We do quite a bit of apple tree from pruning (everyday) from early January into April. The bulk of this pruning occurs on older trees which is done with a simple, Silky handsaw. I now use their smallest blade which measures 8.3 inches. A smaller blade in thickly growing apple trees is more maneuverable. It’s also curved which seems to give the pruner more leverage. These tools are sharp and durable. 1 or 2 blades will last me an entire season of pruning hundreds of trees. I wish I was getting sponsored but am not. So, if you need just one tool for mature trees, this is it. For younger trees, hand-pruners and loppers are more practical.  

May the Forest Be with You,


Ryan Trapani

Director of Forest Services

Catskill Forest Association