Pruning an oak tree during April - July is like inviting sap beetles to infest it. This insect is a known carrier of oak wilt fungus which can infect a oak tree in no time. Oak trees do fight the fungus, but a freshly trimmed one is exposed to it near the cuts received during the process. Late winter and early spring is the right time to trim the trees.
Trimming an oak tree is not an easy task and if you have planned it in near future, going through the equipment that you can buy or use, will be helpful. Among the automated equipment, chainsaws are the most versatile form of tools. When employed with climbing ropes and fastening harnesses they make your job easy.
Types of Saw
The decision of whether to use a small chainsaw or a large one depends on the scale of the job at hand. The type of chains used in the chainsaws depends on the hardness and thickness of the trees to trim.
These are low maintenance, cheaper chainsaws that can be used for light-work, around the backyard. Before buying one of these saws go through some electric chainsaw reviews first and then decide which is most suitable for your needs.
The height they can reach, can be increased by attaching an additional metal pole. These can be raised to the height of 13-21 feet. Pole trimmers are light in weight and easy to handle, and are one of the must have trimming tools for your garden.
The term 'Kickback' is applied when the movement of the chain is obstructed and the chain starts moving in reverse direction. It is something that a novice to these chain can handle easily which highly increases the chances of his getting hurt. In short, leave this baby in care of experienced ones. Professional trimmers are trained to handle such situations.
In addition, the instincts they acquire through the daily handling of this tool gives them the knack of using it with a deft hand. A task involving cutting down of trees, especially when they are big ones, can be handled in a better way with the use of these saws.
Consumer Saws for Trimming Trees
The chains in consumer chainsaws, which are used by non-professionals carry an "ANSI B175.1" federal designation. These chains are low-kickback chains and are well designed to reduce the 'kickback' to prevent an injury while using them. For the purpose of trimming or removing the limbs of trees, these chainsaws that are small in size are useful.
Tree Trimming Tips
If you need information about the rules for tree trimming, check with the local authorities. When indulging in gardening, remember that the owner is responsible for maintaining the clear side-walks and corners bordering his property. In case of trees under overhead electrical wires, the owner should inform the local authorities to take proper action.
- While tree shaping and trimming, make sure that the main lead branch is maintained on the young trees, so that they grow up into a tall and robust tree.
- In case of small trees, trimming the multiple lead branches is all the pruning you should do.
- Over-trimming will reduce the leafy area and affect the growth rate of the tree.
- As a rule of thumb, cutting large side-branches of trees is not recommended, however, if the need arises, do not use flush cut to do so. It hinders the tree's natural healing process.
Before you start trimming your garden, it is better to judge the scale of the operation that you are undertaking and then select the proper tree trimming saw for it. If you find that it is beyond your capacity, my advice is to holler for the professionals. After all, muscles, experience and the equipment these people have, do count.