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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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  • 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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Trimming Tree Limbs