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Barelygreen81
May 24, 2020 10:22 AM CST
Hello,

I just pruned a minor branch and the cut on one side isn't totally clean where my handsaw slipped a little.

Is it fine to leave this alone and it will heal, or do I need to take down the entire main branch?

I'd prefer to just leave it be at this point if it can still heal ok.


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BigBill
May 24, 2020 10:33 AM CST
If you are ever going to be doing any pruning or trimming of trees and shrubs on your property, you should consider buying a pruning saw. They come in a straight frame style in 12, 15, 18" or more. The blade as cross cutting large teeth that are extremely sharp. I have a 15" one myself and a 20". They make short, quick work removing any limb.
Carpentry or hand saws are not really suitable for tree work. Their "small teeth" easily clog turning a relatively simple job into a nightmare.
They make a couple of sizes that have a blade that folds back into the handle.
When sawing any limb 2" or larger, it is a good idea to make a shallow cut of about 3/8" on one side of the limb. Usually the underside. Then go 180 degrees to opposite side of the limb sawing through to meet your 'starter cut'. This will insure a clean, precise cut each and every time!!!
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Barelygreen81
May 24, 2020 10:41 AM CST
I did use a pruning saw, but as I said I slipped a little bit on one side and didn't get a totally clean cut.

So the question I asked is if I can leave the cut and branch alone and will it seal up OK.
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DaisyI
May 24, 2020 11:39 AM CST
Yes, leave it alone. The tree will heal.

Your cuts should be just outside the 'collar' of the branch. You do end up with a tiny stub (it drives my Husband crazy) but it is better for the tree.
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Name: Big Bill
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BigBill
May 24, 2020 1:13 PM CST
Tree will heal.
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