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Now is the best time of year to prune branches. No leaves and will not hurt the tree.
But it’s winter and the temperature is about 26 degrees and there’s ice on the ground and I’m a wimp and did I mention it’s cold…I’ll just wait until Spring.
I love mine! Got it last year and cleaned up many yards with it. It cuts really fast and leaves behind a nice chuck of fire wood! I wish it had a battery pack so I could grab broken branches in the streets around town! Easy to use and I did I say I loved it!
I got the battery powered one last year. Great product and very versatile.
I would (and did) go for a pole saw instead, something like this can be had for as low as $59 with the right coupon and will last a good while with correct care. It gives more flexibility IMO and is far less limited in terms of branch thickness.
How do you know that won’t hurt the tree?
I’m reasonably pleased with my Jawsaw. It isn’t as versatile as a real chain saw, but the Jawsaw does a better job on fallen branches with less chance of kickback. The outside jaws help protect the chain from getting too close to the ground. They also protect nearby bushes if you are trying to reach in for a wayward mulberry sapling.
What I don’t recommend is the version with an extension handle. The weight of the saw makes it too awkward to use. You are better off with a pole saw (or a tree service) for high branches.
“No leaves” = hard to tell a dead branch from an OK branch.
I bought the same one on woot about a year ago. It kicks ass and cuts branches like butter. I also have the extension pole with mine and it allows me to reach branches 4-6 feet above my head.
Ditto - I love our battery powered one.
Nice unit for ground level pruning. With the extension pole, it’s very hard to precisely leverage since it’s weighted on the cutting end. Because of the size of the cutting head, it’s difficult to position surgically through branches you don’t intend to cut. For elevated trimming needs, a ladder is easier to work from.
Healthy, established trees are pretty tough. You would have to do some major cutting of multiple main branches or cut a significant portion of the leader branch in order to damage the tree.
Trees actually like to be pruned. Many branches grow too close to each other blocking sun to the more established branches. there are also “sucker” branches that grow straight up from many deciduous trees. These serve no purpose other than to zap energy from the main tree branches and make it look ugly. These should be cut every year.
When pruning a tree you should be able to see a clear structure in the branches (like a bonsai) when you’re done. Cut any branch that is shooting out towards the trunk or running at an odd angle to the tree.
There are lots of great books on pruning if you really want to get it right. I also highly recommend ‘You Bet Your Garden’ with Mike McGrath on NPR on Saturday Mornings.
Dead branches should have orange flag tied to them in the summer so that they can be cut in the winter. If the branch is too high up, use your pole saw and make a few noticeable shallow cuts. If the branch is not obstructed in the summer or a big branch that is a safety risk, you can cut it then too.
It is impossible to see the overall structure of a tree if you prune branches in the summer. It is also a major pain in the butt to get to the branches you want with all of the leaves in the way. And an even bigger pain to cut them apart and dispose of them. It’s also a pretty big shock to trees when live branches are cut during the summer when they are active.
Live branches are okay to cut (in winter) too, in fact, most trees will benefit from aggressive pruning when dormant as it allows the tree to grow better in the summer when it’s awake without a bunch of useless branches blocking sun or zapping energy.
I don’t get a lot of fallen branches on my property. Maybe it’s because my property is smaller or because my trees are healthier…I don’t know but I just don’t get enough of that to justify a jawsaw.
So I will just continue to use my 10 inch Remington Pole saw to clean up the branches which are still on the trees but ready to drop off. The pole saw is a lot easier to use, easier to grip and puts the leverage thing on your side. With a little care, one can use a small ladder in complete safety and do the job quite well.
Worx sells them on Ebay for the same price and free shipping.