Tips For Cutting A Tree Down Safely

Posted on: 19 September 2022

Do you have a tree that has become an eyesore because it's dying or dead or a tree that is blocking your view or otherwise becoming an annoyance? If so, you might be thinking of cutting down that tree to take back your property. Tree cutting is a straightforward process once you know what you are doing, but it can also be dangerous if you do not properly prepare. Hiring a local tree-cutting service may be worth looking into, but if you want to try and do it on your own, here are some tips to keep in mind.

Measure the Tree as Much as You Can and Ensure It Will Fall Into a Clearing That Can Handle That Size

If you can reach the top of the tree with a ladder, consider measuring the full length of the tree from top to bottom. If the tree is higher than that, use your best estimation and then look around the tree for the best place to let it fall, ensuring there are no other trees, debris, structures, or anything else that might get in the way or cause damage to your property. You don't want the tree hitting something and sending a branch or something else flying upon impact.

Tie a Rope Onto the Middle of the Tree or Higher and Use a Friend Who is Standing Far Away

Never cut down a tree by yourself. Get at least one friend and tie a rope around the middle or upper middle of the tree. Make sure the rope is long enough that it can extend out of the drop or fall zone. Hand the rope to your friend and have them stand on the opposite side of where you want the tree to fall. The idea is the friend can pull back on the rope when the tree starts to fall in order to slow its fall and allow it to go down in a more controlled way. Use multiple friends on the rope if the tree is especially heavy or large.

Cut Using a V-Shape Notch Into the Side Where You Want It to Fall But Don't Go Into the Middle of the Tree

Cut a v-shape into the side of the tree where you want it to start falling. Don't cut into the middle of the tree though, just a v-shape-sized notch. Have your friend ready with the rope even during this part in case you cut too deep by accident.

Start Cutting on the Opposite Side of Your Notch and Stay Alert

Walk to the opposite side of your notch and cut through until you reach the notch and the tree should start to fall. Yell a warning like "timber" if there are other people watching nearby.

Use a Professional Tree Cutting Service for Best Results

If this sounds too complex there's no shame in getting professional help. Contact a tree-cutting service today.