Cleveland Heights DIY Tree Trimming | The Tools You Need

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Taking care of your Cleveland Heights trees means trimming dead branches or overgrowth away on a regular basis. If you are trimming smaller trees on your own, you also have to make sure to use the correct tools for the job. When it is done correctly, your trees should continue on their healthy growth patterns in between the professional trimming appointments that should be made on an annual basis. Remember that more complicated jobs are best left to a certified arborist. Your safety is our main concern at VanCuren.

Before trimming the trees around your property keep these safety measures in mind:

  • Branches hanging near power lines are not approved for DIY trimming methods
  • Pruning tools are not meant for cutting thick branches. Thick branches need heavy-duty professional equipment.
  • Keep your feet on the ground at all times. Do not attempt to trim higher than you can reach with an extended pole pruner. Call an arborist to take care of these jobs.

What are the types of tools you will need in order to get the job done?

If you are looking to trim on your own there are a variety of tools you can use. This can become very confusing and it makes sense, trimming a tree is an involved process. Below are three must-have tools for your easy trimming projects.

Pruning Shears – Use pruning shears, or hand pruners on bushes or very thin tree branches. They are best used for simple and clean cuts for twigs under one inch in diameter, but there are different types of pruning shears too. When trimming live twigs bypass pruning shears, which look like a pair of scissors, work best. Alternatively, dead twigs can be cut with a straight, knife-shaped edge called anvil pruning shears.

Loppers – Loppers work best for medium-sized branches. They are especially recommended for fruiting or flowering trees. This tool can cut through branches that are two inches in diameter. Similar to pruning shears, use bypass loppers for live branches and anvil loppers for dead branches.

Pole Pruner – Use this tool to reach the hard to get dead wood in a tree, but beware not use while on a ladder. Also, remember to watch overhead for the falling debris while using a pole pruner.

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If you encounter branches that are not suited for the tools you have, it is time to call a professional Cleveland Heights tree trimming company to finish the job with the utmost care and safety. Call VanCuren to set up a time to meet.

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