Tip Of The Day - 8/24/05 - Pruning

Discussion in 'Industry Surveys & Polls' started by Sean Adams, Aug 24, 2005.

  1. Sean Adams

    Sean Adams LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,597

    Large tree branches should be pruned using a 3 step process to avoid stripping the bark from the tree trunk as the branch falls away

    1 - use a pruning saw and make a small, shallow cut through the bark on the underside of the branch several inches from the trunk

    2 - starting at the top side of the branch and a few inches farther out than your undercut, cut all the way through the branch

    3 - make a final clean cut to remove the stub; make the cut just outside the branch collar, the swollen area where the branch joins the trunk
  2. Critical Care

    Critical Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,654

    Amen. Unfortunately what happens is that a lot of us are trying to prune off large limbs with a small pruning saw while standing on top of a wobbly ladder. Hey, it's not always an easy job, and it can take us what seems like eternity to cut through large branches. So instead of doing things right, we opt to take short cuts. We make one cut, while grunting and groaning even with that. The limb cracks and falls down to the ground but along with it a long strip of bark also tears off, leaving a bad looking wound in the tree. "Oops!" But that surely is what will happen if you don't follow the steps as Sean pointed out... as painful as it may be.
  3. lampeslawnservice

    lampeslawnservice LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 323

    Be careful on those ladders. Just picked up a new client whose husband was a general contractor that fell off a roof or ladder did not get specifics and broke his neck. He's no longer with us.
    Also limbs trimmed under 1/2" in diameter will do much less damage to the plant than anything larger.
  4. GFTC

    GFTC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 104

    Or.....call a Certified Arborist. :p
  5. DLS1

    DLS1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,618

    Forget the pruning saw. Use a chain saw or long handle pole chain saw.
  6. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,925

    Exactly. Larger trees are more forgiving of a power saw than the small trees. Same senerio but using a power saw.
    Good tip.

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