If you are planning to trim heavy tree limbs then you have to be more careful in not damaging the bark of the tree or getting in between the natural healing process of the tree. It is really difficult to perfect the art of doing it correctly than doing it in the wrong way especially when you think about how much work it would be too remove a huge and dead tree.
Here are a few ways on how you are going to cut or trim those big tree limbs hanging in your ride:
1. YOU MUST KNOW HOW TREES HEAL
Truthfully, those trees do not heal like humans do. If you trim the brand of a tree, it will form a callous tissue of the trees just like when we have a scar so that it will cover the wound from the diseases that could harm the tree and kill it.
The scar on the tree will always be there for the rest of its life and it will be sealed of forever so that it would let the tree grow very well. This is why you need to trim trees carefully so that you cannot disrupt this process. If you don’t do it well, the tree will become very weak and it will easily get diseases.
If the wounds are well healed, it will have bumps and this is just a sign that it is completely covered. The callous tissue grows starting from the outside part going to the center and this is why the donut-shaped scar is normal if it is still along the process of healing over.
2. TRIMMING A TREE LIMB
If you are trimming a tree limb, it involves three different cuts
The first one is the NOTCH CUT, you can do this by cutting a notch at the bottom of the limb, make sure that it is 2-3 feet away from its trunk and a quarter away through the trunk. The notch that you made will prevent the bark to split when you make your next trim.
The second one is the RELIEF CUT that is made on the outside of the notch and you have to cut completely through the branch of the tree, this is very useful in removing the weight of the branch and making sure that the branch will not fall and split while you are doing your final cut.
3. FINAL CUT
This is the most important one that you will make in the branch collar where it transitions to the smooth part of the bark. You must follow the slanting of the branch collar and if you would not be able to fit the saw in the crotch at its right angle and cut it starting from the bottom then upwards.
These are just some of the things that you need to consider if you are planning to trim your tree branches. If you want to have less hassle by the end of the day, refer to these steps and tricks.