Tree Removal: Up, Up, and AwayShaun McDonough doesn't take down trees. He takes them up, literally. In the tight quarters of a suburban backyard (such as the one at the Winchester project house), instead of cutting off limbs and dropping them, this tree removal expert uses a crane to lift them over the house and to the ground. "It's safer for the landscape," says McDonough. "We can avoid flattening adjacent shrubs and fences, not to mention tearing up the lawn." Using a crane also makes the job go faster: In just four hours, the three-man crew removed three large maples and two smaller hemlocks.