how to cut a vertical tree branch

How to Cut a Vertical Tree Branch

Trees form an integral part of any property. Keeping your trees healthy and looking good is important.  One way to do this is by regularly trimming them.

This guide will help you learn how to cut a vertical tree branch correctly, along with proper tree branch cutting techniques.

How do You Know When a Vertical Branch Needs Trimming?

The branch may need trimming because it has become weighed down by leaves or extra growth. You may also need to trim it because:

  • The branch is diseased
  • Pests have infested the branch
  • The branch has become overgrown
  • The branch is dead

Once you know the branch needs trimming there are some steps you need to take to do the job effectively and safely.

Steps To Take Before Trimming

It is important to check the following before you start cutting.  This is important because this will determine what tools you need and if you need a ladder or not.

  • The cutting angle decides which way the branch falls. This is important so you can control were the branch falls.
  • Make sure there are no people nearby that the branch might hit.
  • Depending on the size of the branch you may have to use a chainsaw, pruning shears, or other types of tools. Make sure you use the right tool to reduce the risk of an accident.
  • Make sure your tools are clean, so they don’t infect the tree. Check they are sharp enough to cut through as well.
  • Always take precautions and wear protective clothing such as gloves and goggles when you can.

How To Cut A Vertical Tree Branch

Firstly, you should only attempt to cut the branch yourself if it is safe to do so. If the branch is too large for you to handle, too high, or is near a power line, then contact a professional to arrange for the tree to be trimmed.

Provided it is safe and you have everything you need, you can then cut the branch off.

When cutting the branch try to do the following:

  • Cut from the branch collar or branch bark ridge
  • Cut just past the branch collar
  • If the branch has a diameter of less than 1 inch, start from just behind the branch collar and cut at a 45-60 degree angle to the bark ridge
  • If you are cutting a thick branch, cut roughly 15 inches above the branch collar and then halfway into the bottom of the branch. Next, move slightly up from the last cut so that you can cut into the top of the branch. The final step is to make the final cut and the branch should fall.

Final Thoughts

If you follow these steps on how to cut a vertical tree branch, your job should be pretty straightforward.

In the event you are unsure, then contact Hidden Oak Tree Care, your professional tree service, to do the job for you.

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