Has your tree become an eyesore? What if you want to remove it –  but you aren’t sure whether you need to pay for a tree removal service or tree felling? (or is there even a difference?)

Perhaps you have a diseased, dying or dead tree that needs to be cut down. Is it tree felling or tree removal that we’re talking about?

If you think about it, trees are kind of like people. Each tree grows in a somewhat different way and has its own special features. So, for each tree, a different method of removal is required, and tree felling is one method among several.

Now your next question may be: “What method of tree removal in Ottawa is the suitable one for my tree?” Don’t worry, we have an answer to that question too!

The Four Different Types of Tree Removal

arborist cutting treeAs mentioned above, different trees require different methods of removal.

Tree Felling

The first method is removal by felling, which is the most common method. Felling a tree is a standard approach that calls for specialized workers to make calculated cuts at the base of the tree until the tree falls.


As the name suggests, workers set up a rigging cable and climb the tree, beginning the process of removal from the top first rather than the bottom. This method is more time-consuming than felling but is used if there’s no space for the tree in question to fall safely.
bucket truck tree felling

Bucket Truck Tree Removal

The bucket method is similar to the climbing method, but instead of having workers climb the tree, they’re lifted by a bucket truck (also known as a cherry picker). This method is useful if the tree is rotting and cannot support the weight of the workers.

Crane Tree Removal

This method is used if the arborist has determined that the felling, climbing, and bucket methods are too dangerous. Crane removal cuts out the workers’ direct involvement in the process since the crane just pulls the tree right out. This option is only used if no other methods can be done because it requires attentive planning and special equipment.

Planning a Tree Removal in Ottawa?

tree and chainsawWe’ve established the different methods of tree removal, but what factors go into deciding which method to use?

Before even going near a saw, tree experts examine the tree that needs to be removed and determines the best method of removal. The 3 main factors that influence the type of removal required are the height, width, and lean of a tree.

Next, the direction of fall is estimated. If there are structures nearby, such as utility lines and buildings, then their proximity to the tree is measured. The tree felling method won’t be recommended if the tree cannot safely make the fall.

If a tree can safely fall, then the fall zone is cleared of any potential hazards and anyone not directly involved in the tree removal is moved away for safety. Typically, the fall zone is the area surrounding the tree with its radius being double the height of the tree. Only once everything is cleared and all equipment is double-checked, can the removal process begin.

Frequently Asked Questions


Professional Tree Felling & Tree Removal in Ottawa

No matter what shape your tree is in, you can count on Croft Tree Experts to safely remove them.

We work hard to deliver the best results possible with our experienced and dependable team right here in Ottawa.

Before providing your free, no-obligation estimate, we’ll assess your property first and quote you based on your needs, making sure that you’re getting the best price for the best tree removal results.

Contact us today with full confidence that you’re receiving the finest tree removal service in Ottawa.