Whenever a branch is too
big for you to cut with loppers, you need to reach for a
saw. This should automatically tell you that you need to
do either a 2 or 3 cut technique. If you just cut down
from the top of a branch, the odds are good that when
you get about 90% through, the weight of the branch will
take over and it will drop. In the process, the bark on
the lower part of the branch will tear away and rip down
the trunk. This damage is a great site for the
canker disease and is also unsightly.
To prevent this from
happening, the first cut with a saw should ALWAYS be
from the bottom of the branch upwards until it cuts all
the way through the bark. For relatively small branches
that you feel you can easily control, a two cut method
as shown above will do the trick.
If the branch is large
and heavy and could become unwieldy for you to handle,
you should use the 3 cut method outlined below.