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Trimming Tree Limbs

By: Danny Lipford

Removing limbs from trees and shrubs is a necessary part of gardening, but you must do the job correctly. To avoid splintering the cut, make a relief cut a foot or so outside the branch collar. This will remove the weight of the limb so you can make a cleaner final cut. The final cut should be just outside the collar or wrinkled area where the branch and the tree join.


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  • Tom Surlas Says:
    September 3rd, 2018 at 9:55 pm

    We have a Big Maple (35- 40 ft) tree that has limbs that appear to have died, meaning that they are without leaves and bark looks bad, mostly on the east side .
    Sorry but I don’t know how to address the problem.


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    Thomas Boni Says:
    September 6th, 2018 at 9:25 am

    Hi, Denise!
    Here’s a resource that might help with this matter: https://www.hunker.com/13427918/how-to-keep-a-tree-limb-from-growing-back
    Good luck!



  • Denise Henderson Says:
    August 27th, 2018 at 10:39 am

    Is there any way to keep new limbs from growing where you trim limbs? Seems like when we trim there is more new growth! Help!



  • Robert Smith Says:
    May 27th, 2018 at 7:46 am

    We love to do backyard gardening, but each year there’s less sun exposure due to a maple tree in the corner that grows over our backyard. The limbs are a story high, very full of leaves, and healthy. We can’t afford to hire a helper, so realistically and logically, what are our best tool options? ). Our sun availability on the land is a third, and no noon sun. Thanks for concerning me and my wife, we hope to do this as soon as possible. Robert and RITA Smith



  • Sue Mitchell Says:
    August 1st, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    I have about 25 sawtooth oak trees that were planted from seedlings one year ago. They have done really well. But I want to trim the lower branches to make them look more like a tree and not shrubs. Is it ok to trim them in August.



  • Carol Says:
    June 17th, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    Thank you! Just the information I needed!


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