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Tips for beginning gardeners: how to make proper pruning cuts.

TIPS FOR BEGINNING GARDENERS:

How to make proper pruning cuts

Photo: To cut a big branch (over 2 inches) without tearing the bark beneath, use pruning saw to cut halfway through bottom of branch, 6 to 12 inches from crotch (1). One to 2 inches out from first cut, saw until limb breaks off (2). Cut off stub (3) just outside bark ridge (it forms where branch meets trunk)

Photo: To prune smaller branches, hold shears or loppers so cutting blade is closest to remaining branch or trunk. Cut up or sideways (but not down) just outside the bark ridge
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