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Getting a nice clean cut on branches?

Discussion in 'In the Garden' started by cuboid, 5 Oct 2018.

  1. cuboid

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    Been cutting a gum tree down with saw on extension pole and bark seems to rip down the side. How do you get a nice clean cut?


    Separate question, is there any technique in cutting a tree or bringing the height down. I've just been cutting to a certain height. DSC_0266.JPG
     
  2. JohnD

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    You start by cutting from the underside of the limb, sawing upwards. When the saw binds too much, start another cut, from the top of the branch, but a few inches further away from the trunk. Any tearing will stop when it reaches the cut on the underside. It's not just bark, also living fibres. Messy wounds are prone to introduce infection and rot.

    After the branch is cut through and falls away, you can cut off the few inches remaining, they will have no significant weight so you can hold it steady with your hand and it will not tear away. So leave enough of a stump to hold safely.

    Angle the final cut to prevent water falling or lying on the cut surface, and make it smooth and flat.
     
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    Great tips. Using wolf system saw at moment but thinking of getting Pruning saw for my combi kit
     
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    1538737917824811186707.jpg 1538737945204341333605.jpg Brought the height of these trees down. I guess there's no particular technique when doing this
     
  5. endecotp

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    Gum = Eucalyptus

    The RHS website should be the first place you look for this sort of question. For example, here is their page about pruning eucalyptus:

    https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=136
     
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