How to Correctly Trim Trees with Your Pole Saw

A pole saw has one primary goal: trim trees and large shrubs. It’s designed to help you reach and prune the branches you could only reach with a step ladder before. Pole saws, especially from SawingPros.com, are made to make trimming of trees a job you never thought would be so easy.

But how do you trim trees properly? Here are the steps:

  1. Ensure that no one and nothing is below the branch you intend to fell. The area below it should be clear of fallen branches. Be wary of where the exposed roots are as well since you can’t remove them.
  2. Decide where you’ll trim. Removing a branch typically needs much preparation, and jump cuts decrease the weight before the final cut. If you can, cut at horizontal or almost horizontal surfaces of the vine or branch.


  • In most cuts, the blade will begin from the top of the branch.
  • When doing a jump cut, the blade will trim from underneath the branch. This requires more physical effort because you’ll be working against gravity.
  • Water sprouts might be difficult or impossible to trim properly from the ground using your pole saw because they’re vertical.
  1. Hold your saw. Use your hands to move the pole saw to a vertical position. Pause. Feel its weight and control it. Reposition it to where you’ll cut. Unless you’re making a jump cut, its weight should rest on the branch.
  2. Position yourself. Carefully move to a spot where you can hold the end of the pole saw at chest level while standing far from the side of the limb, and not below it. Your pole saw should be at an angle while you trim, not directly up and down. If your pole can be adjusted, you may need to extend it for this step.
  3. Start trimming. Your first strokes should be slow and controlled. Cut vertical to the branch to make the strokes bite as much as you can. The concept is to create a groove in the wood to guide the later, faster strokes, so don’t worry if the rest of the cut needs to go a different direction. During the beginning strokes, expect your pole saw to slip if the branch is sloped. When this happens, you have to stop. Collect your energy, and reposition your pole saw before continuing.

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  4. Continue and make your final cuts. You’ll know you can go faster once the saw is secure in the groove. Just remember to keep your eye on the vine or branch you’re cutting, especially when it’s almost about to fall.
  5. Clean up. If you need to cut another branch, you have to remove the fallen branch from the work area first before proceeding.

Here are some safety tips you need to be aware of when using a pole saw:

Happy safe trimming!


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