Removing a Tree Branch
Steps for sawing off a tree branch:
- About one or two feet from the trunk, make an undercut one-third of the way up through the bottom of the branch. Your saw will get pinched if you cut too far up.
- Make your second cut completely through the branch from the top side, about three inches out on the branch from your first.
- This should allow the branch to fall away without tearing the branch bark into the trunk.
- Keep it safe – Never do tree trimming or removal work that should be done by a professional. Heave tree branches can seriously injure you in a split second!
- More safety tips:
- Never use a ladder for trimming trees. This is asking to get hurt!
- Tie into the tree in 2 places, using professional-grade equipment and techniques
- Be sure you properly “notch” a tree trunk when you are feeling it. Kickback can kill you!
- Take a class in chain saw safety and operation. Wear safety chaps lined with material that will protect your legs.
- Eye and ear protection as well as a hard hat should be worn.
- False economy – Hire a professional for jobs you can’t handle—it’s really not worth getting seriously hurt, or damaging expensive property, just to “save money.”