Tree Trimming Tool Guide

Keeping your trees properly trimmed is the key to ensuring both their health and ongoing attractiveness. Most trees respond well to annual trimming, typically in late winter or early spring, because this prevents them from becoming overgrown or producing a weak framework. The right tools are also a necessity for a well-pruned and healthy tree. This guide can help you understand what tools you need and how to use them.

Pruning Shears

Shears are used for smaller branches and shrubby growth. Spring-handled bypass shears work well for small branches, such as on a rose or small flowering trees, that are smaller in diameter than a pencil. These have two sharpened blades and a spring in the handle so that they are easily operated with one hand. Larger pruning shears are also available, which work best on branches up to the same size as the diameter of a finger. The largest style, lopping shears, are operated by two hands and can cut quite thick branches.

Hedge Shears

These come in both manual and motorized varieties. They are used for creating flat edges on large evergreen shrubs or on a hedge. The manual variety looks like a big pair of pruning shears, but you hold both handles to move the blades. The motorized types are generally electric, although gas models are available. They have a toothed chain blade, similar to a small chainsaw. The flat of the blade is passed over the hedge when trimming.

Pruning Saw

This saw has fine teeth and a narrow curved blade. A good saw should be narrower at the end furthest from the handle. This allows it to fit into tight spots so you can cut out deadwood and crossed branches. Pruning saws are used on branches that are too thick for your shears.

Pole Saw and Pole Pruners

Just like it sounds, pole saws are pruning blades fitted to the top of a pole. These are used for branches that you can't reach. Pole pruners are similar, except there are pruning shear blades instead of a saw at the end of the pole. The blades are operated with a lever at the bottom of the pole. This makes it safer to cut overhead since you won't need a ladder, but you will still have to make sure that you are out of the way of any falling branches.

Although the right tools make tree trimming easier, don't hesitate to bring in a professional tree trimmer if you have any concerns. If your trees are badly overgrown, consider having a professional trim first so it is easier for you to maintain the plants on your own in the future. Contact a company like All Around Landscape & Tree Service for more info.