Looking to cut some high tree limbs but don’t know how? Check out this blog post for some tips on how to get the job done safely and effectively.
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Tree Limb Cutting Basics
Most people think that cutting tree limbs that are too high to reach is dangerous, and it can be if you don’t know what you’re doing. However, if you take the proper precautions, it can be a relatively safe process. In this article, we’ll show you how to safely cut tree limbs that are too high to reach.
Assess the tree limb
When you are assessing the tree limb, you need to take a few things into consideration. The first is the diameter of the limb. If the limb is less than three inches in diameter, then you can probably saw it off without any problem. However, if the limb is more than three inches in diameter, then you need to be more careful.
The next thing you need to consider is the height of the tree limb. If the tree limb is only a few feet off the ground, then you can probably reach it without any problem. However, if the tree limb is 20 feet or more off the ground, then you will need to use a ladder or some other type of tool to reach it.
The last thing you need to consider is the weight of the tree limb. If the tree limb is light and easy to handle, then you can probably saw it off without any problem. However, if the tree limb is heavy and difficult to handle, then you will need to use a chainsaw or some other type of power tool to cut it off.
Decide whether to cut the tree limb or have a professional do it
When deciding whether to cut the tree limb or have a professional do it, consider the following:
-The height of the limb. If the limb is too high to reach, it’s best to hire a professional.
-The thickness of the limb. If the limb is thick, it will be more difficult to cut. Hiring a professional may be the best option.
-Your level of experience. If you’re not experienced in cutting tree limbs, it’s best to hire a professional.
Choose the right cutting tools
If you have limbs that are too high to reach, you will need to use a ladder. Choose an extension ladder if you can set it up so that the two legs are on firm, level ground and the hinge is resting against the trunk of the tree. If you can’t do that, or if the limb is really high, use a step ladder and have someone hold it steady for you.
In either case, use a pruning saw or a lopper to cut the limb. A pruning saw has a long curved blade that will cut through branches up to about 4 inches in diameter. A lopper has blades at both ends of a long handle and can cut through larger branches.
Cutting High Tree Limbs
If you have a tree limb that is too high to reach, you will need to use a ladder to get to it. You will also need to use a saw to cut the limb. Be sure to wear gloves and safety goggles to protect yourself. Here are the steps to take to safely cut a high tree limb.
Use a ladder
The most common and probably safest way to cut high tree limbs is to use a ladder. If you have a sturdy ladder that will reach the limb you need to cut, this is probably your best option. Just be sure to take all the necessary safety precautions, such as having someone hold the ladder steady while you climb it.
But what if you don’t have a ladder that’s tall enough, or what if the limb you need to cut is too high for even the tallest ladder? In that case, you may need to get a little creative. One option is to tie a rope around the limb and then pull it down to a level where you can reach it with your saw. Another option is to use a hand winch orcome-along to pull the limb down.
Of course, these methods are not without their risks. And even if you do manage to get the limb down, you’ll still need to be very careful when cutting it. So be sure to weigh the risks and benefits before deciding whether or not to attempt any of these methods.
Use a tree limb cutter
If the tree limb is too high to reach with a regular saw, you will need to use a special cutting tool called a tree limb cutter. You can find these at most hardware stores.
Attach the cutting blade of the tree limb cutter to the end of a long pole. The pole should be at least 10 feet long so that you can reach the high tree limb.
Stand on a ladder or on something else that will give you a boost so that you can reach the high tree limb. Cut through the tree limb with the cutter, being careful not to damage the main trunk of the tree.
Use a chainsaw
A chainsaw is the most common tool used to cut tree limbs that are too high to reach. If you are not comfortable using a chainsaw, you can hire a professional tree service to do the job for you.
The first step is to find a safe place to stand. You will need to be on solid ground and have a clear line of sight to the limb you want to cut. If possible, position yourself so that the limb will fall away from you when it is cut.
Next, use a tape measure or piece of rope to determine the length of the limb. Add about 6 inches (15 cm) to this measurement so that you have enough room to maneuver the saw.
Now it’s time to start your saw. Hold the chainsaw with both hands and make sure that the chain is not touching anything. Slowly pull the trigger and guide the saw into the trunk of the tree. Apply steady pressure as you cut through the trunk.
Once the trunk is severed, allow the limb to fall slowly to the ground. Use caution as it may be heavier than you expect.