Cutting Down a Palm Tree

Home Remodel Time

We’re back on the front yard of our home remodel of the home we owned from 2008-2011.

After we broke down part of the wall in the front yard, we Kyle had to get rid of this palm tree:

Why, you ask? Well, to put it simply, we just weren’t feelin’ it. It just didn’t belong, and it was right smack dab in the middle of the yard. It didn’t make sense to have it there, or keep it there.

So Kyle tied a rope around about halfway up so I could control the direction it fell:

And took a very dull bladed chain saw:

And sawed away at the thing for quite some time:

After sawing at both sides to the middle, it fell down, and Kyle stood triumphantly atop it:

Then we still had to get rid of the bottom half:

We dug and dug and dug around the trunk, but it was almost impossible. There are so many thick root stems jettying deep into the ground, and the thing was so thick around. I never ever want to tear out a palm tree ever ever ever again.

After hacking away for a long time, we finally were able to push it down so we could cut the roots underneath.

Once that was done, Kyle used the chain saw to chop the tree trunk into a bunch of pieces. We then bought a few truck loads of castle bricks to create a new retaining wall to extend the grassy area we were going to have. Kyle and I found dirt on craigslist that various people were trying to get rid of, and we shoveled and brought home about 10 or 11 full truck loads of dirt. We filled the palm tree hole and filled in the retaining wall with our free found dirt. It also took about 3 truck loads to the dump to get rid of the palm tree pieces (which is quite expensive after awhile). But it would have cost a lot more money to have the palm tree removed professionally.

And if you’re wondering, yes, we did build the wall and put dirt right over the existing cement. We didn’t really have a choice. Well, we could have rented a jack hammer. Boy that would have been a fun day! Or should I say month? We were so not going to do that. No way Jose. So we extended our lawn over a sidewalk. Yep. And it worked out just fine 🙂

I also started to create a brick stairway around the yard with more castle bricks, but I ended up changing that like 3 times before I was content with it. More to come on that later.

Have you ever had a horribly exhausting project like this that you never want to do again?

Catch up on all our front yard updates:
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9 (Coming Soon!)

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5 Responses to 'Cutting Down a Palm Tree'

  1. Oh wow! That tree was huge! You guys did an awesome job tearing it up!
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  2. Vicki says:

    That looks like such hard work!! I found myself looking at the pics and thinking, how on earth did you get those photos so high up???? I have to know!
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  3. hmmm…lawn over sidewalk eh? Either thats a whole lot of free dirt layered on top or how do you get the roots to grow deep? Probably don’t have to worry about it if the temp is always moderate (not too hot so that you have to water 90 times a day and not too wet so that you don’t have soggy, no where to go water).

    That tree slaughtering was something else. I’m curious how you got the high up photos too!
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