Amazing old trees

Amazing old trees

3 Major Tips on Properly Removing a Large Tree Limb

by Rose Reyes

Many property owners covet trees for their ability to provide privacy, scenery and screen the property from some of the harsh outdoor weather conditions. Some general small branch maintenance can be done to trees with a set of secateurs. However, removing a large and heavy branch or limb needs an altogether different approach. There is a technique to it; this article examines the proper way to remove a large tree limb and also looks at what can happen to the tree if the limb is removed incorrectly.

Know Where to Cut

Begin by inspecting the limb close to where it protrudes from the trunk of the tree. You should be able to identify a small, mound like form on the tree where the limb emerges. This mound, sometimes called a collar, is covered in bark. Immediately next to it is the smooth wood of the limb. You should make the cut on this smooth wood; never cut into the collar or bark area. Once this collar has been located, you can start to make the first cut.

Know the 3 Cuts to Make

The limb is removed in three distinct stages. These are:

  • The first cut—notch cut. On the underside of the limb, around three or so feet away from the collar and trunk of the tree, make two small intersecting lines to cut a small notch of wood away from the limb. Don't worry about being neat; this cut is made to ensure that the limb doesn't split as you make the next cut.
  • The second cut—relief cut. This cut is made about a metre outside of the notch cut, away from the trunk of the tree. The relief cut will remove the whole of the branch at the point where you cut. This removes the weight so that you can neatly finish the job off.
  • The third cut—collar cut. Cut as close to the branch and collar as you can, without actually touching any of the collar. A couple of inches is a good amount to leave before taking the rest of the branch off. This will allow the tree to properly heal and resist disease.

Problem Cuts

Not cutting the limb away from the right place next to the collar can cause some serious issues for the tree. If you cut into the collar, the tree won't be able to heal properly and a hole or cavity will appear. If you leave too much of the limb on the tree, the healing process cannot start due to the excess wood there. This exposes the tree to disease and pests. A careful inspection of the limb and collar will help you avoid this.

Always take steps to make sure that no family members or property is damaged when you are cutting down large tree limbs. For more tips or assistance, contact companies like Dowling Tree Services.


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Amazing old trees

If you live in an old house, you might find that some of the trees in your yard are as old, or older, than your house. Trees are a great link to the past of the house, but as they get older, like any living thing, they need a little more tender loving care! I help homeowners restore and maintain the trees at their house so that they look beautiful and healthy again. If you are the proud owner of an older tree and want to make sure it retains its natural glory, keep reading for my hints and tips.