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What you need:
  • Pruning saw
  • Pruning knife
Pruning a large limb from a tree can be done in four easy steps. The first is to undercut the branch about a foot out from the trunk. This cut should be about 1/4 of the way through the branch. This will make the cutting easier when you make your second cut.
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The next cut you make will be a downward cut about 1-2 inches farther away from the trunk than the first cut.
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Now remove the remaining stub from the tree. Make a small uppercut just outside the branch collar.
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The final cut should be in line with the last cut you made. Angle the saw away from the trunk slightly and finish the cut. It's very important that you do not cut into the branch collar, as it will make the tree heal slower and be more susceptible to disease. If the cut is not totally clean and even, use a pruning knife to trim off any excess material.