How to Cut a Limb from a Tree

Whether you are trimming or cutting your tree or removing the rotten limbs, it is easy to cut an organ from the tree, if you follow the proper 3-cut technique. Make partial cuts on the organ near the tree stem, then to remove most of the part of the branch, make a second cut down slightly on the organ. Cut the last part of your tree right out of the branch collar. Always cut the organ properly so that the trees are healthy and strong in all seasons.

Making Your Cuts

Wait until your tree is inactive for its cut in winter. When it is dormant when its tree is harvested, it takes time to fix it before the arrival of pests. If you have a particularly cold winter, wait until you finish the coolest part of the winter before pricking your tree.

Pruning in the winter will also help your tree grow more during spring.

Avoid growing your tree during the growing season or you can stop its growth.

Use a Chainsaw, Bow Arrow, or Hand Saw to make your cut. A chainsaw will take your tree out of the cutting job, and the easiest and fastest way to cut one limb. You will have more control over your cut using one hand or bow saw, although they will take a little more muscle and time to bite through a thick limb.

If you use arm or bow saw, you will take the saw back and forth to clean, straight cut. Make an initial mark on the part of the tree, then go back and see it closed.

If using a chainsaw, handle the machine with care and read all the security warnings on your machine before using it. Also, make sure you wear protective eyewear and gloves.

Make a small footprint in 2-3 feet (0.61-0.9 1 meter) from the tree stem. You should only be seen about 1/4 of the way through the tree. This cut helps protect the bark from cracking.

This is known as your “Nach Cut”.

Make another cut on the part slightly lower than the cut in your footsteps. You can go away from your first cut to the second .5-1 feet (0.15-0.30 m), and can completely cut the second through the organ. This will remove the weight of your tree branch, so making your final cut will be easy.

This is called your “relief cut”.

If you leave this deduction and go right for your final cut, then you can damage the trunk and expose your tree to insects and disease.

Make a final cut where the branch collar meets the rest of the tree. Make your cut with care. This is where the swollen lump of tree meets the smooth branch section. To make a healthy cut, rotate it with the slant of the branch collar in your sight.

Sometimes it will be difficult to reach the slope of the branch collar. If you are easier than going down the top then you can make your cut from below.

Ensure that your hands are not in the way of your hand saws or chainsaw.

Ensuring the Tree Heals Correctly

Avoid making the organ too small. This organ used to be popular for trim as close to the trunk as possible, but it can actually cause your tree to become sick. Instead of cutting into the tree trunk, just cut the tree collar right before the tree trunk so that the tree can be easily healed.

Rotten holes in tree trunks and seepage lesions are due to cutting in the branch collar.

Do not leave the tree part too long. The branch collar will be fine after the organ is removed, but if you leave the tree part very far away from the branch collar, then it will slow down. Any remaining branches or stubs will interfere with the treatment process.

To avoid damage to the trees, cut your relief in the right places. If the weight of most organs is removed before trimming the branch, then your branches may be different. This can cause major damage to your tree.

If your relief is not done properly then your tree may be susceptible to infection of the disease or insect.


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