Properly pruning your trees is an important task for removing and preventing damage or disease.
We don’t have our own video to present you at the moment so the next best thing is to share the video below, by a US based arborist and tree surgeon, which gives quick and clear guidance on when and how to properly prune your trees, using the 3 cut method.
How To Properly Prune Your Trees
The Importance of Pruning Safely and Sensibly
Pruning large trees yourself can be dangerous, so please don’t attempt to clamber up any tree or large shrub above a manageable and safe height. Sensibly, have the correct equipment to hand before you start and always work safely within your limits.
You may think that common sense advice is unnecessary, yet things can and do go wrong sometimes when you least expect it, like in the case of a friend who decided to prune a large apple tree in his garden.
Not a big job, he thought.
Out came his ladder accompanied by a trusty pruning saw. Propping his ladder against the tree trunk up he went, rung by rung, to begin the pruning task at hand. All was going fine and well to begin with. He hadn’t expected, neither had he anticipated, what happened next.
His pruning saw snagged as he was cutting through an awkwardly angled branch. His shifting weight caused the ladder to slip, and down he came to land on both feet. A lucky landing you might think?
The only lucky part to this little story is that he hadn’t broken his neck, back, a leg or an arm. He did however manage to crush many of the small bones in each foot and ankle.
This little DIY accident obviously caused him considerable pain and some embarrassment, but he was also plastered, off his feet, and off work for weeks on end as he slowly recovered.
This incident ocurred over 20 years ago and the fellow walks with a limp to this day.
Your takeaway from our shared story : If you’re planning pruning your own trees and large shrubs do it safely and if it really is outside your sensible safety zone, call in a professionally qualified arborist or tree surgeon.
Plus, if there are electricity cables or other services running near trees that you plan to have pruned, ensure that your chosen tree services specialist is certified and of course appropriately insured.