Step 5: Remove Suckers at the Base

saw cutting suckers off the base to correctly prune a tree
Photo: Karen Bussolini
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These vigorous offshoots of the trunk detract from the tree's beauty and siphon energy from more attractive, productive parts that may yield flowers or fruit. Bypass hand pruners or loppers make quick work of thin suckers. Where they're too crowded or large to clip, Pollack uses a pruning handsaw, taking care not to nick the bark on the trunk, which can open it to disease.
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    Tools List

    • Pole Saw
      Pole saw
    • lopper
      Bypass loppers
    • bypass pruners
      Bypass pruners
    • pruning saw
      Pruning handsaw

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