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Mar 10, Proper Way to Prune a Tree Limb. When thinning, reducing and shaping branches and limbs small enough to cut with hand tools, keep in mind that your cuts are going to encourage new growth. Cut limbs ¼ inch above a bud that faces the outside of Estimated Reading Time: 9 mins.
Mar 15, Cut #1, Notch Cut: Cut a small notch in the bottom of the limb, feet away from the trunk, and about a quarter of the way through.
This notch will keep the bark from splitting when you make the next cut.