How to Properly Cut Down a Tree

If you have a pesky tree in your yard, you may be inclined to cut it down. Whether it’s just an ugly tree or one that is blocking too much of your window view, cutting down a tree is something that can be risky and tedious if you don’t know how to go about it. Believe it or not, there is a right way to cut down a tree, specifically to avoid doing the things that can be dangerous for the people in the area or your house itself. A tree has to fall, but it has to fall correctly to be safe.

The first thing you should do is determine which direction you want the tree to fall, obviously. Clearly you want it to fall away from your house and away from roads, and pretty much anything else that could be potentially damaged by falling timber. That said, it may seem difficult to force a tree to fall in a desired direction, but it is not as difficult as you think.

In order to influence the direction a tree falls, you should cut a notch that goes roughly halfway through the tree on the side you want it to fall. Provided that the tree’s branches are roughly symmetrical, the tree will be more likely to fall in the direction you cut this notch, and you can further nudge the tree in this direction by tying a rope to the top of it that pulls towards the direction you want.

After that you will begin to saw from the other side of the tree. Provided you cut the notch on the first side properly, the tree should begin to lean away from you when you start cutting close to it. If it instead leans towards you, maybe even binding your saw blade, it could be prudent to have some assistants so you may lean the tree the proper direction. That said, it’s rarely a good idea to cut down a tree by yourself, so get some people to help you if you can.

When the tree begins to fall, be sure to step to the side as quickly as you can, since the butt of the tree can kick out and injure you if you aren’t careful. Of course, there’s really no ‘safe’ place to take cover, since branches can easily snap while a tree falls as well. Just be alert as you go about your business so you can avoid any particularly nasty surprises during tree fall.

In the end, cutting a tree properly isn’t truly all that difficult. It can even be considered relatively simple, but you still have to make sure you do it right to avoid complications and potential hazards. As long as you stick to common sense and logic, you can avoid most the inherent dangers that come with cutting down a tree. For more proper tree trimming techniques and methods, contact My Tree Service Dallas for more information.

Written By Melissa Lewis