Best Ways to Attach a Clothesline to a Tree

Laundry on a clothesline

Some people still use a clothesline to dry their clothes. Much of the time it is because they like the fresh smell of naturally-dried laundry or they are conscious of energy costs. But installing a clothesline 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:

1. Attach to a Tree Limb

If you have a tree in your yard, and if the tree is sturdy, try attaching your clothesline 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 clothesline will likely sag more than you might like.

2. Attach 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 staple you have to drive into the tree. This will likely cause sap to run out of the tree, and may even kill the tree. Instead, simply tie the line around the tree, above a lower branch if possible to keep it from sliding down the trunk.