Things You Will Need
- Pruning saw
- Pruning shears
- Large branches should be removed in a three-cut procedure. Cut once 1 to 2 feet from the limb's base on the underside of the branch. Make a second cut on top of the branch, slightly outside the first to sever the branch from the tree. Remove the remaining stub of the branch by cutting just outside the branch's collar, the slightly larger ring around the base of the branch where it meets the trunk.
- Diseases and infections in pine trees spread easily during the pruning process. Dip saws and shears into alcohol or bleach between each cut to prevent the spread of disease.
About the Author
Alexis Lawrence is a freelance writer, filmmaker and photographer with extensive experience in digital video, book publishing and graphic design. An avid traveler, Lawrence has visited at least 10 cities on each inhabitable continent. She has attended several universities and holds a Bachelor of Science in English.