Fall Prep: The hard stuff: cutting branches and logs.

Before winter arrives, it is really important to clean up the yard.  Every year, we are faced with a new surprise when  doing our pre-winter garden clean up.  This year we had a lot of trees and branches due to some trees that were cut down.  We also had a somewhat neglected cedar hedge that was getting too tall for its own good!  I must say that a mild, dry, sunny fall day makes the work more pleasant.  But another important thing to consider when doing your fall yard clean up, is to get the right tools.  Its incredible how effective and quickly you can get the job done when you are well equipped.

So we were left with this huge pile of trees and brush. We just can’t leave them as is. The hydro folks are the ones who cut down the trees and brush to get access. We had to get to work to clean everything up. We decided that we need some new tools to help us out this year. the pile was over 6 feet high!




Started with small pieces that were easy to cut with shears.

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When small shears won’t work, then you need to use lobbers. As we worked our way through the pile, the brush was harder to cut with shears so we switched to the loppers. We had two pairs.  I don’t know how to describe a lobber, but its like you suddenly have super powers.  They make cutting through a 2 inch branch feel like you are cutting paper.  This is so important when you realize that you need to cut and clip like 500 times.  You don’t want to have to exert yourself that many times!


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As much as I love the lobber, it does have its limits.  Once we got to the thicker parts of the tree, we needed some more power to cut through, and help clear  the wood away.



We used a chainsaw to cut the trees into smaller pieces.



The chainsaw made the task all that much easier.  And it’s a pretty light weight saw.  I like that its electric.  I makes it lighter, and with our 100 foot extension cord, we can reach every corner of the yard.



Next was the actual trees.  We had to trim down some of the branches. The telescopic pole was great. No ladder required. it was also incredible useful when trimming our very overgrown cedar hedge.  Leaning a latter against the hedge is not an option, so the only way to reach them is through the telescopic pole.  It is a great feature, and makes this chainsaw incredibly versatile.




Here is a close up shot of the chain saw on the pole. We thought it was pretty great.

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The chain saw is the perfect size for our cottage. We picked up YARDWORKS Convertible pole saw/chain saw from Canadian Tire.


  • Yardworks 6A 2-in-1 Electric Polesaw features an in-line motor that allows for greater visibility when cutting
  • Low-maintenance auto chain oiling helps to prevent binding and corrosion for smoother cuts and longer chain life
  • Low kickback Oregon chain and bar reduces sudden, uncontrolled movement
  • Pole extends up to 10′ (3 m) to reach higher limbs without a ladder and to easily cut branches up to 6″ (15 cm) thick
  • 6 amps of electric cutting power
  • Chain pitch: 3/8″ (9.5mm)
  • Chain gauge: 0.05″ (1.2 mm)
  • Weight: 10 lb 6 oz (4.7 kg)

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