It may seem like the hardest part about trimming a tree is reaching the branches, it’s not. So much more goes into trimming a tree than just getting to the branches. If you want to take on the task of pruning your own trees here is some information you should know.
Timing is everything. Not all trees are created equally so you should know what kind of trees you are trimming before you begin. Avoid pruning some trees certain times of the year because they will drip or “bleed” which isn’t harmful but it is unsightly. Trees with blossoms shouldn’t be trimmed just prior to blooming. Other trees need to be trimmed when the season is right to avoid insects or pathogens. Research when the best time to trim your tree is before you start.
The technique you use to trim the branches is also very important. Not only will a tree that is trimmed incorrectly look unappealing, it may also cause damage. If branches are cut way back, especially major branches, it is likely to impede healthy growth. Trees do not regenerate tissue instead they grow new tissue around a cut. It is only after the wound is grown over that it’s chances of survival increases.
Other important factors to remember when pruning your trees are basic safety precautions including:
• Avoid using a ladder against a tree
• Properly notch a trunk you are cutting down
• Always wear eye protection, hard hats, and gloves.
• If you are trimming branches from a significant height you will also need slip resistant boots, a harness, carabineers, slings, ropes and lanyards.
• If you are using a chainsaw you will also need cut-resistant leg protection and hearing protection.
• Take care to ensure that the material you are trimming will not damage property below.
• Do not trim trees in dangerous weather conditions.
• Do not ever attempt to trim trees near power lines, leave this to the professionals.
Some of the greatest dangers of tree trimming can cause serious injury or death. They are:
• Falling from trees
• Being struck by falling limbs or trees
It’s not worth taking the risk of personally injury or severe property damage just to save a little money. If you are interested in finding out what it would cost to have your tree maintenance completed by a professional you can click here to request a free estimate from Read Tree Service, a full service fully insured northern Michigan tree service, serving residents in the Traverse City, Kingsley, Suttons Bay, Leelanau, Lake Ann, Kalkaska and Elk Rapids areas.