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Learn how to trim your tree without hurting it or yourself.
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How to Groom Your Trees
Featured Pro: Eric Stromer Category: Home Improvement Time: 2:12
ERIC STROMER: Hey, I’m Eric Stromer. Here’s your GMC Trade Secret.
Today I’m going to show you how to prune a tree. It’s very simple. It can help invigorate the flower and the fruit production of that tree, create air within the center of the tree, and make it generally healthy. It’s very simple; a couple of easy tips. I’m going to show you how.
Now, when pruning a tree, you always start from the bottom up. And in this particular instance, what you do is you cut off all the little pieces first so that there’s not so much weight to the tree, because what you don’t want is for that whole branch to tear away from the base of the tree, causing disease and ultimately death of that tree.
So here’s what you do. You start working your way in, just like that. Remove some of that excess weight as you go. Just think of it as a haircut, a guy with really long hair. It’s way too heavy. You start from the bottom. You work your way in toward his scalp.
Now, I’ve removed all the excess branches off this limb right here. There’s a thing on a tree branch called a collar. It’s about four inches out from the trunk in our case right here. It’s a little bulbous portion of this branch. Cut about an inch away from the tree from that collar, and that’ll provide the tree with the ability to heal itself, essentially creating a callus here. Then the tree stays healthy and it won’t die on you.
Now, if you cut branches right at the quick here, disease can infiltrate this tree and kill it, and then your pruning is really for naught.
Whenever you’re using saws outside, a little tip is to spray some lubricant on the blade of the saw. It really just makes the job so much easier. That’ll really cut through that wood nicely. Great firewood.
Now, if you don’t have access to a ladder or you’re going really high up in the tree and it doesn’t feel safe, they sell these amazing tools called tree pruners. Now, the way this works, it has a curved saw on the end of it, and then it also has this device with a pulley system. And this area right here, if you pull, it’ll rob off some of those little branches that you can’t get to, just like that. It’s also extendable. It’s amazing. So you can get really high up in the tree if you need to.
Now, we’ve worked our way from the bottom up. I think we’re good for today. Get out there and prune your trees.