionally, any tree that has a direct fall line onto a house, fence, or other human-built structure is going to destroy property. If you want to remove a tree faster, do it naturally, and divert the fall of the tree away from anything that could be damaged in the fall, here is how to do it.

Step 1: Trim Several of the Branches

A tree without its leaves and branches is a tree that dies quickly. Either you or a landscaper needs to get up into the tree via a ladder or bucket truck and trim off as many of the branches as you can. You may have to repeat this until the tree shows signs of dying and/or simply stops attempting to compensate by growing more branches and more leaves.

Step 2: Determine the Natural Fall Line of the Tree and Diverting Its Fall Line

Every tree has a natural fall line. A tree service or a landscaper can look at the angle of a tree, then search for signs of an expanding root system. Most trees develop a slight to moderate lean as they grow. They will also have more roots expanding outward on the side of the tree that is counter to the leaning side. 

To divert the natural fall line of the tree, you will first need to harness the tree on the heavy root side. This requires using very strong cables or ropes and sturdy vertical posts that will not be uprooted by the force of the falling tree. Then you will need to add a few more harnesses for the direction you want the tree to fall, taking into consideration the height of the tree and its potential for bouncing a few extra feet as it lands. Then uproot some of the roots from the root-heavy side of the tree. Sever almost all of these roots, which not only support the tree but provide it with nutrients.

Step #3: Waiting for a Powerful Wind Storm

Without the majority of its leaves, branches, and roots, the tree will slowly wither and die. It may take a few months, but once it is there, a powerful wind storm should be able to push the tree over. Your harnesses will help the tree fall where you want it to, with very few deviations. If you get absolutely no wind storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, etc. where you live, you can take a front loader construction truck and give it a nudge in the right direction until gravity takes over.

For professional assistance with removing a tree, contact a landscaping service like Lakeridge Landscaping & Tree Service.