How to Remove a Willow Tree

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How to Remove a Willow Tree
Pick a rain and wind free day to fell you willow tree. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Willow trees must be removed when they have experience serious winter damage or contract a fungal infection that does not improve. A willows tree not properly planted, or in a location that cannot accommodate its size must be removed for safety reasons and the health of the tree. Topping -- trimming the crown off -- a willow tree is never a good idea, because it will cause the demise of the tree. When a willow tree is cut down, remove the stump as well, or it will resprout.

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Things you need

  • Chainsaw
  • Hatchet
  • Landscaping bar

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  1. 1

    Walk to the side that you want your willow tree to fall. Make a 45 degree upward cut one-third of the diameter of the willow tree with a chainsaw. Cut 45 degrees downward to meet the first cut, creating a notch. You will end up with a V-shaped cut on the tree.

  2. 2

    Make a cut on the opposite side that goes right above the notch cut in the front. Cut straight through the tree and stop one-third of the way to get out of the way. The third cut releases the pressure that the first two cuts creates and causes the tree to fall.

  3. 3

    Cut up the willow into manageable pieces with your chainsaw or hatchet. Burn or throw away the willow wood.

  4. 4

    Dig a trench a few feet away from the base of the willow tree that is at least 6 to 12 inches deep. Cut the exposed willow roots with a pruning saw. Place a landscaping bar underneath the stump and push down with your body weight until the stump releases from the soil.

  5. 5

    Lay the stump on its side and remove any stubborn willow roots in the soil. Cut up the stump and dispose of the pieces.

Tips and warnings

  • Call a professional if your tree is near a utility line.
  • Avoid putting pieces of your willow tree in your compost if the tree succumbed to a fungal disease.

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