How to Cut Tall Tree Limbs


Pruning or trimming the limbs of a tree is sometimes necessary for the tree's health or for safety reasons. Careful thought must go into pruning any tree, as improper pruning can damage a tree and leave it susceptible to insects and disease. By following sound trimming procedures, however, you can safely trim your tall trees and keep them healthy.

Things You'll Need

  • Pole saw
  • Identify the branch you want to trim. Find the branch collar, the point at the bottom of the branch where branch joins the stem.

  • Make a shallow cut on the bottom of branch with a pole saw just outside the branch collar. Avoid cutting into the branch collar.

  • Make a second cut on the top of the branch, just outside the first cut. Cut all the way through the branch. This will leave a short stub.

  • Cut off the stub as close as you can to the branch collar without cutting the collar itself.

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