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Where to trim

Discussion in 'Homeowner Helper Forum' started by furick1, Jun 19, 2017.

  1. furick1

    furick1 ArboristSite Lurker

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    This branch has a V with one part that was previously cut by former home owner. I trimmed down the other branch (horizontal) but would appreciate advice on where to make the final cut(s). If it didn’t have the V I would cut a little away from the trunk to complete but with the V, I wonder if I should recut the older trimmed branch as well. I’m a newbie and am borrowing a friends chain saw to make the final cuts.

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    You can trim this closer to the trunk, but it will sucker and sprout anywhere you cut it. Do not cut into the main trunk and do not 'flush-cut' the limb. It's better to leave a bit more limb than it is to try and get it all and cut into the main tree.
     
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    furick1 ArboristSite Lurker

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    Thank you


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  4. furick1

    furick1 ArboristSite Lurker

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    Does this look right? Meaning should I cut along the red line?

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    C. J. Hall ArboristSite Lurker

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    I would place my saw at the top, staying just to the right of the crotch - away from trunk and cut slightly angled to end 2 inches from the base of the trunk. 75 degree cut or so will keep you off the branch collar.
     
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    Jim Timber 1/4 bubble off

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    I'd undercut that stub about 2-3" first to make sure it doesn't rip out when you get to the bottom.
     
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    Del_ I'm completely reformed.

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    The limb in question doesn't really have a branch collar, it's almost more of a co-dominate leader. As such there is not going to be a perfect 'target' cut.

    This is why pruning early in a tree's life is so important. That limb could easily been removed with no negative effect to the tree is we only had a time machine.

    Experienced and knowledgeable arborist take their best shots at cuts like this and that is best that can be done.

    We are not going to be able to draw a line marking the best cut on a two dimensional photo.

    I would not be making a undercut on this cut as it would be very difficult to line up the two cuts. I would take most of the weight off though with another cut being made before the final cut.
     
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    I would make the final cut, about where your line is, but slightly closer to the main stem, but keep the same angle. You'll probably need to use the nose of the bar to cut close but not get the stem.
     
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    furick1 ArboristSite Lurker

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    I agree that I need another cut before the final to take off weight. I appreciate the input from the forum. We have some old and large trees around the neighborhood here in North Arlington, VA. This is my first foray into tree trimming and will keep my eye on the other trees on the property.


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  10. jefflovstrom

    jefflovstrom It was a beautiful day!

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    I would hang a bird feeder from it,, maybe paint it yellow,
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    I make my under cuts outward from where the top cut comes through. You end up breaking the stub off and then cleaning the cut as you pass the undercut on the trunk side. Under cut is just there to make sure the bark doesn't get peeled.

    Jeff, you don't think the suckering on this is going to be more problems in the long run? I've got an ash that's got a branch stub with 50 years of trimming and some of the stubs have rotted into cavities. I'm going to try to remove the bad wood and hopefully get a callous to protect the cut this time.
     
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    Del_ I'm completely reformed.

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    Sounds like a good technique but maybe hard to teach a newby via the internet.

    What I suggest is making a rough cut that leaves just a 2 inch or so cookie left to be remove with the final pruning cut.

    Sounds like you and I would have the same end result.

    But the problem that remains is how to show this fellow exactly 'where' to make this final cut.
     
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    Maybe I can do a 3D render
     
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    jefflovstrom It was a beautiful day!

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    No I don't,
    first, google CODIT , you will not help the tree by making it more aesthetic using pruning methods, like it was mentioned, there is no collar,
    any cut you make is just an added wound,
    I was being serious when I said to paint it yellow and attach a bird feeder,
    and suckering can be controlled early if monitored.
    Leaving a stub can probably help with CODIT,,basically, I would keep from making a large wound at the trunk.
    Jeff,
     
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    furick1 ArboristSite Lurker

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    My buddy didn’t come through today with the chainsaw so I did the next cut by hand. I think I’m going to leave it as is because the comment about trimming too close to the trunk especially near the base concerned me. Maybe I’ll find a plant or bird feeder to put there as was suggested.
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