Better Cuts: The Secret To Tree Trimming

Posted on: 9 August 2022

Do you struggle to get the results you want when trimming a tree? The quality of a trim often comes down to the quality of your cuts. If you want to solve this problem easily, you can simply hire a tree trimming company to do the work for you. However, if you'd rather stick with the DIY approach, here are some tips you can follow for better cuts when trimming a tree.

Have the shears sharpened first.

When you make a cut with your trimming shears, you want them to slide through the branch easily. You don't want to have to open and close them a few times or make any sort of sawing motion while trimming. The best approach here is to have your shears sharpened before you start trimming. Many hardware stores offer this service, as do knife sharpening shops. 

Also, make sure you keep your shears as sharp as possible. Never cut into dirt or sand, as this may dull the shears. Store the shears closed, and always dry them off before storage to prevent rusting and dulling.

Be confident.

When you close the shears, do so with confidence and gusto. Don't hesitate or close the shears slowly, as they may not cut all the way through larger branches. If you're having trouble getting through the larger branches, you may want to ask a stronger friend to cut those ones for you. This is better than making jagged cuts that will look ugly and take the tree longer to heal.

Sanitize your shears.

Have you ever removed a tree branch, only to come back a few weeks later and find the cut area overgrown with mold or some sort of fungi? This can happen if you don't sanitize your shears. Sometimes, the disease may spread through the rest of your tree, which is surely not ideal.

You can sanitize your shears in one of two ways. The first option is to mix some bleach into a bucket of water. Dip your shears in, and swirl them around. The second option is to wipe your shears down with alcohol wipes. The prep pads designed for people to use on their skin prior to an injection work well.

If you take steps to make better cuts, you'll do a better job of tree trimming overall. Give the tips above a try, and if all else fails, you can always call a tree care company.

For more information about tree trimming, contact a local business.


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About a year ago, I realized that our front trees were starting to look a little funny. Some of the leaves were wilted, but we weren't anywhere near autumn. The bark on the trunk also seemed to be rotting away, which was frustrating and disappointing. Fortunately, a friend of mine told me to call a professional arborist for help. He came out, inspected the trees, and injected some special pesticides into the trunk. Within a few months, they started to look a lot better. Our arborist also trimmed our trees to reduce the weight load on the branches and to improve their shape. Check out this blog for information about tree trimming.