Pruning Tips | Essential Tools You Need Before Pruning?
Pruning the trees in your backyard is important for a variety of reasons. It can stop the further spreading and transmission of diseases and decay that the branches might have contracted. Furthermore, it serves an aesthetic benefit as well, allowing you to modify and configure the branches of the tree into whatever shape you want (within reason). Safety is also part of pruning. Removing branches that have almost broken off can prevent an accident from happening. However, if you want to do the best job possible, you need the right tools.
The right tools for the job will help things get done much more easily. It will also make everything safer, more efficient, and just more fun. Read on to find out what tools will make pruning simpler.
Shears, saws and loppers
In order to properly prune you need to get some cutting work done. That’s why shears, saws, and loppers are pretty much the most important part of pruning. Shears are your bread and butter as far as this type of yard work is concerned. Great for bushes, tree branches, seedlings, and shears are vital for any kind of yard work. However, if you have some heavy-duty, thick branches than a good pair of pruning loppers will be necessary. A good par will be able to cut through a branch thicker than one inch easily.
Serious, heavy-duty trimming, unfortunately, can’t be done with just shears and loppers. What you need instead is a good handsaw (or even a chainsaw). Removing the lower branches off of thicker trees (like spruce or pine) requires a good saw. Of course, we're not saying you have to use a chainsaw, but we are saying that a chainsaw is a lot of fun. Just remember to read up on how to use a chainsaw safely, and to approach it with caution.
Pruning trees is dirty, tough work. A good pair of gloves can protect your hands from splinters and blisters, as well as scratches and cuts that may occur ding this type of work. The quality of the gloves depends on how much work you have in front of you. Soft cloth, gentler and cheaper gloves are perfectly fine if you don’t have a lot of pruning to do. However, if you have a large backyard with multiple trees there, tough leather gloves might be what you actually need.
When you’re pruning a tree you will get lots of sawdust, dirt, leaves, branches, twigs, and wood shards flying all around the place. This is made even worse by a chainsaw. This kind of natural “sharpness” occurs whether you’re pruning a small tree in your backyard, or whether you got travel towers for hire and are pruning a tree as tall as a building. That’s why you need safety goggles.
Safety goggles will protect your eyes from all these deciduous debris. It can save your eyes from getting itchy, or even damaged. These are not optional, they can save you from a branch snapping and falling into your face, twigs and all.
A wood chipper
Pruning trees creates a lot of debris. You want to find a way to get rid of all these branches that are accumulating in your backyard. One option is getting a wagon and just hauling them off to wherever you can. The other is getting a wood chipper and turn these into wood chips.
A jacket (or long-sleeved shirt)
A long-sleeved jacket, shirt, or hoodie, can be a lifesaver when you’re pruning trees. This kind of clothing can protect your arms from any annoying cuts and scrapes. Having splinters on your hands is annoying, but having them all-around your arms will drive you crazy. It can also help you combat bugs that made its home in the trees, a home you are no “renovating”.
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Pruning trees is a vital part of maintaining your home and backyard. It makes your backyard safer, and more aesthetically pleasing. Getting the right tools for this job will make a thing go much more smoothly. Gloves and goggles will keep you safe, as will a long-sleeved shirt. Wood chippers and wagons are necessary for disposing of debris, and a good pair of shears or loppers will make the entire thing done in no time.
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