How to Use a Pole Pruner

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A pole pruner allows gardeners to cut tall branches comfortably without a ladder. Because of the extended reach, the pole pruner also provides protection when cutting thorny bushes and trees. Some pole pruners come with special blades made solely for pruning dried out and dead branches. Pole pruners are made with strong teeth for holding branches tightly within their jaws while cutting. Pole pruners make pruning trees a lot easier and a lot safer.

Things You'll Need

  • Pole pruner
  • Squeeze the trigger on the pole pruner's hand grip to release the individual poles allowing them to be adjusted to different lengths. The hand grip must be opened when making tube adjustments.

  • Lock the middle tube in place when it is completely closed or fully extended. A fully extended middle tube adds extra length to the pole pruner.

  • Extend the third or end tube every 25 cm. over the length of the tube. It allows you to lock the tube in place at a desired height. In order to use the pruning shears, each tube must be locked in place and the hand grip must be open.

  • Reach the extended pole pruner up towards the branches on the tree's upper half. When your pole reaches the intended branch, squeeze the hand trigger on the bottom end of the pruner.

  • Continue to grip the branch until the blade cuts through it. You might need to make several cuts in the branch in order to weaken it. Once there are a sufficient amount of cuts, the weight of the branch should cause it to break.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure the blade on your pole pruner is sharp for best results.
  • Always wear goggles when you prune tree branches up high to prevent debris from falling into your eyes.

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