There are a variety of reasons you may want to remove a tree on your property. Perhaps the tree (or a group of trees) is blocking the view to a gorgeous landscape or natural beauty. A very important point to bring up is to make sure when you plant trees on your property to plant them very consciously. Be sure not to plant them near any power lines, or in a location where growing into power lines could become a possibility. Be sure to allow plenty of space between the tree and your home for the roots to grow without damaging the foundation of your house. This also includes being close to driveways, septic tanks, and other structures near your home. Preventing these damages is much easier (and cheaper) than tree removal and repairing these structures in the future.
The most important point, however, is to always maintain a safe environment for you and your family. If you notice a change in the condition of your trees that may indicate that it is sick or becoming dehydrated, call a professional immediately. This will prevent any accidents that could happen from a fallen branch. That being said, when you do decide to remove a tree, be sure that an experienced tree cutting service or contractor either performs the job, or gives you proper instruction on how to do it yourself with the proper safety precautions taken.
One of the most important factors in pruning is having a sharp tool to work with. Dull pruners or saws make the job more difficult and will likely leave a tree with poor cuts and damaged bark and tissue.
For smaller branches hand pruners can take care of a good portion of pruning small trees. For larger cuts loppers or pole pruners can be used. Hand saws may be required for the largest cuts on a young tree.
Ladders are used to reach taller areas of the tree where a pole pruner or pole saw cannot reach. Using ladders involves greater risks. Hundreds of homeowners are injured or killed each year using ladders to cut their trees. Understanding when to call a professional is important. Tree work is inherently dangerous. Working at heights with sharp tools is hazardous even for trained professionals.
When making a pruning cut it is important to establish the correct angle of the cut and the correct position of the cut. The angle should follow the direction of the limb which is cut back to. The position of the cut should be made beyond the branch bark ridge to allow better wound closure. Flush cuts are not appropriate because they increase decay and delay callus formation at the pruning location. Stubs should also be avoided because they inhibit the trees ability to close over the wound and encourage decay.