One of the first signs of spring is when the trees begin to bud and get their leaves. This green-up is also a sign that it is time to tackle routine tree maintenance, especially pruning, as soon as possible. No matter how large or small of a job you have to tackle, Diamond Rental has the tools you need to get the job done efficiently.
When To Prune
If a tree has been damaged, it should be pruned as soon as possible. This gives you the best possible chance to save the healthy part of the tree before it becomes diseased. The Arbor Day Foundation suggests removing broken branches as soon as possible. They recommend smaller branches be trimmed back to the point where they join larger branches. Larger branches should be cut back to the point where they meet the trunk.
If you are simply pruning for routine maintenance, the best time to prune is in late winter or early spring. Ideally, you should prune before the trees begin to bud. If you have flowering trees that you want to encourage to bloom more heavily the following year, you can prune just after the flowers fade.
Equipment Used for Pruning
In order to properly prune your trees and shrubs, you need the correct equipment. This will help keep them healthy and beautiful year after year. Different jobs call for different tools, including those we have listed here.
Chain saws are perfect for cutting up broken branches, and removing trees that are too damaged to be salvaged. When using a chainsaw, run it at full speed. This helps it cut through better, and reduces the chance of injury due to the chain binding.
Make sure that your chain is sharp. Since blades dull quickly, keep a close eye on the chips your saw is creating as it cuts. A sharp blade will create chips, while a dull blade will create dust.
Diamond Rental offers 15” gas chainsaws for competitive rates. Depending on the complexity of your job, you can rent for as little as 2 hours for $20, 4 hours for $35, daily for $45, or weekly for $210. Simply purchase the chain to use with the saw, and you are all set to tackle your project.
Pole saws are an excellent option to cut limbs that need removed, but are difficult to reach. The safest way to use a pole saw is to make several preliminary jump cuts before felling the branch. Your preliminary cuts should be a foot or more away from where the limb connects to the trunk. The goal of preliminary cuts is to simply reduce the weight of the falling branch. This reduces the risk of injury to both people, and the tree. Heavy falling branches can cause serious injury to anyone standing below. Additionally, as the weight of the wood pulls the branch away from the tree, it can pull away healthy wood, and leave the tree vulnerable to disease. By using jump cuts, you can reduce this risk.
You can rent a gas pole pruner from Diamond Rental for competitive rates. Rates start at $25 for 4 hours, $45 daily, and $180 weekly.
Towable Boom Lifts
Another helpful piece of equipment is a boom lift. Boom lifts are used to access trees and remove hard to reach branches. Diamond Rental offers towable boom lifts that are able to be pulled behind a pickup truck. Since they don’t require a trailer to transport, they are convenient and easier to use. Diamond Rental offers 35’ towable boom lifts for $35 for 1 hour, $70 for 2 hours, $140 for 4 hours, $205 daily, and $600 weekly.
Once you have removed branches, you can use a chipper to shred them up into small pieces. Cut the branches into smaller sections to make them more manageable before feeding them into the chipper. Make sure that you keep your hands away from the chipper as you feed the material in.
Diamond Rental offers several sizes of chippers from 3” up to 12”. This allows you to choose the size that is a perfect fit for the scope of your project. Prices range from $40 for a 2 hour rental of a 3” chipper, up to $1,300 for a weekly rental of a 12” chipper.
If you really got carried away and need to remove the remaining stump, then a stump grinder is the perfect tool for the job. Make sure you remove any rocks from around the base of the stump so you don’t dull the cutting wheel. Move the wheel slowly over the stump to clear out the wood.
If you need to rent a stump grinder, Diamond Rental offers hydraulic versions starting at just $40 an hour. With a 17.25” diameter cutting wheel, it will make short work of your stump removal projects.
Rent the Right Tools for Your Pruning Project
No matter what type of pruning project you plan on tackling, Diamond Rental offers the equipment you need at affordable prices. Stop into one of our convenient locations today, and rent the tools you need to keep your trees and shrubs healthy.