Trimming your trees is done more easily if you have the right tools and if they are in good condition. The following guide will help you pick out your tools and provide you with tips for proper care.
Pruning shears are the most reached for tool for nearly any pruning project. These scissor-like implements come in various types, from handheld pruner that are best used on branches no thicker than your thumb, to larger loppers that can cut through branches up to a couple of inches thick. Choose shears with comfortable grips and all metal construction for the best durability.
Clean shears after each use by wiping them down with a diluted bleach in water solution. If there is hard to remove sap, you can wipe the blades with mineral spirits but keep it off of the rubber grips. A little bit of lubrication at the pivot point on the blade will also keep them in good order.
#2: Pruning Saw
A handheld pruning saw is made to fit into tight spots, such as the narrow crotch between two branches. These can cut through relatively large branches, depending on how much effort you are willing to put in. Make sure your hand is gloved and comfortably fits into the handle of the saw. Also, choose a pruning saw with a dull tip so you don't accidentally damage neighboring wood as you saw.
Clean saws with the same methods used for shears. For storage, coat the blade with a thin layer of a silicon-based lubricant – it will keep the blade from rusting.
#3: Pole Pruner
There are two main types of pole pruners. The first has blades similar to shears at the top of a long pole, which are maneuvered with a string. These are used to cut through narrow branches and are mainly for thinning out the canopy of a tree. The other type has a saw at the top of a long pole, so it can cut through larger branches. This means you don't need a ladder for pruning small trees. Trees that are too tall for a pole pruner are better to have trimmed by a professional tree service, simply to ensure safety.
Pole pruners are cared for the same as shears or pruning saws. It is best to hang them up so moisture on the ground doesn't ruin the wood handles. You should also wipe the handles down with a wood oil once or twice a year to keep it conditioned so it doesn't dry out and crack.
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