Here's how to prune your tree without taking a big swath of tree bark along with it. Safely remove midsized branches for a healthier, better looking tree. It's as simple as 1-2-3.
By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine:May 2008
This method of pruning leaves a clean cut.
Prune midsize branches without damaging
the tree by cutting them in three
stages. Make the first cut (1) on the
underside about 8 in. from the trunk,
cutting a third of the way up. Make
the next cut (2) at the top of the
branch 3 in. past the first cut.
Finally, cut the remaining
stump off at the trunk, just past
the slightly raised area, called
the branch bark ridge,
making the cut perpendicular
to the branch
to minimize the exposed
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
You will need a pruning saw.
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.
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