Tree Pruning Tools Checklist

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Sometimes a job is only as good as the tools it takes to get it done. This is especially true if you want this job done right. When the job is yard maintenance, keep this tree pruning tools checklist handy to make sure you have exactly what you need.

Tree Pruning Tools Checklist

Every job has a required set of tools:

  • Mowing the lawn? Break out the lawnmower.
  • Watering plants? Turn on the hose or fill up the watering can.
  • Pruning trees? Make sure the following tools are clean and sharp.

Why do these tools need to be clean and sharp? Dull blades can tear branches which makes them more prone to disease. If you’ve cut a sappy or diseased branch, you could transfer gunk and fungus to another plant if you don’t clean the tools properly. Wipe down the blades with a rag after use, and add a little alcohol to the rag if you know the branches were diseased.

So, what tools are we talking about? That depends on what you’re pruning.

Everyday Pruning Tools

Proper tree care requires regular maintenance. This means trimming any dead or diseased branches no matter the time of year. Make sure you can reach the branches while standing on the ground. If you have to climb a ladder to reach, it’s best to call a professional. Here are some tools designed for everyday use.

1. Pruning Shears. Also known as clippers or secateurs, this hand-held tool comes in handy when pruning thin branches, vines, shrubs, and flowers.

2. Loppers. Thicker blades prune branches up to 2.5 inches thick.

There are three types of loppers and pruning shears:

  • Anvil. Straight blade with splitting action.
  • Bypass. Scissor-like
  • Ratchets. Cuts in stages; easier on the wrist.

3. Pole Pruner. If the branches are higher up in a tree, but still low enough to reach from the ground, this tall pruning tool is for you.

4. Hedge Shears. Obviously great for pruning hedges as well as small shrubs, evergreens, or deadheading perennials.

Heavy-Duty Pruning

Sometimes the job calls for a tougher tool that can break through thicker branches.

Pruning saws can cut through branches up to 5 inches in diameter.

Electric Tools. When the job calls for a bit more manpower, plug it in. From electric pruners to chain saws, these tools make quick work of cutting through tough bark and branches. This power comes with more responsibility to use caution and wear protective clothing.

Professionals. If the pruning job is too tough or too tall to handle yourself, call a pro for help. Like using the proper tools, a professional will get the job done right quickly and efficiently.

Call Elite Tree Care for more information on the right tools to use for any job, or for an estimate on a bigger plant project.

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