Laurus nobilisis is the scientific name for the bay tree, which is often called a bay laurel or a sweet bay. These evergreen trees make suitable selections for ornamental plantings due to their small size. Bay trees reach a mature size around 10 feet tall, although they may grow as tall as 60 feet in their native habitat. This variety of tree frequently produces suckers, making some bay trees difficult to eradicate from your landscape.
Examine the area around your bay tree. Remove any nearby objects that may present a hazard, such as patio furniture or birdbaths.
Cut off the lower branches of your bay tree with a limb saw. This will allow you to get in close when cutting down the tree. Remove any loose or broken branches that hang overhead and pose a risk of injury.
Stand under your tree to determine the direction of lean. Most trees display a slight lean, indicating their most likely direction to fall. Remove tall vegetation around your tree to provide an escape route when felling the tree. Pull out any vines or other plants that may catch your feet, causing you to lose your balance.
Stand at a 45-degree angle from the direction of lean. Make a single horizontal cut with your chain saw near the base of your bay tree. Step back from the tree as soon as your blade cuts through the trunk. Simultaneously, release the button on your chain saw, causing the blade to stop turning.
Remove the fallen tree from your yard. Rake up any broken branches or fallen leaves to minimise the possibility of bacterial or fungal growth in your yard.
Dig around the outside edges of the protruding trunk, making a hole about 8 inches deep. Use an axe to cut the trunk off near the bottom of your hole. Cut off any exposed roots. Pull the embedded trunk and any cut root sections from the soil. Fill in the hole with the removed soil, creating an even surface.
Cut off any small suckers with a pair of pruning shears. Snip the small shoots off near the surface of the soil, removing the entire exposed portion. Mow the area to eradicate any small, hidden suckers.
- Floridata: Laurus Nobilis
- Royal Horticultural Society: Bay Tree
- University of Missouri: Felling, Bucking and Limbing Trees
- "The Green World"; Gail M. Lang, Ph.D.; 2007
- Avoid cutting trees that grow near power lines or show signs of rotting. These potentially hazardous situations require the expertise of a professional tree removal service.