Tree trimming can be simplified if you have the right equipment and tools to do the trimming. Some of these tools are very simple to use. You can have a collection of these tools so that you can perform some light tree pruning activities around your home or place of business.
Here, we will only discuss simple tools that you can personally use. Apart from trees, these tools can be used to trim a variety of plants e.g flowers.
These are used to trim light branches and also referred to as trimming/pruning shears.
When choosing the right ones for your particular use, they come in different sizes. Each size feels best on different persons’ hands so make sure you choose the size that you feel comfortable with.
They come with safety catch. How easier you can reach the catch and how comfortably you can use it will add to the overall effectiveness when using the tool.
Secateurs are available for both right-handed and left-handed people. For right-handed people, the safety catch is at the top while for the left-handed people, the safety catch is located at the side. This tool comes in different sizes, some fixed and others have an option to vary the length. Variable length secateurs help tree trimmers to adjust to the hand size making them ideal to be used by those with small and large palms.
There are two types of blades used in a secateurs.
Anvil: These are suitable when cutting branches of hardwood trees because the blades don’t overlap when you close the secateurs.
Bypass: These are used to cut soft or young branches because the chances of causing unnecessary damage to the stems are minimal. Its blades bypass/overlap each other to initiate the cut.
2. Pruning loppers.
These have long handles which can reach 2ft and they enable tree trimmers to trim branches that are in a branch-thick place. It is also strong enough to cut branches that have a thickness of up to 1 inch.
All the two tools we have mentioned have their limits when it comes to the thickness of the branches being trimmed.
When the branches are too thick to be trimmed using a secateurs or a lopper, the handsaw is used. With this tool, tree trimmers are able to trim even the thickest of the branches. But they also have their limitations.
When the trimming involves too many of these branches, it becomes tedious using a handsaw. At this point, consider hiring professional tree trimmers because they will use the chainsaw which is faster but requires special handling and operating procedures have to be followed to prevent injury to you or the trees being trimmed.
The above 3 tools must be found in the toolbox of tree trimmers. For your personal use, you can have them and be using them for light pruning actives around your compound.
If the tasks seem risky, seek the services of qualified tree trimmers to reduce the chances of damaging property and injuring yourself.