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Mar 10, Proper Way to Prune a Tree Limb When thinning, reducing and shaping branches and limbs small enough to cut with hand tools, keep in mind that your cuts are going to encourage new growth.
Cut limbs ¼ inch above a bud that faces the outside of Estimated Reading Time: 9 mins. Next, cut off the branch 6 – 12 inches from this wedge, leaving a stub end. Finally, cut parallel to and just on the branch side of the stem collar as close to the tree’s trunk as possible.
Use the right tool: Loppers are ideal for trees. Pruning cuts Heading vs.
thinning cuts. A tree’s response to a pruning cut depends on where on the branch the cut is made. Both types Angle and placement of cuts. Always make cuts close to a node. Branches grow only at these nodes, and if you leave too Pruning thick, heavy branches. Undercut Estimated Reading Time: 8 mins.