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Common Mistakes To Avoid When Trimming Trees

Posted on April 23rd, 2021

Common Mistakes To Avoid When Trimming Trees


Spring has come. As you welcome the blooming flowers and the return of butterflies and bees, you should also think of giving the trees on your property a trim. 


Many homeowners think of doing it on their own or hiring a kid down the street. While that may allow you to save a few bucks, it can also cause issues. Tree trimming may seem like a simple task, but it often requires professional handling.


Certain mistakes in trimming and pruning can permanently damage trees. They may develop diseases, be more susceptible to damage during severe weather conditions, or have an untimely death. 


Here are the common mistakes to avoid when trimming trees:


Topping


Some trees may be too large for the area where they were planted. To address this, many people choose to trim a lot off. Some even think that it would help the tree bloom a lot more in the future.


What they do not know is that too much topping is something you should avoid. Aside from resulting in an ugly and deformed appearance, the tree’s branch structure ends up severely weakened. Because of this, they are more prone to falling. 


Wrong Time


Not all trees are the same. Depending on conditions and species, there are good and bad times for tree trimming. Most people are not aware of this. So, they may end up pruning a tree at the wrong time. In some cases, that could lead to the spreading of disease. You should also never trim an already stressed tree. If you are unsure about the condition of your tree, consult a professional.


Improper Cutting


Another common mistake is cutting branches too close to the main tree trunk. When this happens, you may end up removing the branch collar. That is a part of the tree’s tissue that contains cells that help heal wounds.


Cutting branches too close to the trunk opens a wound. That allows diseases to infect the tree or pest infestation. Additionally, cutting branches in the wrong order can cause larger parts to fall or tear. That can lead to bodily injuries or property damage.



Not Trimming Enough


Trimming too much is problematic, but it is also possible to trim too little. That can cause issues too. It limits the effectiveness of the trimming process. At the same time, you may leave too much dead weight on a certain part that increases the chances of falling branches.



Wrong Tools


Some trimming requires specific tools. Using dull tools will leave jagged cuts that could potentially strain the tree more. Meanwhile, unsanitized tools can cause infections.


Trees provide many benefits. They help clean the air and provide oxygen. At the same time, they can also increase property value. So, it is important to care for them. Proper tree trimming is one of the ways to keep them in good condition. If you need tree services, such as trimming, pruning, and even removal, make sure you work with a reliable service provider. Contact Tree Removal Services to learn more.


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