Once the leaves change in the fall and before they start to bloom again in the spring, this is the best time for you to consider trimming your trees. Whether you’re going to attempt this important task yourself or talk to a local certified arborist, read about tools a certified arborist uses to trim a tree.

If you’re going to be trimming a simple, smaller tree with smaller branches, the first thing you’ll want to have on hand is pruning shears (or pruners for short). Pruning shears can cut smaller branches with a diameter of up to one inch in thickness. Not all branches are the same though, so if you have several branches and twigs jutting out at different angles, consider a good pair of bypass pruning shears, or anvil pruning shears if the three has dead branches or twigs throughout.

For branches that are a bit thicker (up to a thickness of two inches), having a good pair of loppers on hand will help you due to their sturdiness and ease of use with a handle that’s longer as well. Similar to pruners, there are both bypass and anvil loppers, so depending on the type of branches you’re going to trim (i.e. dead limbs), these can prove to be particularly helpful.

If you need to reach thicker branches that aren’t as accessible as smaller ones, investing in a good pole pruner with a saw and bypass blade will help cut smaller branches while the pruning saw trims the thicker branches and limbs.