8 Tips to Help you Safely Trim and Cut Down Trees

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Many homeowners will need to remove trees at some time in their lives. While trees offer a variety of different benefits to you, they can also pose some risks. If you have a tree in your garden that is in danger of falling or simply needs to be trimmed, you should try and find the best way to do this, whether it be hiring a professional or getting the right equipment. Here are some safety tips for anyone looking to trim or cut down a tree.

1. Wear the Right Safety Gear

Safety gear is one of the most important things to consider when cutting down a tree. Everyone working near a tree removal needs to wear a brightly colored vest so that they can stand out to the person cutting. In addition, you should always wear a helmet, earplugs while cutting, and a harness if you are leaving the ground. This gear can help save your life and avoid damage to your hearing.

2. Use Felling Wedges For A More Accurate Cut

If you are cutting down an entire tree, it is incredibly important to buy a felling wedge. This wedge can be pushed into a tree trunk to help encourage it to fall in the right direction. It will help prevent the tree from falling onto other objects, like your house. It will help make the cut more accurate and help minimize injury.

3. Clear a Cutting Zone

When cutting down a tree or a section of a tree, it is also important to clear out a cutting zone. If you do not have a clear path for a tree or limbs to fall, they could fall onto another tree and cause an unexpected domino effect. In addition, it could prevent you from cutting safely.

4. Size Up the Tree

It is important that you size up the tree. If it is a small tree you may be able to cut or trim it yourself. If you know the job is too big for you to handle, you may need to hire a professional to help you. Using a professional will help minimize risk to yourself and your property.

5. Plan the Notch

You should never just start by cutting into the tree. Planning is everything when it comes to cutting down a tree safely. The more you plan, the safer you and your surroundings will be. Start by planning the notch on the fall side of the tree to help show where the first cut should be. Draw the notch with spray paint to help minimize error.

6. Cut the Notch Carefully

Once you are happy with the notch, you can begin cutting it. Once you start the cut, it may be difficult to stop, so remember to cut exactly where you planned. This should be the first cut that you make to help minimize error and maximize safety when trimming an entire tree. 

7. Start Cutting Branches at the Trunk

When you are looking to cut or trim up your tree, you should never start by cutting the branches at the top. Start by cutting the branches near the trunk. When they fall, they will hit the ground. If you start at the top of the tree, the branches would fall onto other branches and likely get snagged. This would create a dangerous situation and put you, your helpers, and your surroundings in danger.

8. A Lookout Might Save Your Life

Never try to cut down a tree by yourself. You should always have a friend or professional help assist you. They can look out for falling limbs and any trees that may be falling in your direction. Another set of eyes can save your life.

Removing a tree is serious business, and if you think the tree is too large or you do not have enough experience, you may need to consult a professional. These safety tips can help save your life and should be followed by all if you want to safely remove or trim a tree.

If you’d like professional help planning your next tree job please reach out to use for a free estimate. Our team can safely remove your trees preventing damage that can easily occur when you try to cut down yourself.

Executive Tree Care bucket truck carefully taking down a tree
Executive Tree Care bucket truck carefully taking down a tree