Best Ways to Attach a Clothes Line to a Tree

Some people still use a clothes line to dry their clothes. Much of the time it is because they like the fresh smell of naturally dried laundry. But installing a clothes line isn't always an easy thing to do. One of the greatest challenges in setting up one of these clotheslines is in attaching its ends securely. One answer to that problem is to attach your clothesline to a tree. Here's what to do and what not to do:

Attaching to a Tree Limb

If you have a tree in your yard, and if the tree is sturdy, try attaching your clothes line to one of its limbs. First, you'll need to choose a limb sturdy enough that it will not bend when the weight of wet clothes on your clothesline pull on it. Next, you'll need to know something about tying knots. If you tie a knot that slips, your clothes line will likely sag more than you might like.

Attaching to a Tree Trunk

If your tree doesn't have a limb close enough for you to reach, you can tie your clothesline to the tree trunk. However, don't attach it with a nail or a staple that you have to drive into the tree. This will likely cause sap to run out of the tree, and may even kill the tree.