Club Shear we go

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Gardening Club -

When cut­ting off larger branches it is eas­i­est to tackle the job in stages.

The temp­ta­tion is to just dive straight in and re­move it all at once – but you’ll risk dam­ag­ing not only the tree as it comes away but your­self as well.

Us­ing a sharp saw, re­move most of the branch first – cut­ting it back to 20cm from where it joins the trunk.

Then you can eas­ily cut off the re­main­ing stub with­out harm.

For the big­gest branches, cut away in through to meet the un­der­cut. This pre­vents the bark from tear­ing as you saw through the branch.

Once you have re­moved the first part of the branch, re­move the stub us­ing the same tech­nique with the un­der­cut.

Cut back only as far as the col­lar, rather than flush with the trunk.

An­gle the cut slop­ing down­wards and away from the trunk – this will avoid rain­wa­ter col­lect­ing on the open wound and caus­ing it to rot.

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