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Your Guide To Safely Cutting Down A Tree

Trees add shade and natural beauty to public landscapes and residential yards and are always an excellent addition to any space. But, trees are susceptible to insect infestations and diseases that can cause significant damage to these living organisms. They are also vulnerable to mother nature and can sustain structural damage from heavy wind, hail or rain.


Oftentimes, professional arborists like the team at Tree felling Cape Town can minimize the damage sustained or nurse a sick tree back to health to save it. However, there are also times when a tree has endured too much damage to be saved. If irreversible damage is causing the tree to be unstable and pose a danger to your safety or that of your property, it needs to be removed before it collapses. Here’s how to do it safely:

Wear Protective Gear Minimize the Risk of Injury


  • Helmets and face shields to protect you from falling branches and flying debris that can cause head injuries.
  • Gloves are essential to protect your hands from poisonous plants and cuts.
  • Thick protective clothing will protect you from poisonous plants, chainsaw debris and scraping against tree bark.
  • Safety glasses to shield your eyes from flying debris when using a chainsaw to cut tree branches.
  • Earmuffs will dampen the noise of cutting equipment to protect your ears.
  • Work boots to protect your feet from injury.

Steps to Take for Removing a Tree Safely


  • Evaluate the area surrounding the tree for deadwood, poisonous plants, insects, weak or broken limbs and power lines. This will enable you to determine which way the tree should fall.
  • Severe weather like wind, rain or hail will make tree removal more dangerous in which case it should be postponed.
  • Proper felling includes cutting a notch in the tree and guiding it down safely with a rope.
  • To remove the tree, it needs to be cut into smaller pieces. Professional tree fellers will start by removing the outside branches and working their way in.


If you have a tree on your property that needs to be removed, don’t try and do it yourself. Tree removal is dangerous and a job better left to professionals.