Saw off a limb that's more than 1 inch in diameter with a single incision and you might do damage to the tree and yourself. As the limb gives way, it can rip out a stripe of bark and swing toward you. Do a three-cut method instead.
1. Using a pole saw, first cut halfway through the underside of the limb at a distance of 1 to 2 feet from the trunk.
2. Make the second cut 3 inches farther out on the top side. The limb will snap and drop.
3. Now saw off the stub at an angle just beyond the branch collar. Never cut flush with the face of the tree—it can impede healing.