Annoyed with the long branches and large shrubs outside your house? Trim them with a pole saw! Now, you can safely cut branches without having to step on a ladder and put yourself in danger. Get yourself one, and you’ll see; trimming trees has never been easier with some of the greatest pole saws of 2017.
Scan the Environment
- Make sure nobody and nothing are right below the tree/branch you have to fell. The spot should also be clear of fallen branches.
- Familiarize the locations of exposed roots. You can’t remove them, so the least you can do is remember where they’re situated so you can perform the trimming procedure later.
Find the Right Location
Where will you trim? Getting rid of a branch involves a number of preparations, and it’s best to perform jump cuts as they lessen the weight prior to the final cut.
If possible, prune at horizontal surfaces of the branch or vine.
- In nearly all cuts, the blade should start at the top portion of the branch.
- To do a jump cut, you should prune from below the branch. Jump cuts need more physical energy because they are accomplished by going against gravity.
- Trimming water sprouts is tough and may be out of the question because they’re vertical.
Hold the Saw Properly
- Position the pole saw vertically with your two hands. Stop. Get used to its weight as you will have to control it.
- Next, place the saw on top of the branch you’ll cut (this isn’t applicable if you’re making a jump cut).
- Prepare yourself. Get to a position where you’ll be able to hold the end of your pole saw at chest level. You should be standing far away from the side of the limb. The saw must be at an angle while you cut, and not up and down. Extend your pole if possible.
Trim, trim, trim!
- Start with slow and controlled strokes. Be sure you’re cutting vertical to the branch. Doing so will make the strokes sink as deep as they could. Making a groove in the wood is what’s important at first as the groove will be the guide for the next faster strokes. Don’t worry if the cut goes to a different location. Your pole saw might slip if the branch is sloped—expect this to happen. When this occurs, stop, gather your energy, and readjust the saw before you continue.
- Carry on. You can go faster once your pole saw is fastened to the groove. You must always check the branch you’re pruning, especially when it’s about to fall.
It’s essential that you clean up every time a branch has fallen before you proceed to trim another branch. This is to keep the area clear of anything that might hinder a successful operation.