I would really appreciate some advice with this one. I have 2 jobs booked in next week, which are very similar. Both customers have trees which have thin branches growing upwards that they would like cut back in rder to keep the trees small and in shape. I can see where the previous pruning has taken place. A couple of question:
1. Do I cut back just below the previous pruning cut? This would save a considerable amount of work, as branches have grown out from the previous cut. Or, do I cut back the branches that have grown?
2. If the answer to 1 is to cut back the branches that have grown. My intention was to use secateurs for each branch. Given the size and number of trees, this is going to take a long time, especially with the taller branches. Could I use the long reach hedge cutter? It would allow me to get the shape.
Hopefully the above makes sense. Any advice appreciated.