The Do’s and Don’ts Of Safely Cutting A Tree

Cutting a tree whether it is diseased, damaged, or taking up extra space that you want to use for something else, is not an easy task. This specific task requires proper planning, safety and, execution. If you don’t know what and how to do this task, you should better leave it to professionals, but if you are considering doing it yourself then make sure you read this article and take points on what to do and don’t.

Always Know Your Limits

If you don’t have all the safety gear, proper knowledge, and experience to handle a chainsaw or any other equipment related to tree cutting then you should never do this task on your own, tree cutting requires proper planning and all safety precautions should be taken properly, it’s not a task that you do whenever you are feeling good or motivated. Make sure to check weather conditions before you plan to take down a tree.

Don’t Neglect Safety Gear

No matter on which size of a tree you work on a large or small, do not ever take your safety for granted. Even if you feel like you don’t need safety gears for a specific size of tree or job, it should be always your top priority to wear and have all the safety gears by your side in order to protect you from any harm. These safety gear must include:

  • Goggles that can protect your eyes.
  • Ear Plugs to save you from extra or loud sounds.
  • A safety hat to protect your head.
  • Safety Gloves to protect your hands from scratches and injuries.
  • Pants a Full-sleeved Shirt.

Choose The Right Equipment

Always know which equipment to use for a certain type of size of the tree, if a tree is small then it is possible to use an ax for cutting it down. But if you are planning to take down a large tree whose diameter is about 18 to 20 inches in measurement, then you should use a chainsaw and, before using it make sure you know how to properly handle it and have all your safety concerns intact. Don’t try to cut all the way through the trunk of the tree because if you will do that then you possess a great danger to yourself because the tree will ultimately fall on you before giving you time to flee.

Don’t Cut Blindly

Make sure to always check your surroundings, always analyze how the tree you are cutting will fall, check if it is too close to your home, parking area, or fence and when you calculate the right area where the tree will fall then are good to go, but, if you feel you are unable to observe these types of change then calling a professional service should be your first priority.


After observing and these precautions you can start cutting your tree, make sure you plan your route to escape. Start cutting with a notch don’t cut all the way through the trunk because results will be devastating, make sure to leave 10 percent of the trunk so you will able to make your final moves with a proper time to leave the site before the falling. If you still feel uncomfortable in any of these steps, then contact a licensed arborist to do this hard work for you.

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