How to prune large trees

Your family has some pretty big trees.  You find that its branches are too large to take up all the other plants in your garden. Or you feel uncomfortable when their branches touch the roof of your home and make loud noises that keep you up at night. To solve this problem, you plan to hire a worker to cut the branches but when you know the price of their cutting, you have to give up. Does your house have the best pruning saw? Why don’t you cut the branches you want with it? Pruning saws are a commonly used tool. I’m sure you all have seen them somewhere already. It supports you to trim branches especially large branches efficiently and easily. However, using and cutting properly is not well known. If you are new, you will face even more challenges.

Understanding your concerns, in this article, I will show how to cut large trees easily and efficiently. If you’re just a beginner, you can easily do that. Are you curious? I don’t take much of your time anymore. Let’s start exploring.


Time suitable for pruning

Winter is the best season for tree pruning work (late winter is best). Why? Because as you know, winter is the time of deciduous trees. You can see the bad branches or touch your house. And in particular, when you’re done cutting. Then the season will come, the leaves and flowers will sprout and grow quickly, which will not accentuate your cut and lose the aesthetics of the tree.

How to pruning

Step 1: Locate the dead and bad branches that you want to cut. Locating dead branches is quite simple. On the outside, it will have a completely different color from the other branches. Moreover, in that branch, leaves or buds cannot grow. Besides, according to experts, the U-shaped limbs on the branches are healthy and should remain on the tree. You should only remove limbs with V-shaped branches.

Step 2: You start with the first cut. You use a pruning saw to cut from the underside of the branches upwards. The pruning saw is quite outstanding, ensuring that you can cut up to 18 inches deep easily and effortlessly. You should also note that for safety, you should wear some protective equipment such as gloves, glasses, … Moreover, If you are trimming on high branches, you need to use a ladder or zipper to ensure safety

Step 3: After the first cut, it’s time for your second cut. Make a second cut slightly further on the branch from the first cut. This time, you cut across the branch from above. Before making the final cut, you need to determine the position of the branch collar that is usually at the end of the branch that is close to the trunk. Be careful when trimming just outside the branch collar. Because, if not a little careful, you can mistakenly cut into other important parts of the nearby tree. Moreover, if the collar of the branch is intact after pruning, the cut will be more effectively sealed and the stem tissue may not decay.

Step 4: After cutting the branches at the top. Now it’s time for you to cut the branches under the tree where you have difficulty walking. Continue using the pruning saw to cut them.

Step 5: Note: You need to be aware that cleaning your saw with a dedicated disinfectant after you prune each tree to help prevent the spread of disease from tree to tree. That helps your saw to be used longer without rust and damage.

The specific steps are as follows:

First, you need to pour a small portion of the bleach solution into the water (remember to mix well). Then rub the mixture on the saw blade and let it stand for a few minutes. Follow that with a dishwashing detergent mixture and water. Finally, you need to clean the blade with clean water and wipe dry completely with a clean towel.

Common mistakes when pruning trees

Cut branches too short: Many gardeners have a habit of cutting branches to the stem of the tree. That should not be. As you know, the collar is responsible for forming scar tissue for the tree. This means it helps the tree grow and recover after each pruning. If you cut into the branch collar, the tree will take a long time to recover. When you see rotten holes in a tree trunk or ugly wounds that ruin the aesthetics of a tree, you will know how serious the consequences of a collar cut will be.

Impact of old branches: As I said above, the branch collar is supposed to help heal the cut. Of course, it only works on the branches that it covers and preserves it. Therefore, if a branch of your house is having problems like the first one is to cut off the collar. It will affect the restoration and healing of nearby branches. Therefore, you must be especially careful when cutting.

Failure to cut relief: If you do not make relief cuts and remove most of the weight of the limb before cutting branches near the trunk, your branches are at risk of splitting. This can make the wound on the trunk more susceptible to disease. And easily destroyed by insects. In particular, they will take longer to heal.

In conclusion

I have finished showing about how to trim a large branch and some common mistakes when cutting. Have you found the above information helpful to you? I hope they are useful and necessary for you.

Final notes I want to remind you. You should only cut about 25 percent of the branches per year. That helps the tree to balance. Besides, you should limit pruning of the upper branches because it is not only dangerous for the cutter but also worsens the aesthetic of the tree. Ultimately, thank you for taking the time to read through this article.

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