It’s funny how fast things outside grow. It does not seem like we have been in our home long. However, the years are going by fast and the trees are growing even faster! As the trees grow, and the storms seem to intensify year after year, pruning and cutting trees is a necessity.
Our storms this summer have packed a punch, and the intensity of each passing deluge harms our trees. From smaller branches high up to those scratching the side of our home, we have to cut and prune all of them.
I am going to share our DIY and show you how to easily cut and prune trees without leaving the ground. Ladders are a lot to haul out, so having a way to accomplish pruning without a ladder is a big homeowner win! Are you ready for this DIY?
Easily Cut and Prune Trees Without Leaving the Ground
Today’s share of how to easily cut and prune trees without leaving the ground was made possible by RYOBI Tools USA. RYOBI provided the tools, and we provided the project. Images and content are based on my personal working experience as a Pro DIY’er alongside my husband the PRO DIY GUY around our home!
A long time ago one of our parents went up a ladder to prune a tree, and the result was 2 broken wrists, ribs, and months of healing. What we learned from that, is that pruning a tree is best when you do not leave the ground.
While a small tree is not a struggle to prune, old, tall trees are truly a challenge. Also, pruning is a necessary evil to keep the tree healthy, and strong. Pruning a tree to get rid of dead branches truly benefits the whole tree.
Dead and damaged tree limbs and branches can spread disease into the tree, then you lose the whole tree. Therefore, we prune our trees to encourage health and strength all over the tree and work on keeping it disease-free.
Last, if you have ever seen an uprooted tree, take a good look at the branch distribution. Unfortunately, I can attest to seeing many uprooted trees this past year due to punishing rains dumping on us over a few days.
When you look at the tree and branch distribution you might note that they are imbalanced. Unpruned, untended. Proper weight distribution from branches and limbs to avoid a tree disaster later is imperative.
Easily Cut and Prune Trees Without Leaving The Ground – THE TOOL YOU NEED
If you are new to my site, you might not know just how many DIY projects Team Vento (me and Michael) take on. As I always say, “A house is a license to learn, and master the art of DIY!” and we do every week.
Our tools of the trade are RYOBI Power Tools and our collection of these tools paves the way to outdoor yard cleanup and maintenance. The RYOBI Tools we use for yard landscaping are cordless, and battery-driven!
The 10″ 40V Pole Saw and the 14″ 40V Cordless Chainsaw runs on power from the RYOBI 40-Volt lithium-ion batteries. These are rechargeable and boast impressive run times (differing and driven by the task you are doing). My first suggestion is to purchase a few of these batteries.
The ONE+ 18V Lithium-Ion Trimmer/Blower/Hedge Combo kit run on the 18V and are equally impressive in functionality!
Keep them charged up and when one needs to be recharged, just replace it with a charged one. We do not run for gas and oil in the middle of projects anymore. Rather we keep our batteries charged and ready and no task goes undone!
For us, battery-driven cordless RYOBI Tools have been the difference between starting and finishing the yard work on the same day, rather than over a few. Since we don’t stop our progress with errand runs for gas, we just keep on moving through the tasks. Efficiency in time use is a definite derivative of owning an RYOBI 40V lithium-ion battery-driven power tool.
Pruning With So Little Effort and Just ONE Tool
The RYOBI 40-Volt X 10 in. Pole Saw (RY40561) allows us to cut up to 6″ round limbs. Being totally honest, the battery lasts a long time. We worked for about 2 hours.
During this time, we turned the Pole Saw on and off as we went along and it still had charge left. Of course, results will vary based on your task and run time.
With pruning and cutting trees, there are a lot of angled positions and awkward spots, that will post NO challenge. The RYOBI Pole Saw has an angled cutting head which means access to those areas is possible.
Further, since the Pole Saw provides an included extension shaft, you are able to extend up to 12 feet above you. Since the RYOBI Pole Saw is lightweight while in hand, therefore it is not difficult to control. This is very important.
To keep itself in operating mode, the Pole Saw has automatic lubrication which keeps your attachments well-oiled during use!
By using the RYOBI Pole Saw we are in control of where we prune from, the ground. Additionally, we are able to prune and cut like a pro. So much so, that we can cut through up to 6″ round limbs that are up to 12 feet above us. Fabulous right?
We are not using a ladder and the work is getting down from the ground up! There is still another feature that helps us stay in control of cutting from the side, above and below. It is a variable speed trigger for cutting control.
Why love this feature? You can cut as fast or as slow as you choose. If you are unsure of the ‘fall’ of the limb, you will cut slower to see where it is going and be able to stand clear.
Alternatively, you may not know how aggressively you want to cut through a limb because it is high up and your line of sight is not perfect. Working with a Pole Saw that is not ‘one size fits all, one speed gets it all done” is definitely a big bonus and a safer way to work.
Just adjust your speed as you work through the limb. For the KNOWN limbs, just move it along and for the limbs and branches and tree pieces you can’t really eyeball to perfection, steady as she goes wins the race, right?
RYOBI Every Time
You might see I am a bit bias towards RYOBI Tools and it is with extensive product testing that I have become such a devoted RYOBI Tool fan. From rechargeable, long-life, and worktime batteries to interchangeable Expand-It attachments, there’s nothing better than our RYOBI Tools.
Why hire a handyman to come in and work over your yard when you can do it yourself for so much less. Lower branches are a breeze to prune, and of course, getting to those about 12 feet above is nota challenge either.
The pole saw is easy to assemble, lightweight and is something that any homeowner with trees on their property will need at some point in time. Do know that once your neighbors see you using it, you might become the ‘go-to’ for borrowing until you tell them to, ‘Go Get their own!’
Trees are only as good as they are maintained. Keep yourself healthy and make them look better with a few minutes of pruning each season. Enjoy and get outdoors to clean that yard up! ~ DANA XO