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Tree Trimming Tips From Professional Arborists

Posted on September 18th, 2020

Tree Trimming Tips From Professional Arborists


Overgrowth in trees is not only unappealing but also terrible for your tree’s health. Without regular proper trimming, your tree could grow unevenly. Overgrowth also prevents moisture and light from reaching the inner areas of the tree as well as other surrounding plants. However, incorrect methods of trimming can be destructive to your tree. So don’t just snip whatever branch you find; follow these tree trimming tips instead.

1 – Trim Trees During Their Dormant Season

Unless your tree poses a safety hazard, such as dangling on a power cable, trim it only during its dormant season. Trimming within that period facilitates a faster healing process and helps prevent the spread of diseases.

2 – Do Not Wait For Dormant Season For Dead Or Sick Branches

Dead, dying, or diseased branches will only cause larger damage to your tree if left untouched. Thus, if you spot a dead or diseased branch, it’s best to remove it right away.

3 – Look For Branches With V-Shaped Angles

Branches that have V-shaped, narrow angles are weaker than ones with U-shaped angles. Remove the branches with V-shaped angles to help strengthen the tree’s structural strength. U-shaped branches can better withstand severe weather.

4 – Do Not Trim Too Close

When trimming a branch, look for the branch collar. The branch collar is a distinct swelling at the junction between the branch and the trunk or parent branch. You should cut right above the collar because that is where the branch’s protection boundary forms. This will protect your tree from diseases while it heals.

5 - Do Not Remove Or Chop Off Tree Tops

Chopping off the top of a tree that’s too tall seems like a logical solution, but doing so leaves your tree vulnerable to various diseases. It will also compromise its structural integrity and overall health. Slowly trim around the tree over the course of a year or so.

6 – Trim Branches While They’re Young

Young branches are easier to manage. They are generally smaller and thus easier to cut, and they do not leave scars on the tree.

7 - Familiarize Yourself With The Three-Cut Technique

Trim long branches safely using the three-cut technique. Start by making a V-shaped cut on the side of the stem facing away from the branch that will be retained. Then, cut inside the crotch of the branch and above the branch ridge. Afterward, cut parallel to the branch bark ridge, taking care not to cut the collar.

8 – Protect Yourself

Always wear eye protection, a hard hat, and ear protection when trimming trees to avoid tree trimming accidents like hurting yourself from debris and the falling branch itself. Prioritize your safety at all times.

There are a lot of things to consider when trimming trees. You do not want to damage your tree in the process. When done right, trimming improves your tree’s health and structural integrity. A professional arborist can spot dead, dying, or sick branches and remove them without compromising the trunk or neighboring branches. Contact Tree Removal Services today for seamless tree trimming.

 

 

 

 


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