Step 7: Clip Water Sprouts

clippers cutting off a water sprout when working to correctly prune a tree
Photo: Karen Bussolini
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These vigorous shoots grow straight up and can crowd and shade a tree's interior, so remove them while they're small. Here, Pollack does the job with loppers that extend his reach when dealing with upper limbs.
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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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