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December 2019: Tree Thinning: Tip #1

Do you need to find the best tree thinning service in the Tri-Cities? We are it. However, if you’re looking to tackle the job yourself, we are happy to help by providing whatever information we can.

Tip of the Day: How to Sharpen Shears

Before sharpening hedge shears, check the pivot nut. The nut should be snug with no play. If the shears still cut poorly, look down each blade to make sure it’s not bent. If a blade is slightly bent, loosen the pivot nut and separate the blades. To straighten the blade, put it in a vise, slip on some thick leather gloves and tweak it until it’s straight.

Next, file the edge to expose clean metal. Examine the factory edge. Hold the file with both hands and mimic the direction of the bevel. Now move the file in one broad stroke away from you along the entire cutting angle. Don’t use small, jerky strokes or you’ll lose the factory edge. As you work, you can see the clean metal path left by the file. Adjust your angle as needed to file the entire edge evenly. Repeat this motion several times until you expose clean metal over the whole edge. Usually it’ll take only about 10 strokes. Do the same with the other blade.

Finally, sand the backside of the blade. Place a sheet of 300-grit wet/dry sandpaper on a smooth, flat piece of plywood. You’ll be able to feel the burrs (be careful, they’re sharp) on the back side of each blade. To remove them, lightly sand the backside of the blade. Keep the blade flat and move it in a circular motion. After making several circles, pick up the blade and gently feel the edge. When the burrs are gone, assemble the blades and lightly oil the moving parts with Three-In-One oil.

If you’re looking to do all of your own tree thinning, we will be your biggest cheerleaders. If you ever need advice, a quick tip, or just have a quick question, please call us anyways. We will be happy to help and assist any way we can. If there is ever a job that gets to be a little too big, please give us a chance to earn your business. We are the best tree thinning service in the Tri-Cities.

December 2019: Tree Thinning: Tip #3

Do you need to find the best tree thinning service in Pasco? We are it. However, if you’re looking to tackle the job yourself, we are happy to help by providing whatever information we can.

Tip of the Day: Keep lateral branches as evenly spaced as possible, especially on young trees. This helps with the health as well as the symmetry of the tree. By being mindful of where you’re cutting, you’ll be sure to not cut too much.

Bonus Tip of the Day: Prune away branches that cross other branches or run against them. This also helps maintain the look and symmetry of the tree.

If you’re looking to do all of your own tree thinning, we will be your biggest cheerleaders. If you ever need advice, a quick tip, or just have a quick question, please call us anyways. We will be happy to help and assist any way we can. If there is ever a job that gets to be a little too big, please give us a chance to earn your business. We are the best tree thinning service in Pasco.

December 2019: Tree Thinning: Tip #2

Do you need to find the best tree thinning service in Kennewick? We are it. However, if you’re looking to tackle the job yourself, we are happy to help by providing whatever information we can.

Tip of the Day: Remove a Tree Stump
You can remove a stump by renting a power stump grinder, but another way is to buy a can of stump remover (available at most garden or home centers). Most brands are made of powdered potassium nitrate, which speeds up the rotting process.

Bonus Tip of the Day: Trouble-Free Tree thinning
Prune midsize branches without damaging the tree by cutting them in three stages. Make the first cut on the underside about 8 in. from the trunk, cutting a third of the way up. Make the next cut at the top of the branch 3 in. past the first cut.

Finally, cut the remaining stump off at the trunk, just past the slightly raised area, called the branch bark ridge, making the cut perpendicular to the branch to minimize the exposed surface.

If you’re looking to do all of your own tree thinning, we will be your biggest cheerleaders. If you ever need advice, a quick tip, or just have a quick question, please call us anyways. We will be happy to help and assist any way we can. If there is ever a job that gets to be a little too big, please give us a chance to earn your business. We are the best tree thinning service in Kennewick.

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