Tree Pruning Tools

Guideline for Tree Pruning Tools

Full, densely canopied trees can be the crowning glory to any yard or landscape, but in order to keep them looking beautiful and healthy there are certain necessary tree pruning tools and tips that will prove to be very helpful.

One of the most recognizable life forms on earth is the tree.  It seems unclear as to exactly how many species of trees there are in the world, but there are very few places on the earth that trees are unable to grow.  Trees have a crucial role in the ecological and environmental balance of the world; providing oxygen, improving the quality of the air, sustaining a balance of ground water and contribute to the climate.  Their beneficial qualities do not end there, however.  Trees also supply a home and habitat for birds, rodents, primates, insects and more.  The seeds, fruits and flowers provide a source of food for butterflies, bees, birds and other wildlife.  Humans consume high quantities of fruits that are produced by various trees, use the wood for building homes, furniture and accessories and enjoy the cooling relief from the blazing summer sun under the thick ceiling of leafy branches.  There are many more uses and benefits that trees provide, too numerous to mention in one simple article. 

Trees are found growing wild in nature in just about every corner of the world, with no help from humans.  When they are part of the landscaping endeavors in our own yards, however, a little help from the landowner can go a long way.  Pruning the trees as they grow in a yard or landscape can ensure that the tree is taking the shape it is intended to display.   In the event of topiaries, pruning is an essential part of the tree resembling the item designated.  It is not as easy as simply grabbing a handsaw and hacking away at the tree.  Rather, there is a right way to shape a tree; pruning tools that are designed for the job will help make it much easier. 

When trees are small, it is easy to reach all of the branches.  While young, the only tools needed for pruning will be hand pruning shears, of which there are two different types:  scissor and anvil.  Scissor shears have better results with the small trees, performing cuts that are sharp and clean on the slender branches.  As the tree matures and the trunk, as well as the branches, begins to take on a thicker appearance, the pruning shears need to be upgraded.  Lopping shears with a larger and stronger bite are required at this point.  Some individuals prefer using a pruning saw, which is perfectly acceptable and effective.  It is extremely beneficial to begin shaping your tree when it is young, as they will retain that shape into maturity and need less work each year.  The smaller tree is also able to heal easier in its youth than older trees requiring larger cuts.


As the tree grows into adulthood, its shape will need to be maintained, however.  Reaching those higher branches will prove to be more difficult.  Although a tall ladder can be used for this purpose, there are also pole pruners that can be very helpful, and much less dangerous.  Pole pruners that telescope to greater lengths can enable the owner to reach those towering heights.  For particularly thick branches, a pole chainsaw designed for pruning will complete the job in little time.  These tree pruning tools can be found at most department stores and garden shops.

Some of the most important pruning tools are not used on the tree, but rather protect the owner.  Sturdy safety glasses and heavy gloves should always be considered to be part of the tools needed for keeping trees trim.

With the longevity that trees are known to possess, helping the tree maintain its shape will provide beauty for many years to come; especially when the proper tree pruning tools are utilized.



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