Trim Large Tree Branches
If you decided to trim heavy tree limbs yourself make sure to be extra careful to avoid damages of the bark or affect three’s natural healing response. Doing it isn’t the rocket science but you should alway think ahead to how much work it would take to remove a dead tree. For everyone who’s worrying about doing it wrong, we recommend our Bradshaw Tree Services team, which will get the job done right and with no time.
Healing of Trees
The truth is that trees don’t heal like we do. When you cut off a branch, the tree forms a callous tissue, it’s kind of like a scar that covers over the wound to keep it safe from diseases. The scarred part of the tree will be sealed off forever so the rest of the tree can keep growing. Incorrect trimming will leave the tree weak and exposed to many diseases.
Cut a Tree Limb
There are three simple steps that you should follow to prune your tree properly.
- Notch Cut: Cut a small notch in the bottom of the limb, around 5-10 centimetres away from the trunk, and about a quarter of the way through. Thanks to it you will avoid the bark from splitting when you make the next cut.
- Relief Cut: Just outside the notch, make a relief cut that goes completely through the branch.
- Final Cut: This is the most important one. The final cut should be right where the branch collar transitions to smooth branch bark. If you can’t fit your saw at the right angle, then you can do it from the bottom up.
Avoid Common Mistakes:
- Don’t cut the branch too short: We used to wrongly think that branches should be cut off with the trunk. It was a wrong procedure. The branch collar forms the scar tissue. Cutting into collar will affect tree’s recovery time. The effect of it is often seen rotten holes in tree trunks or seeping wounds.
- Make sure you don’t leave the branch too long: The branch collar on the trunk can only do its job of allowing the wound to heal if the rest of the branch that it has to cover over has been removed.
- Wrong relief cut: If you accidentally remove most of the weight of the limb before cutting the branch back to the trunk you can make it split.