Top 5 Tools for Maintaining Residential Trees

Top 5 Tools for Maintaining Residential Trees

February 23, 2022

At Ben & Annie’s Trees for Tomorrow, there’s nothing we value more than sustainability and tree conservation. Unfortunately, with the circumstances in the housing market, it has become more common to demolish trees at a fast rate for more wood supply. We believe in the importance of making an environmental difference in the homebuilding industry, and our mission is to teach others the significance of tree conservation and encourage builders to replant trees as they go in order to reverse incidental destruction.

Trees play an essential role in our everyday life, as they improve air quality by producing oxygen—-as well as stabilizing climate, conserving water, preserving soil and supporting wildlife. Residential trees are extremely significant and contribute to a better quality of life—and caring for your trees is an essential step in the conservation process. With the end of winter approaching quickly, there is no better time to revamp and prune the trees throughout your yard—and we’re here to provide you with the best tools, tips and tricks to maintain the utmost care for your trees. 

Bypass Pruning Shears

If you find yourself having an abundance of smaller limbs or branches hanging from your trees this post-winter season, pruning shears would be the ideal tool for you. Bypass pruners are the basic, pocket-sized pair of shears that will get the job done for branches up to 3 inches in thickness. Bypass pruners are perfect for trimming bushes, removing branches at the main stem to let more light in, and pruning water sprouts or small tree limbs. To save some wear and tear on your hands, check out electric pruning shears for even more efficiency.


For one step above bypass pruning shears, invest in a pair of loppers to cut through thicker branches and for hard-to-reach areas. With long handles that give you extra reach and leverage, loppers can be incredibly helpful if you have branches that are too high or too low for a comfortable reach. Loppers make for the perfect tool to handle jobs too big for bypass pruning shears, and you won’t regret investing in a pair this pruning season. 

Pruning Saw

If there’s one tool that will never fail you when it comes to maintaining your trees, a pruning saw takes the crown. Available in different lengths, sizes and blade structures—a pruning saw can get the job done for nearly any kind of tree branch. Pruning saws have distinct features on their blades to guarantee efficiency, including coarser teeth and a thinner blade that allow for a clean and easy cut. They also tend to be the most affordable option, averaging around $25. A pruning saw can take care of any size branch to maintain care for your trees, but if you find yourself having more larger branches than small—you may want to consider a pruning chainsaw to add more convenience and productivity to your pruning process. 


To prune trees, it is safest to have a specialty ladder. For maximum stability and efficiency, invest in a tripod ladder or an orchard ladder. Both have 3 legs and provide extra safety while pruning your tree, and both are designed for more comfort to help you feel a bit less sore the next morning. Your ladder plays a big role in successful tree pruning—and it’s important to prune correctly to ensure the best care for your trees during the upcoming seasons. 

Safety Gear

Even though pruning trees may seem like an easy everyday task, it is still highly important to practice safety measures while pruning your trees. Investing in a pair of safety glasses, protective gloves and even a safety helmet can prevent any accidents from happening when working with tools. For more information on the proper ways to prune your trees, watch a few video tutorials available at your fingertips. Take precautions to prevent any injuries and let the pruning season begin.

Ben & Annie’s Trees for Tomorrow is dedicated to the conservation of trees and using sustainable products to improve the environment and quality of life around us. Contact us online, or give us a call at (210) 670-5297 today to learn more about our mission and to see how you can make a difference in your community.